December 16, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Murphy O’Brien, Inc.
November 7, 2013
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
About The Green Spa Network
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.
October 16, 2013
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”
No. 3 “Top 15 Resorts in Northern California”
No. 9 “Top 15 Resorts in Northern California”
No. 2 “Top 10 Resorts in Baja”
No. 51 “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World”
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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Murphy O’Brien, Inc.
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/
Murphy O’Brien, Inc.
July 3, 2013
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.
Auberge du Soleil: No. 14 Resort in the Continental U.S.
Calistoga Ranch: No. 44 Resort in the Continental U.S.
Solage Calistoga: No. 30 Resort in the Continental U.S.
Esperanza: No. 5 Resort in Mexico
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March 4, 2013
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
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 Report. Auberge 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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