Press Release

Hacienda AltaGracia Appoints Victor Tafoya as Executive Chef

The newly opened luxury spa resort in Costa Rica, located in the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón and part of the esteemed Auberge Resorts Collection, announces Victor Tafoya as Executive Chef. In this new role at Hacienda AltaGracia, Tafoya will lead the culinary program for all of the resort’s Costa Rica dining outlets including its signature restaurant, Ambar. Drawing on the traditional methods of cooking and flavors of the Americas, dishes from Chef’s plant-driven menu will be sourced from neighboring farms, elevating your Costa Rica resort dining experience.

“We are excited to welcome Chef Tafoya to our team,” said JP Alfonso, general manager of Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort. “Guests will be able to experience the flavors of Costa Rica through chef’s celebration of regional traditions and use of fresh ingredients locally-sourced from surrounding communities.”

Tafoya brings a well-rounded culinary background to Hacienda AltaGracia. In his most recent position Chef Tafoya served as Executive Sous Chef at Rosewood Crescent Hotel in Dallas where he oversaw the Forbes Five-star resort’s three restaurants and banquet operations. He also previously held positions as Executive Sous Chef with Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands, where he oversaw three restaurants and on and off-site catering events; and as Chef de Cuisine at The Tides Sugar Beach, St. Lucia, West Indies. Drawing from nearby farms and artisanal fisheries, signature dishes include Pan Seared Corvina with cubace beans and tacacos and Fresh Heart of Palm Ceviche.

Chef Tafoya lives in Pérez Zeledón with his wife and two daughters.

About Hacienda AltaGracia

Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection’s first Central American property, is set amidst the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón in the southern region of Costa Rica. Originally conceived and developed as a family retreat and coffee farm, the luxury resort features 50 hacienda-style casitas including expansive patios and terraces offering sweeping views of the San Isidro Valley; stunning window walls that bring the surrounding nature indoors; rustic-elegant décor rooted in rich leathers, woods and handcrafted Costa Rican artwork.

The property offers overnight accommodations, spa and wellness facilities, a panoramic pool, indoor/outdoor dining venues and an equestrian program featuring breed horses for all skill levels. In keeping with the rich heritage of Costa Rica, Hacienda AltaGracia offers a dynamic roster of Costa Rica activities connecting guests with nature and each other with programs ranging from coffee plantation and wildlife refuge excursions to a signature fitness journey and ultralight flight tours showcasing the Nauyaca waterfalls, ocean and valleys from the resort’s own private landing strip.