Allen Highfield Named General Manager of Montage Healdsburg
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF. (January 28, 2020) – Montage Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the appointment of Allen Highfield to the position of general manager of Montage Healdsburg. A Montage veteran with an extensive and diverse background in luxury hospitality, including nearly five years leading sister resort Montage Deer Valley, Highfield will oversee the opening of Montage’s newest ultra-luxury address and seventh property, which invites travelers to experience the beauty, art, and local culture of Northern California wine country.
“We are thrilled to have Allen open our first resort in the Northern California wine country, said Alan J. Fuerstman, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Montage International. “He grew up in Northern California, did an extraordinary job leading Montage Deer Valley, is incredibly passionate about our guests and associates, and is the ideal person to launch Montage Healdsburg.”
Highfield joins Montage Healdsburg from Montage Deer Valley, where he served as general manager starting in summer 2014. During his tenure, the Park City, Utah-based resort was consistently honored among the finest properties in the country with Forbes Five-Star ratings from 2016-2018; Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” honors in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018; AAA Five Diamond Awards from 2014-2020; and inclusion on Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” list as one of the “Best Resorts in the West” and “Top 50 in the U.S.”
Prior to joining Montage Hotels & Resorts, Highfield was with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, serving as general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco; The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; and The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown (Washington, D.C.). He also served as hotel manager of The Ritz-Carlton, New York, Battery Park; and director of operations of The Ritz-Carlton Club, Bachelor Gulch (Colorado). He began his hospitality career with Hyatt Regency and also held management positions at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado.
Scheduled to begin welcoming guests in late fall 2020, Montage Healdsburg will be settled among oak trees and vine-covered hills just a short distance from the historic and charming downtown Healdsburg, Calif. Nestled within the rolling hills of Sonoma County, the 258-acre resort will feature 130 bungalow-style accommodations with a wine country contemporary design. As the first Montage location in Northern California, the resort will be a home base for memorable journeys to iconic wineries in the Alexander Valley, Dry Creek and Russian River appellations, as well as legendary culinary establishments and scenic drives.
About Montage Hotels & Resorts Montage Hotels & Resorts is the ultra-luxury hospitality management company founded by Alan J. Fuerstman. Designed to serve the affluent and discerning traveler and homeowner, the company features an artistic collection of distinctive hotels, resorts and residences. Each Montage property offers comfortable elegance, a unique sense of place and spirit, impeccable hospitality and memorable culinary, spa and lifestyle experiences. The portfolio of hotels, resorts and residences includes: Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, Montage Kapalua Bay, Montage Palmetto Bluff, and Montage Los Cabos. Opening in 2020 is Montage Healdsburg, and opening in 2021 is Montage La Quinta and Montage Big Sky. Montage Hotels & Resorts is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. For more information, follow @montagehotels or visit www.montage.com.
About Montage International
Montage International, the ultra-luxury hospitality management company founded by Alan J. Fuerstman, features a distinctive collection of hospitality brands. Montage International encompasses the ultra-luxury brand Montage Hotels & Resorts, the new luxury hospitality brand Pendry Hotels & Resorts, Montage Residences, Pendry Residences and the management of some of the country’s premiere golf courses and clubs. Founded in 2002, Montage Hotels & Resorts is an artistic collection of distinctive hotels, resorts and residences including: Montage Laguna Beach, Montage Beverly Hills, Montage Deer Valley, Montage Kapalua Bay, Montage Palmetto Bluff, and Montage Los Cabos. Currently under development is Montage Healdsburg, opening in 2020, and Montage La Quinta and Montage Big Sky, both opening in 2021. Pendry Hotels & Resorts, founded in 2014, is a collection of new luxury hotels for today’s cultured world traveler located in taste making destinations including Pendry San Diego and Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. Pendry West Hollywood will open in 2020, and currently under development opening in 2021 is Pendry Natirar, Pendry La Quinta, Pendry Manhattan West, and Pendry Park City. Pendry Washington D.C. – The Wharf will open in 2022. Montage International also manages and operates Spanish Peaks Mountain Club in Big Sky, Montana and The May River Golf Club in Bluffton, South Carolina. For more information, please visit www.montage.com