Revolution Launches New Luxury Resort Development Company

Revolution Places to launch resorts combining natural and cultural

surroundings with luxury hospitality brands and unique vacation experiences

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez and Revolution Chairman Steve

Case Announce Debut Development - Cacique, Costa Rica - to open in 2010

Resort community to feature One&Only Resort, Miraval Destination Spa,

Exclusive Resorts, Tom Doak 18-hole golf course, and Agassi-Graf Tennis and

Fitness Center

Aug 03, 2007, 01:00 ET from Revolution LLC

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Revolution LLC, the
 company created by AOL co-founder Steve Case, today launched Revolution
 Places, an original approach to sustainable destination resort communities.
 In support of the launch, Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez and
 Revolution Chairman Steve Case jointly announced at a press conference
 today in Costa Rica the first development, Cacique, Costa Rica, a
 first-of-its-kind 650-acre luxury resort community scheduled to open in
     Revolution Places will bring together premiere hospitality partners and
 innovative lifestyle brands to develop a new authentic vacation experience
 that retains the local environment and culture. With a full complement of
 sustainability principles and community involvement, Revolution Places will
 create high-end developments that provide consumers with treasured and
 limited for-sale vacation real estate. These developments will also feature
 personalized service and unique amenities for home owners.
     "Revolution Places is an entirely new approach to destination resort
 development," said Steve Case, chairman & CEO of Revolution LLC. "We are
 bringing together the best of the best to deliver an ownership and guest
 experience like no other resort in the world. Importantly, we will preserve
 the local environment and culture when developing resorts like Cacique,
 Costa Rica to ensure our presence is a positive and welcome contribution."
     "I am extremely pleased to welcome Steve Case and Revolution to Costa
 Rica. I am confident that Mr. Case, like other investors and visitors we
 have been fortunate to host, will find in our country a place where
 education and hard work are valued," said President Arias. "With this solid
 foundation, our economy is growing beyond traditional strengths such as
 agriculture and tourism to encompass an increasingly diverse array of
 industries and exports; our country is home to both peace and progress.
 Furthermore, I recently announced a new initiative, Peace with Nature,
 which seeks to make our country carbon-neutral by the year 2021. This will
 ensure that our proud tradition of environmental stewardship grows ever
     Revolution Places is led by a world-class management team that has
 built exceptional, leading companies. Donn Davis has been named CEO of
 Revolution Places Group, in addition to his role as executive chairman of
 Exclusive Resorts, also a Revolution LLC company. Philippe Bourguignon has
 been named vice chairman of Revolution Places Group and CEO of its
 development group, Revolution Places Development.
     Davis will continue to serve as executive chairman of Exclusive
 Resorts, a company he has built into the leading luxury destination club
 and, in doing so, defined an entirely new luxury industry. Bourguignon is a
 recognized international business leader, having served as co-CEO of the
 Davos-based World Economic Forum, chairman and CEO of Club Mediterranee,
 and chairman and CEO of Euro Disney.
     Cacique-Costa Rica
     The first major destination under development by Revolution Places is
 Cacique, Costa Rica. The new luxury resort community located on the
 northwest coast of Guanacaste, Costa Rica spans 650-acres owned by
 Revolution Places. The $800 million resort development will also feature
 multiple, synergistic luxury real estate products to open in successive
 phases beginning in 2010.
     "After searching the hemisphere, we have selected Cacique, Costa Rica
 as the ideal location for our first Revolution Places resort community,"
 said Bourguignon. "We are creating an environment that departs from the
 gated and manicured environment of conventional developments. Cacique,
 Costa Rica preserves the essence of the local culture and natural beauty,
 while offering luxury and wellness. This is a place where people are not
 only guests, but participants in a uniquely authentic experience."
     The development of Cacique, Costa Rica will feature highest-end
 services and amenities with a focus on intelligent, environmentally
 friendly designs that reduce energy and water demand and take advantage of
 spatial, wind and solar patterns to maximize natural ventilation, shade and
 daylight. Cacique, Costa Rica will establish a comprehensive recycling and
 solid waste management program to neutralize the impact of this development
 on the surrounding environment. Additionally, Cacique will create on-site
 treatment facilities to re-use wastewater and will purchase its electrical
 power for the community from renewable sources. World-class architecture
 and design will be integrated with indigenous traditions, environment and
 materials, to create an experience that is second-to-none and authentically
 Costa Rican.
     "Costa Rica reminds me of Hawaii when I was born there nearly 50 years
 ago," said Case. "We are aiming to take the things that make authentic
 Hawaii so special, such as the connections to the local people,
 restaurants, shops and the spirit of aloha, while bringing together the
 best brands and applying the best principles and practices of today. Our
 goal is to break new ground as we strive to make Cacique, Costa Rica the
 best resort in the world -- and a model for a new kind of resort for the
 next generation."
     Cacique, Costa Rica seamlessly brings together world-class brands to
 provide owners and guests with a broad range of experiences, services,
 amenities, and activities to suit their every desire. Cacique, Costa Rica
 will integrate the following prestigious brands:
     -- One&Only Resorts -- Recognized as leaders in luxury, One&Only Resorts
        are set in exotic locales around the world and offer guests an
        unsurpassed vacation experience.  One&Only Cacique, Costa Rica will be
        a 120 all-villa property, with each room a large free-standing suite,
        situated on its own lush green compound for privacy and featuring
        unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean.  The award-winning resort
        group will provide guests with an unrivaled level of personalized
        services and luxurious amenities for the traveling connoisseur.
     -- Miraval: Life in Balance -- As the #1 ranked destination spa, Miraval
        Cacique is the first exotic location expansion of this acclaimed brand.
        The innovator in living and feeling better, Miraval Cacique will open
        to include a full family experience offering 100 adventurous programs
        while providing 120 luxurious rooms and 60 villas inspired by the local
        surroundings. Guests and owners will relax, reconnect and recharge at
        the 50-acre private grounds.
     -- Exclusive Resorts -- As the #1 luxury destination club, Exclusive
        Resorts has become the preferred way affluent families travel.
        Exclusive Resorts has committed to custom design and purchase 30
        residences at Cacique, Costa Rica in a private enclave, ensuring its
        3,000 and growing membership tremendous access to what looks to become
        one of the most demanded resort developments.
     -- Tom Doak 18-hole golf course -- Targeting the serious golf enthusiast,
        Tom Doak designs are unique and creative alternatives to ubiquitous
        signature golf courses.  Doak's course designs look to protect and
        respect the natural terrain, and are ranked among the top 100 courses
        in the world by Golf Magazine, including the highly acclaimed Pacific
        Dunes course in Bandon, Oregon and Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand.
     -- Agassi-Graf Tennis and Fitness Centers -- Cacique, Costa Rica will be
        home to the world's first Agassi /Graf Tennis & Fitness Center, an
        entirely new approach that will make tennis and fitness relevant and
        fun for families on vacation.  These centers designed and programmed
        personally by Andre Agassi and Stefi Graf, will be inviting to the
        novice and a treat for the expert.
     In addition to the two hotel components of the One&Only Resort and the
 Miraval Destination Resort, Cacique, Costa Rica will offer very select for-
 sale real estate components. Ownership will be beyond compare, with the
 entire resort developed with the real estate owner and their guests in mind
 -- a thoughtfully designed, seamlessly integrated resort living experience
 with the highest level of personalized services and complete access to
 resort amenities. There will only be 300 for-sale real estate products on
 the entire 650-acre peninsula, with each product hand crafted to be the
 most desired real estate offering imaginable.
     The for-sale real estate product will include the purchasers' choice
 of: estate sites, custom and semi-custom whole ownership residences,
 resort-loft living, and Exclusive Resorts club memberships. All real estate
 components will be designed and developed under best-of-breed master
 architectural and resort community planning standards.
     Doing Well While Doing Good
     Revolution Places understands that the success of its developments is
 contingent on the well-being of the local community and the environment. To
 this end, Revolution Places today announced that it is investing in a
 series of local Costa Rican community initiatives that initially include:
     -- The donation of 1 million trees to the government-chartered Foundation
        for the Balance between Conservation and Development
     -- The donation of hydro-geological studies of the Panama aquifer and
     -- The donation of computer learning centers to the towns of Filadelfia,
        Hermosa, Panama and Sardinal
     -- A $1 million investment to encourage and support the development of
        local non-profit efforts.  Modeled after The Case Foundation's Make it
        Your Own Awards, Revolution Places will make grants of up to $35,000 to
        individuals and local organizations that develop initiatives to improve
        and protect the Costa Rican environment.  A panel of judges from the
        region will be responsible for selecting those who receive the grants.
        Full details of this program will be revealed in the summer of 2008.
     With Cacique, Costa Rica the development and operations of the
 community is expected to create more than 2,000 new local jobs. These jobs
 will range from construction and maintenance to guest services and
 managerial roles. In addition, the company expects to partner with local
 businesses as Cacique, Costa Rica is developed and will maximize purchasing
 of locally produced goods and services for construction and operations.
     About Revolution LLC
     Revolution LLC, the Washington, DC-based company launched by Steve Case
 in 2005, seeks to drive transformative change by shifting power to
 consumers and building significant, category-defining companies in the
 process. Revolution's mission is to build companies based on disruptive
 business models that give people more choice, control and convenience in
 the important aspects of their lives. Revolution is currently focusing on
 three market sectors poised for disruptive change -- Health, Resorts and
 Balanced Living. For more information go to

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