Relais & Châteaux is a world in and of itself, unlike any other. A warm, welcoming, gourmet affair awaits where outstanding quality is coupled with each individual property's passion for their own region and its terroir.
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When you experience Relais & Châteaux, you experience a whole array of sensations. Each of our properties offers the opportunity to enjoy an unparalleled range of sensory experiences, where the beauty of a particular place, the warmth of the hospitality and the quality of the cuisine are in perfect harmony. Scents and tastes, landscapes and colours make every stay a rare and intense experience.
Discover the excellent cuisine served in our properties: traditional or contemporary, it never fails to be wonderfully creative. This creativity is recognised throughout the world, as our Grands Chefs are considered to be the pinnacle of fine dining.
Latin America is the continent of pre-Columbian civilisations and a rapidly changing Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. The legendary hospitality of its people is matched only by the beauty of its majestic landscapes.
A trip to Latin America is exceptional by its very nature. Its joyful mellowness, its brightly coloured cities and the sheer beauty of its wide-open spaces are the main attractions of this post-colonial continent. Mexico is the land of the Maya. Historical remains and art of living await you from Cancun to Acapulco. Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, attract tourists in search of adventure and thrills. Brazil, Argentina and Chile brim with dynamism. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago are the bustling metropolises of countries with wide horizons and spectacular cities: the Amazon basin and Salvador de Bahia, the Andes and Valparaiso, Patagonia and Salta. Peru offers Inca sites (Cuzco, Machu Picchu) and scenic high plains.
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Wood, glass, sleek design: a simple but welcoming décor, in tune with the cheerful atmosphere of this restaurant which concentrates first and foremost on the food on the plate and has built up a clientele of regular customers. Rafael Pérez, a Peruvian chef who joined Zazu after a successful career in the United States, serves contemporary cuisine with Latin American influences, mainly based on local ingredients. Swordfish ceviche sits next to a Pangora crab and avocado salad seasoned with lemon foam, or an ossobucco with a twist – accompanied by truffle and spinach gnocchi. The cellar, one of the finest in Ecuador with its spectacular 25-foot high ceiling, and its lounge bar, is the ideal place to linger and enjoy a delightful cocktail.
This summer pavilion, dating back to the Belle Époque, is tucked away in the heart of the Barranco district, a protected historic area next to the Pacific Ocean. Marble, exotic woods, a beautifully columned white façade, open balconies and skyhigh ceilings lit by skylights in the roofs – Lima teatinas – give it a charm all of its own. Its renovation was entrusted to sculptors from the School of Fine Arts and to an Italian cabinetmaker with a view to preserving and showcasing its rich architectural heritage. Hotel B draws its inspiration from the Bohemian atmosphere of the surrounding district and exhibits works by contemporary Peruvian artists, adding to the hotel’s character. This spirit of curiosity can also be found in its cuisine which blends traditional Peruvian ingredients with Mediterranean influences.
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This restaurant was founded 19 years ago and is managed today by Diego Muñoz. It epitomises Gastón Acurio and Astrid Gutsche’s dream of sharing their contemporary take on Peruvian cuisine with the entire world. Astrid&Gastón’s cuisine draws its inspiration from the traditions and the biodiversity of Peru, and yet never breaks its links with the world around it, responding first and foremost to the challenges posed by the future and by our environment. A living experience with a hint of magic and sensitivity.
The lush vegetation of the five hectares of tropical gardens unfolds before you at the foot of the citadel of Machu Picchu, in the heart of the cloud forest. Marked paths invite you to explore this paradise of ferns and orchids, of which the estate boasts one of the finest collections in the world, not to mention the many species of birds and butterflies. A little further on, the sacred Inca sites and their secrets await you. After a day spent exploring, it is a delight to come back to the comfort and genuine charm of the villas, enjoy sitting in front of a warm fire and the natural treatments inspired by the spirituality of the Andes in the spa, or taste a “quinotto” (a “risotto” made from quinoa) at the restaurant overlooking the river.
This exquisite 16th century colonial manor was one of the first Spanish buildings in Cusco and is located just steps away from the picturesque main square. Once occupied by the conquistadors of Peru, it is now an exclusive boutique hotel that has been carefully restored to retain its historical heritage and décor. With suites set around a Spanish courtyard, the manor offers sober elegance without sacrificing authenticity. Inkaterra La Casona is the perfect place from which to explore the Incan Capital.
Mere mention of the name of Lake Titicaca is enough to transport you into a dramatic and mysterious world. At an altitude of more than 3,800 metres, on the border between Peru and Bolivia, this cradle of the Inca civilisation is still home to one of the oldest communities in South America. Titilaka Lodge is tucked away in this unique landscape, totally off the beaten track on its own private peninsula, in a refurbished building. It sits at the water’s edge and offers splendid views of the lake from each room. It harmoniously blends contemporary décor with delightful touches of local heritage and direct contact with luxuriant surrounding nature. Located next door to the hamlet from which it takes its name, it gives you the opportunity to explore the way of life and traditions of the lake dwellers.
The atmosphere of this old colonial fazenda, an oasis in the heart of the historic district, combines traditional authenticity and “tropical chic” design. Whether by the pool or in the tropical gardens, the Santa Teresa boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Bay of Rio and the Centro. The unique décor of the rooms features jacaranda, cinnamon, ipe wood, natural fibres and golden slate. The wellness-centre invites relaxation to the rhythm of the Xingu massages and Amazonian oil baths. The rising-star chef reinterprets contemporary Brazilian cuisine using fresh and local ingredients, and today one of the best table in Rio. The lounge of Bar Dos Descasados, an exclusive meeting place designed by the Carioca artist Zemog, offers a selection of the best Brazilian rums, under the one-hundred-year-old arches of the former senzala slave quarters of the mansion.
A few kilometres through the magnificent landscape of the Serra Gaucha on your way to the hotel is enough to set the scene: this is a place of surprises. The architecture of the building is impressive in itself. It draws its inspiration from the Scottish castle of Saint Andrews, and each elegantly furnished room bears the name of the semi-precious stone which prompted its décor. You can dine by the light of Bohemian crystal chandeliers in a restaurant serving sophisticated international cuisine, after enjoying a cocktail or some wine from their well-stocked cellar. The landscaped garden, home to migrating birds, is a haven of tranquillity where you can enjoy a balmy evening and the spectacular views of the Quilombo Valley.
At the edge of the Atlantic Forest, Itacarezinho beach stretches out as far as the eye can see. Coconut palms, white sand, warm emerald-green sea all the year round – some bungalows nestling in the shade of the trees in this idyllic setting. Built mainly from wood and natural materials, they sit on stilts either at the waterside or perched on the slopes of the hill and enjoy superb views of the beach. Shamash spa, also built on the slopes with sweeping views over the ocean, offers a range of traditional beauty rituals using natural Bahia products. No less impressive are its culinary delights, with fresh, healthy, fragrant cuisine – a blend of Brazilian and European influences.
In the heart of the historic centre of Valparaíso, this small palace from the beginning of the 20th century , classified a national monument, offers a haven of peace and beauty. After spending the day roaming the hills of Valparaíso, what better than to come back at aperitif time and enjoy the magnificent views over the bay from the terrace, or immerse yourself in one of the books from the library. By dinner time, once you have relaxed in the warm spa pool, you will listen to some piano music in the lounge bar and then go on down to Alegre restaurant serving top-quality, signature dishes. The bright rooms offer a blend of old and new and boast stunning views. Works by contemporary artists hanging here and there add an artistic finishing touch to the decor.
Awasi, in the north of Chile, is a stunning spot, majestic in its beauty and hidden away in the immense Atacama Desert, the most arid place on earth. This tiny hotel, a cosy and secluded haven in a historic setting, has been designed to fit harmoniously into the local culture and environment. It offers its guests unique ‘bespoke’ experiences and a choice of customised packages and 4x4 excursions with their own guide (a guide is assigned to each guest room). Its ‘all-inclusive’ programme gives the traveller total peace of mind to enjoy a wonderful experience.
Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, great-granddaughter of the creator of Grand Marnier, has chosen to develop the project Viña Lapostolle in Chile. The gravitational winery and Lapostolle Residence are nestled in the hills, with spectacular views of the Colchagua Valley. This unique setting, marked by a respect for nature, a cutting-edge design and a taste for quality, invites you to experience Lapostolle. A dedicated team of chefs prepares a special menu for each wine, with fresh produce that enhances the flavors of Chile, using organic vegetables from our garden and seasonal products of the highest quality. Awakening to the sounds of nature, yoga classes, biking through the vineyards and trekking the trails of our native forests are a good complement to the activities linked to wine, beginning with a visit and private tasting in our winery.
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In the heart of Uruguay’s most exclusive seaside resort, between pine forests and sandy beaches, Grand Chef Jean-Paul Bondoux has recreated a piece of his native Burgundy. In a quiet residential area of Punta del Este, surrounded by a magnificent garden, Bondoux produces authentic French cuisine using products from his own farm. “My cuisine is close to the land. I love thyme, bay leaves, sage, rosemary, garlic, onions and tomatoes – everything that comes from the earth.” His courgette flowers stuffed with chicken and virgin olive oil, and his rack of roast lamb in garden herbs are deliciously fresh. In the boutique next to the restaurant, tribute is paid to the terroir of France, with brioches, croissants and cheeses that you won’t find anywhere else in Uruguay.
Cellar, farm, restaurant and lodge all in one – it is one of a kind and utterly charming. Historically so as it is one of the most famous wineries in Uruguay, founded in 1909. And also because it is renowned for its top-quality products, highly reputed wines and traditionally cured cheeses. And especially because of its charming surroundings – the restaurant, which serves delicious peasant cuisine, occupies a former grocer's shop where the wooden shelving and counter have been preserved. The lodge boasts sleekly decorated, spacious guestrooms drenched in light. The pool surrounded by gardens, the patio overlooking the vines and the paths leading off into the vineyards – all enticements to slow down and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
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Situated in one of the chicest parts of the Argentine capital, this contemporary restaurant with a minimalist design has become an absolute must for gourmets. “Porteños”, the inhabitants of Buenos Aires, and expatriates alike flock here to savour elegant classical French dishes like noisette of venison and mousseline of vanilla flavoured sweet potatoes, and pheasant cooked two ways with Beaumes-de-Venise Muscat. There is also a choice of meats prepared at your table, with a selection of sauces. All of this to savour with the greatest wines from Argentina as well as Burgundy, the chef’s native region.
Algodon Mansion is a jewel in the heart of Buenos Aires’ most beautiful residential neighbourhood, Recoleta, known for its broad tree-lined avenues, fashionable boutiques, restaurants, cafés, galleries, and gorgeous Belle Époque architecture. The hotel’s 1912 French classical landmark building has been impeccably restored and re-imagined with stylish contemporary elegance. Attended by 24-hour butlers, each of the 10 suites overlooks the shady residential street as well as an exquisite interior light-well and waterfall cascading into the lobby. Rooms are exceptionally spacious and offer superior amenities and comfort. The restaurant reinterprets traditional regional dishes, taking Argentine gastronomy to a new level. Wines and fresh farm products are sourced from the hotel’s sister property in Mendoza’s wine country. On the rooftop, teak decking and loungers surround a swimming pool, perfect for summertime tanning, with a small bar for afternoon cocktails.
At the foot of the Andes, in the spellbinding town of Salta (meaning “beauty” in Quechua), the elegant House of Jasmines cultivates the art of hospitality. With 100 hectares of grounds, guests can listen to nature quietly breathing under the centuries-old trees and smell flowering jasmine in a landscape imbued with the the magic of the ancient Quechua. In the new restaurant, La Table de House of Jasmines, guests can admire the large open fireplace, watch meat being cooked in the old earthen oven and enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes. The simple, tasty cuisine showcases fresh produce from the garden.
The Wine Route that runs through Mendoza is one of the most charming in the world, due to the beauty of the landscape and the quality and variety of the vineyards. At the foot of the Andes, in an estate spreading over 22 hectares, Cecilia Diaz Chuit and Martin Rigal have created a splendid hotel, built in a Spanish colonial style and devoted to the joys of wine. There is a wellness-center and Arabian style patios. Regardless of the season, the wine country of Mendoza offers a myriad of activities and attractions that beckon to explore the region famed for sunny skies and nature’s blessings. Be tempted by visits to the local vineyards, or stroll through historic Mendoza before enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace and watching the sunset behind the Andes Mountains.
Patagonia is the last inhabitable land before the South Pole and continues to fascinate all of those who come here. And Las Balsas is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to stay in this far-flung part of the world at the tip of the South American continent. This romantic hotel with its blue facades offers a superb view of the magnificent lake and surrounding mountains. Take a romantic boat ride, venture out canoeing, or on horseback, or even just relax and be pampered in the soothing and revitalizing spa, overlooking the lake Nahuel Huapi. End a perfect day with a meal in the first-class restaurant, where sophisticated dishes using local produce will delight the palate.
Eolo embodies the spirit of Patagonia, its indigenous roots, the personal experiences of the first European and criollo settlers and those of the adventurers from across the world who still head for this legendary land today. This magical lodge is located on an estate that stretches over 4,000 hectares, near El Calafate, on the route to the Perito Moreno glacier. Here in the valley of La Anita, nothing will disturb the tranquility. Set off and explore unspoilt nature, relax in the indoor pool and savour delicious cuisine whilst taking in the incredible views of glaciers, the largest lake in Argentina and the Andes mountains.
At an altitude of 2800 m, colours are brilliant: the blue of the sky, the red of the earth and a fragmented mosaic created by a profusion of flowers. Sol & Luna is inspired by this luminous setting and is a paean to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Its architecture is a mix of avant-garde and primitive Peru, its clay walls are a backdrop to both contemporary and traditional Peruvian art, and its stones, beams and bricks from the valley find their natural home here. Its mouthwatering cuisine also draws its inspiration from local gastronomy, yet with a contemporary twist. Sol & Luna is close to archaeological sites and offers a doorway to this lost civilisation.
To be alone, or virtually alone, facing the infinite land of Patagonia: Awasi Patagonia offers an experience which is like no other. A collection of independent villas, in a private reserve, offers total seclusion and stunning views of the forest, Sarmiento Lake and Torres del Paine National Park. Each villa is allocated its own guide and vehicle, allowing guests to explore the magnificent countryside at their own pace and see condors, guanacos and other members of its varied wildlife. At the end of the day, they will return to a warm and cozy main lodge, restaurant and the villas, inspired by Patagonian shelters.
Nestled in Costa Rica’s central highlands, this sophisticated eco-lodge and spa offers a gateway to the splendours of the tropical cloud forest. Sliding glass doors guarantee breathtaking views of lush picture-book vegetation, emerging from the clouds. Suites blend into the landscape and offer unrivalled mountain or river views from rocking chairs on a private deck. All are spacious, decorated in natural tones and boast a private outdoor heated whirlpool. The soothing atmosphere of peaceful wellness is in perfect harmony with the property’s magnificent surroundings. The restaurant highlights ingredients sourced from its organic mini-farm, serving dishes inspired by traditional Costa Rican cuisine.