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.
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 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
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 http://www.revolution.com.
SOURCE Revolution LLC