Relais & Chateaux Properties Top the List of Best Hotels in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards

Relais & Châteaux is proud to announce that over 40 property members in North America have been recognized with Condé Nast Traveler‘s 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The magazine revealed Relais & Châteaux properties, Triple Creek Ranch, The Lodge at Sea Island, Ocean House, Winvian, The Surrey, and Montpelier Plantation & Beach in the top 100 Hotels in the World. Casa Palopó in Guatemala was voted #1 in the Top 10 Hotels in the Caribbean & Central America category while The Surrey was recognized as the Best Hotel in New York City.Logo_Relais_et_Chateaux

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of more than 540 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants, managed by a family of independent owners, innkeepers and chefs setting the world standard for excellence in hospitality since 1954. Every property, on all five continents, focuses on ‘The Art of Fine Living‘ and the unique, personal experiences that make hospitality a true art form. From the vineyards of Napa Valley to the beaches of Fiji, from Provencal olive groves to South African lodges, Relais & Châteaux offers their guests extraordinary stops on breathtaking routes, each a window into the beauty, cuisine, and customs of a very special part of the world. Driven by a strong desire to protect, sustain and promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisines and cultures, Relais & Châteaux members are committed to preserving the environment and local heritage.

The Lodge at Sea Island

The Lodge at Sea Island

The Surrey Entrance (www.thesurrey.com)

The Surrey Entrance (www.thesurrey.com)

Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards rank the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. Over 128,000 dedicated readers cast votes for over 5,000 hotels, hundreds of cities and islands, dozens of cruise ships, airlines and airports, resulting in more than 1,500 of the best travel experiences in the world.

Relais & Châteaux Members In North America Recognized On The 2015 Awards List include:

Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

Auberge Saint-Antoine, Québec City, Québec

Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, New York

Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

Camden Harbour Inn, Camden, Maine

Canoe Bay, Chetek, Wisconsin

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Auberge Resorts Collection Appoints Juan Paolo Alfonso General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica, Mountain top resort in Pérez Zeledón

Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, announced today that Jaun Paolo Alfonso has been appointed General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia.

Hacienda AltaGracia. A Auberge Resorts

Hacienda AltaGracia. A Auberge Resorts

Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, announced that Jaun Paolo Alfonso has been appointed General Manager of Hacienda AltaGracia. This intimate new resort located in the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón in the southern region of Costa Rica opened in June 2015 and joined Auberge Resorts Collection in July 2015.

Juan Paolo Alfonso, General Manager Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection

Juan Paolo Alfonso, General Manager Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection

At Hacienda AltaGracia, Alfonso will oversee the management and operations of Auberge’s first Central American boutique luxury resort, which is poised to bring a vibrant, new luxury experience to Costa Rica. Alfonso brings vast experience in luxury hospitality to this integral new role, having previously served most recently as Assistant General Manager of Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah, where he was vital in the development of curated adventure, cultural and historical experiences in the region.

We are delighted to welcome Juan to our growing Auberge Resorts Collection family,” said Craig T. Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “With extensive leadership experience at premier luxury resorts, Juan is the ideal general manager to oversee the introduction of Hacienda AltaGracia.”

Located in the Southern Region of the country, AltaGracia uncovers one of Costa Rica’s last hidden havens: Pérez Zeledón, a traditional agricultural town, and now, a mandatory stop in the country’s destination circuit. The region boasts all over picturesque beauty, flora and fauna, and sits close to the Cerro Chirripó, “Los Cusingos” Wildlife Bird Refuge and beautiful green valleys. The people of Pérez Zeledón are also part of its beauty as they are known for their warmth and authenticity. Nestled atop the lush mountains of Pérez Zeledón, in Costa Rica’s Southern Region, AltaGracia offers 50 estate-size Casitas, one of Central America’s finest spas, three creative dining options and an exclusive equestrian experience.

Hacienda AltaGracia features estate-size, yet intimate accommodations, with exquisite interiors amongst Costa Rica’s mountain tops. From riding rings and breed horses, to its own private natural reserve, it has all of the luxuries and comforts of good living, gourmet dining, and spa life. In the purest valley of what is the last almost unexplored area in Costa Rica, AltaGracia was born as the only “Boutique Hacienda” in the country. Like that of a true Hacienda, its house-style welcome is what defines it. The property has a total of 350 hectares of which only 38 have been used for construction, which offers trails for walking or riding with a spectacular view of the “Valle del General”.

During his tenure as Assistant General Manager of Amangiri, the luxury resort was named one of the top 20 U.S. Hideaways of 2013 by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and among Travel + Leisure’s T+L 500 World’s Best Hotels 2013. Alfonso formerly served as Front Office Manager for Amanyara in Turks and Caicos, where he worked closely with general managers and rooms operations managers opening the resort. He began his hospitality career with managerial positions at the lauded Amangani and Amanusa resorts. Continue reading

Three Iconic Resorts from Auberge Resorts Collection Named World’s Best in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards

A trio of iconic resorts from the California-based Auberge Resorts Collection is honored among the world’s best in the 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards from Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, a premier digital magazine for sophisticated travelers. This annual readers’ poll showcasing the best hotels and resorts, safari lodges and cruise lines is now available online at www.andrewharper.com/readers-choice/ and appears in the September 2015 issue. Underscoring Auberge Resorts Collection’s legacy of culinary excellence, the brand’s Napa Valley flagship Auberge du Soleil was named the No. 1 Food and Wine Resort, while neighboring sister property Calistoga Ranch was voted No. 3 Food and Wine Resort. Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, was awarded No. 4 Beach Resort. The full list of 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards accolades for Auberge Resorts Collection follows:

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

  • Auberge du Soleil (Napa Valley) – No. 1 Food and Wine Resort; No. 4 Top 20 U.S. Hideaway; No. 4 Top Spa Resort

    CALISTOGA RANCH NAPA VALLEY

    CALISTOGA RANCH NAPA VALLEY

  • Calistoga Ranch (Napa Valley) – No. 3 Food and Wine Resort; No. 2 Top 20 U.S. Hideaway; No. 2 Top Spa Resort

    ESPERANZA CABO SAN LUCAS

    ESPERANZA CABO SAN LUCAS

  • Esperanza (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico) – No. 4 Top Beach Resort; No. 12 Top Golf Resort; No. 19 Top Spa Resort

We are honored to again be recognized as the best of the best by the discriminating readers of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report,” said Craig T. Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “This honor is a true reflection of our team’s passion for creating aspirational and meaningful travel experiences, whether in Napa Valley’s celebrated wine country or the idyllic beaches of 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.


The Auberge Resorts Collection owns and operates a portfolio of exceptional hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs under two distinct brands: Auberge Hotels and Resorts, timeless luxury properties acclaimed for their intimate, understated elegance, and VieVage Hotels and Resorts, a new lifestyle brand that brings together contemporary themes of design, community and wellness in a fresh, active and social environment. While Auberge nurtures the individuality of each property, all share a crafted approach to luxury that is expressed through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet