Travel/Living Well: Auberge Resorts Collection To Bring Unique Character And Modern Luxury To The Heart Of Austin, Texas, With Commodore Perry Estate

Auberge Resorts Collection, a portfolio of award-winning hotels, resorts and residences, today announced that it plans a Spring 2020 opening for its first urban retreat in the dynamic destination of Austin, Texas. Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection will be a modern interpretation of a residential estate from yesteryear, where guests are invited to sit back, celebrate and inspire thoughtful conversation. Designed by internationally known designer Ken Fulk, the resort will bring a new level of contemporary glamour, whimsical soul and effortless luxury representative of Austin’s uniqueness. The intimate 10-acre resort offers a uniquely Texas familiarity brimming with character, independent spirit and charm, boasting 42 rooms and 12 suites, and amenities including an organic urban farm, Lutie’s – the signature garden restaurant, a members club and a serene outdoor swimming pool.

Auberge Resorts Collection (PRNewsFoto/Auberge Resorts Collection)

It is with great pride that we welcome Commodore Perry Estate to the Auberge family. Bringing a combination of exquisite design, exceptional location and an authentically Austin experience, this one-of-a-kind Estate introduces a new level of style and distinctive luxury to the diverse city,” said Marco Bustamante, General Manager, Commodore Perry Estate. “We are delighted that Auberge Resorts Collection has been welcomed so warmly into the vibrant Austin community, and are excited to be a best-loved destination for events, weddings and celebration.”

Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection

Built in the Jazz Age in 1928, Commodore Perry Estate was originally the country home of Commodore Edgar and Lutie Perry, a place for them to entertain and connect with family when they weren’t traveling through Europe. The 10,800-square-foot Italianate mansion was designed by Dallas architect Henry Bowers Thompson in 1927. Declaring the home, “a great place to throw a party,” Perry was popular for his Gatsby-esque soirées on property. In subsequent decades, Commodore Perry Estate went through many chapters, housing several schools and adding a chapel, and serving as the site of prominent weddings and important Austin events. Located just north of The University of Texas at Austin in the historic neighborhood of Hancock, Commodore Perry Estate is surrounded by expansive grounds, lush green English gardens, spring-fed Waller Creek and a stone wall enclosing the property to create an ideal setting for year-round getaways. The intimate chapel and gardens are the perfect backdrop for special events, weddings and private celebrations.

Commodore Perry Estate features signature imaginative elements from powerhouse designer Ken Fulk, known for projects such as San Francisco’s The Battery and Saint Joseph’s Arts Society, Legacy Records in New York’s Hudson Yards and notable private residential commissions. The layered aesthetic is part history, part imagination and all Austin. The imaginative interiors represent over two years of Fulk’s shopping excursions to Round Top Antiques Show, the Lone Star State’s haven for antiquing. Fulk has curated a mix of custom and heirloom vintage pieces creating an atmosphere that feels collected over time. Fulk worked in collaboration with renowned architecture firm Moule and Polyzoides and award-winning local Austin firms Clayton & Little and Ten Eyck Landscape Architects to restore Commodore Perry Estate to its former glory.

When I first saw Commodore Perry Estate, I was simply mesmerized. It was as if a European country estate had been transported to a bucolic Texas hill country landscape,” said Fulk. “We strived to craft experiences that combined a relaxed European elegance and  true gracious Texas hospitality with an ease and comfort to every experience that will welcome members and visitors to sit back and enjoy themselves.”

As the centerpiece of the property, the original Mansion instantly communicates an elevated, residential atmosphere. Guests will feel as though they’re arriving at the stately home of an old family friend. Handed keys upon arrival, guests will be invited to enjoy the Mansion as they would their own private estate. The five bedrooms from the Perry’s original residence have been transformed into uniquely charming hotel suites as a nod to its original inhabitants. Edgar Perry’s Suite, with its safari-inspired play of patterns, reflects a love of world travel and high culture, while Lutie Perry’s Suite presents a softer side in a palette of pink velvet, faux fur and muted leopard carpet. The downstairs Living Room boasts a new cocktail bar, and the sunny Solarium, with its original tile floors, is perfect for small bites or cocktails. The Dining Room and Breakfast Room are dedicated to informal dining experiences throughout the day. With a wide range of indoor and outdoor lounge options, including the Loggia and Terrace, members and resident members can enjoy a daily menu of Estate favorites and signature cocktails with prime seating for club programming, such as intimate concerts, lectures or tastings. Membership at The Commodore Perry Estate offers members and their guests’ exclusive access to the resort in addition to inspired, cultural programming, experiences and events.

The new private club at Commodore Perry Estate will draw membership from the diverse fabric of the ever-changing Austin community. Offering a stunning environment for locals to meet, dine, collaborate and nourish while cultivating community connection and building on the Estate’s history and traditions. The club also seeks to acknowledge and support exceptional local and national talent in the arts, fashion, culinary, wellness and finance realms to not only provide a rich and unique experience for members, but to also give back to the Austin community.

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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 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) – No. 3 Food and Wine Resort; No. 2 Top 20 U.S. Hideaway; No. 2 Top Spa Resort



  • 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