The Related Group and Fortune International Group Partner with The Fairwinds Group to Develop Landmark Condominium Project on Fort Lauderdale's Best Beachfront Parcel

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“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 Pérez, Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Related Group

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 Fort Lauderdale will be the most refined high-rise and only on-the-sand luxury residential offering in the destination. Housed in two iconic structures, the unparalleled luxury residences will feature sweeping ocean views and expansive terraces for year-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, understated 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 Pérez, 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 excited to bring the high standards of luxury that characterize The Related Group’s and Fortune International 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 and future residents, helping 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 and Spa represents the future of Fort Lauderdale 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 waterways 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 waterways 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 ocean views 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 façade 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 Pérez, a renowned art collector and patron of Miami’s Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), has committed to installing a world-class contemporary art collection throughout the common 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 setting 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 International Group have a track record of developing the most notable 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 incredible 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.”

The sales of units at Auberge Beach Residences and Spa Fort Lauderdale will be managed by Related Realty in collaboration with Fortune Development Sales. The sales office is scheduled to open in December 2014 at 2200 North Atlantic Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, with construction of the North Tower slated to break ground in 2015. For more information about Auberge Beach Residences and Spa Fort Lauderdale, visit or call (954) 416-3069.

About The Related Group
The Related Group was established in 1979, and is America’s leading developer of sophisticated metropolitan living and one of the largest firms. For more than 30 years, The Related Group has created innovative residential developments that have dramatically changed South Florida's urban landscape. Since its inception, the privately held company has built and managed more than 85,000 condominium and apartment residences. The Related Group has earned a national reputation for its visionary design and development of luxury condominiums, mixed-use center and affordable rental properties – often in emerging or undiscovered neighborhoods. The firm is one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States with a development portfolio of projects worth in excess of $15 billion. TIME magazine named Mr. Pérez one of top 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and he has made the cover of Forbes twice. The Related Group has redefined the new cycle of real estate with the rollout of over 12 projects beginning with Apogee Beach in Hollywood and Mybrickell in downtown Miami, the first in each of their respective neighborhoods to break ground since the boom. For more information, please visit

About Fortune International Group
The name Fortune International Group is synonymous with excellence and an unwavering commitment to quality and customer service in the world of luxury real estate. Visionary founder Edgardo Defortuna has set new industry standards ever since the company’s founding in 1983. Fortune is a recognized leader in both the development and sales and marketing of South Florida luxury real estate with a portfolio that includes residential, mixed-use, condo-hotel and office-condo projects. The company’s developments include Jade Residences at Brickell Bay; 1200 Brickell; The Bridgewater; Artech; Le Meridian Sunny Isles Beach; Jade Beach and Jade Ocean. In collaboration with The Related Group, Fortune International Group is developing Hyde Resort & Residences Hollywood Beach. Fortune is also the exclusive sales firm for some of the most prominent projects in South Florida today, such as Midtown Miami, 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, NINE at Mary Brickell Village, SLS Lux & Paraiso Bay, among numerous others.

Fortune International Group has 13 offices around the world, with nearly 1,000 associates. Its international broker network reaches legions of prospective buyers from South Florida to Buenos Aires, Hong Kong to Sao Paolo, Manhattan to Paris.

Fortune International Group’s strength derives from the company’s ability to define a market and its needs with all forces that shape the industry. For more information, please visit

About The Fairwinds Group
The Fairwinds Group was formed in 2004 by Andy and Kathy Mitchell, who envisioned a world-class facility on the site of the former Ireland’s Inn Beach Resort. Based in Fort Lauderdale, The Fairwinds Group, through Fairwinds Development LLC and Fairwinds on the Ocean LLC, led the acquisition of the resort and the procurement of a number of adjacent properties to consolidate the site to 4.6 net acres. Additionally, The Fairwinds Group led the early development team, working with the community and city officials to rezone the site in anticipation of the upcoming Fall 2014 project launch on the beach in Fort Lauderdale. This persistent visionary approach will bring to Fort Lauderdale the finest facility ever built, ushering in the next chapter in Fort Lauderdale development.

The Fairwinds Group’s leadership has extensive experience in hotel management and consumer products manufacturing gained from more than 40 years in business. Andy Mitchell, President and CEO, has served in global management roles for several U.S.-based Fortune 100 companies. Executive Vice President Kathy Ireland Mitchell grew up at Ireland’s Inn, and her career has spanned all aspects of the hospitality business. Father-in-law Jack Ireland, who has been involved in the hotel and restaurant business for more than 60 years, brings a solid understanding of client services that complements the team’s development efforts.

About Auberge Resorts Collection
Auberge Resorts Collection owns and operates a portfolio of exceptional hotels, resorts, residences and private clubs under two distinct brands: Auberge Hotels and Resorts, timeless luxury properties acclaimed for their intimate, understated elegance, and VieVage Hotels and Resorts, a new lifestyle brand that brings together contemporary themes of design, community and wellness in a fresh, active and social environment. While Auberge nurtures the individuality of each property, all share a crafted approach to luxury that is expressed through captivating design, exceptional cuisine and spas, and gracious yet unobtrusive service. Properties in the Auberge Resorts Collection include: Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley, Calif.; Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colo.; Malliouhana, Anguilla; The Auberge Residences at Element 52, Telluride, Colo.; Pronghorn Resort, Bend, Ore., and VieVage, Napa Valley, with several others in development. For more information about Auberge Resorts Collection, please visit

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