MILL VALLEY, Calif.—Auberge Resorts Collection announced today plans to manage Hacienda AltaGracia, a luxury resort that officially opened in June 2015 in the mountains of Perez Zeledon in the southern region of Costa Rica. Originally conceived and developed by Costa Rican native Alberto J. Esquivel as a family retreat and coffee farm, the resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and is being rebranded as Hacienda AltaGracia, an Auberge Resort, beginning in July 2015.
“We are honored to expand our thoughtfully curated portfolio of resorts in the world’s most desirable locations with the addition of Hacienda AltaGracia in Costa Rica,” said Craig T. Reid, president and chief executive officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “An authentic expression of its tranquil mountaintop setting and the rich local culture, Hacienda AltaGracia is a meaningful complement to the other boutique resorts in the Auberge Resorts Collection portfolio, all of which inspire discovery in the most awe-inspiring destinations.”
The development of Hacienda AltaGracia into a resort hideaway began in 2011 as Esquivel envisioned an authentic vacation destination with strong connections to the people, culture, and landscape of Perez Zeledon. Now, as one of Central America’s newest luxury escapes, Hacienda AltaGracia offers 50 hacienda-style casitas, a spa, creative fusion cuisine, and activities including land, sea, and sky adventures and an equestrian program.
“After all these years and my personal history creating it, Hacienda AltaGracia is very dear to me and I could not be happier that it will become the newest Auberge resort of exceptional character and spirit,” Esquivel said. “Under the most capable management of Auberge Resorts Collection, Hacienda AltaGracia is poised to evolve in exciting and meaningful new ways while staying true to my original vision of being a vacation retreat where incredible moments and memories happen every day.”
Hacienda AltaGracia joins seven resorts in the Auberge Resorts Collection portfolio and marks the brand’s first foray into Central America as its fourth international resort following Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji and Malliouhana in Anguilla, which joined the portfolio in November 2014.
“With its spectacular setting and variety of active pursuits, Hacienda AltaGracia is an exciting addition to the Auberge portfolio,” said Dan Friedkin, chairman of Auberge Resorts Collection. “We are delighted to collaborate with the Esquivel family to bring the Auberge brand to Costa Rica and enable our guests to experience the destination in an entirely new way.”
Hacienda AltaGracia’s casitas, which start from 1,173 square feet, feature patios and terraces offering views of the San Isidro Valley and nearby mountains; window walls that bring the surrounding nature indoors; rustic-elegant décor rooted in rich leathers, woods, and handcrafted Costa Rican artwork; and luxury amenities including fireplaces, bathtubs, and a butler’s pantry.
Dining venues include Ambar, which serves dinner in an elegant setting with panoramic views; El Bistro, offering breakfast and light fare throughout the day while also serving as a coffee bar; and the El Grill lounge and terrace at the equestrian riding rings. The resort’s Casa Grande complex is a hub for socializing and entertainment with spaces including La Cantina, a classic pub featuring games and a billiards room; La Biblioteca, which is ideal for fireside relaxing and movie screenings; an outdoor terrace for private dining with expansive vistas and a fire pit; and La Bodega del Centro, which serves as an after-hours bar for events. Manantial Spa pairs six treatment rooms and four outdoor palapas with amenities including a panoramic pool, a fitness center, and a beauty salon.
The resort’s equestrian program features breed horses for all skill levels, with offerings including 28 oversized indoor stables and a tack room, an enclosed riding ring that can host equine shows and events, and customized horseback rides that span guided tours and scenic sunrise and sunset options across a network of private trails. A roster of activities led by the resort’s adventure specialists ranges from coffee plantation and wildlife refuge excursions to a fitness journey and ultralight flight tours showcasing the Nauyaca waterfalls, ocean and valleys, Marino Ballena National Park, and more from the resort’s own private landing strip.