November 13, 2014
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.
“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.
October 30, 2014
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.
October 23, 2014
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
No. 2 “Best Resorts in Mexico (Pacific)”
No. 93 “Top 100 Hotels & Resorts in the World”
No. 6 “Best Hotels in the West”
Auberge du Soleil:
No. 5 “Best Hotels in San Francisco & Northern California”
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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Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
September 8, 2014
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/.
Murphy O’Brien, Inc.
September 3, 2014
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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Murphy O’Brien, Inc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 906-5636. For information or inquires concerning investment opportunities in Trail Creek Fund, please contact Garrison Belles at email@example.com or (415) 637-1991.
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July 7, 2014
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.
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
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.
April 1, 2014
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.