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Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo is one of the world’s most bio-diverse regions

Ritz-Carlton Reserve Costa Rica Opening: 2024 The first Ritz-Carlton location in Costa Rica will launch in 2024. The 107-key beachfront sanctuary will be situated within the 1,400-acre private club and resort community Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, on the bio-diverse north Pacific coast. Nekajui will encompass a signature Ritz-Carlton Reserve with a luxury spa facility, plus an exclusive set of residences. The design vision for Nekajui’s spa is inspired by treehouses and seeks to realise a spacious 36

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open-air wellness environment with a low impact on the surrounding natural environment. Access to the spa will be via a dramatic hanging bridge. Facilities will include outdoor water gardens, a selection of warm and cold pools, a salon, gym and movement studio. The treatment menu will span a variety of water and wellness treatments. Spa and wellness consultancy Blu Spas is involved with programming, project design and concept. Inspired by the area’s classic haciendas, the public spaces will bring together rich details from Spanish and Sabanero culture, complemented with original work by local artisans. Exclusive amenities will include three signature Ritz-Carlton Reserve dining experiences, and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s

Ambassadors of the Environment, which will offer an immersive gateway and uncommon access to 570sq miles of protected wildlands. A secluded beach house situated steps from grotto pools and sea caves in Pochote Bay will be reserved exclusively for hotel guests and residence owners. Nekajui will also offer 36 villas and estate homes, priced between US$3-13m. The highly desirable residences will be located adjacent to the new Ritz-Carlton Reserve resort, sharing access to all services and amenities, including the spa. Every aspect of the ownership experience will be curated and cared for by a dedicated Ritz-Carlton Reserve residential team. ■ http://lei.sr/C5J8E www.spahandbook.com