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Kirchert Pakonen Development Signs Chef Michael Mina to Create
the five-star Dining at La Punta Papagayo, Costa Rica
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PAPAGAYO, Costa Rica (September 26th, 2007) - Kirchert Pakonen Development, in conjunction with Regent Hotels & Resorts, today announced an exclusive partnership with acclaimed chef and restaurateur Michael Mina to create the five-star dining at La Punta Papagayo.  One of several ultra-high-end resorts underway on the breathtaking Gulf of Papagayo in Costa Rica's Guanacaste Province, the 60-acre La Punta Papagayo is the first to secure a partnership with a world-renowned chef.  Comprising a hotel, private villas and estate homes, La Punta Papagayo is scheduled for a 2010 opening. 
      
"It's extremely exciting to break new culinary ground by adapting my cooking to the flavors, ingredients, techniques, and presentations of Costa Rica," said Mina, who currently presides over his namesake restaurant in San Francisco as well as several highly-rated establishments across the U.S.  "One of the primary reasons I was attracted to La Punta Papagayo is the developer's commitment to expressing the traditional native culture in the architecture and in the resort experience, and my goal is to extend that same commitment to the cuisine."  
      
In keeping with the resort's sweeping views over the Pacific Ocean and the Bay of Papagayo, seafood will heavily influence the menu at La Punta Papagayo.  Bocas will be featured prominently at the resort's signature restaurant, allowing guests to enjoy a tantalizing array of Mina's signature creations.  
      
To complement the unrivalled luxury of La Punta Papagayo, Mina will oversee a signature fine-dining restaurant as well as consult on all food and beverage services at the resort, including a gourmet market located in the resort's retail village.  Residence owners at La Punta Papagayo may opt for Michael Mina to custom design their kitchens; and Mina, an ardent fisherman, will dock a fishing boat at La Punta Papagayo, leading to the fascinating possibility of the world-renowned chef catching as well as preparing menu selections.
      
"We are pleased beyond description to forge this arrangement with Michael Mina," said Kirchert Pakonen principal Blaine Kirchert.  "To secure a chef of Michael Mina's caliber has been a key component of our vision for La Punta Papagayo from day one, and having Michael on board goes along way toward transforming that vision into reality." 

La Punta Papagayo features 150 hotel rooms, 92 villas and 20 estate homes, all designed to provide guests with the ultimate indulgence in comfort, luxury and privacy.  Designed by world-renowned architect Ronald Zürcher of Zürcher Arquitectos de Costa Rica, La Punta Papagayo marries traditional Costa Rican architecture with contemporary style to create an enchanting enclave that is rich in both indigenous tradition and world-class sophistication.  The resort also features a world-class spa managed by the renowned Blu Spa consultancy. 

Located only 20 minutes from Liberia International Airport in the northwest region of Costa Rica's dazzling Guanacaste Province, La Punta Papagayo offers breathtaking, panoramic cliffside views of the Gulf of Papagayo, the Bay of Colebra and the Pacific Ocean, lush white sand beaches that are among the most beautiful in the world, and a "backyard" of lush tropical forest.  As with every Regent hotel, the property will embrace The Regent Experience SM, a corporate promise to guests of immersion in local culture, luxury for all the senses, attention to detail and highly personalized and anticipatory service.   

About Michael Mina
Michael Mina has secured his place as one of America's finest, boldest, and most creative chefs.  The recipient of virtually every prestigious award in chefdom -- including honors from the James Beard Foundation, Bon Appetit, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, Gayot, the International Food & Beverage Forum, Michelin Two-Star Award, Mobil Four Star Award, AAA Four Diamond Award and many more -- Mina currently oversees a roster of celebrated restaurants that includes Michael Mina in San Francisco, Nobhill and Seablue at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Michael Mina Bellagio and Stripsteak at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Arcadia in San Jose, Seablue in Atlantic City, and Stonehill Tavern in Dana Point.
 
About Regent Hotels & Resorts
Regent is a global leader in the luxury segment of the hospitality industry, encompassing hotels, resorts, residences and cruises worldwide.  Renowned for its dedication to customer service, Regent provides discerning guests with personalized and innovative hospitality through The Regent Experience, designed to continuously exceed expectations.  Regent Hotels & Resorts properties are developed globally with Singapore-based Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific; and Brussels-based Rezidor SAS Hospitality, which is developing Regent Hotels & Resorts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa Regent Hotels and Regent Seven Seas Cruises are both part of Carlson Companies, a world leader in the hotel, cruise, restaurant, travel and marketing industries.  For more information on Regent, visit www.theregentexperience.com.

About Kirchert Pakonen
Kirchert Pakonen is a team of two Minnesota real estate veterans, Blaine Kirchert and Rich Pakonen. The developers have set their sights on the beautiful northwestern coast of Costa Rica for their new luxury private villas, hotels and estate homes.  Their first project, Sombras ("The Shade" in Spanish), will soon be unveiled in Playa del Coco in the country's North Guanacaste region.  A second project is currently underway just north of Playa del Coco on 60 acres of waterfront property between Playa Hermosa and Playa Panama, overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo.  The development, La Punta Papagayo, will open in 2010 and feature a five-star hotel, luxury villas, estate homes and a retail village.  La Punta Papagayo is expected to be one of Costa Rica's most significant resort developments.

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Contact:

Alison Stout
Glodow Nead Communications
La Punta Papagayo, (415) 394-6500
Alison@GlodowNead.com 

Kristen Koca McLarty
Mina Group
(719) 227-7735
kmclarty@minagroup.net
 

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Also See: Minnesota Developers Blaine Kirchert and Rich Pakonen Building a Regent Hotel on the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica / November 2006
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