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GUANACASTE/ Nov 4, 2021 – Peninsula Papagayo unveils plans to build Central America's first ultra-luxury boutique resort and branded residences. Designed for the most discerning eco-adventure leisure travelers, Nekajui (pronounced NEK-ah-wee) is a new expression of luxury hospitality, welcoming future owners and guests on a highly personalized journey to one of the world's most naturally beautiful and biodiverse destinations.
By Francesca Poddie | November 4, 2021 | Guanacaste
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About Nekajui, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

107 guest rooms and suites on Pochote Bay; scheduled to open in 2024

Curated for adventurers seeking highly tailored and culturally immersive experiences, Nekajui converges on the human element that is intrinsic to true luxury. “Service will be highly personalized,” says Simon Cooper, Gencom board member and lead advisor to Peninsula Papagayo. “With more staff and relatively fewer rooms, Nekajui has the privilege and uncommon opportunity to personally host guests, one-to-one.”

Nekajui promises a taste of pure luxury

Simon Cooper
Gencom board member

Growing demand from the most discerning leisure travelers is what motivated Gencom and Mohari Hospitality, co-owners of Peninsula Papagayo, to look beyond the gilded suites and familiar trappings of luxury. Cooper believes Nekajui will provide a much-needed antidote for the “been there, done that” syndrome. “It’s no longer just about the best guest rooms or facilities,” Cooper said, “it is about creating extraordinary experiences and lifetime memories.”

Classic Guanacaste

Inspired by Guanacaste’s classic haciendas, intimate public spaces bring together rich details from Spanish and Sabanero culture. Curated collections of original works by local artisans provide tactile touchpoints to explore the old and new. Lavish guest rooms are designed in a contemporary Costa Rican vernacular with spacious canopied patios and private plunge pools framing spectacular ocean and sunset views across the Gulf of Papagayo. Fittingly, the spa and fitness hub is accessed by a dramatic hanging bridge, inviting guests on an unforgettable path to lifelong wellness.

The name Nekajui comes from the language of the pre-Columbian Chorotegas, Guanacaste’s original inhabitants. The English translation, garden, inspired Nekajui’s singular open-air venues that welcome guests to step into a natural wonderland containing more species per square mile than any other country on the planet. A secluded beach house, reserved for hotel guests and residence owners, is situated steps from magical grotto pools and sea caves in Pochote Bay. Other exclusive amenities 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 570 square miles of protected wildlands.

About Nekajui, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residence

36 rare villas and estate homes from over $3 million to over $13 million. Available by reservation starting November 2021.

Located immediately adjacent to the new Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Nekajui’s exclusive residential enclave of two- to five-bedroom luxury villas and estate homes occupies the premier oceanfront property at Peninsula Papagayo. Secluded between two protected coves, a short walk from multiple beaches and golf, the site was handpicked for its unspoiled landscape and stunning natural setting.

Designed for collectors of rare trophy homes in exotic corners of the world, Nekajui, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve Residence, presents an extraordinary evolution of the hugely popular branded-residence concept, says Gencom’s Donald McGregor, the developer and co-owner of Peninsula Papagayo. Future owners benefit from all of the amenities and services of an ultra-luxury boutique resort with enhanced outdoor living, individualized service, and privacy.

Every aspect of the ownership experience will be curated and meticulously cared for by a dedicated Ritz-Carlton Reserve residential team. One of the many features of ownership will include individualized itineraries for each family member and houseguest, co-created alongside a dedicated team of credentialed local experts.

The unveiling of Nekajui follows a surge in demand from ultra-high net worth individuals for luxury-branded residences. Sales of Peninsula Papagayo’s luxury real estate have exceeded a record $200 million in 2021. McGregor says that more than ever, Papagayo’s discerning clientele seeks exotic sanctuaries to escape boredom and spend quality time with friends and family.

Nekajui’s rare villas and estate homes will be offered for sale under an exclusive priority reservation program starting in November 2021. Prices are expected to range from over $3 million to over $13 million. Two- to five-bedroom floorplans offer 2,200-6,300 square feet of luxe interior area. Additionally, residences feature spacious outdoor living areas with canopied terraces and private pools. All homes will be delivered turnkey and fully furnished.

To learn more about Nekajui, go to explore-nekajui.com.

NEKAJUI, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE RESIDENCE, IS NOT OWNED, DEVELOPED OR SOLD BY THE RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL COMPANY, L.L.C. OR ITS AFFILIATES (“RITZ-CARLTON”). INVERSIONES HOTELERAS PLAYA POCHOTE, S.R.L. USES THE RITZ-CARLTON MARKS UNDER A LICENSE FROM RITZ-CARLTON, WHICH HAS NOT CONFIRMED THE ACCURACY OF ANY OF THE STATEMENTS OR REPRESENTATIONS MADE HEREIN. THIS IS NEITHER AN OFFER TO SELL NOR A SOLICITATION TO BUY TO RESIDENTS IN JURISDICTIONS IN WHICH REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN FULFILLED — VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. RENDERINGS, FLOOR PLANS, AND OTHER IMAGES PRESENTED HEREIN ARE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY, MAY NOT BE TO SCALE, AND SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON AS A BASIS FOR PURCHASING. DIMENSIONS AND SQUARE FOOTAGE ARE APPROXIMATE AND MAY VARY WITH ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION. THE DEVELOPER RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE MODIFICATIONS OR SUBSTITUTIONS, SHOULD THEY BE NECESSARY. PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.