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Irvine, Calif. (October 18, 2016) – Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is honored to announce its Meritage Collection properties – Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Spa in Poipu Beach, Kauai were named as one of the top resorts in Southern California and Hawaii, respectively, in the Condé Nast Traveler 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards. Receiving an overwhelming amount of 300,000 readers’ ratings and comments, Ko’a Kea landed at number 6 in the top 30 resorts in Hawaii while Bacara landed at number 18 among the top 25 best resorts in the Southern California region.

“We are honored to be selected among the top hotels and resorts by the readers of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler publication,” said Steve Arnold, President and COO of the Meritage Collection’s parent company, Pacific Hospitality Group. “Meritage Collection has made strides in setting the standard for luxury, coastal experiences and we’re happy our visitors have felt the same.”

Bacara Resort & Spa opened in 2000 and quickly established itself as the premier Santa Barbara resort destination. The property features 358 newly-renovated guestrooms and suites, a new oceanfront restaurant, Angel Oak, a four-story spa and wellness center, three swimming pools (two with ocean views), a Foley Wine Tasting Room and 70,000 square feet of function space. Embodying the essence of the American Riviera lifestyle, Bacara is nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast, just 40 miles from Santa Ynez Wine Country and five miles from the Santa Barbara Airport.

Meanwhile, along the golden beaches of Poipu at Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort, an upscale 121-room boutique oceanfront property known for its intimate and romantic setting offers the island’s closest hotel accommodations to the water, paired with luxurious amenities. A serene saltwater pool area, oceanfront spa cabana offering indigenous services, and Red Salt restaurant, beloved by visitors and locals alike, are all complemented by award-winning service that is both highly personalized and personable.


About Meritage Collection

The Meritage Collection is a lifestyle and luxury hotel brand that blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally-inspired experiences designed for the curious traveler. Débuted in 2013, the Meritage Collection is comprised of six hotels & resorts throughout California and Hawaii, representing more than 1400 rooms and nearly 149,000 square feet of premier indoor meeting and event space. The portfolio includes The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai. Reflective of its California roots, the Meritage Collection offers a laid-back luxury service culture that caters to the modern day traveler. The Meritage Collection properties are members of the Global Hotel Alliance and its DISCOVERY Rewards Program. DISCOVERY rewards travelers with local experiences and unique adventures not generally available to the public. For more information, please visit, or

About Pacific Hospitality Group

Established in 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is a growing hospitality company with 12 hotels, resorts and club assets across the United States. Based in Irvine, California, the company finances, manages and owns a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties known as the Meritage Collection. Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai and the recently opened Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach comprise the Collection. PHG also serves as the owner-franchisee for the following properties: Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove, AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown, AC Hotel Irvine, AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, and DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana/Orange County Airport. The company attributes its success to maximizing the net operating income of its properties through consistent revenue growth and effective cost management. Other PHG affiliated assets include Trinitas Cellars, Balboa Bay Club and Newport Beach Country Club. For more information, visit or

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