October 6, 2016
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.
Tiffany Higgins / Rachel Farnham
Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
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.
September 13, 2016
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.
August 9, 2016
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/
Jennifer Evans Gardner, Rosa Muniz
Murphy O’Brien Public Relations
May 5, 2016
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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