RockResorts International, LLC – a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. – announced that it is expanding and enhancing its collection of luxury resorts with the addition of Alma del Pacifico Hotel, an existing beachfront Costa Rican property currently named Xandari by the Pacific.
Vail Resorts’ lodging division took over management of hotel operations in mid-December and after the holiday season the hotel’s name will change from Xandari by the Pacific Resort and Spa on Playa Esterillos Estes to Alma del Pacifico Hotel. Alma del Pacifico Hotel will continue to operate and welcome guests this winter, the company said. During spring and summer, a thorough renovation of the property is planned for all common areas, guest rooms, the spa and food and beverage outlets, it said. The renovation will be followed by the re-launch of the property under the RockResorts brand with the official name of Alma del Pacifico Hotel, A RockResort.
RockResorts said it also has been engaged to manage all hospitality and lodging operations at the adjoining Del Pacifico at Esterillos master planned residential development, including that development’s existing property management program and certain commercial activities. Future plans at Del Pacifico at Esterillos include an equestrian center, 18-hole golf course, boutique hotel and additional residential units.
Located on Playa Esterillos Este, the hotel and the master planned development are located halfway between Jacó Beach and Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Alma del Pacifico Hotel features spacious private beachfront villas designed by architect Sherrill Broudy, with original paintings, mosaics and tapestries by artist Charlene Broudy, as well as private terraces with views of the Pacific Ocean or lush gardens, the company said. Del Pacifico at Esterillos is a 700-acre master planned resort community designed by architect Dhiru Thandani with town planner, Leon Krier, contributing to the design and plan for La Prada, the town center for the seaside community.
Alma del Pacifico Hotel currently boasts two swimming pools, an outdoor Jacuzzi, herb and vegetable gardens, an art galley, an artisan shop, a restaurant and bar, a fitness center and a spa, said the company.
Founded in 1956 in the Caribbean by Laurance Rockefeller, RockResorts was acquired and re-launched by Vail Resorts in 2001. Currently there are 10 RockResort properties located in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Aspen, Colorado, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Santa Fe, New México, Miami, Florida, and St. Lucia. Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica is becoming a RockResort this month followed by Balcones del Atlántico in the Dominican Republic.