Press Kit

  • February 1, 2016

    Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji Appoints Mark Stanford to GM Role

    Auberge Resorts Collection Principal and Chief Operating Officer, Eric Calderon has announced the appointment of Mark Stanford to the role of General Manager at Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji, effective immediately.

    An Australian national Mr. Stanford needs little introduction to the international hospitality industry, his career spanning 25 years specialising in resort and operations management with a passion for luxury and alpine resorts.

    This includes key roles in the start-up of six international resorts, including three in the role of General Manager.

    Prior to his Fiji appointment Mr. Stanford served as pre-opening General Manager at the Royal Purnama in Bali overseeing construction and design as well as recruitment and service training of all staff.

    Under his leadership, the resort was nominated for the 2015 World Luxury Hotel Awards and the 2015 Luxury Travel Guide Awards.

    Mr. Stanford’s Bali experience also includes to a stint at the C151 Luxury Villa Resorts where he oversaw operation of two separate resorts.

    His international experience also extends to operations and senior management roles in several alpine resorts in Australia and Japan, boutique luxury resorts in the Maldives and the prestigious Six Senses Zighy Bay in the Sultanate of Oman.

    Mr. Stanford has an exceptional track record of defining company direction, developing new and repeat business, and meeting objectives within company targets has consistently improved customer service and revenues.

    His depth of knowledge and strong sense of commitment is further enhanced by his strong leadership skills, extensive international experience, his professional integrity and his ‘hands-on’ approach.

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  • December 15, 2015

    Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji Receives Major Condé Nast Johansens Accolade

    Fiji’s first ever all villa boutique resort, Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji has received  a major international accolade being named ‘Best Newcomer’ in the prestigious ‘2016 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence’.

    Adding further lustre to this impressive recognition, the Pacific Harbour-based luxury property was the only South Pacific resort to win an award in any of the several categories competed for this year.

    Created to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across the hotels and resorts included in the influential Condé Nast Johansens ‘collection’, these much admired ‘Awards for Excellence’ are seen as a trusted mark of quality, recognised by luxury consumers and travel professionals alike.

    Finalists are determined from the combined results of online voting on the Condé Nast Johansens website, guest feedback and local expert reportage.

    Acknowledging the award, Nanuku Auberge Resort’s director of sales and marketing, Shashita Nand said the resort and all its staff were extremely proud to have played a role in helping to create a unique Fiji resort offering.

    Since opening in March last year, she said, the resort had set a benchmark and taken the destination’s ability to deliver a luxury product to a whole new, world-class level.

    “Nanuku is a very special place to stay and everyone involved, both our staff and the local community, have worked tirelessly to instil a truly unique ‘Spirit of Nanuku’ that embodies the real Fiji, its people and their incredible ‘living culture’,” Ms Nand said.

    “This is more than demonstrated by the immense pride we all take in helping to ensure our guests have an experience of a lifetime when they stay with us.

    “This award is true recognition of the resort’s ability to more than deliver that guest experience on every count.”

    The 2016 Condé Nast Johansens Award for Excellence represents yet another major feather in the Nanuku Auberge Resort cap for 2015.

    Earlier in the year the resort became the proud recipient of a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence.

    And just recently the resort was nominated finalists in the ‘Accommodation Luxury’, ‘Destination Marketing’ and the ‘Visitor Dining Experience’ categories at the ‘ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards’ which take place in February 2016.

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    Heralding a new era for Fiji tourism and taking the destination’s luxury resort offering to levels previously unseen, Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is the first all-villa boutique resort to be built on the main island of Viti Levu.

    Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji’s location in the heart of the Pacific Coast, aka ‘Fiji’s Adventure Capital’ presents guests with access to myriad activities ranging from golf, zip lining, white water rafting, surfing and diving.

    Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji is the proud recipient of a TripAdvisor ‘Certificate of Excellence’. 

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  • November 13, 2014

    Auberge Resorts Collection to Manage Nanuku Resort & Spa in Fiji

    Renowned Resort Operator Expands to the South Pacific

    MILL VALLEY, CALIF. (November 13, 2014) – Auberge Resorts Collection, owner and operator of boutique luxury hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs, announced today plans to manage Nanuku Resort and Spa, an ultra-luxury boutique resort that opened in March on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu, and rebrand it Nanuku Auberge Resort Fiji The resort is owned by Bixby Bridge Capital, a Chicago-based real estate investment firm. Nanuku, the newest and most luxurious hospitality offering in Fiji, is acclaimed for its blend of contemporary luxury and traditional Fijian culture, its sense of outdoor adventure and highly personalized service.


    “We are delighted to bring the Auberge brand to the Fiji Islands,” said Craig T. Reid, President and Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “This gem of a South Sea resort embraces all of the Auberge hallmarks: sensational locale, exceptional service and cuisine and guest experiences that inspire a sense of discovery. It is a natural partnership and an exciting addition to the Auberge Resorts Collection portfolio.”

    A sanctuary for relaxation and discovery set on two of the island’s best beaches, Nanuku offers 18 Balinese-style suite and villa accommodations furnished with relaxed contemporary and Fijian décor and featuring expansive decks, private plunge pools and ocean views. Nanuku’s Club House is the private hub for Fiji resort guests and boasts beautifully landscaped gardens and sea views through a colonnade of handcrafted Fijian decorated posts. The chic Lomana Spa and Wellness Centre includes a fitness center (with personal trainer on standby), a hair salon, the Lailai Children’s Club, and a guest library. Guests may learn skills from local artisans in the Cakava Creative Workshop, from grass skirt weaving to tapa printing. The Kanavata Restaurant and Lounge Bar looks out across an infinity pool to an azure lagoon framed by coconut palms. The Sunset Deck is located poolside, and the Wai Pool Bar serves tropical drinks (including the resort’s legendary Nanuku caprioskas) infused with local ingredients.

    The resort’s “Villa Mamas” (the term nods to the easy-going Fijian culture) provide thoughtful care for each guest, serving as a hybrid between a housekeeper and butler. Every family has a dedicated nanny. Attentive staff extends to the property’s food and beverage outlets, where guests may opt for a pre-arranged gourmet picnic on the beach or an alfresco barbeque by the pool. Each evening, the executive chef prepares a three-course menu crafted from the freshest of local and imported produce, resulting in a fabulous fusion of international and Fijian dishes.

    Pacific Harbour is known as the Adventure Capital of Fiji, where world-class surfing and fishing are just a few feet from the villas’ doorsteps. Guests of Nanuku are privy to a host of activities from stand-up river rafting to hiking through the rainforest. One of the many adventures available at Nanuku is a waterfall hike, where guests may experience Fiji’s lush interior with a medicine man, who points out tidbits on the various local plants and traditional food-gathering techniques.

    Nanuku’s Vunikau (Treehouse) Residence is perched atop a volcanic outcrop and overlooks the tranquil Beqa Lagoon. Made up of four suites, the Vunikau Residence is comprised of the Penthouse Suite and three Vunikau Suites, which can be used exclusively or on a stand-alone basis. Each Vunikau Suite is separately keyed and has private access off a shared breezeway.

    Plans for Nanuku include a limited number of private beachfront residences that will be developed and offered for purchase. Each Nanuku Ocean Estates residence will be oriented toward the shore to capture ocean breezes and panoramic views.

    This is a rare opportunity in Fiji, where just 9 percent of the land is available for private residential ownership. When designed and constructed to Auberge standards, the villas may be included in Nanuku’s rental program and Auberge Resorts’ home-exchange program

    Nanuku offers its own private airstrip and is a 20-minute scenic flight from Nadi Airport. Upon landing, guests are transferred by private car to the resort a few minutes away.

    Rates at Nanuku begin at $756 and include all meals, villa mama and nanny service, golf buggy, Wifi, non-motorized water sports, daily-hosted drinks and canapés and more.  For more information, visit or call +679 345 2100.

    About Auberge Resorts Collection

    Auberge Resorts Collection owns and operates a portfolio of exceptional hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs under two distinct brands: Auberge Hotels and Resorts, timeless luxury properties acclaimed for their intimate, understated elegance, and VieVage Hotels and Resorts, a new lifestyle brand that brings together contemporary themes of design, community and wellness in a fresh, active and social environment. While Auberge nurtures the individuality of each property, all share a crafted approach to luxury that is expressed through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. Properties in the Auberge Resorts Collection include: Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, Calif.; Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colo.; Malliouhana, Anguilla; The Auberge Residences at Element 52, Telluride, Colo.; Pronghorn Resort, Bend, Ore.; VieVage, Napa Valley; and Auberge Beach Residences and Spa Fort Lauderdale, with several others in development. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit Follow Auberge Resorts Collection on Facebook at and on Twitter at @AubergeResorts.


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