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 Award-Winning Spa Designers Blu Spas to Create
Exclusive Spa for La Punta Papagayo, Costa Rica
PAPAGAYO, Costa Rica (April 23, 2007) – Kirchert Pakonen Development and Regent Hotels & Resorts have selected the internationally-renowned spa consultancy Blu Spas to create and manage the luxury spa at La Punta Papagayo, a new 60-acre, five-star resort development featuring a luxury Regent hotel, private villas, estate homes and a retail village.  Blu Spas has been a pioneer in creating luxury spas that capture the beauty and serenity of indigenous settings, paired with exceptional therapies also influenced by local cultures and environments. 

“Blu Spas is a great match for La Punta Papagayo,” said Blaine Kirchert of Kirchert Pakonen Development.  “We stated from the beginning that one of our key goals was to introduce a level of spa services and treatments never before seen in Costa Rica, and we are delighted that Blu Spas is on board to help us achieve that goal.  Blu Spas is the world leader in creating customized luxury spas for the most discerning international clientele.” 
Founded in 2001 by Doug Chambers and Cary Collier, the Blu Spas team has designed more than 160 spas in 20 countries.  From Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay in Bali to the Red Rock Spa at the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa in Las Vegas to the Spa at Kukui’ula in Kauai, Hawaii, Blu Spas has earned a worldwide reputation for creating exceptional spas for ultra-luxe hotels, resorts and real estate developments.  Every detail – from lighting, sound and water features to treatments, amenities and facility design – is fashioned with an eye toward creating the ultimate sensory sanctuary.
“The Guanacaste shoreline is one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world,” said Blu Spas founder Cary Collier.  “With this lush setting and the rich local culture to guide and inspire us, our goal is nothing less than to create the perfect retreat for our guests as they seek beauty, purity, relaxation and renewal.”
Scheduled to open in early 2009, La Punta Papagayo is one of the most anticipated developments in Costa Rica, offering exquisite accommodations and residences, unparalleled service and personalized amenities.  Designed by the award-winning hospitality design firm of Wimberly, Allison, Tong and Goo (WATG), La Punta Papagayo is nestled in a lush tropical hillside that soars majestically above the ocean, delivering unrivaled sweeping ocean views and stunning sunset panoramas.  La Punta Papagayo is located only 20 minutes from Liberia International Airport in the northwest region of Costa Rica’s dazzling Guanacaste province, overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo and the Bay of Colebra. Regent Hotels & Resorts, a global leader in the luxury segment of the hotel industry, will manage La Punta Papagayo.
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 ExperienceSM designed continuously to 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 The Americas, Europe, 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
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 condominiums, 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 under way 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 2009 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.


Alison Stout
(415) 394-6500

Also See: Minnesota Developers Blaine Kirchert and Rich Pakonen Building a Regent Hotel on the Pacific Coast of Guanacaste Province in Costa Rica Internationally Acclaimed Architect Ronald Zürcher to Design Ultra-Luxury Enclave; Regent Hotels & Resorts Named as Hotel Management Company / November 2006
Internationally Renowned Design Firm WATG to Create Interiors For The Regent Resort at La Punta Papagayo, Costa Rica / February 2007

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