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Michael Koch


First attracted by Costa Rica’s climate and national parks, the Austrian native was ultimately drawn to Peninsula Papagayo by the natural splendor and simpler way of life.

What first attracted you to Costa Rica?

Climate, convenience and recreation mainly. Costa Rica’s extensive national park system and the country’s commitment to preserving its vast natural resources also appealed to us.

What does “pura vida” mean to you?

Life at its fullest and simplest.

What were the most important factors in your decision to buy property and build at Peninsula Papagayo?

Four Seasons, easy access to an international airport and a stable democracy. Being able to live amid the natural splendor of Peninsula Papagayo, so close to national parks and the other natural resources of Costa Rica, is a true privilege—one that comes with a responsibility to help preserve these unique resources for future generations.

The modern architecture is intriguing. What was your inspiration?

We were going for a bow and arrow, jetting toward the pacific.

Your boys love to surf. What’s their favorite wave?

Witch’s Rock, not far from here, has some of the best waves in Central America.

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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.