Location: Talaforo, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

Client: Co-You Niizeki Saipan Development

Located on the high, ocean-facing slopes of the beautiful northeast coast of Saipan, the 220-acre CNS Resort features a 504-room hotel and golf club, an 18-hole golf course, extensive golf practice facilities, a three acre tropical-theme water park, tennis courts with an exhibition court, a health club with exercise rooms, spa and Japanese baths, retail shops, and a selection of restaurants offering foods from an international menu.

Guided in design by reference to the finest Italian and southern European guest accommodation traditions and blended with the site’s rural setting, the CNS Resort creates a strong and unique sense of place which captures the spirit of the island. The low wings of the main resort complex will offer dramatic and sweeping views of golf, shoreline, and mountains. With a consistent design theme throughout all buildings, the resort is designed to blend with the landscape and be complementary to the graceful, terraced land forms descending toward the sea. In keeping with the rural character of the east side of the island, multiple hipped roofs with low pitch and deep overhangs recall the heritage of Saipan and Pacific architecture.

Access to the site is via a rural road, which approaches the site through a beautiful limestone forest. Natural areas of this limestone forest, tangan-tangan, and riverine plant communities will be preserved and expanded as part of the resort landscape concept. Archaeological objects discovered on the site will be displayed in the Hotel and Golf Club; natural archaeological features such as caves will be preserved for study and possible guided viewing. Housing is provided for 540 employees in an apartment and dormitory complex with outdoor courtyards and a central dining and recreation building in a private and well- landscaped setting.