The Related Group and Fortune International Group,both based in Miami,announced their partnership with The Fairwinds Group of Fort Lauderdale to develop a distinctive 171-unit beachfront condominium property in Fort Lauderdale on a 4.6-acre site that is the former home of Ireland’s Inn Beach Resort. The first project of its kind in Fort Lauderdale,Auberge Beach Residences and Spa will be the most refined high-rise and only on-the-sand luxury resi­dential offering in the destination.

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Housed in two iconic structures, the unparalleed luxury residences will feature sweeping ocean views and expansive terraces for yea r-round indoor-outdoor living. With a world-class spa, restaurant and resort amenities,the market-making property is poised to become the go-to lux­ury destination for those seeking incomparable design and resort living in a rare beachfront setting. Overseeing every aspect of the lifestyle will be Auberge Resorts Collection, the preem­inent luxury hotel operator acclaimed for its timeless resorts that embrace intimate, under­ stated elegance.The Residences will join Auberge’s portfolio of award-winning properties such as Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley, Calif.; Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas,Mexico;Hotel Jerome in Aspen,Colo.,and Malliouhana Hotel& Spa,Anguilla,BWI.

Pricing for Auberge Beach Residences and Spa will range from $1.5 to $8 million.

“We have assembled a world-class team to create an unmatched product that embraces the sophis­ticated, yet casual, lifestyle that embodies Fort Lauderdale,” said Jorge Perez, Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Related Group,Florida’s premier multi-family developer best known for its visionary mixed-use urban centers and luxury high-rise developments,including Apogee,Murano Grande and Icon South Beach,which helped define a leading, new neighborhood on South Beach.’We are ex­ cited to bring the high standards of luxury that characterize The Related Group’s and Fortune Inter­ national Group’s projects to what has become the next transformative emerging market in South Florida.”

“With its unparalleled level of design,services and amenities,Auberge Beach Residences and Spa will be a game-changer for luxury living in Fort Lauderdale,” said Edgardo Defortuna, Founder and CEO of Fortune International Group, which has helped define the South Florida skyline as the developer of some of its most innovative and luxurious residential buildings, and through its wide outreach to the Latin American and world markets,has helped propel the internationalization of Miami.’We see Auberge Beach Residences and Spa Fort Lauderdale as the first in a new wave of luxury develop­ments that will entice more affluent buyers to this beautiful stretch of South Florida coast.

Andy Mitchell,President and CEO of The Fairwinds Group, third-generation owners and operators of Ireland’s Inn Beach Resort on a portion of the site where Auberge Beach Residences and Spa will be developed,has championed the project since 2002. Mitchell worked with Fort Lauderdale officials and community leaders to gain insight into the evolving needs of current ard future residents, help­ ing to craft this thoughtfully tailored development. “Fort Lauderdale is a world-class city primed for a luxury project of this caliber,” said Mitchell.”Auberge Beach Residences anj Spa represents the fu­ ture of Fort Laujerdale and will enable a wider audience to discover our alluring city, which attracts those seeking a relaxed setting with luxury amenities in an elegant beachfront South Florida location”.

One of the world’s most renowned yachting ports of call, Fort Lauderdale is a premier boating and tourist destination that attracts visitors from around the world to its approximately 300 miles of wa­ terways and internationally renowned marinas.The city is home to the largest in-water boat show in
the world, an annual event with an economic impact of $650 million. With convenient access from every major U.S.and South American city, the destination is also emerging as one of the fastest growing markets for global trade.At the same time, Fort Lauderdale has transitioned into an attrac­tive epicenter for a casual,sophisticated lifestyle that revolves around sandy beaches, scenic water­ ways and a year-round tropical climate.

Internationally recognized architecture firm Nichols,Brosch,Wurst, Wolf & Associates,which has designed Miami condominium projects for both The Related Group and Fortune International
Group, as well as South Florida luxury hotels such as Marriott Marquis Miami World Center, The Westin Diplomat Resort-Hollywood, w Hotel & Residences Miami Beach and The Ritz-Carlton Resort
& Residences Key Biscayne,has envisioned two iconic light-filled glass towers that will maximize the project’s rare on-the-beach setting and panoramic oceanviews with a resort-like ambiance.

Departing from both South Beach contemporary and traditional designs, the architecture will strike a natural balance with forms that are softer and organic, but also luxurious in a restrained sophisti­cation. The project’s 171 residences, ranging in size between 1,500 and 5,000 square feet, will all have sweeping ocean views. The 22-story South structure will feature 115 units. The 17-story North structure will feature a gracefully curved faade of expansive cascading terraces and 56 larger resi­dences,some with private pools.

Meyer Davis, an award-winning New York-based interior design firm whose portfolio includes 1 Ho­tel & Homes South Beach, W Hotel Mexico City and Capri Hotel Southampton, has been se­lected to design interior spaces that reflect a relaxed,yet elegant, beach-chic vibe. To create the ele­vated urban beach escape,the designers will blend rich textures with organic materials that initiate a dialogue with the natural environs. In addition to the Auberge Spa and restaurant, common spaces at Auberge Beach Residences and Spa will include a library, business center,fitness center and chil­dren’s playroom.

Complementing the private elegance of the residences will be the beachfront public spaces, includ­ing an indoor-outdoor lounge and restaurant, a spa, swimming pools and gardens, all located at ground level to seamlessly connect the lifestyle to the beach and the community. The signature restaurant will be a lively American bistro concept with raw bar and an exceptional wine program,a hallmark of Auberge Resorts,whose roots run deep in Napa Valley. Dining and lounging will take place poolside and on spacious decks for long evenings of communing with friends and family under the stars. With indoor-outdoor treatment rooms and a generously sized fitness center, the world-class Auberge Spa is poised to become the ultimate relaxation destination. The Related

Group’s Jorge Prez, a renowned art collector and patron of Miami’s Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), has committed to installing a world-class contemporary art collection throughout the com­ mon spaces and grounds that will include thoughtfully curated, exceptional works and important sculptural pieces.

Just as the residences will be artfully designed, so will be the lifestyle at Auberge Beach Residences and Spa. Every detail of the experience will be impeccably managed by Auberge Resorts Collection, one of the most sought-after luxury brands in the hospitality industry, with an unmatched reputa­tion for personalized service, Michelin-starred dining and award-winning spas. Auberge properties are renowned for their unique style of relaxed sophistication and thoughtful attention to detail. Based in California, Auberge operates boutique luxury hotels and residences in the chicest resort destinations in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Each Auberge property celebrates its natural setllng and local culture through design,amenities,spa experiences and distinctive cui­sine to inspire a sense of discovery and delight.

“Fort Lauderdale Is a sophisticated market serving an affluent, well-traveled clientele that knows our brand and our style of luxury,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer,Auberge Resorts Collection. “The Related Group and Fortune InternationalGroup have a track record of developing the most no­ table projects in North America. We are delighted to join with them and The Fairwinds Group to bring our unique sensibility to Fort Lauderdale,a vibrant destination with wonderful past and an in­ credible future. As the only beachfront residence of this caliber, Auberge Beach Residences and Spa will set a new lifestyle standard for this stretch of Florida’s Gold Coast.

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