This is something unique for us, a posh trip around the world to the Auberge Resorts Collection - yes, pretty much all of them. Their tagline is “unforgettable experiences in storied destinations”, and you’ll quickly see why as Gale McClurkan, Global Sales Director, and Steve Patton, Regional Sales Manager, walk us through their stable of 19 properties across 3 continents.
No matter what your group size, time of year, or experience to-do list, there’s something for everyone at Auberge:
- Explore world-class wineries and destination restaurants in Napa Valley
- Pursue year-round adventures in Colorado
- Reconnect with nature in Utah
- Idle away on golden sand beaches in Hawaii
- Escape to New England’s timeless hideaways
- Go on a whale-watching photo safari in the gentle waters of the Sea of Cortez
- Ride a dune buggy through a deep desert canyon
- The turquoise waters of the Caribbean and tropical forests of Costa Rica are full of colorful experiences
- And the list goes on!
Get into the theme this week and you could win a 3-night stay at Auberge Chileno Bay! You are entering into the “lifestyles of the rich and famous”, darlings, so dangle your diamonds, fluff up your furs (or faux furs), sport your sports coats, or perk up your pearls and go all-in as we globetrot like never before!
As an added bonus, each week we’ll award a planner who goes “all in” a special gift from our partners at Maui Jim... so there’s extra incentive (pun intended) to dust off your finest everything and join us!
Gale McClurkan started in hotel sales in 1998. After numerous roles with Ritz-Carlton, she jumped at the chance to join Auberge Resorts Collection as Global Sales Director, representing the entire brand portfolio.
Gale is a native Texan and lives in Coppell, Texas, with her husband, Steve, daughter, Olivia, and son Blake. She is addicted to any sport her kids participate in, as well as a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas A&M Aggies.
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Steve Patton, CIS
Steven Patton began working for Starwood Hotels & Resorts in 1999, then worked for the St. Regis and Four Seasons brands. After nearly five years with Four Seasons, Auberge Resorts Collection came calling and Steven traded his “Aloha” for “Hola” to proudly represent the two beautiful Auberge properties in Los Cabos, Mexico - Esperanza Resort and Chileno Bay Resort & Residences.
Steven is a lifelong St. Louisan who is passionate about his hometown. He and his partner, Brian, have two dogs, Jazz and Pip, a cat - Spanky, and enjoy traveling, biking, running, animal rescue and cooking.
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Auberge Resorts Collection
When you’re being taken to numerous properties all over the world... where to start? Well, how about Auberge Chileno Bay in beautiful Los Cabos?
Nestled along a protected cove on the most desirable beach in Los Cabos, the new Chileno Bay was created with a distinct vision to bring a contemporary take on the classic Baja escape with an airy, open aesthetic that blurs the line between indoor and outdoor with private terraces in each guest room.
Pack your “virtual suitcase” and join us for a whirlwind tour of these delicious locales.
A VISUAL FEAST
Auberge has built its reputation around creating one-of-a-kind properties and experiences that capture the soul of each destination.
Their holistic spas are known for all-natural treatments, inspired by local traditions, that nourish and soothe body, mind and soul.
Having introduced the first award-winning fine-dining restaurant to Napa Valley, they have a deep-seeded passion for creating inspiring culinary experiences.
Enjoy this welcoming video from Auberge, so you can look forward to the real thing!
YOUR GUESTS WON’T MIND THEIR MEETINGS
From welcome drinks to farewell brunch, Auberge resorts give each corporate retreat or meeting special meaning in a distinctive setting. You might treat your potential clients or team to a cocktail reception on a private terrace overlooking a shimmering pool, views of a Napa Valley vineyard, or on a dramatic perch overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Their professional conference services teams can work with you to create a one-of-a-kind corporate retreat, banquet or meeting. Thousands of square feet of outdoor and indoor space exude natural eloquence and understated sophistication, allowing you to host events without repetition.
CHAMPAGNE WISHES AND CAVIAR DREAMS...
...As Robin Leach would say in that rather annoying accent. (All of you under the age of 25, look him up). We can’t think of anything more representative of this week’s gorgeous resorts than the age-old classic combination of caviar and champagne, but feel free to concoct anything you think is decadent! Here are a couple of links to get you started:
- In case you’re really getting into the rich lifestyle idea, How to Spend a Billion Dollars
Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim
Kelly McAlister of Maui Jim will be with us on the calls each week as judge and jury to see which planner really goes all-in with the theme. So engage, be creative, and have fun... and you may be the winner!
She’ll be doing some gifting that will surely lift your shelter-in-place spirits!