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PEOPLE OF PAPAGAYO

The Team Goes The Distance

One peninsula connected from end to end for the first time, unified by amazing people who embody the values of Guanacastecans through the ages—warm, happy, unpretentious, authentic. This is the proud vision of Peninsula Papagayo. These are a few of the people who bring it to life.

Meet the Team

Ersel Aguilar Villalobos

OPERATIONS MANAGER,
PAPAGAYO EXPLORERS CLUB

Birthplace:

Alajuela, Costa Rica


Domain:

In the jungles, on the rivers


Claim to fame:

Nature tour guide and designer, Trip Advisor #1 best tours in the area, Ministry of Culture award winner 


Magic power:

Connecting people with nature and pura vida


Fun fact:

Creator of YouTube channel, Ersel Costa Rica 


Epic moment:

Rescued and handled a baby sloth that was lost on the ground, baby sloth hugged him and stopped crying, then Ersel helped find its mother


Favorite Guanacaste spot:

Santa Elena Bay


Motto:

Every day is a great day


Team Member Spotlight

Francesca Poddie

DIRECTOR OF MEMBER SERVICES

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Miguel Sánchez

GENERAL MANAGER, PAPAGAYO EXPLORER’S CLUB

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Alex Tetzner

DIRECTOR OF BEACH CLUB OPERATIONS

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Four Seasons Resort & Residences

Eco-luxury reimagined—the first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Resort in Central and South America

Andaz Costa Rica Resort

A kaleidoscope of style and local culture with 3 restaurants, 2 beaches and Onda Spa

Marina Village

Marina Suites, Dive Bar, Ship Store and new gourmet market. Phase 2 of the village currently in pre-development.

Marina Papagayo

Costa Rica’s preferred superport and gateway to the Pacific featuring 180 state-of-the-art slips and tailored dockside services

Golf Clubhouse, Tennis Center & Bike Center

The iconic golf clubhouse is home to the pro shop and popular Caracol Restaurant. The adjoining Tennis Center features four Har-Tru green clay courts and one grass court.

Prieta Beach Club

The ultimate members’ hideaway features a fabulous owner’s lounge, fitness center, spa and the popular Sunset Restaurant.

Golf Practice Facility

A picturesque setting to warm up before venturing out for the ultimate eco-golf experience, featuring multiple target greens and a short game practice area.

Future Macaw Sanctuary

A refuge for all seasons, protecting one of the last wild populations of scarlet macaws.

Nature Center

Basecamp for exploration and gateway to the peninsula’s extraordinary biological corridor.

Exclusive Resorts

Experience the culinary wonders of Executive Chef Nicolas Devenelle at Poro Poro—one of 11 dining venues on the peninsula.

 


Now selling—whole ownership oceanfront villas and estate homes on beloved Prieta Bay, managed by Four Seasons.

Andaz Beach House

Locally inspired food and drink on one of Travel + Leisure’s most beautiful beaches.

Interact with the master plan for a tour of current and future resort amenities.