$100M Royal Isabela complex opens in western Puerto Rico
Royal Isabela — the $100 million golf community and private membership club perched on dramatic bluffs at the northwest edge of Puerto Rico — was officially inaugurated Thursday, with government and private sector executives on hand for the ceremony.
Brothers Stanley and Charlie Pasarell and business partner Edwin Pérez own the complex, which stretches along 426 oceanfront acres on top of cliffs that soar from 150 to 350 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. The Pasarell’s are former collegiate and professional tennis stars, who later became golfers and vowed to develop a world-class golf course and exceptional community in Puerto Rico.
It took 10 years to find the land, secure permits, and build the wide variety of amenities, which include the golf course (designed with architect David Pfaff), clubhouse, 20 luxury casitas, restaurant and tennis courts. There also are 28 home sites on property and room for up to 50 fairway villas.
“Luxury has a new meaning altogether at Royal Isabela”, said Puerto Rico Tourism Company Executive Director Luis Rivera-Marin, at the event. “Not only is the location spectacular, but the casitas, the golf links, the restaurant, the whole concept behind this unique resort elevates the standard of accommodations in the Porta del Sol touristic region of Puerto Rico to a new level.”
“We welcome this new addition to our hotel inventory and thank the partners of this paradise for their vision and commitment to the destination,” he said.
The luxury complex includes the El Pastillo Conservation Trust to protect and nurture this breathtaking and environmentally diverse part of the island. Among the trust’s responsibilities are an on-property nursery for trees, flowers, and golf turf grass, and an organic farm that gives work to homeless men with disabilities, project officials said.