Auberge Resorts entered into a strategic partnership with the Libra Group, owners of Grace Hotels, and will welcome five Grace properties in Europe and the northeastern United States into the Auberge Resorts Collection portfolio. Expansion from additional properties currently under development will further enhance the portfolio over the next two years. The existing Grace properties and those in the pipeline will be branded under the Auberge Resorts Collection name and managed by the Auberge team.
In the next 90 days, the Grace properties in Mykonos and Santorini, Greece, along with the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Conn.; White Barn Inn & Spa in Kennebunk, Maine; and the Vanderbilt Hotel in Newport, R.I., will join the collection. Over the next few years, the collection will add other properties currently under development in Athens, Kalamata, Kea and a second resort in Santorini; Marrakech, Morocco; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and St. Moritz, Switzerland.
As part of the agreement, the Libra Group will have a strategic interest in Auberge Resorts Collection.
“Our strategic partnership with the Libra Group will expand our portfolio of acclaimed properties and build on Auberge Resorts Collection’s reputation as a premier hospitality brand,” Dan Friedkin, chairman of the Auberge Resorts Collection, said in a statement. “With the Logothetis family, we have found likeminded partners who share our desire to deliver exceptional quality and unparalleled guest experiences.”
“Auberge Resorts Collection’s reputation for operational excellence, and our shared passion for creating intimate and elegant hotels made this a compelling opportunity for us,” said George Logothetis, chairman and CEO of the Libra Group. “The hotels are in extremely good hands with Auberge, whose existing and pipeline properties are highly complementary with our hotels. This is a testament to the shared thinking between our organizations. With our new strategic interest, we look forward to participating in the next chapter of Auberge Resorts Collection story.”
“Auberge is a brand that focuses on unique experiences of the highest quality,” added Craig Reid, CEO of Auberge Resorts Collection. “Our dedication to crafted luxury strikes a chord with travelers who seek custom amenities and authentic experiences that are unique to each setting. We are thrilled to give guests the opportunity to experience the expanded Auberge Resorts Collection brand in more exceptional destinations around the globe.”
Plans are underway to integrate the properties and Grace employees into Auberge over the next three months. Following the transaction with Libra, Auberge Resorts Collection will include:
- Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, Calif.
- Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, Calif.
- Element 52, Telluride, Colo.
- Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colo.
- Madeline Hotel, Telluride, Colo.
- Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, Conn.*
- Solage, Calistoga, Calif.
- Vanderbilt Hotel, Newport, R.I.*
- White Barn Inn & Spa, Kennebunk, Maine*
- Auberge Beach Residences, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (opening 2018)
- Bishop’s Lodge, Santa Fe, N.M. (opening 2019)
- Commodore Perry Estate, Austin, Texas (opening 2020)
- Mauna Lani, Waimea, Hawaii (opening 2019)
- The Lodge at Blue Sky, Park City, Utah (opening 2019
Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America
- Chileno Bay, Los Cabos, Mexico
- Esperanza, Los Cabos, Mexico
- Hacienda AltaGracia, Costa Rica
- Malliouhana, Anguilla
- Mukul, Nicaragua
- Buenos Aires, Argentina*
- Susurros del Corazon, Punta de Mita, Mexico (opening 2020)
Europe and Africa
- Mykonos, Greece*
- Santorini, Greece*
- Athens, Greece*
- Kalamata, Greece*
- Kea, Greece*
- Marrakech, Morocco*
- Second hotel in Santorini, Greece*
- St. Moritz, Switzerland*
- Nanuku, Fiji
- Koh Samui, Thailand*
*Added to Auberge Resorts Collection as part of strategic partnership with Libra Group