Four Seasons plans hotel, residences in Jacksonville, Fla.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has partnered with Shahid Khan, through Iguana Investments Florida, for a new hotel and private residences in Jacksonville, Fla. Anticipated to open in 2026, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Jacksonville is meant to play an integral role in the development of the Jacksonville Shipyards in the city’s downtown area. 

When it opens on the banks of the St. Johns River, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Jacksonville will be the centerpiece of the Jacksonville Shipyards, adjacent to the Sports Complex and proposed Stadium of the Future—a renovated and reimagined EverBank Stadium that will serve as home to the Jacksonville Jaguars while hosting sports and entertainment events.

“Four Seasons is incredibly proud to bring our renowned service and hospitality offering to one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States,” Bart Carnahan, executive vice president, global business development and portfolio management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, said in a statement. “As Jacksonville continues to enhance its offerings for people to live, work and play, we look forward to working with Mr. Khan to expand our presence in Florida and extend our long-time partnership together, contributing to the city’s bright future and achieving our shared vision of building communities and creating exceptional luxury experiences.”

Design Details

Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Jacksonville will have 170 guestooms and suites, 26 private residences, and four dining and lounge outlets including a signature rooftop restaurant and bar, all-day restaurant, pool bar and grill, and lobby bar. Other public spaces will include a spa, multiple outdoor pools (with cabana service), a gym, meeting and event space and the Kids For All Seasons Program. The hotel will also provide access to a redeveloped marina for experiences along the St. Johns River.

The initial conceptual design for the project was created by Pininfarina America. HKS is the lead design architect, partnering with ODA for interior design and EDSA for landscape design. HKS has worked on Four Seasons projects in The Bahamas, Hawaii, Orlando and Denver.

Other Four Seasons properties in Florida include hotels in Orlando, Palm Beach, Surfside, Miami and Fort Lauderdale as well as an upcoming resort in Naples.

The property will be the second Four Seasons property for Khan, the owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. In September 2016, Khan purchased full ownership of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto—regarded as the flagship property for the Toronto-based Four Seasons brand—which is managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Jacksonville Shipyards

In addition to Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Jacksonville, phase one of the Jacksonville Shipyards will include a six-story office building, a revamped full-service marina, a reinvigorated Metropolitan Park, a marina services building and a public park.

The project also will include ample park space and walking paths connecting to the riverwalk, which will span from downtown Jacksonville to Metropolitan Park. Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars’ business staff will move into the adjacent office building.

Phase two of the Jacksonville Shipyards will include a five-acre property slated for mixed-use development. Initial plans include a medical component. Other potential uses include retail, residential, additional parking and green space. 

“I have immense love and respect for Jacksonville and Four Seasons alike,” Khan said. “So, for me, it’s always been about connecting the two, because they have so much to offer each other. Four Seasons is an iconic brand that will redefine Downtown Jacksonville and provide a luxury destination that we have been unable to offer until now.  Jacksonville, in turn, will offer the new Four Seasons Hotel a spectacular setting on the banks of the St. Johns River and provide our entire community a reason to rally around the Shipyards, the Stadium of the Future and the overall future of Downtown Jacksonville. I’ve said all along that Four Seasons will be a game-changer for Jacksonville, and the change begins now.”