New Private Membership Club and World-Class Golf Course Bring Exclusive Flair to Puerto Rico
Royal Isabela real estate offerings include homesites, villas and casitas with stunning ocean and golf course views
Isabela, Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico now has a new world-class golf course and private membership club with the official opening of Royal Isabela. Perched on dramatic cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in northwest Puerto Rico, the property stretches along 426 oceanfront acres and over cliffs that range in elevation from 150 to 350 feet above the ocean. The luxury residential community centers on The Links at Royal Isabela - designed by golf course architect David Pfaff - which opened last year and was immediately named one of the "top new layouts to watch" by Golf Magazine. It also was cited as one of Robb Report's "Best of the Best" golf courses for 2012.
Real estate offerings at Royal Isabela include homesites with golf course and ocean views ranging from one to two acres. Also planned are Fairway Villas that provide over 3,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor living space, featuring two master suites, a covered terrace and a private pool.
Recently completed and unveiled were 20 luxury one-bedroom casitas, freestanding "little houses" featuring expansive indoor and outdoor space, ocean views and proximity to the club's golf course. Each 1,500-square-foot casita has its own private terrace with plunge pool, while the interiors feature airy living rooms and bedrooms fitted with natural wood floors and ceilings.
In honor of its inaugural season, Royal Isabela is offering special "stay and play" rates for casitas throughout 2013. Rates include golf for two each day, daily breakfast, complimentary transportation around the property, and nightly turndown service. Preferred pricing is available for club members and their immediate family. Several levels of membership are offered at Royal Isabela.
Also now open in La Casa, the community's exclusive clubhouse, is the Restaurant at La Casa, offering farm-to-table dining based on locally sourced ingredients. As advocates of both slow food and locavore movements, the restaurant's staff combines classic European cooking techniques with Puerto Rican ingredients to create signature farm-to-table cuisine. The menu spotlights Royal Isabela's own vegetables, herbs and fruits grown in the community's gardens, as well as the bounty from local fishermen, cheesemakers and small family farms.
In addition to their development activities with Edwin Perez, co-founders Stanley and Charlie Pasarell were instrumental in the design of the Golf Links at Royal Isabela, considered one of the most dramatic golf courses built in recent years. The brothers envisioned and designed the course with a hands-on and minimal-impact approach. A collaboration with architect David Pfaff brought their vision to reality.
"Royal Isabela is, in my estimation, one of the most dramatic golf courses to be built in recent years," Pfaff said. "We delicately sculpted it along the top of rugged cliffs that soar more than 200 feet above the Atlantic. Given the incredible natural beauty and abundance of the land, we were able to create one unique, often breathtaking, golf hole after another, overlooking the shoreline's magnificent meeting with the sea."
Royal Isabela also is committed to environmental sustainability, setting extremely high standards for the preservation and planting of all trees and flowers, as well as the grasses on the golf course. The founders established the El Pastillo Conservation Trust to protect and nurture the land, which features an organic farm that employs local homeless and disabled men, and uses the proceeds to provide them with housing, food, social services and life skills.
According to its founders, the vision at Royal Isabela is to establish a sense of community among residents and guests who believe in the ideals of preservation, conservation and sustainability, without having to sacrifice luxury. As Stanley Pasarell puts it, "In the current era of new luxury resorts in Puerto Rico, it's the comfort and warmness of Royal Isabela, supported by top-level services and amenities, that our guests truly appreciate."
Complete information at www.royalisabela.com
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