Ocean Home

May/June 2010

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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INSIDER | BLUEPRINTS naked fish Baja California Sur’s The Palm Orchard. Exotic Oasis A mile of virgin beaches awaits at he Palm Orchard. By Melissa Gillespie Located on the Pacific coast, just south of Mexico’s Todos Santos in Baja California Sur, the Palm Orchard is a 21-acre, master- planned boutique development on approxi- mately one mile of untouched beachfront. Two of Baja’s most sought-after surf breaks are directly north and south of the property. The developers of the Palm Orchard, Wind River Land Company, are mindfully develop- ing seven small, uniquely different boutique neighborhoods within The Orchard. Each of the neighborhoods will have its own identity, while maintaining a consistent look and feel by applying the same building methods and materials through- out. All materials will be sourced locally and throughout Mexico for authenticity. Homes will be designed to blend into the exist- ing oasis of 30,000 exotic plants and palm trees currently on site. Construction of Phase 1 is slated to begin in July, with deliveries happening late summer 2011 through early 2012. Currently, approximately 50 homes are planned, ranging from two to four bedrooms and 1,750 to 6,000 square feet. There will also be 10 studio-style condominiums built in the Pueblito, the central amen- ity area of the Palm Orchard. They will be priced from the mid $300s to mid $400s and be a part of the venue-driven rental program. Homes will start in the mid $400s, ranging as high as $2.5 million or more. The Pueblito will feature a large swim- ming pool with water slide, a community fire pit, exercise facility, yoga studio, intimate spa, children’s area, chef’s kitchen, owner’s bar and dining area, and a number of hotel- style rooms for owners and visiting guests. The community will also feature a beach club, restaurant, cooking school, and organic garden for residents. Palm Orchard antici- pates construction of Phase 1 to start in July, with deliveries happening late summer 2011 through early 2012. palmorchard.com. sand castle DR’s Las Olas. puttin’ on the ritz island life The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. Plans are underway for a new Aruba location of The Ritz-Carlton brand, featuring a 320-room oceanfront resort situated on the island’s famed Palm Beach. The resort will offer several restaurants, a luxuri- ous spa, two swimming pools, and a 24-hour casino. In addition to spacious rooms and suites, the hotel will include The Ritz-Carlton Club Level, a private floor accessible only by elevator key, offering light fare and dedicated concierge service throughout the day. The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, projected to open in late 2012, will be the seventh location in The Ritz-Carlton portfolio of award-winning Caribbean properties, joining existing hotels in St. Thomas, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Bahamas. 800-241-3333, ritzcarlton.com. 12 oceanhomemag.com may + june 2010 square feet with two or three bedrooms. The development features panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and over 400 feet of beachfront. Residents are granted exclusive memberships to the nearby Metro Country Club, which fea- tures an expansive Club- house, the Las Marlins 18-hole golf course, mini golf, tennis courts, swim- ming pools, restaurants, and preferential access to the in-resort Embassy Suites Hotel. The development, which recently received a capital injection of $35 million, is already 70 percent sold. The property has a projected completion date of sum- mer 2011. 809-688-7235, metrocountry.com. Destination Dominican Quickly rising up in the Dominican Republic’s Juan Dolio skyline is the art deco beachfront condominium Las Olas, which is being devel- oped by Group Metro. Located just minutes from the Las Americas International Airport, Las Olas is a 16-level condominium that features 227 beachfront condos starting at 1,200 Palm Orchard photograph by Jack Hamilton

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