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Pacific Hospitality Group Announces the launch of Meritage Collection with four stellar hotels and resorts.

The Perfect Blend of Life and Style in Napa Valley, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, and La Jolla.

Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC (PHG), has announced its latest venture for their expanding company. The newly formed Meritage Collection, gives PHG the distinction of being the only operator to provide AAA Four Diamond properties in Napa, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, and La Jolla, four of California’s most desirable travel destinations. Each of the Meritage Collection’s hotels and resorts reflects the intention to deliver upscale, one-of-a-kind, elevated experiences in outstanding settings. The Meritage Collection ensures ease of access and cultural integration at these coveted California locations.

Also included in the collection is Napa Valley’s Trinitas Cellars, The perfect complement to the Meritage Collection lifestyle, Trinitas provides a wide of variety of California-style wines including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and their signature Meritage blend.

From yachting off the coast of Newport Beach and hiking down a seaside bluff to a deserted beach in La Jolla to discovering the nuances of a complex Cabernet and pedaling along the foothills of verdant Napa Valley to basking in the sun in Santa Barbara, the Meritage Collection’s hotels and resorts are portals to the best of California living.

“We are committed to the collective success of these wonderful properties,” said Timothy Busch, founder and chief executive officer of Pacific Hospitality Group. “Each property in the Meritage Collection is connected through its pledge to high quality culinary, fitness, spa, and cultural programs, along with attentive service, and a dedication to a sustainable and responsible environment. At all our hotels and resorts, we will deliver exceptional experiences for both the business and leisure traveler.”

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa,, is a former equestrian estate spread over nine acres filled with enchanted gardens and Spanish Revival architecture, reflecting early Southern California ranchero lifestyle. The hotel sits just minutes from the charming village of La Jolla and some of the Pacific Coast’s most spectacular beaches. On property, rejuvenate the body and soul at The Spa at Estancia, then slip into a cozy couch next to the brick fireplace on the patio of Mustangs & Burros surrounded by twinkling lights and serenaded by the hypnotic sounds of a Flamenco guitar.

At Balboa Bay Resort,, guests are immersed in the glamorous seaside atmosphere of Newport Beachthe iconic property is the only waterfront resort in town. This scintillating aquatic playground offers kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, and chartered yacht adventures for both seasoned watermen and neophytes. Guests also have access to Newport’s sophisticated shopping, art galleries, and world-class restaurants. Balboa Bay Resort visitors enjoy airy ocean breezes in their stylish rooms or suites, and views of the famous marina studded with many of the world’s most prestigious yachts. After lounging at the pool and treatments at the spa, waterfront dining at the spectacular The First Cabin awaits.

Nestled on the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Bacara Resort & Spa,, offers relaxed luxury and incomparable natural beauty. The resort features 354 lavish guestrooms and suites, each with a private balcony with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean or flower-filled gardens. Additional features include a four-story spa, a state-of-the-art wellness center, three zero-edge saline swimming pools, four restaurants and lounges, a 12,000-bottle Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, and direct access to Santa Barbara’s beautiful wine country.

In Napa Valley, The Meritage Resort and Spa,, invites guests to sip and savor the best of Northern California’s wine region. Old-world elegance meets the excitement of modern day winemaking as the Tuscan design-inspired property has its own vineyard and Estate Cave tasting room featuring Trinitas Cellars. Their award-winning Spa Terra calls for decompression and pampering while the animated Crush sports bar is a haven for brews, bowling, and ballgame viewing. Meritage is also the gateway to all the wonders of Napa Valley: wine tastings, epicurean adventures, and endless recreation.

Across the Meritage Collection and its 1,044 guestrooms and suites, each stylish property caters to the comfort of the guests with luxury amenities like fine linens, premium eco-friendly bath products, and state-of-the-art technology. A dedication to the culinary arts is evident in the Meritage Collection’s commitment to local purveyors, seasonal food, sustainable products, and artisanal ingredients. Savvy wine programs and erudite sommeliers educate guests in the art of wine pairing to elevate the dining experience. The Collection firmly believes that service is an art form that should be unobtrusive yet genuine, with a fastidious attention to detail. Each staff member will go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that desires are fulfilled to the satisfaction of their discerning guests. And every property welcomes four-legged family members, with their gracious pet-friendly policies.

Meritage Collection Launch

The Meritage Collection also provides a refuge for business travelers and groups, as each property is fully prepared to meet the specific needs of these important guests. A combination of stimulating environments, state-of-the-art technology, and team-building recreational activities make the Meritage Collection’s properties ideal destinations for groups, large and small. Meeting planners will appreciate the ease of access for multi-year programs, while extensive privileges will be extended to business and loyal members at all Meritage Collection properties.

Each of the properties is also an idyllic location for a destination wedding. With enchanted gardens, seaside settings, and romantic havens, they are the perfect place to say, “I do.” The Meritage Collection’s exquisite venues, distinguished farm-to-table cuisine, and dedicated staff make for a perfect union and celebration of love. Destination weddings create an atmosphere of camaraderie and joy through shared experience; the captivating settings of the Meritage Collection will undoubtedly lead to indelible lifelong memories.

“We’re looking forward to applying our talent and passion for the hospitality industry in this very special collection,” adds Steve Arnold, president and chief operations officer of Pacific Hospitality Group. We are very proud of this luxurious collection that embodies the best of what California has to offer, from fine dining and unsurpassed recreation to the wonders of nature and cultural tradition. 

About Meritage Colection

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, Meritage Collection is comprised of six hotels & resorts throughout California and Hawaii – The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach (Opening May 2016), 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 

About Pacific Hospitality Group

Since 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) has maintained a strategic vision and strong sense of core values as guiding principles for business success. With luxury hotel properties from Napa Valley to Southern California, PHG’s growing portfolio of hotel and resort investments reinforces the company’s cohesive vision. PHG manages, develops, finances, and owns hotel assets in California. Its Meritage Collection properties include Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, and The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley along with Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach opening in early 2016. Also, the company owns and operates the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove, AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, and DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana / Orange County Airport. PHG successfully operates its hotels by consistently growing revenue while effectively managing costs, thereby maximizing each hotel’s NOI. By using a cluster strategy, PHG is committed to increasing its market share and adding value to its portfolio through renovations, repositioning, and expansion.