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San Luis Obispo Mission de Tolosa
Hotel Cerro Logo
Vineyards on a hill

Cerro Hotels & Resorts

San Luis Obispo, California | USA

Collaborated with respected developers to form an exciting new hotel company.

This 95,000 square foot urban in-fill project, designed towards LEED Silver environmental guidelines, combines high-end retail, 8 luxury residences, a boutique hotel consisting of 65 rooms and suites, brasserie-style restaurant, on-site distillery, gym, rooftop pool & bar, versatile meeting spaces, full-service wellness spa and valet parking.

Matthews Hospitality was engaged to provide the full complement of concept development, establishment of brand standards, brand guide and marketing strategy, complete technical services, and operational set-up through to opening.

Coordination with ownership, architects, interior designer, general contractor, subcontractors and specialist contractors, city, state, and federal regulators, and neighboring property owners/operators.

Rancho Valencia: An Auberge Resort

Rancho Santa Fe, California | USA

Resort Management through an ownership transition.

Engaged by Auberge Resorts to manage the continuation and redevelopment of this classic Southern California resort through the transition of new ownership. On 40 lush acres of prime real estate in prestigious Rancho Santa Fe, Rancho Valencia comprises of 52 luxury Casitas and a residential association of 96 fractional Villa ownerships.

Management of a private health and fitness club with an 18 court tennis facility, 10,000 square foot spa with state-of-the-art fitness facilities and multiple

banquet and meeting rooms.

Re-conceptualizing the hotel restaurant to engage the local market formed an

integral part of this role.

Coordinating all principle elements for the resort redesign; architects, ownership, operating company and project management were also vital to this multifaceted mission.

Rancho Valencia Spa

Virgin Group of Companies

Necker Island, BVI | Caribbean

Necker Island at Sunset

Virgin Group of Companies

Necker Island, British Virgin Islands | Caribbean

Revisit to one of the Matthews' original concepts for on-site operational consulting.

By 2007, Necker Island had been in operation for more than twenty years and had become a victim of its own success. The Matthews Hospitality consultation addressed the following issues: Labour relations, Operating systems, Interior design, Repairs and maintenance, Project management of new dock installation, helicopter landing pad, and two tennis courts. Environmental impact study and a feasibility study on the acquisition of a neighbouring resort.

Wind Development Company

Eleuthera | Bahamas

Concept development and operational planning of Windermere Island, a private island off of Eleuthera, the Bahamas.

This development comprised the northern half of the exclusive 160 acres Windermere Island and consisted of 36 villas and 40 home-sites. Matthews Hospitality involvement brought the planning of this development to a highly developed stage including concept, human resources, financial planning, including fixtures fittings and equipment (FF & E) budgeting, 1st and 5-year operating projections, and pre-opening costs, marketing planning, and systems planning.

Sitting chair on a sandspit
Shells, driftwood and starfish

Setai LLC

Norman's Cay, The Bahamas | Caribbean

Hospitality master planning of 1000 acre private island in the Exuma Islands Chain of the Bahamas.

The nucleus of this development was a 40-room Amanresort complemented by 40 Aman villas serviced by the resort, and a very limited number of private home sites. The Matthews’ previous experience working with Amanresorts enabled the effective development co-ordination as owners’ representatives, integrating Amanresorts head office in Singapore, the architect's office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, whilst being based in South Beach, Miami.

Maui Land & Pineapple Company

Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii | USA

Revitalizing and rejuvenation of 1970's master-planned resort.

Kapalua was originally master-planned over an area of 1600 acres within a larger protected environment of 26,000 acres, with three world-class golf courses, a Ritz-Carlton hotel, a 200-room luxury hotel, rental homes and villas and several food/beverage outlets. The resort needed an injection of fresh initiatives to bring it into the 21st century:

Matthews Hospitality joined a team of contemporaries in contributing to this

Master Plan revitalization.

Kapalua Bay Hotel required a complete redevelopment, reducing 200 rooms to create a series of 60 residences. The conceptualization of a  holistic wellness experience as well as the design and implementation of a coastal and mountain trail network.
Two restaurants required re-launching as well as the conception and integration of a higher level of service standards and physical amenities for the villa rental program.

Maui Tree
Timbe Hill Frontage

Timber Hill

Sonoma County, California | USA

Brand expansion of Twin Farms through the development of a sister property on the west coast of the United States.

Initial emphasis was placed upon the procurement of the required entitlements and permits in an area renowned for its strict environmental controls and multi-layered bureaucracy. 


The development centered around a lodge of striking architectural design, surrounded by twenty individual guest cottages with interior design by the renowned New York designer Thad Hayes. Designs were completed for the operation to include a full spa, fitness facility, swimming pool, varied recreation activities and a very strong food and beverage element drawing on the abundance of high-quality produce and boutique wineries of Sonoma County. All operational planning was completed from forecast operating through marketing planning, systems and policies.

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