RockResorts Welcomes a Premier Beachfront Costa Rican Hotel, Xandari by the Pacific, to its Collection of Luxury Resorts with a New Name and Planned Enhancements

  • RockResorts
  • 12.15.10
RockResorts International, LLC – a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) – announced that it is expanding and enhancing its collection of luxury resorts with the addition of Alma del Pacifico Hotel, an existing beachfront Costa Rican property currently named Xandari by the Pacific that is consistently ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the best in Latin America.

Vail Resorts' lodging division will take over management of hotel operations and after the holiday season the hotel’s name will change from Xandari by the Pacific Resort and Spa on Playa Esterillos Estes to Alma del Pacifico Hotel. Alma del Pacifico Hotel will continue to operate and welcome guests this winter. During spring and summer 2011, a thorough renovation of the property is planned for all common areas, guestrooms, the spa and food and beverage outlets. The renovation will be followed by the re-launch of the property under the RockResorts brand with the official name of Alma del Pacifico Hotel, A RockResort.
RockResorts also has been engaged to manage all hospitality and lodging operations at the adjoining Del Pacifico at Esterillos master planned residential development, including that development’s existing property management program and certain commercial activities. Future plans at Del Pacifico at Esterillos include an equestrian center, 18-hole golf course, boutique hotel and additional residential units.
"As one of the premier Costa Rican resorts, we are excited to enhance the guest experience at Alma del Pacifico Hotel and look forward to welcoming the property into our family of RockResort properties soon," said Paul Toner, chief operating officer and senior vice president of RockResorts. "Alma del Pacifico Hotel has been consistently recognized as one of the top Central American resorts and has been named to Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List in 2009 and 2010 and to that magazine's 2007 Hot List for the Latin American region. We are committed to further elevating the guest service, as well as upgrading the amenities and overall resort experience."
Founded in 1956 in the Caribbean by Laurance Rockefeller, RockResorts was acquired and re-launched by Vail Resorts in 2001. Currently there are 10 RockResort properties located in Vail, Beaver Creek, Aspen, Jackson Hole, Breckenridge, Santa Fe, Miami and St. Lucia. Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica will become a RockResort on Jan. 1, 2011 followed by Balcones del Atlántico in the Dominican Republic and Alma del Pacifico Hotel in Costa Rica. 
"We are all excited about commencing a partnership with RockResorts to manage Alma del Pacifico Hotel and the rental program at Del Pacifico," said Barry Strudwick, principal of Del Pacifico Hotel Partners and Grupo del Pacifico. "Del Pacifico is more than another development on a pristine beach. We are creating a community that has been thoughtfully and carefully planned and constructed with a lively town center that embraces Costa Rica's rich cultural heritage, a community that celebrates the natural beauty of the rain forest and playa and a cherished place - either your home or your vacation destination - that preserves the soul of Costa Rica."

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