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  • October 11, 2018

    Conde Nast Traveler Readers Vote Entire Auberge Resorts Collection Among the World’s Best in 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards for Second Straight Year

    CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER READERS VOTE ENTIRE
    AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION AMONG THE WORLD’S BEST
    IN 2018 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (October 11, 2018) – The world’s most experienced travelers have
    once again ranked all eligible Auberge Resorts Collection properties among the very best in the
    world in Condé Nast Traveler’s distinguished Readers’ Choice Awards. The winners of the 31st
    annual awards are featured in the November 2018 issue of the magazine and at
    condenasttraveler.com.

    “We are honored that our entire collection of distinctive properties has been recognized by the
    readers of Condé Nast Traveler,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts
    Collection. “This reflects the thoughtful efforts by our staff to deliver unparalleled service to our
    guests, some of the most frequent and discerning travelers in the world and reinforces our
    commitment to creating memorable and soulful experiences every day.”

    Napa Valley flagship Auberge du Soleil and nearby properties Calistoga Ranch and Solage,
    along with historic Hotel Jerome in Aspen and Madeline Hotel and Residences, the premier
    resort in Telluride, all received national recognition in 2018. Both Chileno Bay Resort &
    Residences and Esperanza were named among the highest-rated resorts in Los Cabos, Mexico,
    and also scored among the best destination properties in all of Mexico.

    Auberge’s other notable international resorts also received high marks from readers including
    Hacienda AltaGracia, set in the verdant mountains of south-central Costa Rica, and Mukul, the
    beachside resort in Nicaragua. Malliouhana, the Auberge resort on the island of Anguilla was
    voted among the best in the Caribbean, and Nanuku, the South Pacific paradise set on the coast
    of Fiji, was voted as one of the top resorts in Australia and the South Pacific.

    The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious
    recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best
    of travel.” Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted a recording-breaking
    number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of the modern
    traveler’s most celebrated destinations.

    The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on
    newsstands nationwide beginning October 16. The full list is published online at
    www.CNTraveler.com/rca. A full list of Auberge Resorts Collection properties can be found
    at aubergeresorts.com.

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  • August 18, 2018

    Auberge Resorts Collection voted “Best Luxury Hotel Brand” – USA Today 2018

    Auberge Resorts named Best Luxury Hotel Brand by 10Best readers

    A panel of experts partnered with editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge of the American hotel scene.

    About Auberge Resorts Collection

    Auberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each Auberge property possesses a unique individuality, all share a crafted approach to luxury that is expressed through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. Properties in the Auberge Resorts Collection include: Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch and Solage, Napa Valley; Esperanza and Chileno Bay, Los Cabos, Mexico; Hotel Jerome, Aspen; Malliouhana, Anguilla; Nanuku, Fiji; Hotel Madeline and Element 52, Telluride, Colorado; Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica; Mukul, Guacalito, Nicaragua; Auberge Beach Residences and Spa, Fort Lauderdale (opening Autumn 2018); The Lodge at Blue Sky, Park City, Utah (opening Spring 2019); Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe, New Mexico (opening Summer 2019); Mauna Lani, Hawaii (opening late 2019); Commodore Perry Estate, Austin and Susurros del Corazon, Punta de Mita, Mexico (opening 2020), with several others in development. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit www.aubergeresorts.com. Follow Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook at facebook.com/AubergeResorts and on Twitter and Instagram at @AubergeResorts.

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  • August 9, 2018

    Auberge Resorts Collection Again Voted The Leading U.S. Hotel Brand in 2018 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

    AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION AGAIN VOTED THE LEADING U.S. HOTEL BRAND IN 2018 TRAVEL + LEISURE WORLD’S BEST AWARDS
    Eight Auberge Properties Honored As Among Best of The Best

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (August 9, 2018) – Auberge Resorts Collection, a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts and residences, has once again been honored as one of the world’s top hotel brands in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. The 2018 edition of the annual readers’ poll celebrating the best hotels, cruise lines, airlines and destinations, has also awarded eight iconic Auberge Resorts Collection properties – Napa Valley’s Solage, Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences and Esperanza in Los Cabos, Mexico, Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica, Mukul in Nicaragua and Malliouhana in Anguilla – among the very best resorts in their destinations.

    “We are honored that Auberge Resorts Collection has once again been named one of the world’s top hotel brands by one of the most trusted audiences in travel today, the discerning readers of Travel + Leisure.” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We thank our entire team for their dedication to delivering an extraordinary level of service, as well as our loyal guests who have recognized the memorable experiences our resorts offer.”

    All three of Auberge’s California properties were ranked among the Top 10 Resorts in California – the most hotels of any brand. Solage, the active and social Napa Valley resort, was voted No. 3, while Auberge du Soleil, the brand’s flagship, inspired by the South of France and infused with California soul, ranked No. 5, and Calistoga Ranch, the rustic-chic lodge tucked in a secluded canyon, took No. 6 honors. Auberge’s contemporary new Chileno Bay Resort & Residences Los Cabos, Mexico and Esperanza, its intimate and dramatic sister property in Cabo, were both ranked among the top 10 destinations in Mexico. Auberge Resorts Collection was the only hotel brand honored with two properties among the Top 5 Resorts in Central America: Hacienda AltaGracia, the hillside resort in the lush region of Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica, and Mukul the beachside resort on Nicaragua’s sun-soaked Emerald Coast. Caribbean honors went to Anguilla’s vibrant and stylish Malliouhana, voted among the Top Resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas.

    Reid says, “As Auberge Resorts Collection continues to expand, we look forward to welcoming our guests with more iconic experiences at our new properties in development in Santa Fe, at Bishop’s Lodge, in Utah, at the Lodge at Blue Sky, in Austin at Commodore Perry Estate, at Susurros del Corazon in Punta Mita and at Mauna Lani in Hawaii.”

    The World’s Best Awards are a result of an extensive reader survey conducted by Travel + Leisure each year and are among the most respected reader polls in the travel industry. The awards are available online at http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best and are published in Travel + Leisure’s August 2018 issue.

    About Auberge Resorts Collection
    Auberge Resorts Collection is a portfolio of extraordinary hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs. While each Auberge property possesses a unique individuality, all share a crafted approach to luxury that is expressed through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. Properties in the Auberge Resorts Collection include: Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch and Solage, Napa Valley; Esperanza and Chileno Bay, Los Cabos, Mexico; Hotel Jerome, Aspen; Malliouhana, Anguilla; Nanuku, Fiji; Madeline Hotel and Element 52, Telluride, Colorado; Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica; Mukul, Guacalito, Nicaragua; Auberge Beach Residences and Spa, Fort Lauderdale (opening Autumn 2018); The Lodge at Blue Sky, Park City, Utah (opening Spring 2019); Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe, New Mexico (opening Summer 2019); Mauna Lani, Hawaii (opening late 2019); Commodore Perry Estate, Austin and Susurros del Corazon, Punta de Mita, Mexico (opening 2020), with several others in development. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit www.aubergeresorts.com. Follow Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook at facebook.com/AubergeResorts and on Twitter and Instagram at @AubergeResorts.

    About The Friedkin Group
    The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GSM, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, NEON, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit www.friedkin.com.

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    Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
    310-453-2539
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  • May 23, 2018

    Hawaii’s Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Joins Auberge Resorts Collection

    HAWAII’S MAUNA LANI BAY HOTEL & BUNGALOWS JOINS AUBERGE RESORTS COLLECTION
    Acclaimed Resort to be Completely Re-envisioned Celebrating the Heritage, Beauty and Lokahi (Harmony) of the Big Island of Hawaii

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (May 23, 2018) – Auberge Resorts Collection will welcome Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, the famed resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, to its portfolio of award-winning luxury resorts, residences and clubs. Under the direction of a world-class development team, Mauna Lani will undergo an extensive redesign and revitalization and will be reborn as Mauna Lani,
    Auberge Resorts Collection, the premier resort destination in Hawaii.

    The development and ownership team is DiamondHead Land, a joint venture between San Francisco based ProspectHill Group and Hawaii-based hotel executive Pat Fitzgerald, in partnership with a major institutional investor. With plans already underway, the re-launch and re-opening of Mauna Lani is planned for late 2019.

    “Among the many distinctive qualities of Mauna Lani are its exceptionally beautiful natural setting and
    iconic place in the history of Hawaii,” said Dan Friedkin, Owner and Chairman, Auberge Resorts
    Collection. “We are excited to elevate the great heritage of Mauna Lani with the Auberge sense of
    intimacy, world-class service, local adventures and a fresh contemporary aesthetic that will allow
    guests to experience the best that Hawaii has to offer.”

    “Auberge Resorts Collection shares our vision for providing a style of luxury and service that resonates with guests on a personal level,” said Pat Fitzgerald, partner, DiamondHead Land. “Auberge’s experience capturing the unique lifestyle of each destination and setting in a captivating way is what we sought for the transformation of Mauna Lani. We are thrilled to collaborate with
    Auberge to create a truly inspiring Hawaiian resort.”

    Set on 32 oceanfront acres marked by sacred royal fishing ponds, natural lava plains, lush tropical gardens and bordered by pristine white-sand beaches, Mauna Lani offers the island’s premier location for relaxation, adventure and immersion in the authentic culture and traditions of Hawaii. A great respect for the ancient concept of aloha āina – love of the land – and a deep connection to land, sea and Hawaiian heritage will inform every aspect of the resort’s physical and experiential
    transformation.

    Plans are well underway for a hotel renovation in excess of $100 million, which will completely reenvision the guest experience, bring to life the legacy, character and spirit of the Kohala Coast and celebrate the natural and active lifestyle of the Island of Hawaii.

    Award-winning interior design firm Meyer Davis is orchestrating a dramatic redesign of the public areas and guest rooms. World-renowned land planning and architecture firm Hart Howerton will lead the complete re-imagining of Mauna Lani’s iconic architecture and oversee the extensive renovation and refurbishment of the resort’s storied gardens and grounds, respecting and preserving the ancient and sacred royal fishing ponds, native plants and the many archeologically important features of the coastal site.

    As part of the hotel redesign, the total number of hotel rooms will be reduced, and dramatic oceanfront and ocean-view suites offering panoramic coastal views will be added. The ultra-luxury Mauna Lani Bungalows, with their private pools, butler service and private resort-within-a-resort setting, will be enhanced to provide the ultimate insider getaway.

    Auberge’s acclaimed culinary expertise and the Island of Hawaii’s abundance of organic farms will inspire rich and varied dining experiences, from starlit dinners overlooking the ocean, to fun-filled family meals on the beach. The signature waterfront CanoeHouse restaurant, an unrivalled setting for watching the sun slip beyond the horizon, will serve artfully prepared local dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and premium wines. The existing Bay Terrace Restaurant will be transformed and reimagined as a new three-meal restaurant with a lively bar to enjoy daily sunsets.

    Anchoring the extensive and lush landscape of the resort will be brand-new adult and family pools and a variety of gathering places for playing, relaxing and indulging in the warm embrace of Hawaii’s magical year-round sunshine. A brand-new infinity-edge Adult Pool and Lounge is being built with private cabanas and scenic views of the royal ponds and the Pacific, and a completely redesigned Family Pool will be active with daily programs centered around sun-soaked fun.

    Auberge will introduce its signature Auberge Adventures program, which will take full advantage of the resort’s 32 acres and the Island’s natural playground. Whether together or independently, ‘ohana (families) will enjoy active programs, from a kids club for keiki, to stand-up paddle boarding, outrigger canoe adventuring and after-hours bonfires.

    Home to the original IRONMAN Triathlon, the Island of Hawaii offers a fitness culture that’s second to none. Mauna Lani will cater to active guests with a 5,000-square-foot fitness facility that includes an expansive fitness garden, personal trainers and classes tailored to all levels. Complementing the rich menu of fitness programs indoors and out will be a signature Auberge Spa with its commitment to lokahi – harmony and balance – as interpreted by the Hawaiian tradition of healing arts.

    Plans call for Mauna Lani to close in October 2018 and reopen in late 2019 as part of Auberge Resorts Collection. To learn more, please visit https://maunalani.aubergeresorts.com/.

    About The Friedkin Group
    The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies.
    These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GSM, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group,
    Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary
    Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit
    www.friedkin.com.

    About DiamondHead Land
    DiamondHead Land is a real estate investment company formed by San Francisco-based real estate investment company
    ProspectHill Group and Pat Fitzgerald, a Hawaii based seasoned hotel and resort executive. This group of deeply
    experienced real estate professionals have a history of high-quality hotel and resort development in the Hawaiian Islands,
    including projects on the Big Island of Hawaii and Oahu.
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    Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
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  • May 1, 2018

    The Iconic Hotel Jerome Begins Another Chapter with Enhancements Inspired by the Lore of Aspen’s Past and Future

    This June, Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resort Collection, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, will debut the results of an ambitious enhancement project that aims to marry Aspen’s past and future by converting the 140-year-old Aspen Times printing house into a character-rich event space, injecting new life into Aspen’s favorite outdoor living space and adding a seductive new underground bar – Bad Harriet – beneath the street-level former newspaper building.

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  • March 21, 2018

    On the horizon in Punta de Mita: Susurros Del Corazon, an intimate new escape from Auberge Resorts Collection

    Susurros del Corazon, a new destination from Auberge Resorts Collection with an anticipated opening in late 2019, will reintroduce romance to the Punta de Mita Peninsula and captivate guests with unscripted luxury, authentic connection, and reverence for nature.

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  • February 20, 2018

    Auberge Du Soleil honored with Forbes Travel Guide’s Five Stars for fifth consecutive year

    World Renowned Napa Valley Resort Recognized for
    Exceptional Service and Wine Country’s Most Luxurious Accommodations

    RUTHERFORD, Calif. (February 20, 2018) —Auberge du Soleil, the iconic Napa Valley resort inspired by the relaxed sophistication of the South of France and infused with California soul, has received Forbes Travel Guide’s highest rating – Five Stars – for a fifth consecutive year. Announced today in the 2018 edition of the Guide, Wine Country’s most luxurious resort remains the first and only property in Napa Valley to receive five successive Five Star ratings. Auberge du Soleil is showcased among the 2018 Forbes Star recipients at ForbesTravelGuide.com.

    As an independent global authority on luxury travel, Forbes Travel Guide releases an annual Star Rating system recognizing top luxury hotels, restaurants and spas across the world as determined by anonymous professional inspectors who independently visit and rate each property based on up to 900 objective standards. Five-Star hotels are defined by Forbes Travel Guide as “outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities.”

    In addition, the property’s award-winning Restaurant, and the Auberge du Soleil Spa, both retained Forbes Four-Star ratings in the 2018 Guide.

    “It is a tremendous honor to once again receive this prestigious five-star recognition from Forbes Travel Guide,” said George Goeggel, Managing Partner, at Auberge du Soleil. “This recognition is the result of our dedicated team’s passion and commitment to Napa Valley as a world-renowned destination, and our genuine interest in providing unparalleled luxury experiences for our guests.”

    Auberge du Soleil features wine country’s most luxurious accommodations, spectacular valley views, a 12-time Michelin Star award-winning Restaurant, sculpture garden and an exclusive, picturesque spa. Celebrated for knowledgeable, intuitive service that sets the standard for gracious hospitality, the property is a member of Relais & Châteaux, an international association of outstanding boutique properties known for their excellence in hospitality and the culinary arts. The hotel consistently receives the highest accolades from the hospitality industry, discerning guests and the media, and is perennially ranked among the best in the world by influential publications.

    For more information please visit www.aubergedusoleil.com and follow at facebook.com/AubergeduSoleil and on Twitter and Instagram at @AubergeduSoleil.

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    About Forbes Travel Guide

     

    Forbes Travel Guide is the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas. Started as Mobil Travel Guide in 1958, the company created the first Five-Star rating system in the United States. Today, Forbes Travel Guide’s incognito inspectors travel the world, evaluating properties based on up to 900 rigorous, objective standards. The company’s annual Star Ratings, reviews and daily travel stories help discerning travelers select the world’s best luxury experiences. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit www.forbestravelguide.com. For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit www.forbestravelguide.com/about/ratings.

     

    About The Friedkin Group

     

    The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GSM, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit www.friedkin.com.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Rachel Farnham
    Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
    310-453-2539
    rfarnham@murphyobrien.com

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  • February 13, 2018

    Seven Auberge Properties Honored as the best hotels of 2018

    Auberge Among Top Luxury Hotels in the U.S. and Mexico

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (February 13, 2018) – Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, announced today that all of its resorts in the U.S. and Mexico have been named to the U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels of 2018 awards.

    “It is an honor to have all of our resorts in the U.S. and Mexico distinguished among the very
    best,” said Craig Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “This
    is a testament to our team’s ability to bring alive each of our spectacular destinations with soulful
    experiences and deliver the highly personal service for which Auberge is renowned.”

    The seven Auberge properties recognized as winners of “Best Hotels of 2018” representing the
    highest-rated luxury hotels in the U.S. and Mexico are: Auberge du Soleil, the collection’s Napa
    Valley flagship renowned for relaxed South of France sophistication that’s infused with
    California soul; Calistoga Ranch, the luxurious private canyon hideaway in Napa Valley, where
    guests can be totally at one with nature; Solage, the spirited playground designed for fun with
    classic cruiser bikes, bocce courts and the largest swimming pool in the Napa Valley; HotelJerome, the iconic hotel that is set amidst the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and is known as
    the gathering place in Aspen for locals and jetsetters alike; Madeline Hotel & Residences, the
    world-class ski-in/ski-out resort that celebrates adventure in the historic town of Telluride;
    Esperanza, the relaxed and enriching coastal escape perched on the dramatic bluffs of Punta
    Ballena in Cabo San Lucas, and Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, known for contemporary
    style, lively Latin charm and toes-in-the-sand dining on the most swimmable beach in Los
    Cabos.

    Best Hotels of 2018 Rankings Highlights

    • Auberge du Soleil (Napa Valley, Calif.) – No. 1 Best Napa Valley Hotels; No. 3 Best
      Hotels in California; No. 16 Best Hotels in the USA
    • Calistoga Ranch (Napa Valley, Calif.) – No. 2 Best Napa Valley Hotels; No. 7 Best
      Hotels in California
    • Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas) – No. 3 Best Mexico Hotels

    The annual awards program from U.S. News & World Report, nationally acclaimed publisher of
    consumer news and information, evaluates more than 3,000 luxury properties across the U.S.,
    Canada and Mexico, recognizing the best in these three destinations. The methodology accounts
    for both expert and guest sentiment and industry accolades a hotel receives to determine each
    hotel’s rank.

    To view the full list of 2018 rankings, please visit www.travel.usnews.com

    For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit www.aubergeresorts.com

    About The Friedkin Group
    The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GS Marketing, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit www.friedkin.com.

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Stacy Lewis/ Rachel Farnham
    Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
    310-453-2539
    slewis@murphyobrien.com
    rfarnham@murphyobrien.com

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  • January 24, 2018

    CFI Education and Auberge Resorts Collection Announce Auberge Resorts Student Film Challenge

    Discovering the next great filmmakers of the future

    SAN RAFAEL, CALIF. (January 24, 2018) – CFI Education is pleased to announce the Auberge Resorts Student Film Challenge is open for submissions. One student filmmaker and his/her selected crew (up to five people) will be chosen to produce a series of short, web-based commercial videos for Auberge Resorts Collection’s Napa properties — Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch and Solage — with a focus on three core areas of the “Napa Experience” — arts & entertainment, outdoor activities and the culinary scene.

    Created in partnership with Mill Valley-based Auberge Resorts Collection, one of the premier luxury hotel companies in the world, the Challenge will give one student filmmaker the opportunity to capture the essence of Auberge’s distinctive guest experience in the iconic destination of Napa Valley. “The California Film Institute’s continued mission has always been dedicated to partnering with other businesses within our community,” said Mark Fishkin, Founder/Executive Director, “this unique collaboration with Auberge Resorts Collection gives us the additional exciting opportunity of developing young filmmakers in commercial storytelling and showcasing their unique capabilities and visions.”

    “We are very excited about this new partnership with Auberge Resorts Collection, which has provided us the rare opportunity to offer our local young, emerging filmmakers the kind of paid, real-world experience that is so often out of their reach—but so critical to their professional development” added CFI Director of Education Joanne Parsont.

    “With Auberge Resorts Collection and our film companies, Imperative Entertainment and 30WEST, we celebrate creativity and impassioned storytelling,” said Dan Friedkin, Owner and Chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are delighted to have the opportunity for Auberge to work with CFI to bring these two creative industries together and provide students the chance to showcase their artistic talents.”

    “Auberge is known for providing exceptional experiences for guests around culinary, arts, adventure and more,” said Craig Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Now, we are excited to partner with CFI to discover the next generation of talented filmmakers. CFI was a natural choice, as they are both an industry leader in supporting film education and produce the prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival which takes place where our Auberge home offices are located.”

    Contest submissions will be accepted until 11:59 pm (PST) Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Details on how to enter and complete list of rules can be found at cfieducation.org/challenge. Entrants (and their selected crew members) must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Five finalists will be selected by both CFI and Auberge staff to pitch their concept to a review panel of industry and film professionals, who will then select one winner to be awarded a paid production package, which includes:

    • A $5,000 stipend
    • Equipment
    • Local ground transportation and production expenses
    • Professional commercial video content for the winning student’s reel
    • Online promotion of the winning student’s work on this project through the California Film
      Institute and Auberge Resorts Collection

    Entries must include:

      • A short written treatment (minimum 350/maximum 500 words) detailing the entrant’s creative approach and proposed filmmaking style and which activities, events, or locations the entrant would choose to represent Napa and the three core areas of the Napa Experience, based on the identities of the featured Auberge properties, and how they would showcase these properties in a series of promotional videos.
      • Sample reel of the entrant’s work (minimum 2 minutes)
      • Proof of student status and school affiliation (e.g., copy of student ID)

    Each submission will be judged based on its creativity, originality and viability, as well as its perceived value as a marketing resource for the Auberge Resorts Collection properties.

    The final spots will run from 10 to 45 seconds each and will be used to promote the Napa experience and the properties online via Auberge Resorts Collection’s website, digital marketing, email campaigns, and social media.

    About The Friedkin Group
    The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GS Marketing, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit www.friedkin.com.

    About CFI Education
    Serving over 8,000 students and hundreds of teachers and families each year since 1986, CFI Education provides Bay Area students and lifelong learners from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn about themselves and the world through film. Featuring a rich program of screening events and hands-on workshops, CFI Education introduces students to the power of film, promotes global awareness, and helps to build the next generation of filmmakers and film lovers through its creative film programs. For more information, visit cfieducation.org. Follow CFI Education on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cfieducation/, Twitter @cafilmedu and Instagram @cfieducation

    About California Film Institute
    The California Film Institute (CFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and promoting film and media arts through the presentation of the internationally acclaimed Mill Valley Film Festival celebrating it’s 41st year in 2018 and DocLands Documentary Film Festival, the ongoing cultivation of the next generation of filmmakers and film lovers through CFI Education, which features a broad range of activities, including
    screenings, Q&A sessions and seminars with top international and local filmmakers and industry professionals
    as well as a rich program of classes and hands-on-workshops. Additionally, CFI acts as a year-round film-centric town hall with a diverse calendar of programming at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, one of the leading non-profit independent theatres in the country. The art of storytelling through film enables CFI to touch 275,000 guests throughout the year with films and events that entertain as well as address a breadth of social, environmental and cultural issues. CFI relies on the generosity of its community to sustain these core programs. The invaluable support of our sponsors, foundations, and individual donors ensures our continued success. For more information visit cafilm.org

    MEDIA CONTACTS:
    Shelley Spicer, California Film Institute
    Director of Marketing & Publicity
    415-526-5845 (o) | 415-269-5808 (m)
    sspicer@cafilm.org

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  • January 8, 2018

    Chileno Bay Resort & Residences Designated As Grand Award Winner In 2018 Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

    CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO (January 8, 2018) – Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, an Auberge Resorts Collection property and Los Cabos’ newest contemporary resort, has been recognized as a top rated hotel by Andrew Harper in the 2018 Grand Awards, a selection of 20 highly-rated hotels around the globe. The travel editorial brand recommends the most exceptional hotels and travel experiences worldwide after editors visited 16 countries and stayed in close to 150 hotels over the last year.

    All of Andrew Harper’s recommended properties possess exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place. The results are published in the January 2018 special edition issue of The Hideaway Report, Andrew Harper’s member-exclusive monthly publication.

    The awards also recognize Chileno Bay Resort’s floating bar as one of the, “Most Unique Luxury Amenities” editors encountered this past year—highlighting the resort’s free-spirited beachfront lifestyle and amenities that offer visitors fun-filled experiences at every turn.

    “As we celebrate our first anniversary, we are honored to be recognized in Andrew Harper’s Grand Awards,” said Eliezer Quinones, general manager, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. “This award recognizes not only our unrivaled location on the swimmable shores of Chileno Bay, active experiences and amenities, but also our staff’s commitment and passion for service that comforts and engages guests from the moment they arrive.”

    “We could not be more excited for the recognition, it’s both humbling and energizing to be chosen as one of the best given the number of openings across the globe,” said Craig Reid, president and chief executive officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are committed to offering our guests this level of helpful and genuinely warm service Andrew Harper editors have recognized us for, not only in Cabo but at our Auberge Resorts across the world.”

    Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences opened its doors February 2017, ushering in a new expression of contemporary Latin luxury to the Cabo landscape. Managed by Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, the resort is set on Chileno Bay, the most coveted swimmable beach in Los Cabos offering guests an unmatched location for spending the day with family and friends, or catching the sunset with a loved one.

    Spectacular ocean views continue at signature restaurant COMAL, where guests are delighted by a fresh, contemporary take on regional Mexican and Latin American cuisine; at TnT (tacos and tequila) beach bar, guests can enjoy Baja-inspired street food, paired with regionally-inspired cocktails while playing traditional Mexican board games; while a shot of scorpion-fermented mescal awaits the more adventurous guest.

    The resort’s centerpiece 150-yard, three-tiered infinity edge pool cascades down to the ocean. On the beach, the H2O Activity Cave is stocked with the latest watersports equipment, from Schiller bikes that float over water, to elliptical paddle boards and glass-bottomed kayaks to spend the day exploring the pristine waters of Chileno Bay. Families or groups of friends will enjoy expansive accommodations at Chileno Bay Resort’s specialty villas, Brisa del Mar, an 11,000 square foot oceanfront estate offering private staff and amenities, or the Sky Villas, which feature rooftop decks with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez.

    For more information or reservations, please visit https://chilenobay.aubergeresorts.com, or call 1-855-452-6326.

    About The Friedkin Group
    The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GS Marketing, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin. For more information, visit www.friedkin.com.

    About Andrew Harper
    For close to 40 years, Andrew Harper has sought out unparalleled hotels and hideaways in the most enchanting destinations worldwide. Andrew Harper editors travel anonymously and pay full rates for all travel-related expenses, allowing Andrew Harper to do what no other travel company does today: Publish reviews with an unyielding commitment to independence and objectivity. Each month Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, The Andrew Harper Collection and AndrewHarper.com aspire to show readers the best the world has to offer so they, too, can have their own transformative travel experiences.

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  • October 25, 2017

    The Restaurant At Auberge Du Soleil Receives 12th Consecutive Michelin Star Award

    RUTHERFORD, CALIF. (October 25, 2017) – The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil, renowned for its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, commitment to local ingredients, award-winning wine list and iconic views, has received its 12th consecutive star rating from the Michelin Guide San Francisco, Bay Area & Wine Country. The rating Guide is internationally recognized as one of the most universally respected culinary authorities of fine dining. In its 12th edition, the 2018 Guide rates Auberge du Soleil among the top restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California Wine Country, one of the leading travel and culinary destinations in America.

    “A deeply-rooted dedication and passion for culinary excellence has been part of our core since Auberge du Soleil opened as Napa Valley’s first fine dining restaurant in 1981,” said George Goeggel, Managing Partner of Auberge du Soleil. “We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the Michelin Guide for the twelfth year in a row, which we credit to our outstanding kitchen and service teams lead by Executive Chef Robert Curry.” Robert Curry has served as Executive Chef at Auberge du Soleil since 2005. Widely considered a landmark among California wine country restaurants, Curry’s menu reflects his extensive experience in the traditions of Napa Valley and France. His Mediterranean-inspired dishes showcase peak season ingredients sourced from a range of local and regional purveyors and farmers with whom Curry has developed long-standing relationships.

    Executive Pastry Chef Paul Lemieux has more than two decades of experience cultivated at renowned restaurants throughout the country. His finely crafted work is evident in the exquisite seasonal desserts he creates including delectable house-made chocolate, involving sourcing cacao beans from select international farms and carefully roasting and refining the chocolate in small batches in the Auberge du Soleil pastry kitchen.

    The Restaurant’s menu items are complemented by pairings from an award-winning wine list. The 15,000 bottle cellar of domestic and international selections is curated by Wine Director, Kris Margerum. The Restaurant’s wine program has received Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence for the past 20 years.

    The Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil is open daily for breakfast (served from 7:00am to 11:00am), lunch (served from 11:30am to 2:30pm) and dinner (from 5:30pm to 9:30pm). Brunch is available on the weekends from 11:30am to 2:30pm. For reservations, please call 800-348-5406 or reserve online.

    The Restaurant, along with the casual Bistro and Bar, are open to the public, and are part of Auberge du Soleil, a Forbes Five Star hotel and a long-standing member of Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious collection of small luxury hotels and restaurants in the world. Inspired by the relaxed sophistication of the South of France, and infused with California soul, Auberge du Soleil provides the quintessential Napa Valley adult getaway. The hotel consistently receives the highest accolades from the hospitality industry, discerning guests and the media, and is perennially ranked among the World’s Best Hotels by Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler and other influential publications. For more information please visit https://aubergedusoleil.aubergeresorts.com and follow at facebook.com/AubergeduSoleil and on Twitter and Instagram at @AubergeduSoleil.

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  • October 17, 2017

    Nanuku Auberge Fiji Recognized With Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award “Top 20 Resorts In Australia & The South Pacific”

    PACIFIC HARBOUR, FIJI (October 17, 2017) – Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Nanuku Auberge Fiji recognized as the #16 Top Resort within Australia and the South Pacific, with a score of 92.86.

    “We are honored to receive this recognition from the readers of Condé Nast Traveler,” said Sacha Hemmann, general manager of Nanuku Auberge Resort. “This award is especially meaningful as it is based on the discerning tastes and recommendations of our guests, and is a testament to the passion and outstanding efforts of the Nanuku team.”

    Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports.

    Nanuku, an Auberge Resort, also known as “nature’s playground” is the first all-villa boutique resort to be built on the main island of Viti Levu. Featuring just 24 Fijian-style accommodations, the resort immerses guests in the rich cultural heritage of Fiji and offers a myriad of exclusive and soulful guest activities including overnight camping under a canopy of stars on the resort’s private island, tree top dining, food safaris, bilibilli bamboo and white water rafting. Nanuku’s on-site Fijian Marine Scientist, Kelly-Dawn Bentley spearheads local and indigenous offerings for guests including coral planting, reef conservation and Mangrove replanting. The resort’s “Adventure Kids’ Club” encourages children to “unplug” from their daily technology driven environment and immerses them with nature.

    The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers.

    The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 24, 2017. The full list is published exclusively online, at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.

    About Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji
    Heralding a new era for Fiji tourism and taking the destination’s luxury resort offering to levels previously unseen, Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is the first all-villa boutique resort to be built on the main island of Viti Levu. Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji’s location in the heart of the Pacific Coast, aka ‘Fiji’s Adventure Capital’ presents guests with access to myriad activities ranging from golf, zip lining, white water rafting, surfing and diving. Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is the proud recipient of a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and a ‘Fiji Excellence in Tourism’ Award. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nanukuresort.

    About Kiwi Collection
    Kiwi Collection is the world’s largest and most diverse curated collection of luxury hotels spanning 130 countries. We provide expert guidance on the best luxury hotels to book for a range of tastes and budgets—from boutique gems to celebrated hotels and resorts. Every hotel in Kiwi Collection is personally reviewed to ensure it offers truly outstanding guest experiences before it is invited to join. Hotels that fall below our rigorous standards are diligently removed. This keeps our collection fresh, honest, and dependable. Savvy travelers book with Kiwi Collection for exclusive hotel perks, complimentary concierge services, and the best rates. The company also powers and manages Visa’s global hotel program for their affluent cardholders, which means that consumers using a Visa premium card and booking hotel stays through the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection receive seven valuable benefits at 900 of Kiwi Collection’s 2200 hotels. To explore the collection, visit kiwicollection.com.

    About Condé Nast Traveler
    As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 28-year history. Advertising Age named Pilar Guzmán Editor of the Year in 2014 and CNTraveler.com attained 4 Webby Awards since 2015. www.cntraveler.com

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  • October 17, 2017

    Hacienda Altagracia, An Auberge Resort Named No. 1 Resort In Central America In Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

    PEREZ ZELEDON, COSTA RICA (October 17, 2017) – Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort, the ultra-luxury boutique resort in the Pérez Zeledón mountains of Costa Rica, has again received international acclaim and has been named No. 1 Resort in Central America in the 2017 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Over 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, sharing their recent travel experiences and opinions on the world’s best cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, and airports.

    In August Hacienda AltaGracia received equally prestigious recognition from Travel + Leisure, whose readers ranked the resort No. 1 in Central America in the 2017 World’s Best Awards.

    Originally conceived and developed as a family retreat and coffee farm by owner and visionary Don Alberto Esquivel, the resort celebrates the unspoiled essence of Costa Rica. Offering 50 hacienda-style casitas, the resort features the largest spa and wellness facility in Central America, a panoramic outdoor swimming pool and indoor/outdoor restaurants showcasing an abundance of produce from the resort’s on-site organic farm.

    “It has been a tremendous year at Hacienda AltaGracia, and we are honored to be recognized by the discerning readers of both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure as the No. 1 Resort in Central America,” said JP Alfonso, General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia. “This incredible back-to-back honor is thanks to our talented and passionate staff that can lead guests on an equestrian adventure that celebrates the authentic culture or take them up on unforgettable ultralight flights that showcase our unspoiled region of Costa Rica.”

    “It is a great achievement to have the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure name Hacienda AltaGracia No. 1 Resort in Central America in the same year,” said Craig Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “This recognition is thanks to our team’s exemplary service, development of unique experiences and the resort’s visionary Don Alberto Esquivel, whose dedication to excellence and honoring culture can be felt in every element of the resort’s extraordinary mountain setting.”

    The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”

    Hacienda AltaGracia joins sister properties Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort and Solage, an Auberge Resort in Napa Valley, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences and Esperanza, an Auberge Resort in Cabo San Lucas, and Nanuku, an Auberge Resort in Fiji, which also received top rankings. All the winners will be celebrated in the November 2017 issue of Condé Nast Traveler and online at www.cntraveler.com/rca.

    For more information or reservations, please visit https://altagracia.aubergeresorts.com, or call 1-855-452-6326.

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    As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 28-year history. Advertising Age named Pilar Guzmán Editor of the Year in 2014 and CNTraveler.com attained 4 Webby Awards since 2015. www.cntraveler.com

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  • October 17, 2017

    Chileno Bay Resort & Residences Debuts As No. 1 Resort In Los Cabos In Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards

    CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO (October 23, 2017) – Condé Nast Traveler announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards recognizing Chileno Bay Resort & Residences as the No. 1 resort in Los Cabos and the No. 4 resort in Mexico (Western Region). The Auberge Resorts Collection property opened in February 2017, and in less than a year, debuts on the list with a score of 98.21. More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines, and 195 airports.

    “It’s an exciting time in the destination and we are thrilled to come out on top in our inaugural year in Los Cabos,” said Marco Bustamante, hotel manager, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. “Our incredibly passionate and dedicated staff is to thank. They are ambassadors of hospitality and fun, facilitating experiences for our guests from snorkeling on the marine reserve in front of our resort on one of the few swimmable beaches in Cabo; to welcoming every guest with a personally-crafted “Chilenito” mescal cocktail; to providing a tailored wellness experiences at our Auberge Spa and fitness center.”

    “We are honored to have Chileno Bay Resort & Residences gain the recognition from the discerning readers of Conde Nast Traveler, it’s an incredible feat in less than a year since the resort’s opening,” said Craig Reid, president and chief executive officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “It’s a testament to our people – they offer our loyal Auberge guests exceptional service across our growing collection of boutique luxury properties.”

    Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences opened its doors February 2017, ushering in a new expression of contemporary Latin luxury to the Cabo landscape. Managed by Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, the resort is set on Chileno Bay, the most coveted swimmable beach in Los Cabos, offering guests a free-spirited beachfront lifestyle with amenities that are a gateway to fun-filled experiences at every turn.

    Signature restaurant COMAL offers spectacular ocean views to enjoy a fresh, contemporary take on regional Mexican and Latin American cuisine; at TnT (tacos and tequila) beach bar, guests can enjoy Baja-inspired street food, paired with regionally-inspired cocktails while playing traditional Mexican board games; and a shot of scorpion-fermented mescal awaits the more adventurous guest.

    The resort’s centerpiece 150-yard, three-tiered infinity edge pool cascades down to the ocean. On the beach, the H2O Activity Cave is stocked with the latest watersports equipment, from Schiller bikes that float over water, to elliptical paddle boards and glass-bottomed kayaks to spend the day exploring the pristine waters of Chileno Bay.

    More fun can be had indoors, too, at Chileno Bay Resort’s own movie house that can be rented out to showcase feature films or family vacation videos of your Cabo getaway. The wellness-minded guest will have plenty to help them stay in tune to their health goals; from a morning session with the resort’s elite CrossFit trainers to a spin class in the pool, finished off with a restorative pause in the Himalayan salt room or time spent in the reflexology pool at the resort’s Auberge Spa.

    The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” The full list is published exclusively online, at https://www.cntraveler.com/travel-awards/readers-choice-awards and will be published in the November issue of the magazine.

    In celebration of being voted #1 Resort in Cabo by Conde Nast Traveler readers, Chileno Bay Resort is offering the Readers’ Choice Package: book three nights and get the fourth night complimentary including full breakfast daily, private airport transfers and $100 resort credit. Restrictions may apply.

    For more information or reservations, please visit https://chilenobay.aubergeresorts.com, or call 1-855-452-6326.

    About The Friedkin Group
    The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GS Marketing, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin.

    About Condé Nast Traveler
    As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen’s bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 28-year history. Advertising Age named Pilar Guzmán Editor of the Year in 2014 and CNTraveler.com attained 4 Webby Awards since 2015. www.cntraveler.com

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  • October 17, 2017

    Condé Nast Traveler Readers Honor All Nine Auberge Resorts In 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (October 24, 2017) – Condé Nast Traveler announced results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards recognizing all nine of Auberge Resorts Collection resorts among the best in the world. Auberge Resorts Collection was the only brand to receive this level of recognition by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler.

    “Our distinctive properties offer unique guest experiences and are united by a crafted approach to luxury, expressed through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service,” said Dan Friedkin, Owner and Chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection. “It is an incredible honor to have the entire collection of resorts receive top honors by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler.”

    Hacienda AltaGracia landed the top honors as the No. 1 Resort in Central America. Set in the verdant mountains of south central Costa Rica, the property was also voted the No. 1 Resort in Central America by Travel + Leisure readers in August 2017. Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, with its contemporary style and lively Latin charm, was named the No. 1 Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and scored among the best in all of Mexico.

    Auberge’s other resorts also received high marks from readers, including the collection’s other Cabo beachfront escape, Esperanza which was among the highest-rated resorts in Mexico. The Napa Valley flagship Auberge du Soleil and nearby properties Calistoga Ranch and Solage along with historic Hotel Jerome in Aspen all received Readers’ Choice Awards for 2017. Malliouhana, the Auberge resort on the island of Anguilla was voted among the best in the Caribbean, and Nanuku, the South Pacific paradise set on the coast of Fiji, was voted as one of the top resorts in Australia and the South Pacific.

    “The fact that all of our resorts have won the acclaim of the readers of Condé Nast Traveler is an acknowledgment of the efforts by our staff to deliver an unmatched level of personal service to our guests,” said Craig Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Every day at each of our resorts, we deliver authentic, intimate experiences that define the destination. We’re delighted that our style of casual luxury and exceptional hospitality has been recognized by the highly discerning travelers of Condé Nast Traveler.”

    The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.” More than 300,000 people voted in the annual awards, asking travelers to weigh in on more than 7,300 hotels, 610 cities and hundreds more cruises, islands and airports.

    The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler, on newsstands nationwide on October 24, 2017. The full list is published exclusively online at www.CNTraveler.com/rca.

    About The Friedkin Group
    The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include: Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GS Marketing, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, 30WEST, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin.

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  • September 28, 2017

    Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji Joins The Kiwi Collection

    PACIFIC HARBOUR, FIJI (September 28, 2017) – Nanuku Auberge Resort, an all-villa boutique resort located on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, is now part of the prestigious Kiwi Collection, one of the world’s largest and most diverse curated collection of luxury hotels. Kiwi Collection members who book a standard rate at Nanuku will receive an automatic room upgrade upon arrival, 8 a.m. check-in and a 6 p.m. check-out.

    “Kiwi Collection members know that properties bearing the Kiwi Advantage symbol are of the best in the world and we are thrilled to be associated with Kiwi Collection’s exclusive group of resorts,” said Sacha Hemmann, general manager of Nanuku Auberge Resort. “We look forward to welcoming Kiwi Collection members and showing them our special piece of paradise here in Fiji.”

    Nanuku Auberge Resort, also known as “nature’s playground” is the first all-villa boutique resort to be built on the main island of Viti Levu. Featuring just 24 Fijian-style accommodations, the resort immerses guests in the rich cultural heritage of Fiji and offers a myriad of exclusive and soulful guest activities including overnight camping under a canopy of stars on the resort’s private island, tree top dining, food safaris, bilibilli bamboo and white water rafting. Nanuku’s on-site Fijian Marine Scientist, Kelly-Dawn Bentley spearheads local and indigenous offerings for guests including coral planting, reef conservation and Mangrove replanting. The resort’s “Adventure Kids’ Club” encourages children to “unplug” from their daily technology driven environment and immerses them with nature.

    Since 2003, Kiwi Collection’s highly trained teams of hospitality experts have scoured the globe in search of the very best hotels and resorts – regardless of size, brand or affiliation. Every hotel in Kiwi Collection is personally reviewed to ensure it offers truly outstanding guest experiences before it is invited to join.

    For more information about Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji, please visit https://nanuku.aubergeresorts.com/. For more information about Kiwi Collection, please visit kiwicollection.com.

    About Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji
    Heralding a new era for Fiji tourism and taking the destination’s luxury resort offering to levels previously unseen, Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is the first all-villa boutique resort to be built on the main island of Viti Levu. Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji’s location in the heart of the Pacific Coast, aka ‘Fiji’s Adventure Capital’ presents guests with access to myriad activities ranging from golf, zip lining, white water rafting, surfing and diving. Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is the proud recipient of a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’ and a ‘Fiji Excellence in Tourism’ Award. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/nanukuresort.

    About Kiwi Collection
    Kiwi Collection is the world’s largest and most diverse curated collection of luxury hotels spanning 130 countries. We provide expert guidance on the best luxury hotels to book for a range of tastes and budgets—from boutique gems to celebrated hotels and resorts. Every hotel in Kiwi Collection is personally reviewed to ensure it offers truly outstanding guest experiences before it is invited to join. Hotels that fall below our rigorous standards are diligently removed. This keeps our collection fresh, honest, and dependable. Savvy travellers book with Kiwi Collection for exclusive hotel perks, complimentary concierge services, and the best rates. The company also powers and manages Visa’s global hotel program for their affluent cardholders, which means that consumers using a Visa premium card and booking hotel stays through the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection receive seven valuable benefits at 900 of Kiwi Collection’s 2200 hotels. To explore the collection, visit kiwicollection.com.

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  • July 20, 2017

    Auberge Resorts Collection Voted One of the World’s Top Three Hotel Brands in 2017 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

    Multiple properties voted among the best in their region and Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica ranked the No.1 Resort in Central America

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (July 20, 2017) The ballots are in and Auberge Resorts Collection, is No. 3 among the world’s top hotel brands in Travel + Leisure’s 2017 World’s Best Awards. The annual readers’ poll celebrating the best hotels, cruise lines, airlines and destinations, also awarded six iconic Auberge properties Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica, Aspen’s Hotel Jerome, Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Malliouhana in Anguilla and Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch among the very best resorts in their destinations.

    “This is an incredible honor for our brand and six resorts to be voted among the best in the world by the readers of Travel + Leisure.” said Dan Friedkin, Chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection. “This accomplishment is thanks to the loyal guests who have distinguished Auberge as the best, and our team’s dedication to providing authentic experiences that make a lasting impression.”

    Honored for their destination-inspired design, spectacular natural settings, intimate size and experiential Auberge Adventures, the Auberge brand and properties are rich in character and soulful experiences that resonate with guests.

    Hacienda AltaGracia received top honors as the No. 1 resort hotel in Central America and ranked No. 20 among all hotels in the world. Additional accolades were received by, Auberge du Soleil, the collection’s flagship resort in Napa Valley which was voted No. 4 in the top 10 resorts in California with Calistoga Ranch, the luxury resort in a secluded canyon in Napa Valley ranking at No. 5; dramatic coastal escape Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas was voted No. 6 in the top 10 resorts in Mexico; Aspen’s iconic Hotel Jerome surrounded by the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains voted No. 4 in top 10 resorts in the West; and Anguilla’s vibrant and stylish Malliouhana was voted among the top resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda and Bahamas.

    “We are grateful for this global recognition for the Auberge brand and our resorts,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “I would like to thank our teams for the exceptional personal service they provide to guests across all our properties and to our development partners, who enable us to bring our vision to life in a way that sets Auberge apart from other hotels. We are looking forward to creating more unforgettable guest experiences at our new properties in development in Santa Fe, at Bishop’s Lodge, in Utah, at the Lodge at Blue Sky, in Austin at Commodore Perry Estate and in Sun Valley.”

    The World’s Best Awards are a result of an extensive reader survey conducted by Travel + Leisure each year and are among the most respected reader polls in the travel industry. The awards are available online at http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best and will be published in Travel + Leisure’s August 2017 issue.

    About The Friedkin Group The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GS Marketing, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin.

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  • June 14, 2017

    Auberge Resorts Collection to Manage the Commodore Perry Estate, A New Luxury Hotel Planned for Austin, Texas

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (June 13, 2017) – Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, has been selected to manage the Commodore Perry Estate, a small luxury hotel to be developed on the historic “Commodore” Perry Estate in Central Austin. The property is being developed by an ownership team led by Austin-based developers Clark Lyda, The Marchbanks Company and Austin Pfiester. Woodbine Development Corporation is providing project management services. The project’s creative team spearheading the redevelopment is comprised of internationally-renowned urbanist Stefanos Polyzoides of Moule & Polyzoides from Pasadena, California, and renowned interior designer Ken Fulk from San Francisco, collaborating with Austin-based Clayton & Little Architects and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects.

    Plans call for the restoration of the historic landmark estate and the creation of an urban oasis on the property located in the heart of the city. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the estate is comprised of a 10,800-square-foot Italian Renaissance-style home and formal gardens enclosed within a 10-acre walled compound on the headwaters of Waller Creek. The new luxury hotel will encompass 53 guest rooms, flexible event space, and a destination restaurant featuring a culinary experience driven by locally sourced ingredients, including those sourced from the estate’s own organic gardens. In addition to a small hotel, the development will offer new Auberge-branded residences as part of the second phase of construction, complete with access to signature hotel amenities and services.

    “Auberge has an outstanding reputation for creating hotels that have extraordinary character,” said Dan Friedkin, chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection. “The Commodore Perry Estate offers an exceptional setting for Auberge’s signature style of tailored luxury and unforgettable guest experiences. It will be an ideal complement to the other iconic properties in our collection.”

    “Auberge has been selected to be a steward of the next chapter in the property’s history,” said Craig Reid, president and chief executive officer, Auberge Resorts Collection, and a former Austin resident. “As we have with the other historic hotels in our collection, we will honor the architectural heritage of the estate while infusing the unique character that defines Austin.”

    “Auberge Resorts Collection has a proven track record of creating and managing remarkable properties,” said Clark Lyda, partner and developer. “We are pleased to have found an operator that shares both our vision for The Commodore Perry Estate and our commitment to ensuring its future as one of Austin’s most cherished gathering places.”

    The Perry Mansion was designed in 1927 by prominent Dallas architect H.B. Thomson and features rich classical influences such as a grand central hall and loggia, carved limestone fireplaces, handcrafted plaster and ironwork, and expansive formal gardens, making it one of Austin’s premier locations for gatherings such as weddings and social events. Located just north of the University of Texas campus and the new Dell Medical School, the hotel will be an urban retreat for locals and visitors alike.

    The hotel will open in mid-2019. For more information, please visit aubergeresorts.com/perry-estate-austin

    About Clark Lyda
    Veteran developer Clark Lyda is a native Austinite with a long history of development projects in the area. Lyda has pursued a number of real estate development projects beginning with the assembly, redevelopment, and sale of the 15-acre Terrace Motor Hotel and Austin Opera House site on South Congress Avenue in Austin. With an interest in preservation, Lyda has completed several adaptive reuse projects in Austin and Central Texas. Lyda has also acquired, improved, and sold multiple large tracts totaling over 6,000 acres in Travis and Williamson counties in Central Texas.

    Currently, Lyda acquired, entitled (over a four-year process), and is leading the redevelopment of the historic 10-acre Commodore Perry Estate in Central Austin. Lyda is also co-developer of the 102-room Hotel Magdalena, a small luxury hotel adjacent to the iconic Hotel Saint Cecilia and just off South Congress Avenue in Austin, and of Music Lane, a 160,000-square-foot mixed-use project on South Congress at Academy Drive. He is led the purchase and repositioning of the Stagecoach Inn, an iconic 1940s roadside restaurant and hotel in historic Salado, Texas. Lyda also owns two large restaurants in historic Georgetown, Texas — the Monument Café (a Texas roadside farm to table café and farmer’s market) and El Monumento (interior Mexican and South Texas fare) — that have operated successfully over 20 years. 

    About The Marchbanks Company
    The Marchbanks Company has an impressive track record in real estate investments, including office buildings, hotels, retail and apartments. In 2006, the company joined forces with Liz Lambert, the creator of the Hotel San José in Austin, to form Bunkhouse Group LLC, a boutique hotel management and consulting group. To date, Bunkhouse Group projects have included the Hotel San José and Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin and Hotel Havana in San Antonio.

    About Woodbine Development Corporation
    Woodbine Development Corporation is a full-service real estate company with more than 40 years of development, investment, acquisition and asset management experience. With offices in Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles, Woodbine specializes in hotels, resorts and mixed-use developments throughout the United States. The company’s hospitality portfolio features brands, independent hotels, full-service destinations and select-service stays alike. Since 1973, Woodbine has been involved in more than $7 billion in commercial real estate projects, including the development, ownership, asset management, repositioning or renovation of over 17,000 hotel rooms. To learn more, visit woodbinedevelopment.com

    About The Friedkin Group
    The Friedkin Group is comprised of a consortium of automotive, hospitality, entertainment, golf and adventure companies. These organizations include Gulf States Toyota, GSFSGroup, GS Marketing, US AutoLogistics, Ascent Automotive Group, Auberge Resorts Collection, Imperative Entertainment, Diamond Creek Golf Club, Congaree and Legendary Adventures. The Friedkin Group is led by Chairman and CEO Dan Friedkin.

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  • June 13, 2017

    Esperanza, An Auberge Resort Awarded AAA Five Diamond Rating

    Multi-Award-Winning Luxury Beachfront Resort Earns the Travel Authority’s Highest Rating

    CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO (June 13, 2017) – Esperanza, An Auberge Resort, the luxury property overlooking the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is proud to announce that it has received the AAA Five Diamond Rating for 2018. As a two-time recipient of the Forbes Five Star award, this is the first time that Esperanza has received the prestigious AAA Five Diamond rating.

    Hotels at this level employ experienced, highly qualified staff to provide the custom service luxury hotel guests expect, according to AAA. These establishments deliver unmatched guest comfort with luxurious accommodations, extraordinary facilities and many personalized amenities. From a private dinner at the ocean’s edge to a tranquil spa day with a significant other, Esperanza offers an array of amenities and experiences for guests to create indelible memories. Exuding barefoot elegance and sensual relaxation, Esperanza’s contemporary redesign by HKS Hospitality Group and landscape architect George Girvin, provides a fresh take on coastal living in Cabo and creates a true sense of place anchored in the commitment, dedication and love of all of the resort’s team members.

    “We are truly honored to be recognized as an AAA Five Diamond resort for the first time,” said Marc Rodriguez, general manager of Esperanza, An Auberge Resort. “This prestigious rating reflects the commitment of our staff and management to deliver unforgettable experiences for each guest from arrival to departure.”

    “A big part of becoming a Five Diamond establishment is consistently exceeding expectations of the most discriminating traveler — the AAA inspector. Five Diamond hotels and restaurants deliver a highly personalized, memorable experience, and we are pleased to recognize Esperanza, An Auberge Resort with the Five Diamond Rating,” said Michael Petrone, director, AAA Inspections and Diamond Ratings.

    As a reflection of the resort’s sincere hospitality, Esperanza is introducing the new “From the Heart” package that allows guests to design the escape of their dreams with the flexibility of a $500 resort credit. And, in celebration of the AAA Five Diamond award, guests also will receive a bottle of champagne and a hand-blown glass heart crafted by Mexican artisans. The resort credit gives guests the opportunity to dine at the resort’s restaurants, book spa treatments or experience a wide range of amenities and local adventures. To book the “From the Heart” package, please call toll-free 866-311-2226 or visit https://esperanza.aubergeresorts.com/.

    Esperanza encompasses a 57-room resort, 60 privately owned villas and 36 private residences situated in an incomparable natural setting overlooking two private coves at Punta Ballena near Cabo San Lucas. All of the resort’s spacious rooms open to reveal sweeping ocean views. The resort features six dining venues including world-class oceanfront restaurant Cocina del Mar, an award-winning spa, four swimming pools and two private beaches, in addition to access to championship golf and recreational activities nearby. Esperanza’s team continues to extend the warm hospitality and service that the resort is known for while introducing new, locally-inspired culinary, fitness and Auberge Adventure experiences that connect guests to the destination. The guest programming highlights the beauty of Esperanza and its dramatic and mesmerizing setting – the perfect combination of the desert and ocean.

    Follow Esperanza on Facebook at facebook.com/EsperanzaResort and on Twitter and Instagram at @EsperanzaResort.

    About AAA Diamond Ratings
    For more than 80 years, AAA has used professional inspectors to conduct anonymous, in-person property evaluations. AAA offers the only rating system using comprehensive, on-site professional hotel and restaurant evaluations guided by member priorities. With a far greater inventory than any other rating entity, AAA’s rating system covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

    Travelers can find Diamond Rated establishments and inspector insight in AAA’s trip planning products: the AAA Mobile app, the online TripTik Travel Planner mapping and routing tool, searchable online AAA Travel Guides and AAA TourBook guides available to members at AAA offices. As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 57 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profitably tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

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  • April 19, 2017

    It’s All About Fun This Summer As Auberge Resorts Collection Introduces New Family Adventures

    Explore Costa Rica on Horseback, Release Sea Turtles in Cabo or Stomp Grapes in Napa Valley; Family-Friendly Summers at Auberge Resorts Celebrate Fun and the Simple Joys of Being Together

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. – Auberge Resorts Collection welcomes summer with a host of activities that invite families to escape, reconnect and create cherished memories. From starry night galaxy-gazing in Napa Valley to sailing to a nearby island for dinner in Anguilla, Costa Rican cowboy adventures and Fijian coral reef explorations, Auberge’s tailor-made experiences offer the perfect balance of luxury, adventure and family fun in some of the world’s most stunning destinations.

    With award-winning restaurants and service, regionally inspired spas, extensive fitness programs, and kid-focused activities, Auberge Resorts ensure that everyone in the family is well looked after. Hotel rooms and suites with adjoining rooms are customizable for multigenerational travel. Vacation homes and villas are perfect for families with spacious private villas with gourmet kitchens and expansive indoor-outdoor living areas. New family adventures are now available at these Auberge Resorts Collection properties:

    NAPA VALLEY
    Calistoga Ranch – Tucked into a private wooded canyon setting, Calistoga Ranch brings the outdoors in with contemporary lodge compounds that feature outdoor living rooms with Jacuzzis and bath gardens with outdoor showers. Hiking trails, an on-site organic garden and greenhouse, chicken coop, beehives and separate kids pool offer a perfect setting for families seeking to unplug and connect with nature.

    Family Offer: Family Grape Stomp and Blending – Families can enjoy an exclusive wine-blending experience – including a grape stomp for kids – to create a special “family vintage.” While parents work with an expert winemaker to craft (and sample) the perfect blend, kids will delight in the merriment of a classic grape stomp.

    SolageSolage, an Auberge Resort offers stylish, spirited fun in the heart of California wine country with a 130-foot landmark swimming pool – the largest in the Valley – a separate family pool, bocce courts, lively indoor-outdoor restaurant and complimentary cruiser bicycles.

    Family Offer: Take your Loved Ones to the Stars – The perfect excuse to stay up late: Solage’s summer stargazing. Families will enjoy exploring the night skies while astronomers point out the constellations. Top off the experience with out-of-this-world desserts hand-crafted by Solage’s talented chefs.

    LOS CABOS, MEXICO
    Chileno Bay Resort & Residences – A contemporary new resort located on Los Cabos’ most swimmable beach, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences features a sensational three-tiered swimming pool, complimentary watersports, toes-in-the-sand taco bar, “Pescaditos” kids club, on-site movie theater and beachside hiking trails.

    Family Offer: Create Your Family Adventure
    – Families can tailor their own summer escape by selecting two activities such as a guided snorkeling tour, Mexican cooking class, smoothie class, family fitness class, or movie night. Their experience includes a family dinner at the resort’s open-air COMAL restaurant or TnT, the lively beachfront taco bar.

    Esperanza – Perched on the bluffs of Punta Ballena (“Whale Point”), Esperanza is a coastal escape offering five swimming pools – including four for families – a game-filled kids club, an oceanfront restaurant, swim-up pool bars, two private beaches and Mexicanismo, a weekly fiesta with local crafts, music and fireworks.

    Family Offer: Play Together in Baja – Add a splash of marine adventure and swim with gentle whale sharks, snorkel the reefs, or join in a baby sea turtle release, or stay on shore with stand up paddle board lessons in the pool.

    COSTA RICA
    Hacienda AltaGracia – Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection’s stunning Central American property set in the lush mountains of southern Costa Rica, offers families a pure authentic Costa Rican adventure for exploring the undiscovered side of the country.

    Family Offer: Discover the Real Costa Rica – Active families will get their fix thanks to the endless immersive adventures such as horseback riding and lunch with a Costa Rican cowboy, Namu Waterfalls hike, treasure hunt in the surrounding forest, visits to a working family farm, mountain biking and river rafting.

    COLORADO
    Hotel Jerome – Aspen’s landmark hotel, Hotel Jerome, is the perfect base for families to explore the town’s historic charm and embark on mountain adventures. Known as the city’s social hub, the Jerome is rich in Rocky Mountain spirit with its lively Living Room and the J-Bar, the legendary gathering place and home of Aspen’s best burger.

    Family Offer: The Greatest Gift Package – Make family memories in the scenic Rocky Mountains with new activities such as trail-wagging with Rocky, the resort’s loveable Bernese Mountain Dog, or a two-hour private exploration of the great outdoors at Aspen Center for Exploration (ACES) with the choice of local and regional bird-watching, wild flower-viewing or exploring a scenic nature preserve.

    The Auberge Residences at Element 52 – Located in the spectacular mountain destination of Telluride, Colo., The Auberge Residences at Element 52 are spacious multi-bedroom private residences nestled at the base of the mountain along the banks of the San Miguel River.

    Family Offer: Summer Recess – Spend a thrilling day together with a white water rafting excursion or a rugged Jeep tour over Ophir Pass and through the ghost town of Alta. Finish an active day with family s’mores around the fire pit.

    FIJI
    Nanuku – A South Pacific paradise along the coastline of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu Nanuku welcomes guests into its warm Fijian family culture with spacious beachfront villas that feature private pools, resort amenities and the attentive care of a dedicated “villa mama” to assist the entire family.

    Family Offer: Fiji, Fun and Sun – Families can set sail with  a two-hour family Hobie Cat sailing lesson, or get below the surface on a snorkeling tour of some of Fiji’s most colorful coral and sea life. Back on land, a food safari tour brings families to source local natural ingredients that Nanuku’s chefs will feature in a family dinner that evening.

    CARIBBEAN
    Malliouhana – Surrounded by two white sand beaches and gentle tropical waters, Malliouhana offers a plethora of complimentary watersports, a “secret” beach to explore and a two-tiered infinity-edge swimming pool. Off property, the resort can arrange private chartered sailing adventures for snorkeling among diverse marine life and thrilling dives off Anguilla’s scenic cliffs.

    Family Offer: Summer Family Escape – Families will delight in exploring this coveted Caribbean destination’s natural surroundings through a Garden Tour at Malliouhana’s estate gardens. Cultivated for more than 30 years, the tour takes families through flourishing rows of native herbs, fruits, plants and vegetables.

    To book an Auberge Family package, please visit, https://aubergeresorts.com/family-experiences/, or call (866) 282-3743. All packages and offers are based on availability and terms and conditions apply.

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  • February 6, 2017

    Auberge Resorts Collection Properties Recognized With ‘Best Hotels Of 2017’ Awards From U.S. News & World Report

    Six Auberge Hotels Among Top Luxury Hotels in the U.S., Mexico and Caribbean

    Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, announced today that six iconic resorts have been named to the U.S. News & World Report Best Hotels of 2017 awards list. Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch and Solage in Napa Valley join Hotel Jerome in Aspen and Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas as Gold Badge winners representing the top 10 percent of all ranked luxury hotels in the U.S. and Mexico. Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort in Anguilla, also gained recognition within its Caribbean market.

    The annual awards program from U.S. News & World Report, nationally acclaimed publisher of consumer news and information, evaluates more than 3,000 luxury properties across the United States, the Caribbean, Canada and Mexico. The methodology accounts for both expert and guest sentiment and industry accolades a hotel receives to determine each hotel’s rank.

    “We are honored to have six of our market-leading resorts once again distinguished among top luxury properties in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “This is a testament to our team’s unwavering commitment to providing guests world-class service, remarkable amenities and destination-inspired experiences that create lasting memories.”

    Best Hotels of 2017 Rankings

    • Calistoga Ranch (Napa Valley, Calif.) – #1 Best Napa Valley Hotels
    • Auberge du Soleil (Napa Valley, Calif.) – #3 Best Napa Valley Hotels
    • Solage (Napa Valley, Calif.) – #5 Best Napa Valley Hotels
    • Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas) – #4 Best Cabo San Lucas Hotels
    • Hotel Jerome (Aspen, Colo.) – #2 Best Aspen Hotels
    • Malliouhana (Anguilla) – #2 Best Anguilla Hotels

    The Best Hotels of 2017 rankings evaluate over 3,000 luxury hotels across the U.S., Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean, with the top 10 percent in each of these four destinations earning Gold badges as the best hotels in the U.S., Mexico, Canada or Caribbean.

    To view the full list of 2017 rankings, please visit http://travel.usnews.com.

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  • February 1, 2017

    Introducing Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, A New Expression Of Contemporary Luxury In Los Cabos

    Set on Cabo’s Most Desirable Beach, Auberge Resorts Collection’s Newest Property Dazzles With Design, Activities and Culinary Experiences

    Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences opened its doors today, ushering in a new expression of contemporary luxury to the Cabo landscape. Managed by Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, the resort is set on Chileno Bay, the most coveted swimming beach in Los Cabos, offering guests a free-spirited beachfront lifestyle. The resort complements the award-winning Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, known for its intimate setting perched on the bluffs of Punta Ballena outside of Cabo San Lucas.

    “Chileno Bay Resort & Residences becomes our second exceptional resort in the dynamic destination of Los Cabos,” said Dan Friedkin, Chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are particularly excited to be collaborating with another premier luxury brand, Discovery Land Company, to introduce a boutique luxury resort to its exclusive private community of Chileno Bay. This is a pioneering move for both companies, one that will create a truly distinctive experience for the Chileno Bay Club members and resort guests.”

    Chileno Bay Resort & Residences captures the spirit of effortless indoor-outdoor living and Auberge’s signature style of modern luxury. Here, refined contemporary spaces and sophisticated cuisine are balanced with the perfect degree of informality, an unabashed sense of fun and a caring staff that makes guests feel completely at home.

    Upon arrival, guests are welcomed into a dramatic open-air passageway that leads to panoramic views of the beach and Chileno Bay. Glazier Le Architects’ and interior designer BAMO’s resort design radiates beach-side chic with clean lines, natural wood and hand-cut local stone accented with traditional Mexican design elements. A 450-foot-long swimming pool anchors the resort like a river flowing to the sea, and the surrounding landscape, designed by master planner Girvin & Associates, celebrates the natural beauty and diversity of coastal Baja.

    A charming and engaged staff delivers understated five-star service that personifies the exuberant spirit of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. Guests are greeted in room with a freshly crafted Chilenito welcome cocktail. The resort is alive with a spontaneous and playful energy driven by active experiences for guests, from nighttime standup paddle boarding or water cycling on state-of-the-art Schiller S1 bikes, and elevated, yet playful culinary experiences inspired by the vibrant palate of Latin America.

    “Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, nestled in the protected cove and natural marine reserve of Chileno Bay, embodies the essence of a contemporary beach escape in the magical desert setting of Los Cabos,” said Mark Harmon, Founder and Managing Partner, Auberge Resorts Collection. “It’s the perfect expression of the kind of understated elegance in a relaxed and energetic setting that our guests will fall in love with.”

    An ideal retreat for families, groups of friends and active couples, 60 guest rooms and 32 two-, three-, and four-bedroom villas are light and airy with floor-to-ceiling windows that allow a seamless flow from each space, framing the panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez. Expansive floor plans with a natural color palette are the backdrop for handcrafted contemporary furniture in linen, cotton and leather, comfortable for lounging, with pops of bright colors that add vibrancy and flair. Guest rooms feature private terraces with ocean, beach, pool or lush garden views, spacious light-filled bathrooms with deep freestanding soaking bathtubs and private outdoor showers. Villas are equipped with the comforts of home, including gourmet kitchens and living spaces that span indoor-outdoor, terraces with plunge pools and hot tubs and breathtaking ocean views. Signature in-room amenities include a welcome cocktail freshly prepared in-room upon arrival, artisanal bath products, complimentary refreshments and WiFi.

    At the heart of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is a spectacular 450-foot-long three-tiered infinity-edge swimming pool that cascades through the center of the property, featuring private poolside cabanas and offering guests a relaxed, interactive gathering place. The H20 Watersports Activity Cave offers snorkeling gear, glass-bottomed kayaks and other high-performance watersports equipment to enjoy in the calm waters of Chileno Bay that are known for the best snorkeling in Los Cabos. Another communal gathering place is the resort’s Activity Center that offers a comprehensive kids’ club; two movie theatres; a games lawn and the Fitness Center, featuring weights, aerobic equipment and group classes such as TRX, yoga, Pilates and spinning. Signature group fitness and wellness programming will be led by CrossFit Games champion Jason Khalipa.

    Dynamic Culinary Experiences
    Guests and locals will be delighted by the resort’s exciting dining experiences, which offer an eclectic interpretation of regional Mexican favorites and celebrate the the cuisine of Latin America. The resort’s signature restaurant, COMAL, a three-tiered open-air space designed by Gulla Jonsdottir Architecture + Design, mirrors the contemporary design aesthetic of the resort and showcases spectacular ocean views. COMAL is helmed by locally loved and internationally known Chef Yvan Mucharraz, alum of The French Laundry and L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon restaurants in Yountville, California and Paris. He has earned a reputation for contemporary Mexican cuisine with an international character influenced by his travels through Brazil, Peru and elsewhere in Latin America. Dinner at COMAL will feature signature dishes such as Crispy Octopus with Hazelnut Mole; Steamed Sweet Potato-Wrapped Snapper with Clams; and Braised Short Rib with Cacao Broth, Chilhuacle, Roasted Corn and Chayote. A raw bar located at center of the restaurant offers an impressive array of local wild-caught seafood in a live-action setting that serves raw oysters, clams and served as ceviche and sashimi-style tiraditos.

    Culinary offerings are matched by the resort’s outstanding selection of wine, local tequilas and artisanal Mexican spirits. Osvaldo Vasquez, one of Mexico’s most lauded mixologists and known for his hand-crafted bitters and inventive cocktails, oversees the beverage program at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. Vazquez has curated an extensive spirits selection including artisanal tequilas, mezcals and raicilla, a traditional spirit made of fermented agave. A comprehensive craft cocktail menu features classic and innovative signature libations that complement the regional cuisine.

    On the sand guests will find the casual and lively beachfront tacos and tequila bar TnT offering a selection of Mexican street-style tacos, artisanal tequilas and freshly crafted cocktails – and even jars of traditionally prepared chapulines (grasshoppers) for the adventurous! In the evening, fire pits are lit, creating a romantic setting for guests to sip and enjoy the vast collection of spirits under the moonlight.

    Destination Spa By The Sea
    Rounding out Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is the world-class Auberge Spa at Chileno Bay. A haven for inspired simplicity dedicated to eliminating the distractions of modern life, the spa features 10 indoor and outdoor treatment facilities, a Purification Garden, reflexology pool, salt inhalation room, ice fountain, a hair and nail salon, and a sleek men’s grooming den. Signature spa journeys are inspired by the rich healing traditions of the Baja region, with a holistic and restorative approach to wellness and relaxation. The spa features a menu of skincare treatments created exclusively for Auberge by True Botanicals.

    Meeting and Events Space with a View
    An ideal venue for oceanfront weddings, retreats or group gatherings, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences features more than 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The Chileno Galleria offers private oceanfront dining and meeting space with an adjacent terrace overlooking the Sea of Cortez. El Limonero Event Lawn is a flexible setting for a variety of outdoor events that showcases the resort’s ability to create carefree gatherings that can also be enlivened with games such as a life-sized chess set, Jenga and croquet.

    Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is set amidst Discovery Land Company’s prestigious 1,200-acre resort community of Chileno Bay, comprised of residences, a private beach club and a Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course. The golf course is available to resort guests.

    Opening Villa Offers Unveiled
    In celebration of the opening, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences gives guests the opportunity to experience the comforts of residential resort living with its Vacation Home Rental offers. Available through December 20, 2017, for three-night-minimum villa stays, are two special offers: The Family Connection offer, which includes complimentary daily breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, a movie night experience, one family dinner and the use of the Kids Club; or the Vacation Home Special Offer which gives a third night free and round-trip airport transfers. Additional terms, conditions and blackout dates may apply.

    Rates at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences start at $675 per night. To book your next stay, learn about offers and more, please visit chilenobay.aubergeresorts.com/special-offers/ .

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  • January 17, 2017

    Live Large, Live Luxe In 2017: Auberge Resorts Collection Introduces New Vacation Home Rental Offers

    Celebrate Cabernet Season in Napa Valley with Friends, Escape to the Sun in Cabo and Fiji with Kids, Parents and Grandparents or Take to the Slopes in Telluride on a Guys or Gals Getaway – in a Spacious Private Home with All the Auberge Resorts’ Benefits

    Just in time for winter escapes, Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, has unveiled a new collection of exclusive incentives for guests booking stays in Auberge’s spacious resort homes, villas and lodges. Vacation home rental guests will enjoy all of the resorts’ award-winning amenities and five-star service, plus value-added perks such as a complimentary wine tasting in Napa Valley; meals, movie night and airport transfers in Los Cabos; special welcome amenities in Telluride, extra complimentary nights and more.

    Auberge Resorts Collection’s vacation homes and villas offer spacious, private accommodations with gourmet kitchens and indoor-outdoor living areas that are perfect for vacationing families or groups of friends. Inspired by their spectacular natural settings, each resort offers enticing off-property Auberge Adventures that enable guests to make the most of each destination. Guests can make the most of amenities such as award-winning destination spas, in-suite dining, state-of-the-art fitness centers, pools and watersports and the personalized attention of the concierge and dedicated residential services team. New vacation home rental perks and offers are now available in the most sought-after destinations, including:

    LOS CABOS, MEXICO: Esperanza
    Perched on the bluffs of Punta Ballena (“Whale Point”), the award-winning Esperanza overlooks the Sea of Cortez at the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.A year-round hotspot, new and returning guests indulge in the stunning resort, celebrated for its world-class oceanfront restaurant, extensive spa with private bath gardens, four swimming pools and two private beaches, as well as access to championship golf and recreational activities nearby.

    NEW for 2017: Vacation Home Escape – Guests booking a Villa residence can soak up the sun with a 30% discount. Available now through December 15, 2017. Additional terms, conditions and blackout dates may apply.

    LOS CABOS, MEXICO: Chileno Bay Resort & Residences
    The most anticipated new resort in Los Cabos, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is a relaxed, beachfront luxury escape offering a lifestyle that celebrates shared experiences for families, groups of friends and active couples. The resort is defined by its premier setting on Los Cabos’ largest year-round swimmable beach, its fresh, contemporary architecture, two waterfront restaurants, a Tom Fazio-designed golf course and a destination spa. Expansive villas in two-, three-, four-, and six-bedroom layouts offer 3,300 to 11,000 square feet of seamless indoor-outdoor living space, kitchens with floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious terraces that bring the outdoors in.

    NEW for 2017: Family Connection – Families will enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, movie night, one family dinner and the use of the Kids Club. Based on a three-night minimum stay in a resort villa, this offer is available now through December 20, 2017.
    Vacation Home Special Offer — Extend fun in the sun with a third night free and round-trip airport transfers. Based on a minimum three-night stay, this offer is available now through December 20, 2017. Additional terms, conditions and blackout dates may apply.

    NAPA VALLEY: Calistoga Ranch
    Tucked into a private wooded canyon setting for ultimate privacy, Calistoga Ranch is located on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake. Capturing the rich culture of nature, wine and food inherent to the Napa Valley, the resort offers scenic dining at The Lakehouse, extraordinary winemaker events in the Wine Cave and exquisite treatments at the creekside Auberge Spa.

    Calistoga Ranch offers 27 two-bedroom lodge residences, each with 3,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor living space, private outdoor shower, expansive kitchen with wine storage, and at the center of each, an indoor and outdoor living room with fireplace.

    NEW for 2017: Walk, Wine & Dine at Davis Estate – Vacation home rental guests will delight in a bottle of wine upon arrival, the new forest-to-vineyard trail to Napa Valley’s newest premium winery, Davis Estates, where they will enjoy a complimentary private wine tasting at for up to six guests (a $300 value) and dinner on the deck of their woodsy lodge for up to six guests (excluding alcohol). This offer is based on a three-night minimum stay in a lodge residence. Available now through March 31, 2017. Additional terms, conditions and blackout dates may apply.

    TELLURIDE: The Auberge Residences at Element 52
    Located in the spectacular mountain destination of Telluride, Colo., The Auberge Residences at Element 52 are nestled at the base of the mountain along the banks of the San Miguel River. The only luxury accommodations that offer ski-in and ski out access in the town of Telluride, The Auberge Residence at Element 52 offers 33 two- to five-bedroom residences and townhomes ranging from 2,200 to 5,000 square feet, each reflecting Telluride’s rustic mining heritage with native stone, ironwork, walnut flooring and rich extras such as Waterworks fixtures and gourmet kitchens with Bosch and Viking appliances. Guests will take in enchanting views of town from the comfort of deep soaking tubs and enjoy a warming meal in their private residence.

    NEW for 2017: Unforgettable Experience in Telluride – Savor more time on the slopes thanks to a complimentary third night and enjoy special welcome beverage and amenity. Available now through December 31, 2017. Additional terms, conditions and blackout dates may apply.

    FIJI: Nanuku Auberge Fiji
    Nanuku Auberge Fiji, an ultra-luxury boutique resort on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, is acclaimed for its blend of contemporary luxury and traditional Fijian culture, its sense of outdoor adventure and highly personalized service.

    A sanctuary for relaxation and discovery set on two of the island’s best beaches, Nanuku offers 28 Fijian-style suite and villa accommodations furnished with relaxed contemporary and Fijian décor featuring expansive decks, private plunge pools and ocean views complete with living, dining and kitchen areas and outdoor rainfall showers in selected categories.

    NEW for 2017: Vacation Home in Paradise – Villa guests can enjoy a 30% discount on any three-night stay or longer, including daily meals, a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, non-motorized vehicles and daily on-site activities. Available now through December 22, 2017. Additional terms, conditions and blackout dates may apply.

    To live large in an Auberge Resorts Collection vacation home rental, with all the luxe resort amenities and services, please visit https://aubergeresorts.com/ or call (866) 282-3743.

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  • October 6, 2016

    Auberge Resorts Collection Announces Strategic Marketing Appointments

    Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, announced today that Chris White has been appointed Senior Director, Regional Sales and Marketing. White joins the team to manage sales and marketing efforts for Esperanza, in Cabo San Lucas, Calistoga Ranch, in Napa Valley and Solage, recently acquired as the company’s third managed property in Napa Valley. In addition, Auberge announced the promotion of Mike Moran to Regional Sales Director. Moran will report to White and will oversee Group and Leisure Sales at Esperanza, Calistoga Ranch, Solage and Group Sales for our Los Cabos resort, Chileno Bay.

    “We are excited to welcome Chris White to the Auberge family and to announce the well-deserved promotion of Mike Moran,” said Craig Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Chris boasts extensive hospitality experience at top resorts around the country, while Mike has been a driving force in our sales team at Calistoga Ranch for over six years – they are an ideal pair to lead sales and marketing for our growing portfolio.”

    Chris White brings to the team over 20 years of hospitality experience, working with resorts across world-class hospitality brands, including Hyatt Hotels Corp., Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Four Seasons Hotels Limited, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and most recently KSL Resorts, where he served as Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Monarch Beach Resort, in Dana Point, Calif. White began his hospitality career in Vancouver and has since lived and worked in Kauai, Calgary, Minneapolis, Whistler, Hawaii and Southern California.

    Mike Moran has served as Director of Sales and Marketing at our Napa resort, Calistoga Ranch for the past six years. Before joining Auberge Resorts Collection, he worked as Director of Sales and Marketing at Carmel Valley Ranch, in Carmel Valley, Calif. He also previously managed sales for all five hotels in Yosemite National Park and worked in corporate travel and meetings for American Express.

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  • September 15, 2016

    Auberge Resorts Collection Properties Win Seven World’s Best Titles in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report Readers’ Choice Awards 2016

    Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch and Esperanza Shine as Top U.S. Hideaways, Beach Resorts, Spa Resorts and Food and Wine Resorts

    California-based Auberge Resorts Collection announces a trio of iconic resorts honored among the world’s best in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, a print and digital newsletter founded in 1979 and renowned as one of the most respected publications in luxury travel. The annual readers’ poll showcases the best hotels and resorts, safari lodges and cruise lines, and is now available online at www.andrewharper.com/readers-choice and appears in the September 2016 issue.

    Taking the top spot among domestic resorts, Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley was named the No. 1 Top U.S. Hideaway, while neighboring sister property Calistoga Ranch was voted No. 3 Top U.S. Hideaway. Recognized additionally for excellence in both culinary and spa categories, Auberge Resorts Collection’s Napa Valley resorts were awarded among the best Food and Wine Resorts and Top Spa Resorts. Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, was awarded No. 9 Beach Resort. The full list of 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards accolades for Auberge Resorts Collection follows:

    • Auberge du Soleil (Napa Valley) – No. 1 Top 20 U.S. Hideaway; No. 5 Top Spa Resort; No. 2 Food and Wine Resort
    • Calistoga Ranch (Napa Valley) – No. 3 Top 20 U.S. Hideaway; No. 4 Top Spa Resort; No. 6 Food and Wine Resort
    • Esperanza  (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) – No. 9 Top Beach Resort

    “We are honored by this recognition from the readers of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, showcasing our commitment to offering distinctive and exceptional travel experiences across the world,” said Craig Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “These awards would not be possible without our team’s heartfelt commitment to excellence in guest service across all properties, whether in Napa Valley’s wine country or the beaches of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.”

    Results for the Readers’ Choice Awards are determined from an annual survey where subscribers of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report choose their favorite hotel and resort experiences across the categories of U.S. and International Hideaways, Beach, City, Food & Wine, Spa, Golf, Family and Safari Lodges in addition to Cruise Lines.

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  • September 13, 2016

    Auberge Resorts Collection to Manage Newly Acquired Solage Resort in Napa Valley

    Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, today announced that the company will manage Solage, a contemporary resort located in the heart of California wine country, following the property’s recent acquisition by a joint venture formed between Flynn Properties and Auberge Resorts Collection. The resort returns to the Auberge portfolio as the company’s third managed property in Napa Valley.

    “The Auberge story began in Napa Valley, and today, Auberge is the pre-eminent luxury leader in California wine country,” said Craig Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Together, Flynn Properties and Auberge will bring commitment, creativity and expertise to Solage, which will allow us to enhance the style and contemporary hospitality that has come to define the resort.”

    Situated on 22 acres and surrounded by panoramic mountains and sweeping vineyards, Solage is an 89-room design-focused, environmentally conscious resort offering a fresh, comfortably cool experience. A must-visit destination for epicureans and a favorite among wine country locals, the resort’s seven-time Michelin Star-rated restaurant, Solbar, serves a dichotomous menu of healthful cuisine alongside more indulgent comfort food in a lively indoor-outdoor setting.

    The award-winning 20,000-square-foot Spa features geo-thermal soaking pools, a state-of-the-art gym and yoga and movement studio with complimentary daily fitness classes, and a 130-foot outdoor swimming pool, the largest in Napa Valley. A destination-inspired treatment menu offers a range of therapeutic and restorative services, including a contemporary twist on Calistoga’s legendary mud and mineral water therapies.

    “Solage offers a fresh, active and social experience that perfectly complements our other two iconic Napa Valley resorts,” said Mark Harmon, Founder and Managing Partner, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Having three distinctive resort experiences in wine country will enable us to create more unforgettable opportunities for our guests.”

    About Flynn Properties Inc.
    San Francisco-based Flynn Properties has substantial experience in the West Coast commercial real estate markets. Directly and through its REOF funds, Flynn Properties has owned in excess of 3 million square feet of commercial real estate. It also owns, in partnership, the super-luxury Auberge resort Esperanza, located in Los Cabos, Mexico, as well as The Carneros Inn in Napa, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.flynnholdings.com/flynnproperties/index.htm. Its affiliate, Flynn Restaurant Group, owns and operates 850 restaurants in 29 states, generating $1.9 billion in annual sales and directly employing 42,000 people.

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  • August 9, 2016

    Auberge Resorts Collection to Manage New Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Los Cabos

    Anchoring the Prestigious Chileno Bay Community on Los Cabos’ Most Coveted Beach, Contemporary Luxury Boutique Resort to Debut December 2016

    Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, today announced plans to manage Chileno Bay Resorts & Residences, Los Cabos, a new luxury resort situated on the most coveted beach in Los Cabos, Mexico. Set to open December 2016, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, formerly known as VieVage Los Cabos, is set amidst the prestigious 1,200-acre resort community of Chileno Bay, a Discovery Land Company development, comprised of a private beach club, Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf course, residences and more.

    “Auberge Resorts Collection is synonymous with exceptional luxury experiences and we are pleased to work in partnership to create the premier resort destination in Los Cabos,” said Mark Cooley, Partner, SV Capital Partners, the developer of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences. “The resort will be unlike anything else in the marketplace, offering a modern, active and outgoing spirit in its design and lifestyle. Coupled with Auberge’s signature intuitive service, we know it will be a highly sought-after destination for guests seeking Cabo’s newest luxury experience.”

    Chileno Bay Resort & Residences is poised to be a relaxed, interactive resort escape, offering a lifestyle that celebrates shared experiences for families, groups of friends and active couples. The luxury Cabo resort is defined by its premier setting on Los Cabos’ largest year-round swimmable beach, its fresh, contemporary architecture and design, signature restaurant, destination spa and Auberge’s exceptional service. A centerpiece, three-tiered zero-edge pool which spans 138 meters (150 yards) will serve as the prime location at the resort embodying energetic essence of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences.

    “The natural beauty of Chileno Bay from its days as a sleepy fishing village is still just unparalleled,” said Mark Harmon, Founder and Managing Partner, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, with its close proximity to and allure of the ocean—in addition to the magnificent cascading pool at the heart of the resort that takes guests into the sandy shores of Chileno Bay— is poised to be an unforgettable Cabo retreat.”

    The San Francisco design team of Glazier Le Architects and interior designers BAMO embraced the natural environment and a contemporary indoor-outdoor aesthetic, infusing a color palette of earth, plant and sea tones with bright sea-colored tiles, custom fabrics, high-quality natural materials, original artwork and stylish fixtures throughout to create a timeless, elegant desert-meets-ocean environment.

    Chileno Bay Resort & Residences will comprise 60 guest rooms ranging from 760 to 885 square feet of interior and exterior space, and 32 expansive two-, three-, and four-bedroom villas ranging from 3,300 to 4,500 square feet—featuring outdoor showers, terraces, indoor showers and soaking tubs, along with handcrafted furniture and accessories created by local artisans. Interior design finishes include marble flooring, artisan plaster walls, and intricately designed hand-made colorful tiles. Accommodations will feature an open concept with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors that open to ample private terraces. Ground-floor villas will all have private pools, while the upper-level villas will have Jacuzzis. All residential Los Cabos villas will be equipped with indoor-outdoor gourmet kitchens featuring Wolf and Subzero appliances, outdoor showers, and lush garden, pool or exquisite ocean views. Two three-bedroom Sky Villas will feature large private rooftop terraces with private pool, extended living area and bar. One six-bedroom villa will offer over 11,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space, including 6.5 bathrooms, a private swimming pool, outdoor shower and views of the Sea of Cortez.

    Amenities at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences will include three culinary concepts including the resort’s signature restaurant, a breezy open-air space designed by Los Angeles-based Gulla Jonsdottir Architecture + Design, offering local, freshly caught seafood, raw bar and interactive ceviche bar. Here, guests will be able to enjoy sunset cocktails and panoramic ocean views from hanging chairs overlooking the beach or by fire pits at the water’s edge. A beachside taco bar will offer specialty tequilas in an interactive casual setting at the edge of the beach, while a poolside grill will serve lighter fare for lunch.

    A signature full-service spa will include 10 treatment rooms, a couples retreat room, a purification garden, a cool plunge pool, sauna and reflexology pool. An expansive Specialty Suite will be ideal for couples or an extended private treatment, and features an outdoor garden with its own plunge pool, private bathroom, and steam shower. All treatment rooms will feature private outdoor shower gardens.

    A waterfront “H20 cave” adjacent to Chileno Beach will host a myriad of local watersport activities from snorkeling and diving to standup paddle boarding and more. The Activity Center at the center of the resort houses the fitness center, movement studio, the “Pescaditos” Kids Club, private theater, and the Chileno Lounge, which will be open to guests throughout the day as a place to retreat and relax, read a book, watch a sporting event, or mingle with other guests. An artisanal market will provide guests grab-and-go gourmet products along with opportunities for hands-on culinary experiences such as chocolate tastings or cooking classes. Guests will also have access to championship golf and recreational activities nearby to round-out the local adventures.

    Chileno Bay Resort & Residences will also feature over 12,000 square feet of space for Los Cabos events and meetings, including a 7,800-square-foot Citrus and Herb Event Garden perfect for intimate weddings and private celebrations. For gatherings with one-of-a-kind views, Chileno Galleria offers 1,000 square-foot air conditioned private dining and meeting space with an adjacent 1,500 square-foot terrace and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Sea of Cortez.

    Chileno Bay Resort & Residences will join Aubege Resorts Collection’s first entry in the destination, Esperanza, An Auberge Resort. As a gorgeous Cabo San Lucas resort, Esperanza has long been celebrated as one of the most intimate and exclusive retreats in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

    Guests of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences can take advantage of the introductory travel specials including a “3RD Night Free” offer when guests book two nights in a guest room or villa. Rates at Chileno Bay Resort & Residences will start at $675 per night. For a complete list of packages and amenities offered, please visit our “Opening Special Offers” page at chilenobay.aubergeresorts.com/special-offers/

     

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  • May 5, 2016

    Auberge Resorts Collection Names Michael Minchin Chief Marketing Officer

    Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, announced today that Michael Minchin has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer. Minchin will lead Auberge’s national and resort sales teams and oversee all brand marketing initiatives, including advertising, public relations, e-commerce and social media, for the award-winning resort company. He will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Craig Reid.

    “Michael has a proven track record in growing businesses and leading high-performing teams to unprecedented success,” said Reid. “We are excited to have him join our senior team. His experience will prove invaluable as we continue on our growth trajectory.”

    With more than 30 years of experience leading global teams for major brands in the hotel, residential, restaurant, spirits and automotive industries, Minchin brings extensive marketing, brand management and sales expertise to his new role. Before joining Auberge, he spent 11 years at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, most recently as Senior Vice President of Marketing. There, he was responsible for the global marketing, distribution and revenue management efforts that contributed to the company’s sales growth across a portfolio of almost 100 hotels in over 40 countries.

    Prior to that, Minchin was Director of Marketing at Cara Operations, in Canada, where he led strategic planning and marketing for the Harvey’s Hamburger chain. He served as Vice President of Marketing for Corby Distilleries Ltd., where he helped to grow market share and create some of the fastest- growing spirits brands in Canada. At Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines in the U.K., Minchin developed the global brand strategies that grew premium brands, including Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch. Earlier in his career, Minchin led the U.S. automotive advertising accounts for Acura as Vice President, Management Supervisor at Ketchum, Los Angeles. He began his career as an account executive at Saatchi & Saatchi, Torrance, Calif.

    Minchin has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.

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  • November 16, 2015

    Auberge Resorts Collection’s Mark Harmon Inducted Into Napa County Historical Society Lodging Hall of Fame

    Harmon Honored For Extraordinary Impact On The Destination of Napa Valley

    NAPA, CALIF. (November 16, 2015) – Mark Harmon, Founder and Managing Partner of Auberge Resorts Collection, was honored by the Napa County Historical Society and inducted into its Lodging Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 12. Named for the company’s Napa Valley flagship hotel, the five-star Auberge du Soleil, Auberge Resorts Collection has played a pivotal role in putting Napa Valley on the map as a destination that is world-renowned for hospitality and culinary excellence. Harmon, who formed the company in 1998, has led Auberge’s growth in Napa Valley and beyond, to destinations as far-flung as Fiji and Costa Rica. The group’s resorts have garnered the highest accolades, and Auberge was recently recognized in Travel + Leisure as one of the top 10 hospitality brands in the world.

     

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    Nearly 300 celebrants gathered at Silverado Resort’s historic General Miller Mansion to recognize Harmon and nine other Napa Valley hotel icons, including Shelley Post of the Four Sisters Inns, Harry Price of the Napa River Inn, Jim Treadway of the Bardessono and Mark and Carolynne Wilkinson of Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort. Five other Napa Valley lodging pioneers of the past were inducted: Sam Brannan of the Calistoga Hot Springs, Sven Alstrom of White Sulphur Springs, Colonel Jackson of Napa Soda Springs, Owen Kenney of the Hotel Calistoga and Len D. Owens of Aetna Springs.

    “Lodging & Agriculture have always been the two pillars of prosperity and well-being in the Napa Valley, since the very beginning,” said Don Winter, Board Member, Napa Valley Historical Society. “With Auberge du Soleil, Auberge brought high quality, once again, to the Napa Valley,  similar to our grand resorts of the 1800’s. Today, we really do have a worldwide reputation. Many brands have entered the marketplace. But only Mark and the Auberge team have exported Napa style and luxury brands to the rest of the world.”

    “This is a tremendous honor for me – one I share with the entire Auberge Resorts Collection team,” said Harmon. “Napa Valley has been a source of great delight to our family throughout the years, both personally and with our hotels. I’m incredibly fortunate to be able to share my love of this place with our guests. The lifestyle that is simply focused on the land is what inspires me. Our Napa Valley projects are, and forever will be, the benchmarks for everything we do as a company, wherever in the world we may be.”

    The pioneering boutique luxury resort Auberge du Soleil, which first opened as a restaurant in 1981, was conceived and built by Claude Rouas and Bob Harmon. Intimate and elegant, the “Inn of the Sun” was unlike anything the hotel industry had seen before – a modern interpretation of a French country inn, infused with the relaxed spirit of Napa Valley.  The only hotel in the Valley to have earned a Forbes Five Star rating, it tops nearly every list of best U.S. hotels and is acclaimed as an essential part of any wine country visit. The Auberge du Soleil was the inspiration for Mark Harmon’s launch of Auberge Resorts Collection in 1998.

    In 2007, Auberge opened Solage Calistoga and introduced sustainability and Michelin-starred casual dining to Napa Valley. Soon, the company will break ground on its newest project, VieVage Napa Valley, at Stanley Ranch. Conceived as a gathering place for families and friends, VieVage will celebrate contemporary themes of design, community, locally sourced food, sustainability, fitness and wellness together in a fresh, active and social environment.

     

    About Napa County Historical Society

    The mission of Napa County Historical Society is to discover and keep history alive through exhibits, lectures, and. We are a membership-based archival and educational organization events, as well as research, publications, and educational activities dedicated to the discovery, preservation and presentation of the people and history of Napa County and its place in California history. For more information, please visit http://wordpress.napahistory.org/wordpress/

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  • July 20, 2015

    Travel + Leisure Readers Rank Auberge Resorts Collection One of the World’s Top 10 Hotel Brands

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (July 20, 2015) – California-based Auberge Resorts Collection is one the top 10 hotel brands in the world, luxury travelers say. The prestigious ranking in the new 2015 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards was recently announced by the magazine. Travel + Leisure readers also voted Calistoga Ranch and Esperanza two of the top resorts in their destinations. The annual readers’ poll celebrating the best hotels, cruise lines, airlines and destinations is now available online at http://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best and will be published in Travel + Leisure’s August 2015 issue. 

    “We are truly honored Auberge Resorts Collection has been named one of the top 10 hotel brands in the world by the trusted readers of Travel + Leisure,” said Mark Harmon, Founder and Managing Partner, Auberge Resorts Collection. I want to thank our entire team for their passion for service that has made this wonderful recognition possible, as well as our loyal guests who appreciate the extraordinary experiences our resorts deliver.”

    Auberge Resorts Collection was ranked No. 7 brand in the world with a score of 92.14. Auberge properties ranked in this year’s World’s Best Awards included; Napa Valley’s Calistoga Ranch was voted the No. 11 resort in the United States and No. 46 in the world with a total score of 93.66. Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas was ranked the No. 5 resort in Mexico with a score and No. 64 in the world with a score of 93.03.

    The World’s Best Awards are a result of an extensive reader survey conducted by Travel + Leisure each year and are among the most respected reader polls in the travel industry. The readers define excellence in travel by rating their experiences and evaluating hotels across the world on the following characteristics: rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value. Hotel brands are rated by the following categories: locations, rooms and facilities, restaurants and food, service, design and value. 

     

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  • February 10, 2015

    Houstonian Dan Friedkin Purchases Aspen’s Historic Hotel Jerome

    HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 10, 2015) – Houstonian Dan Friedkin, through his hospitality investment company Iconic Properties, has purchased Aspen’s historic Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, from Chicago-based DRW Real Estate. The purchase is part of Friedkin’s further expansion in the hospitality industry, following his 2013 investment in Auberge Resorts Collection, in which he became a majority owner and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board. Auberge will continue its management of the luxury hotel.

    A Rocky Mountain icon, the 93-room Jerome completed a top-to-bottom revitalization in 2012 under DRW’s ownership and direction and re-opened as an Auberge Resort. Known since the 19th century as the social hub of Aspen, the re-envisioned hotel balances preservation and luxury with its beloved character and rich architectural details intact. Guest rooms and suites feature rich 21st century luxuries, and redesigned public spaces include Prospect, an American bistro; a relaxed new Living Room bar and lounge; a new Auberge Spa; and a refreshed look for the legendary J-Bar, an Aspen institution. First opened in 1889, the Jerome pioneered new levels of innovation and luxury at the height of Aspen’s boomtown silver-mining era and is often described as Aspen’s “crown jewel.” Hotel Jerome was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. 

    For Friedkin, a longtime Colorado property holder, Aspen has special significance. “My family and I have enjoyed many years of visiting and owning residences in Aspen, and it’s a very special place to me personally,” he said. “I could not be more pleased to welcome Hotel Jerome into our investment portfolio. It has an enviable and storied history as a landmark American hotel, and it is most certainly one of the flagship properties of the Auberge Resorts Collection. I commend Don Wilson, the Managing Partner of DRW Real Estate, for bringing the Jerome back to glory, and I’m honored to take stewardship of the hotel ensuring it remains one of the great hotels of the United States.” 

    “We fully support Dan Friedkin and Auberge Resorts in this transition” said Wilson. “Under Dan’s stewardship and Auberge’s management, Hotel Jerome has a very bright future.” 

    The Jerome purchase supports Friedkin’s strategy to develop a world-class hotel investment brand. On a personal front, it reflects his life-long passion for outdoor pursuits and adventure, an interest that dovetails with many of his business ventures. As Chairman and CEO of The Friedkin Group, Friedkin manages investments across a diverse array of private businesses, including entertainment, aviation, wholesale and retail automotive distribution and high-end hospitality asset development. Friedkin oversees Legendary Expeditions, a luxury adventure travel operator with access to more than 6 million acres in Tanzania. Under Friedkin’s leadership, his family directs substantial amounts of philanthropy to proven, tactical approaches in environmental stewardship, the preservation of wildlife, and community development both in their home state of Texas and internationally.

    About Iconic Properties

    Associated with The Friedkin Group, Iconic Properties is developing a world-class hotel investment brand, acquiring and operating one of a kind luxury properties across the globe.

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  • November 13, 2014

    Auberge Resorts Collection to Manage Nanuku Resort & Spa in Fiji

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (November 13, 2014) – Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, announced today plans to manage Nanuku Resort and Spa, an ultra-luxury boutique resort that opened in March on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, and rebrand it Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji http://nanukufiji.com/. The resort is owned by Bixby Bridge Capital, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm. Nanuku, the newest and most luxurious hospitality offering in Fiji, is acclaimed for its blend of contemporary luxury and traditional Fijian culture, its sense of outdoor adventure and highly personalized service.

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    “We are delighted to bring the Auberge brand to the Fiji Islands,” said Craig T. Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “This gem of a South Sea resort embraces all of the Auberge hallmarks: sensational locale, exceptional service and cuisine and guest experiences that inspire a sense of discovery. It is a natural partnership and an exciting addition to the Auberge Resorts Collection portfolio.”

    A sanctuary for relaxation and discovery set on two of the island’s best beaches, Nanuku offers 18 Balinese-style suite and villa accommodations furnished with relaxed contemporary and Fijian décor and featuring expansive decks, private plunge pools and ocean views. Nanuku’s Club House is the private hub for resort guests and boasts beautifully landscaped gardens and sea views through a colonnade of handcrafted Fijian decorated posts. The chic Lomana Spa and Wellness Centre includes a fitness center (with personal trainer on standby), a hair salon, the Lailai Children’s Club, and a guest library. Guests may learn skills from local artisans in the Cakava Creative Workshop, from grass skirt weaving to tapa printing. The Kanavata Restaurant and Lounge Bar looks out across an infinity pool to an azure lagoon framed by coconut palms. The Sunset Deck is located poolside, and the Wai Pool Bar serves tropical drinks (including the resort’s legendary Nanuku caprioskas) infused with local ingredients.

    The resort’s “Villa Mamas” (the term nods to the easy-going Fijian culture) provide thoughtful care for each guest, serving as a hybrid between a housekeeper and butler. Every family has a dedicated nanny. Attentive staff extends to the property’s food and beverage outlets, where guests may opt for a pre-arranged gourmet picnic on the beach or an alfresco barbeque by the pool. Each evening, the executive chef prepares a three-course menu crafted from the freshest of local and imported produce, resulting in a fabulous fusion of international and Fijian dishes.

    Pacific Harbour is known as the Adventure Capital of Fiji, where world-class surfing and fishing are just a few feet from the villas’ doorsteps. Guests of Nanuku are privy to a host of activities from stand-up river rafting to hiking through the rainforest. One of the many adventures available at Nanuku is a waterfall hike, where guests may experience Fiji’s lush interior with a medicine man, who points out tidbits on the various local plants and traditional food-gathering techniques.

    Nanuku’s Vunikau (Treehouse) Residence is perched atop a volcanic outcrop and overlooks the tranquil Beqa Lagoon. Made up of four suites, the Vunikau Residence is comprised of the Penthouse Suite and three Vunikau Suites, which can be used exclusively or on a stand-alone basis. Each Vunikau Suite is separately keyed and has private access off a shared breezeway.

    Plans for Nanuku include a limited number of private beachfront residences that will be developed and offered for purchase. Each Nanuku Ocean Estates residence will be oriented toward the shore to capture ocean breezes and panoramic views.

    This is a rare opportunity in Fiji, where just 9 percent of the land is available for private residential ownership. When designed and constructed to Auberge standards, the villas may be included in Nanuku’s rental program and Auberge Resorts’ home-exchange program

    Nanuku offers its own private airstrip and is a 20-minute scenic flight from Nadi Airport. Upon landing, guests are transferred by private car to the resort a few minutes away.

    Rates at Nanuku begin at $756 and include all meals, villa mama and nanny service, golf buggy, Wifi, non-motorized water sports, daily-hosted drinks and canapés and more.  For more information, visit http://nanukufiji.com/ or call +679 345 2100.

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  • October 30, 2014

    Auberge Resorts Collection to Manage Landmark Residential Project on Fort Lauderdale Beachfront

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (October 30, 2014) – Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, today announced its first project in Florida: Auberge Beach Residences and Spa Fort Lauderdale. The first project of its kind in Fort Lauderdale, the 171-unit beachfront condominium property will be the only on-the-sand luxury residential offering in the destination. Florida’s premier developers, The Related Group and Fortune International Group, in partnership with The Fairwinds Group of Fort Lauderdale, have appointed Auberge to oversee every aspect of the lifestyle at what will be the most refined project of its kind in Fort Lauderdale history.

    “Our presence in Florida represents the continued evolution of Auberge Resorts Collection as a luxury brand that redefines resort and residential experiences in the world’s most desirable destinations,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are delighted to collaborate with Florida’s most prestigious development team and bring our signature style of luxury to what will be a market-making project on this stretch of Florida’s Gold Coast.”

    Auberge Beach Residences Fort Lauderdale will be developed on the best beachfront site in the destination, a 4.6-acre parcel that is the former home to Ireland’s Inn Beach Resort. Housed in two iconic structures, the condominium residences will be characterized by a façade of cascading terraces, many with private pools. The 171 residences will range in size from 1,500 to 5,000 square feet and will all have sweeping ocean views. Prices will range from $1.5 million to $8 million.

    “Auberge Beach Residences and Spa Fort Lauderdale will offer the same style of bespoke personal experience that is found at all our other resorts and clubs,” said Dan Friedkin, Chairman, Auberge Resorts. “This experience has earned Auberge an incredibly loyal and affluent clientele. We believe that the time and the market are right for a residential project of this caliber. It will be a perfect addition to the Auberge Resorts Collection.”

    Internationally recognized architectural firm Nichols, Brosch, Wurst, Wolf & Associates, which has designed Miami condominium projects for The Related Group and Fortune International Group, as well as South Florida luxury hotels such as Marriott Marquis Miami World Center, W Hotel & Residences Miami Beach and The Ritz-Carlton Resort & Residences Key Biscayne, has envisioned two light-filled glass towers that will maximize the project’s rare on-the-beach setting and panoramic views with a resort-like ambiance. Departing from South Beach contemporary and traditional designs, the 171-residence property will strike a natural balance with a visual aesthetic that is soft and organic, but also sophisticated and luxurious.

    Meyer Davis, an award-winning New York-based design firm whose portfolio includes 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, W Hotel Mexico City and Capri Hotel Southampton, is designing the interior spaces with a relaxed, yet elegant, beach-chic vibe that honors the serene coastal landscape.

    Complementing the private elegance of the residences will be the beachfront private club-style amenities, including an indoor-outdoor lounge and restaurant, an Auberge Spa, meeting rooms, children’s center, swimming pools and gardens, all located at ground level to seamlessly connect the lifestyle to the beach and the community. The signature restaurant will be a lively American bistro concept with a raw bar and an exceptional wine program, a hallmark of Auberge Resorts Collection, whose roots run deep in Napa Valley. Dining and lounging will take place poolside and on spacious decks for long evenings with friends and family under the stars. With indoor-outdoor treatment rooms and a generously sized fitness center, the world-class Auberge Spa is poised to become the ultimate relaxation destination.

    Further enhancing the world-class residential experience will be an impressive contemporary art collection in the common areas that will include thoughtfully curated, exceptional pieces from Jorge Pérez of The Related Group, an avid collector of Latin American art who, in 2013, established the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

    Every detail of the lifestyle at Auberge Beach Residences and Spa Fort Lauderdale will be impeccably managed by Auberge Resorts Collection, one of the most sought-after luxury brands in the hospitality industry, with an unmatched reputation for personalized service, Michelin-starred dining and award-winning spas. Auberge properties are renowned for their unique style of relaxed sophistication and thoughtful attention to detail.

    The project is scheduled to break ground in 2015. Sales will begin in December 2014 at 2200 North Atlantic Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. For more information about Auberge Beach Residences and Spa Fort Lauderdale, visit aubergebeach.com or call (954) 744-1061.

    About The Related Group 

    The Related Group was established in 1979, and is America’s leading developer of sophisticated metropolitan living and one of the largest firms. For more than 30 years, The Related Group has created innovative residential developments that have dramatically changed South Florida’s urban landscape. Since its inception, the privately held company has built and managed more than 85,000 condominium and apartment residences. The Related Group has earned a national reputation for its visionary design and development of luxury condominiums, mixed-use center and affordable rental properties – often in emerging or undiscovered neighborhoods. The firm is one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States with a development portfolio of projects worth in excess of $15 billion. TIME magazine named Mr. Pérez one of top 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and he has made the cover of Forbes twice. The Related Group has redefined the new cycle of real estate with the rollout of over 12 projects beginning with Apogee Beach in Hollywood and Mybrickell in downtown Miami, the first in each of their respective neighborhoods to break ground since the boom. For more information, please visit http://www.relatedgroup.com/.

    About Fortune International Group

    The name Fortune International Group is synonymous with excellence and an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service in the world of luxury real estate. Visionary founder Edgardo Defortuna has set new industry standards ever since the company’s founding in 1983. Fortune is a recognized leader in both the development and sales and marketing of South Florida luxury real estate with a portfolio that includes residential, mixed-use, condo-hotel and office-condo projects. The company’s developments include Jade Residences at Brickell Bay; 1200 Brickell; The Bridgewater; Artech; Le Meridian Sunny Isles Beach; Jade Beach and Jade Ocean. In collaboration with The Related Group, Fortune International Group is developing Hyde Resort & Residences Hollywood Beach.

    Fortune is also the exclusive sales firm for some of the most prominent projects in South Florida today, such as Midtown Miami, 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, NINE at Mary Brickell Village, SLS Lux & Paraiso Bay, among numerous others.

    Fortune International Group has 13 offices around the world, with nearly 1,000 associates. Its international broker network reaches legions of prospective buyers from South Florida to Buenos Aires, Hong Kong to Sao Paolo, Manhattan to Paris.

    Fortune International Group’s strength derives from the company’s ability to define a market and its need with all forces that shape the industry http://fortuneintlgroup.com.

    About The Fairwinds Group

    The Fairwinds Group was formed in 2004 by Andy and Kathy Mitchell, who envisioned a world-class facility on the site of the former Ireland’s Inn Beach Resort. Based in Fort Lauderdale, The Fairwinds Group, through Fairwinds Development LLC and Fairwinds on the Ocean LLC, led the acquisition of the resort and the procurement of a number of adjacent properties to consolidate the site to 4.6 net acres. Additionally, The Fairwinds Group led the early development team, working with the community and city officials to rezone the site in anticipation of the upcoming Fall 2014 project launch on the beach in Fort Lauderdale. This persistent visionary approach will bring to Fort Lauderdale the finest facility ever built, ushering in the next chapter in Fort Lauderdale development.

    The Fairwinds Group’s leadership has extensive experience in hotel management and consumer products manufacturing gained from more than 40 years in business. Andy Mitchell, President and CEO, has served in global management roles for several U.S.-based Fortune 100 companies. Executive Vice President Kathy Ireland Mitchell grew up at Ireland’s Inn, and her career has spanned all aspects of the hospitality business. Father-in-law Jack Ireland, who has been involved in the hotel and restaurant business for more than 60 years, brings a solid understanding of client services that complements the team’s development efforts.

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  • October 23, 2014

    Auberge Resorts Collection Earns Top Honors in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards

    Top 10 Rankings for Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch, with Hotel Jerome and Esperanza Rounding out the Honors

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (October 23, 2014) – Auberge Resorts Collection has once again earned top honors in Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, securing “Top 10” rankings for four exceptional resorts in one of the world’s most acclaimed travel awards programs. Auberge du Soleil, Esperanza, Calistoga Ranch, and Hotel Jerome have been ranked among the 10 best in their respective categories in the 27th annual poll that received more than 1 million votes from nearly 77,000 readers with the results appearing in the November 2014 issue of Condé Nast Traveler. 

    Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas earned a No. 2 ranking on the “Best Resorts in Mexico (Pacific)” list as well as a No. 93 spot in the “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World.” Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo., ranked No. 6 on the “Best Hotels in the West” list after reopening in December of 2012 following a historic restoration and design transformation. Rounding out the Auberge brand’s showing on the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards are accolades for its two acclaimed Napa Valley properties. Flagship Auberge du Soleil was voted No. 5 on the “Best Hotels in San Francisco & Northern California” list while sister resort Calistoga Ranch earned the No. 9 spot on the “Best Resorts in Northern California” list.

    “We are honored that four properties across the Auberge Resorts Collection have been applauded among the very best by one of the most trusted audiences in travel today, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, said Craig Reid, CEO, Auberge Resorts Collection. “Bespoke personal experiences and authentic expressions of crafted luxury are at the heart of what we do. We are delighted that our meaningful approach to hospitality that is carried out by our passionate resort teams continues to resonate with the country’s most discerning travelers.”

    2014 Readers’ Choice Awards Rankings

    Esperanza:

    No. 2 “Best Resorts in Mexico (Pacific)”

    No. 93 “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World”

    Hotel Jerome:

    No. 6 “Best Hotels in the West”

    Auberge du Soleil:

    No. 5 “Best Hotels in San Francisco & Northern California”

    Calistoga Ranch:

    No. 9 “Best Resorts in Northern California”

    Condé Nast Traveler tapped its reader base for the 27th annual Readers’ Choice Awards poll, which saw dedicated travel enthusiasts rate the best cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruises and airlines they experienced in the past year. Nearly 77,000 readers participated in the survey with more than 1 million votes cast for nearly 9,000 properties, destinations and travel experiences around the world. The Readers’ Choice Awards are announced in the November 2014 issue of Condé Nast Traveler and the full list is published online at www.cntraveler.com/rca

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  • September 8, 2014

    Auberge Resorts Again Win High Honors In Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report Readers’ Choice Awards

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (September 8, 2014)Auberge Resorts Collection properties have once again received top honors from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway readers, according to the publication’s 2014 Readers’ Choice Survey, which showcases subscribers’ favorite hotels and resorts worldwide. Auberge properties were among an elite group of hotels recognized as among the very best in their categories.

    Auberge’s Napa Valley flagship, Auberge du Soleil, and its sister resort, Calistoga Ranch, ranked No. 2 on and No. 9 respectively on the list of Top 20 U.S. Hideaways. Both resorts also starred on the list of Top Food and Wine Resorts, with Auberge du Soleil voted No. 2 and Calistoga Ranch voted No. 5 on the prestigious list. Calistoga Ranch received the additional honor of ranking No. 8 among the Top Family Resorts.

    Auberge du Soleil was voted No. 3 among the Top 20 Spa Resorts worldwide. Esperanza, an Auberge Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, ranked No. 5 on Top Spa Resorts list and was also ranked No. 13 among the Top 20 Beach Resorts.

    Andrew Harper’s Hideaway readers are highly discerning, seasoned travelers, and their praise speaks volumes,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Office, Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are honored by the recognition from this sophisticated clientele. Thanks go to all Auberge staff, whose heartfelt commitment to guest service makes these awards possible.”

    The readers’ choice rankings are based on the annual independent reader survey in which Andrew Harper’s discerning subscribers vote for their favorite hotels and resorts in the categories of Beach, City, U.S. Hideaways, International Hideaways, Food and Wine, Spa, Golf, Safari and Family-Friendly. The complete list of 2014 winners is featured in the September digital edition of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report at https://www.andrewharper.com/readers-choice/.

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  • September 3, 2014

    Auberge Resorts Collection Appoints Ken Springer Vice President of Design and Construction

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (September 3, 2014) – Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, announced that Ken Springer has joined the company as Vice President of Design and Construction.  In this newly created position, Springer will oversee all aspects of new construction and capital expenditures on current and future Auberge properties.

    “Ken possesses a reputation for the highest degree of attention to detail and design, as well as timely execution at each step of the development process,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “His professionalism and experience will be invaluable to Auberge as we move our strategic expansion plan forward. We are delighted to welcome him to our senior team.”

    Springer brings more than 25 years of hands-on hospitality design and construction project management experience to Auberge. He has worked with a number of prestigious brands, including Four Seasons, Fairmont, Rosewood, Belmond and The Residences at Little Nell. His experience extends to the renovation and new development of numerous hotels, resorts and residential projects in mountain, beach and urban environments.

    Springer has spent the most of his career working with TynanGroup, Inc. or as an independent management professional. He began his career with Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, he received his MBA from Pepperdine University’s Presidential and Key Executive program.

    Springer is a LEED-Accredited Professional and a former board member of the Boutique and Lifestyle Lodging Association.

     

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  • August 13, 2014

    Auberge Resorts Collection to Manage Luxury Hotel and Residence Project In Idaho’s Fabled Sun Valley Resort

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (August 13, 2014) – Auberge Resorts Collection, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, today announced that it has signed a deal to operate a planned boutique luxury hotel and penthouse residential development in historic downtown Ketchum, Idaho, the commercial and cultural heart of the legendary Sun Valley Resort. The first new lodging project to be built in the region since the early 1990s, it will be the first ultra-luxury property in greater Sun Valley, America’s original mountain resort.

    The 155,000-square-foot mixed-use project will comprise 62 hotel rooms and 14 residences, a full-service restaurant and bar, spa and fitness facilities and technology-driven meeting and conference space, in addition to other amenities. The hotel’s project owner and sponsor, Trail Creek Fund, LLC, is led by Ketchum-based Managing Member Jack Bariteau, developer behind prominent residential and mixed-use real estate projects in Ketchum, including The Shops and Residences at the Colonnade, The Christiania Building and 600 Second Street East.

    “Sun Valley has the enviable legacy of being the first winter destination resort in America, and it has a rich history as a magnet for residents and affluent guests from both coasts,” said Craig Reid, CEO, Auberge Resorts Collection. “It’s a vibrant year-round destination that has been under-serviced by the luxury hotel market. We believe that Sun Valley is a perfect destination for the Auberge brand, with its focus on crafted luxury, engaging guest experiences and unique adventure programs.”

    “My family has a long history of visiting Sun Valley, and I have a deep appreciation for its scenic beauty and character,” said Mark Harmon, Founder and Managing Partner, Auberge Resorts. “I couldn’t be more delighted with this opportunity to help create a resort that will showcase the personality of Sun Valley and introduce this special place to new generations of families.”

    “This is a momentous announcement for the Sun Valley marketplace and a mutual long-term commitment to excellence,” said Bariteau. “Our affiliation with Auberge Resorts will have an enormously positive game-changing impact on Sun Valley. While we considered many four- and five-star hotel operators for this project, Auberge’s reputation for creating exceptional luxury hotels is unmatched in the industry, and it’s especially meaningful that the team has a personal connection to Sun Valley. We’re confident that this project will further support Sun Valley’s reputation as an iconic all-seasons American resort destination. The Auberge commitment, following on the heels of new regional non-stop service on Delta from Salt Lake City and on United from San Francisco and Denver directly into the Sun Valley Airport, provides unparalleled ease of access to both coasts. There are now more than 30,000 new seats annually, with more to come.”

    Located in a historically significant neighborhood at the gateway entrance to downtown Ketchum, the hotel is conveniently located within easy walking distance to the town’s diverse attractions, advanced high-speed lift and gondola access to Bald Mountain. Guest rooms will offer unparalleled views of the mountain’s east-facing ski runs and Sun Valley’s unique topography. Hotel amenities will include a lively casual bar and grill, extensive fitness amenities, heated outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, full-service spa and meeting facilities. Fourteen for-purchase luxury residences on the hotel’s upper floors, including six fourth-floor penthouses, will offer direct unobstructed views to the top of Bald and Dollar Mountains. Ranging from 1,750 square feet to 2,400 square feet in a single-level plan, the residences will be accessible by private elevator with exclusive two-car underground parking and storage and will offer full access to Auberge hotel services and amenities. The hotel, fully entitled by the City of Ketchum, has been designed by the renowned San Francisco-based hospitality architectural firm Hornberger + Worstell, AIA.

    First developed in 1936, Sun Valley was the vision of W. Averell Harriman, then CEO of the Union Pacific Railroad, who sought to create an American version of the popular ski resorts in Switzerland and Austria. Following a nationwide search, Harriman selected Ketchum, Idaho, over locations in California, Utah and Colorado because of its accessible base elevation under

    6,000 feet, exceptional natural terrain and snow conditions, year-round recreational activities, natural beauty and endless sun. Dubbed the “first instant million-dollar resort,” Sun Valley redefined skiing as resort recreation and introduced the concept of the ski resort as a social, four-season leisure destination. Ernest Hemingway and other noteworthy residents put Sun Valley on the map as a residential enclave for the rich and famous. Sun Valley’s rediscovery is underway, and it is rapidly becoming more accessible thanks to new direct non-stop regional air service from major metropolitan hubs. Home to a new Olympic and Paralympic training site, Sun Valley is scheduled to host the Alpine Ski Championships in 2016 and 2018.

    The project is scheduled to break ground in late Spring, 2015 and welcome its first guests in the summer of 2017. Construction employment is anticipated to generate 100 full-time worker positions in the building cycle and upwards of 80 hotel jobs once opened. For more information on penthouse sales and residence sales , please contact Jack Bariteau at jack@waypointsunvalley.com or call (650) 906-5636.  For information or inquires concerning investment opportunities in Trail Creek Fund, please contact Garrison Belles at garrison@waypointsunvalley.com or (415) 637-1991.

     

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  • July 7, 2014

    Auberge Resorts Brand Ranked Among The World’s Best In Travel + Leisure

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (July 7, 2014) – Auberge Resorts properties ranked among the very best in the world in the 19th annual Travel + Leisure’s 2014 World’s Best Awards. Travel + Leisure readers also voted the boutique Auberge Resorts brand one of an elite group of the top 10 hotel brands in the world, the magazine announced. The rankings are available on travelandleisure.com and will be published in Travel + Leisure’s August 2014 issue and digital editions.

    “These awards are highly coveted in our field, and we are proud that the Auberge Resorts brand has once again earned the recognition of being among the world’s best,” said Craig Reid, CEO of Auberge Resorts. “It’s rewarding to our entire staff to know that our guests appreciate what we have built and continue to deliver at Auberge Resorts.”

    Auberge Resorts ranked No. 6 Hotel Brand in the world with a score of 92.11. Napa Valley’s Auberge du Soleil, which secured a spot on the list’s “Hall of Fame” with its repeated recognition, was voted the No. 12 Resort in the Continental U.S. with a score of 92.81. Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas earned No. 9 Top Resort in Mexico with a score of 92.48.

    “We are incredibly honored to be recognized once again on the World’s Best Awards and are grateful to our guests for their loyalty,” said Mark Harmon, Founder and Managing Partner of Auberge Resorts. “Since the beginning, we have striven for excellence across the board to deliver a completely immersive experience, from exceptional culinary experiences to thoughtful service. We look forward to taking the Auberge concept to new markets in the year to come.”

    The World’s Best Awards are a result of an extensive reader survey conducted by Travel + Leisure each year and are among the most respected reader polls in the travel industry. The

    readers define excellence in travel by rating their experiences and evaluating hotels across the world on the following characteristics: rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value. Hotel brands are rated by the following categories: locations, rooms and facilities, restaurants and food, service, design and value.

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    About Auberge Resorts

    Auberge Resorts is a collection of exceptional hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, each with a unique personality that assures a memorable guest experience. While Auberge Resorts nurtures the individuality of each establishment, all are characterized by a set of communal elements: intimate, understated elegance; captivating locations that inspire exceptional cuisine

    and spa experiences; and gracious yet unobtrusive service. Among the Auberge collection of

    distinctive properties are: Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley, Calif.; Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, Calif.; Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colo.; Malliouhana, Anguilla; The Auberge Residences at Element 52, Telluride, Colo.; and Pronghorn Resort, Bend, Ore., with several others currently in development. For more information about Auberge Resorts, please visit http://www.aubergeresorts.com/. Follow Auberge Resorts on Facebook at facebook.com/AubergeResorts and on Twitter at @AubergeResorts.

     

     

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  • May 5, 2014

    Claude Brock Named Chief Financial Officer of Auberge Resorts

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (May 5, 2014)Auberge Resorts, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, has appointed Claude Brock Chief Financial Officer. Brock will lead and direct the company’s financial reporting and analysis, budgeting and capital planning activities. He will also be charged with developing and implementing a technology roadmap for Auberge Resorts and supporting the company’s expansion initiatives.

    “A seasoned professional of Claude’s caliber will be a great asset to our team,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts. “He is the ideal executive to deliver best-in-class financial governance and optimize the economic potential of our hotels.”

    Brock will support the company’s existing operations, provide leadership to enhance the portfolios financial performance, capitalize on business opportunities and propel future growth to allow full realization of enterprise value for Auberge Resorts. “Claude is a highly respected industry expert with an impressive track record that is underscored by his excellent working relationship with investors and business partners,” said Mark Harmon, Managing Partner, Auberge Resorts.

    Brock joins the Auberge Resorts team following a 20-year tenure with KSL Resorts, where he was Director of Operational Finance. He oversaw all aspects of operational accounting, procurement, information technology and internal audit for a portfolio of 2,900 rooms, 68 F&B outlets, 55 retail outlets and 11 golf courses. Brock had an active role in several significant transactions, including the sale of KSL Recreation Corporation to CNL Hotels in 2004. During his tenure as KSL’s Western Region CFO, he oversaw all accounting, purchasing and information technology functions for Grand Wailea Resort, Claremont Resort & Spa, and La Quinta Resort & Club. A graduate of California State University Chico, Brock began his career in the hospitality industry at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, where he worked in the accounting departments at The Copley Plaza in Boston and the Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel.

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  • April 1, 2014

    Auberge Resorts Appoints Randolph Weisz Executive Advisor to Senior Management Team

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (April 1, 2014) – Auberge Resorts, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, announced today that Randolph Weisz, a former Executive Vice President at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, will join the company as Executive Advisor to the Senior Management Team. Weisz will be an integral force in the global expansion of Auberge Resorts. Throughout his association with Four Seasons, Weisz was involved in the structuring and implementing of transactions involving more than 50 hotels and resorts, including a significant number with residential properties. He was also involved in all of the corporate transactions critical to the emergence of Four Seasons as a globally recognized hospitality brand.

    “Randy’s success completing property and corporate transactions at Four Seasons was very attractive to us, as we are actively expanding to new markets,” said Craig Reid, CEO of Auberge Resorts. “His demonstrated expertise negotiating business and financial terms for new properties and corporate investments will be a valuable asset to help us achieve our growth objectives, and given his industry background, he understands the long-term strategic goals of Auberge, our employees, and our guests.”

    In his role at Four Seasons as Executive Vice President of Business Administration and General Counsel, Weisz was responsible for managing the worldwide business and legal affairs of the company relating to property investments and other corporate investments and initiatives. “Randy worked closely with Four Seasons hotel owners, developers and investors to fashion win/win partnerships to achieve their financial objectives, and that effort will be one of his key roles at Auberge Resorts,” said Craig Reid, CEO of Auberge Resorts.

    During his tenure, Weisz was also a member of the Management Committee, comprised of the eight most senior executives at Four Seasons, responsible for running the business of Four Seasons worldwide.

    “We are so pleased to have Randy join the Auberge Resorts family during this exciting growth phase and look forward to sharing more good news in the coming months,” said Mark Harmon, Managing Partner of Auberge Resorts.

    Dan Friedkin, Chairman of the Board, added, “Randy will provide strategic advice and direction to our Senior Management Team and is an ideal addition to our development and acquisition efforts. His proven track record of developing and maintaining luxury hospitality properties, coupled with his long-term relationships in the hospitality industry, will add momentum to our growth trajectory.”

    Prior to joining Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Weisz was a Partner at the Goodmans LLP law firm, where he practiced corporate and commercial law with a special focus on financing and restructuring.

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  • December 16, 2013

    Festive holiday cocktails: Auberge Resorts toasts to the New Year

    Celebratory Libations Showcase Each Resort’s Sense of Place

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF (December 16, 2013)Auberge Resorts, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, will toast the holidays with an assortment of festive libations that showcase the tastes of each resort’s destination. The company, which got its start in the famed wine region of Napa Valley, has always made unique beverage programs a priority in addition to award-winning wine lists. The creative minds behind the bars at Auberge Resorts have shared their favorite libations to celebrate the holiday season.

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    Esperanza Resort suggests their Cabo Green Margarita (silver tequila, pineapple juice, cucumber, agave honey, cilantro, lime), the Mojito Diablo (rum, cassis, lime, mint, raw sugar) or the Illusion Margarita (rested tequila, basil, cranberry juice, cassis), to celebrate the holidays.

    “If you can’t be in Cabo San Lucas to toast the New Year with us, you can’t go wrong serving tequila at a New Year’s Eve party,” said Diego Weiss, Director of Food & Beverage at Esperanza.

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    Solage Calistoga’s Sommelier & Beverage Manager, Scott Turnbull, created the newly added libation, Five O’Clock Shadow, noting, “The pomegranate vodka adds a seasonal, festive kick to holiday cocktail parties.” To make a Five O’Clock Shadow, mix Charbay pomegranate vodka, honey rosemary syrup, bitters, and egg whites.

    The Soleil Rey is a crowd-pleaser at Auberge du Soleil, made with Charbay Pomegranate Vodka, Unoaked Sauvignon Blanc, aperol, simple syrup, grapes and mint leaves. “’For me, this cocktail is the essential Napa Valley cocktail.  It is light and refreshing and brings the elements of grapes to the glass. It represents the warm colors of autumn and is the perfect accompaniment for a brisk fall day,” said Kris Margerum, Wine Director.

    Calistoga Ranch’s private label Cabernet is a crowd favorite, and pairs well with a variety of foods, from salads, to chicken, to red meat,” says the property’s resident winemaker, Kirk Venge. “For dessert, we love to pair the 2009 Robert Pecota Moscato D’Andrea with decadent sweets such as sorbets and ice creams,” says Christian Ojeda, Executive Chef at Calistoga Ranch.

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    Newly reopened following a top-to-bottom makeover, Aspen’s Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, recommends the “Gingerbread Gibson” to toast the holidays. “In addition to our classic and crafted cocktails, we are also featuring some drinks specifically for the holidays, namely our “Gingerbread Gibson” – a rum, molasses, pear and ginger cocktail, served up with wine poached pear “onion” garnish… A perfect libation to get you in the holiday spirit!” said Christel Stiver, Living Room Manager and Sommelier at Hotel Jerome. “We’re also proud to offer the best Hot Toddy in Colorado, making its debut on our winter cocktail menu.”

     

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  • November 7, 2013

    Auberge Resorts again honored with Green Spa Network’s Sustainability Award

    Auberge Recognized for Second Consecutive Year for Leadership in Corporate Sustainability

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (November 7, 2013)  – Auberge Resorts Collection has been honored by Green Spa Network with the award for Sustainable Corporate Spa of the Year. The award recognizes Auberge Resorts for the company’s pioneering programs, leadership and ongoing commitment to sustainability at its resorts throughout North America. The awards were announced at the Green Spas Network’s annual congress, held recently in Colorado.

    Green Spa Network Sustainability Awards were launched by Green Spa Network in 2012 to underscore the importance of sustainability leaders in transforming an industry. Criteria for winning included achieving the highest level of sustainability compared to their peers; continuous improvement; setting an example of best practices for the industry to follow; making sustainable practices inviting and desirable to consumers and employees.

    Environmental and social responsibility are inherent elements of the Auberge brand.

    “We are honored that Auberge Resorts has been recognized once again by Green Spa Network as a leader in sustainability,” said Mark Harmon, CEO, Auberge Resorts. “As a company, we make it a priority to demonstrate good stewardship of our natural resources and assist our valued staff in leading healthy, balanced lives. We are gratified that such respected spa industry leaders have acknowledged our ongoing efforts with this meaningful award.”

    “These are the foremost leaders pushing the edge of innovation in our industry,” said Green Spa Network Executive Director Deb Berlin, who presented the awards with the organization’s President, Roberto Arjona. “It is an honor for our organization to collaborate with these visionaries to bring the spa industry to a place of true wellness and sustainability.”

    Twelve winners were chosen from categories including green building, eco healthy culinary program, natural personal care products, sustainable spas and leadership from individuals who have shaped the green spa movement.

    Green Spa Network elected a panel of industry experts to vote, including Rona Berg, Editor-in-Chief of Organic Spa magazine; Julie Keller Callaghan, Editor-in-Chief of American Spa magazine; Cici Coffee, Founder of Natural Body Spa; and Clifford Bast, Managing Director of BastSustain Group.

    Details of the projects and initiatives that were awarded are available at http://greenspanetwork.org/news/201309/green-spa-network-announces-winners-2013-spa-sustainability-awards

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    GSN is a community of like-minded spas and resource partners comprised of nearly 200 members with an estimated purchasing power of $30+ million per year. The association provides tools, guidance, and networking to steer the spa industry towards sustainability. For more information, visit www.greenspanetwork.org.

     

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  • October 16, 2013

    Auberge Resorts recognized as World’s Best in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (October 16, 2013) – The Auberge Resorts collection has once again been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards, one of the most respected honors in the travel industry. Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch, Solage Calistoga, Hotel Jerome and Esperanza were ranked among the best hotels and resorts in the world in the 26th annual poll, showcased in the upcoming November 2013 issue of Condé Nast Traveler.

    Readers ranked Auberge Resorts’ flagship Napa Valley property, Auberge du Soleil, No. 1 “Best Hotel in Northern California”, No. 6 of the “Top 10 Hotels & Resorts in the United States” and No. 33 on the “World’s Best” list.

    Napa Valley’s Solage Calistoga earned the No. 3 spot on the “Top 15 Resorts in Northern California,” while sister property Calistoga Ranch, also in Napa Valley, ranked 9th on the same list. Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas placed No. 2 in the “Top 10 Resorts in Baja” and earned No. 51 “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World.” Auberge’s newest property in its portfolio is Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo., which ranked No. 37 on the “Top 40 Resorts in the West” after reopening in December of 2012 following an extensive design transformation and historic restoration.

    “We are honored to be so highly regarded by the Condé Nast Traveler readers again this year, as we know they are frequent and discerning travelers,” said Mark Harmon, CEO of Auberge Resorts. “Each ranking is a true testament to the resorts’ highly trained staff, unrivaled locations, culinary excellences, luxurious amenities and innovative programming. We focus on personalizing every aspect of a guest’s visit, which we feel has brought us tremendous loyalty, and we are proud to see the results of this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards.”

    Auberge du Soleil:

    No. 1 “Best Hotel in Northern California”
    No. 6 “Top 10 Hotels & Resorts in the U.S.”
    No. 33 “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World”

    Solage Calistoga:

    No. 3 “Top 15 Resorts in Northern California”

    Calistoga Ranch:

    No. 9 “Top 15 Resorts in Northern California”

    Esperanza:

    No. 2 “Top 10 Resorts in Baja”
    No. 51 “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World”

    Hotel Jerome:

    No. 37 “Top 40 Resorts in the West”

    Condé Nast Traveler tapped their reader base to rate the best cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruises and airlines they experienced in the past year. This year, Condé Nast Traveler had a record-breaking 79,268 readers participate in the survey, close to double the number of survey takers in 2012. These dedicated and discerning travelers cast 1.3 million votes for more than 16,000 properties around the world.

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  • September 1, 2013

    Andrew Harper’s hideaway readers vote Auberge Resorts among their favorite resorts in the world in 2013 reader survey

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (September 2013)Auberge Resorts properties are the choice of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway readers, according to the publication’s newly released 2013 Reader Survey, which showcases subscribers’ favorite hotels and resorts worldwide. Five resorts in the Auberge collection were among an elite group of properties recognized as among the very best in their categories.

    The results are based on the annual independent reader survey in which Andrew Harper’s discerning subscribers vote for their favorite hotels and resorts in the categories of Beach, City, U.S. Hideaways, International Hideaways, Food and Wine, Spa, Golf, Safari and Family-Friendly. This year, 136 hotels in 115 destinations appear on the lists, which are featured in the September digital edition of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.

    Auberge’s Napa Valley flagship Auberge du Soleil was voted No. 5 on the list of 20 Top U.S. Hideaways. All three Napa Valley resorts, Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch and Solage Calistoga, were ranked among the Top 20 Food and Wine Resorts worldwide.

    Auberge du Soleil was again honored, as No. 6 among the Top 20 Spa Resorts worldwide. Esperanza, an Auberge Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, was ranked No. 6 among the Top 20 Beach Resorts and No. 6 among the Top 20 Spa Resorts.

    “We couldn’t be more delighted with this recognition from Hideaway Report readers, who are well-traveled and discerning,” said Mark Harmon, CEO, Auberge Resorts. “We believe we have created something very special at our properties. It’s inspiring to know that this audience values our resorts so highly.”

    Hideaway Report readers are very loyal to their favorite hotels … but they are also keen to experiment and to be adventurous,” said Andrew Harper. “Much of the pleasure I derive from editing The Hideaway Report stems from the awareness that my readers are active travelers with both the inclination and the financial means to follow in my footsteps.”

    For a full list of winning properties and a complimentary download of the issue, visit http://www.andrewharper.com/2013-readers-choice-awards.

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  • September 1, 2013

    AJ Capital Partners and Auberge Resorts names design dream team for the transformation
    of Anguilla’s Malliouhana Hotel & Spa

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (September 2013)Auberge Resorts, the leading portfolio of boutique luxury hotels and residences worldwide, and owner Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners (AJ Capital Partners) today announced plans for its redesign of Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort on the Island of Anguilla, British West Indies. The 55-room hotel, perched atop a panoramic bluff overlooking Meads Bay and Turtle Bay, will undergo a comprehensive revitalization, which is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2014.

    Auberge Resorts has selected interior designer Todd-Avery Lenahan of TAL Studio to lead the redesign of all guest rooms, restaurants and public spaces. Lenahan masterminded the recent top-to-bottom transformation of Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort in Aspen, which was completed in December 2012. SB Architects, which counts the recent transformation of Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico among its many award-winning projects, will spearhead the architectural enhancements at the now 30-year-old Malliouhana.

    “TAL Studio and SB Architects were the clear choices for the Malliouhana’s transformation,” said Mark Harmon, CEO, Auberge Resorts. “Both firms have an incredible body of work that speaks to their talent at bringing the spirit of a destination to life. We’re excited about their creative vision for the Malliouhana, whose legacy of gracious hospitality is in a league of its own in the Caribbean.”

    Interior designer Todd-Avery Lenahan cites the photography of Slim Aarons, a chronicler of the rich and celebrated, as a source of inspiration for his re-envisioning of the Malliouhana. His plans call for maximizing the resort’s open-air design to create a relaxed atmosphere infused with exuberant colors, evoking the spirit of Anguilla during the Caribbean’s glamorous heyday of the 1950s and 1960s. His team is resurrecting historic elements of the origins of the island to infuse the design concept with a uniquely Anguillan feel.

    “The Malliouhana is beloved by two generations of guests, so we are doing some storytelling through the design to bring back that energy for the next generation of discerning travelers,” said Lenahan. “We dialed in the spirit of how people in the ‘50s and ‘60s traveled – yachts, fine linens, exotic wonderment – and translated that notion into a very collected and international feel.”

    Original paintings of animated tropical scenes that have withstood the test of time in the hotel’s lobby captured the interest of Lenahan and his team. Commissioned for the original Malliouhana, the pieces were rediscovered by the designers, who traced their provenance to a noted local artist and are now weaving the images into to the current design theme of each guest room.

    Etched into each guestroom’s polished white floors are three interlocking porpoises, a nod to the symbol on the national flag of Anguilla. Lenahan celebrated the island’s love of exuberant colors as a basis for the guestrooms, which are an encapsulation of an artistic spectrum. Leading galleries on the West Coast were sources for key pieces, which will complement the resort’s collection of restored vintage rattan.

    “We infused spaces with a rich palette – it’s an urbane take of what the Caribbean is,” said Lenahan. “We wanted to create something specific to this island – not just another swanky beach hotel, but something with depth and beauty that is unique to the destination.”

    SB Architects’ structural enhancements to the Malliouhana will visually strengthen the hotel’s connection to the sea by opening up views, replacing formerly limiting architectural forms with new ones and creating engaging new public spaces. These will include a new open-air restaurant and bar, a tiered swimming pool area with a strong connection to the topography, and a sunset bar. The architects are also designing an entirely new spa that will offer an intimate experience that will be consistent with Auberge’s reputation for innovative and exquisite small spa environments.

    The hotel’s signature white buildings, tile roofs, and slender Moorish arches will be incorporated into the new vision. “We’re being respectful of the hotel’s history by not doing too much. We will remove certain architectural elements that formerly stood between guests and the hotel’s spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea,” said Scott Lee, President and Principal, SB Architects. “Now, there will be a more pure connection to the water. We are also enhancing the arrival experience by circulating guests though mature landscape. The connection to land and sea will begin from the moment of arrival.”

    The Malliouhana is set on 20 acres of prime beachfront land that includes two private white-sand beaches. Accommodations range from spacious guest rooms, the smallest of which offers more than 700 square feet of space, to private beachfront villas. Resort amenities will include two restaurants and bars, an Auberge Spa and an extensive array of sports and fitness facilities.

     

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    About AJ Capital Partners

    Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners, based in Chicago, is an accomplished team of hospitality and real estate investors whose innate passion is to create a one-of-a kind portfolio of timeless assets. The company’s mission is to achieve optimal risk adjusted returns for its investors who are seeking long-term capital investments. The group develops, owns, and operates commercial and hospitality assets and businesses throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean including the renowned Isle De France Hotel located on St. Barth’s. AJ Capital Partners continues to grow its portfolio of luxury lodging investments, firmly establishing the group as visionary leaders in the lifestyle-driven investment industry. For more information, please visit http://www.ajcapitalpartners.com/

     

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  • July 3, 2013

    Five Auberge Resorts properties are again ranked among the World’s Best in Travel + Leisure

    Auberge Properties Are Winners In Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards; Auberge Brand Voted One Of The Top Five In The World

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (July 3, 2013) – Five luxury resorts in the Auberge Resorts collection have been recognized as among the very best in industry in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards. Travel + Leisure readers also voted the boutique Auberge Resorts brand one of an elite group of the top five hotel brands in the world, the magazine announced yesterday. The rankings are available travelandleisure.com and will be published in Travel + Leisure’s August 2013 issue and digital editions.

    “We are delighted that our resorts and our brand are on such distinguished list of winners,” said Mark Harmon, CEO of Auberge Resorts. “This recognition from our guests is a testament to the dedication of our staff, and it inspires all of to continue delivering the very best experiences for our guests.”

    The World’s Best Awards are a result of an extensive reader survey conducted by Travel + Leisure each year and are among the most highly regarded in the travel industry. The readers define excellence in travel by rating their experiences and evaluating hotels across the world on the following characteristics: rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value. Featured Auberge Resorts rankings are as follows:

    Auberge Resorts:  No. 5 brand in the world.
    Score: 91.88
    Auberge du Soleil:  No. 14 Resort in the Continental U.S.
    Score: 91.87
    Calistoga Ranch: No. 44 Resort in the Continental U.S.
    Score: 89.68
    Solage Calistoga: No. 30 Resort in the Continental U.S.
    Score: 90.44
    Esperanza: No. 5 Resort in Mexico
    Score: 92.62

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  • March 4, 2013

    Auberge Resorts rolls out in-room technology capability

    In-Room iPads Enhance Guest Experience, Optimize Efficiency

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (March 4, 2013) – Auberge Resorts announced today that it is integrating iPad guest services at each of its resorts throughout North America. The new in-room technology will allow guests a range of on- and off- property functionalities, complemented by personal detail and attention from resort staff. Guests may pre-order room service, shop for spa products, make dining reservations, schedule wake-up calls, send e-post-cards and much more without ever having to pick up the phone or leave the comfort of their room.

    “We want to provide the most seamless guest experience possible, and living in such a digital world, our decision to move forward with in-room iPads was an easy one,” said Mark Harmon, CEO of Auberge Resorts. “Guests can manage all facets of their stay with the touch of their fingertips and still benefit from the signature Auberge level of service.”

    Auberge Resorts tapped Incentient, a New York based software company, to create a digital extension of the Auberge Resorts service experience to allow guests to perform many actions with one less step.

    “While the hospitality industry has embraced the use of tablet technology on a case-by-case basis, Auberge had much more in mind for their guest on an enterprise level,” said Jennifer Martucci, Co-founder of Incentient. “It was clear to us from day one that they understood their brand, and more importantly, understood their customer. What resulted was a bespoke design that captures the imagination of guests while extending the Auberge experience, which brought the guest to the property in the first place.”

    The platform for the iPads is consistent across all Auberge properties and features categories such as Dining, Auberge Spa, and Events. Additionally, guests may enjoy the benefits of Incentient Smartcellar, an application that allows guests to view the wine and beverage list from each of the resort’s fine dining restaurants. Individual resorts are able to customize messaging and add relevant categories to their particular markets. For example, the in-room iPads at the newly unveiled Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo. offer information pertaining to mountain sports – ski rentals, snow conditions and maps of hiking trails. The iPads at Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley allow guests to explore the area’s wineries and vineyards or peruse the property’s real estate offerings. In-room iPads are also proving highly beneficial for groups in house, as messaging can be tailored to communicate selectively to individual guests with meetings and event-related updates.

    “It’s really a win-win for everyone,” said Mark Harmon. “Guests enjoy the privacy and convenience provided by the iPads; they’re able to connect immediately and are given status updates on items such as room service preparation and delivery. On the property level, we’re able to engage with our guests in a way that we’ve never been able to before. We can customize banner messages, alerting guests of daily promotions, and even offer added values like exclusive access with some of our local partners.”

    The company, acclaimed for its sustainability practices, will cut down on in-room dining service menu compendiums and door hangers as well as newspaper delivery for guests who prefer to receive them via the iPad.

     

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  • January 29, 2013

    Auberge Resorts earns top rankings in U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Hotels in the USA’ awards

    Four Properties in Auberge Resorts Portfolio Announced as Gold Badge Winners

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (January 29, 2013) – Three Auberge Resorts properties have received recognition as among the very best in the country by U.S. News & World ReportAuberge du Soleil, and Calistoga Ranch were named on the exclusive “Best Hotels in the USA for 2013” list, with Calistoga Ranch ranking among the “Top 10 Best in the USA” overall. Calistoga Ranch earned the No. 1 “Best Hotel in California” ranking. Auberge du Soleil and Solage Calistoga took top scores on both “Best Hotels in California” and “Best Hotels in Napa Valley.” The 2013 Best Hotels rankings are available online at http://travel.usnews.com/.

    “We have such a diverse portfolio, geographically, and it’s gratifying to see that our efforts in the U.S. are applauded by travelers as well as experts of the travel industry,” said Mark Harmon, Chief Executive Officer of Auberge Resorts. “From the Rocky Mountains to Napa Valley, our goal is to deliver the best guest experience possible. It’s gratifying to see Auberge Resorts listed again as the best of the best in the country.”

    Among the 1,639 luxury U.S. hotels and 273 Caribbean hotels analyzed by U.S. News & World Report, only a fraction were named to a selective list of the Best Hotels. To create this year’s rankings, U.S. News factored in the prominence of industry awards a hotel receives along with its reputation among travel experts and guests.

    “This is our third year ranking hotels, and the bar continues to climb for luxury properties,” said Chad Smolinski, Vice President of Rankings and Reviews at U.S. News & World Report. “Desirable amenities and hotel loyalty programs will no longer suffice. People are seeking hotels that go above and beyond to give their guests an unforgettable experience. Hotels that consistently meet the high expectations of experts and travelers are recognized in our rankings.”

    The full hotel rankings methodology may be found online at: http://travel.usnews.com/methodology/.

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