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IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2019)Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 32nd annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Meritage Collection recognized with two awards: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa #15 Top Hotel in Southern California and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort #12 Top Resort in Hawaii.

“We are honored to have been recognized on the esteemed list of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Paul McCormick, president and chief operating officer of Pacific Hospitality Group. “This award reflects our continued dedication to providing an incredible product, memorable guest experience and is a true testament to our excellent staff and their hard work and dedication.”

In the first year as one global brand, Condé Nast Traveler combined the annual surveys in the US & UK into one global Readers’ Choice Awards list. Over 600,000 readers across the globe submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, sharing their recent travel experiences of the world’s cities, countries, islands, hotels, resorts, spas, cruise lines, trains, airlines, and airports to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today.

The Meritage Collection blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally inspired enrichment programs designed for the curious traveler. A uniquely laid-back approach to the good life reflects the warm, sunshine-soaked California roots. Each unique property within the collection offers an exclusive encounter with an iconic location along with a flawless blend of luxury and comfort. Indulge in lavish accommodations, inimitable amenities, and world-class service while being inspired by the natural beauty, effortless bliss, and unexpected adventure found at each Meritage Collection resort.

The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”

The 2019 Readers' Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveler's website at and celebrated in the November issue.

About Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort

Ko`a Kea Hotel & Resort is located on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, lining the shores of picturesque Poipu Beach. Set on the footprint of the old Poipu Beach Hotel devastated by the 1992 hurricane, the highly acclaimed boutique not only offers the island’s closest hotel accommodations to the sand, but the majority of its 121 contemporary guestrooms and suites have ocean views. With the addition of a saltwater pool and whirlpool, the Red Salt restaurant beloved by visitors and locals alike, a beach activities center and spa, the resort is geared towards couples, honeymooners, or anyone looking for an intimate and inconspicuous escape to Hawaii.

About Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Situated on 10 acres between San Diego’s seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa is a hacienda-style retreat designed to renew and inspire. The hotel boasts 210 deluxe guest rooms and suites full of California style and comfort, including 10 spacious Estate Suites and a Presidential Suite.

About Pacific Hospitality Group

Established in 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is a growing hospitality company with 11 hotels, including one currently under construction, and more than 120,000 square feet of event space in California, Hawaii and Louisiana. Based in Irvine, California, the company owns, manages, finances and develops hotels in iconic destinations. PHG serves as the parent company to a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties known as the Meritage Collection. Meritage Collection hotels include Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa near San Diego, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai, and two Napa Valley properties – The Meritage Resort and Spa and Vista Collina Resort.

Pacific Hospitality Group also serves as the franchisee of the following properties: AC Hotel and Residence Inn Dallas by the Galleria, AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown, AC Hotel Irvine, AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, and DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana /Orange County Airport. Other PHG affiliations include Trinitas Cellars. For more information, visit or

About Condé Nast Traveler

As the most discerning, up-to-the-minute voice in all things travel, Condé Nast Traveler is the global citizen's bible and muse, offering both inspiration and vital intel. Condé Nast Traveler is the most trusted and celebrated name in travel with 6 National Magazine Award wins and 26 nominations in its 30-year history. Advertising Age named Pilar Guzmán Editor of the Year in 2014 and attained 3 Webby Awards in 2015. For more, visit

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