IRVINE, Calif. (Sept. 12, 2016) The Meritage Collection, a portfolio of luxury and lifestyle hotels and resorts throughout California and Hawaii, in collaboration with Black Tomato, the luxury travel experts introduce The Sunshine Series, a new video series with corresponding bookable itineraries that capture the essence of the brand’s six properties within its sun-kissed destinations. The Collection consists of The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, California, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, California, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, California, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in California, and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
Steve Arnold, chief operating officer, Pacific Hospitality Group – parent company to Meritage Collection, says: “Our properties blend iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally-inspired experiences, so our partnership with Black Tomato, an award-winning company known for its creative approach to experiential travel and digital content, was a natural fit. We are excited to offer new and returning guests a glimpse of what our resorts have to offer through The Sunshine Series videos.”
From the luscious Garden Isle of Kauai to the beautiful coastline of Santa Barbara, each of the six videos focuses on a different Meritage Collection property and immerses viewers into the stunning natural beauty and local spirit of the destinations. Celebrated locals, such as Napa Valley Restauranteur and Chef Cindy Pawlcyn, help to curate the videos and discuss how the destination serves as an inspiration to both residents and visitors alike.
Black Tomato co-founder Tom Marchant says: “I’ve always been enchanted by California and Hawaii’s sun-kissed and laid-back approach to life, and to me the Meritage Collection portfolio of hotels effortlessly capture the natural beauty and local charm of each area. At Black Tomato we believe our clients’ travel experiences should be influenced by the local spirit of the destinations they visit. And with this in mind we’re thrilled to be partnering with The Meritage Collection as we’re able to bring the coastlines of California and surf of Kauai to life through beautifully shot videos and local stories that will inspire our audience to travel and experience these iconic places for themselves.”
Whether it’s learning to read the swell during a salty surf lesson in Kauai or indulging in a picnic lunch on a scenic vineyard after a private wine tasting in Napa Valley, guests can enjoy select experiences from the videos through booking the Taste of Sunshine packages. For a more immersive and personalized experience, travel enthusiasts can book the full itinerary seen in each video through Black Tomato via blacktomato.com or call +1 646 558 3644.
For more information and to watch The Sunshine Series, visit at meritagecollection.com.
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 meritagecollection.com, facebook.com/Meritage.Collection.Hotels or twitter.com/MeritageHotels.
About Black Tomato
Black Tomato is a US and UK based award-winning, luxury, bespoke travel company that delivers imaginative and cutting-edge travel experiences around the world. They create inspiring itineraries in up-and-coming and remote destinations, recommend the best design hotels and use their fixers to give clients the inside track wherever they are. The company has been rewarded for their work through prestigious awards such as the British Travel Awards Online Tour Operator of the Year, Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Travel Awards, Cool Brands Listed in 2013 and 2014 and listed within Travel + Leisure’s A List of 2014’s Top Travel Agents and more. For more information, please visit blacktomato.com/us.