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.
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Asia, driven by China, is the epitome of a thrusting continent, yet one that has not turned its back on its ancient traditions. From India to Japan, from Taiwan to Singapore, the Asian ‘Dragon’ continues to exert its fascination.
Asia is still as attractive to visitors as it ever was. Travellers, already familiar with the beaches of Thailand and Bali and the sheer scale of Singapore and Hong Kong, are discovering the delights of these countries which are rapidly emerging as tourist destinations. Take China, for example. From Beijing to Shanghai, Xi’an to Yunnan, this new world power is introducing its ancient History to the rest of the world. India and Sri Lanka, with their outstanding hotels, boast a strong identity based on fervently held religious customs. Southeast Asia offers new temptations: Cambodia, Burma and Laos now add their cultures to those of Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. The Far East has retained its devotees: behind all the symbols of breakneck modernity, from South Korea to Japan, lie deeply-held traditions.
Samode Safari Lodge is eco-designed, taking its inspiration from the architecture of the colourful neighbouring villages, and blends seamlessly into the country side. Separate, elegantly furnished and decorated lodges look out onto the wilderness. You are in the heart of India, on the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park, the territory with the highest density of tigers in the world. These splendid cats and the diverse flora and fauna of the region are explored in specially designed Safari vehicles with knowledgeable and articulate guides. The owners’ passion of food has led to the offering of an ever changing menu in different and exciting venues.
Dedicated to reflection, rejuvenation and self-discovery, Shreyas offers a seamless blend of the modern and the timeless, sumptuousness and simplicity, indulgence and enlightenment where guests can practice yoga without the austerity of an ashram. The small number of rooms preserves the intimacy and serenity of this large refuge. Welcomed by staff trained in yoga, guests can delve into sacred Indian texts, meditation and Ayurveda. Also on offer are yogasana, mantra meditation, deep relaxation, community volunteering, organic farming and revitalising massages. The cuisine is vegetarian and there is a no alcohol policy. A haven of peace for the perfect balance of body, spirit and soul.
The Malabar House is more than a beautifully designed heritage hotel. It is an art hotel, home of a carefully curated collection, highlighting Kerala’s composite culture as a passage between East and West. The rooms are comfortable and the service is flawless. “Malabar Junction”, the hotel’s renowned restaurant and “Divine”, its wine lounge, combine the tradition of South India with exciting culinary innovation. Enjoy classical music or a dance performance on the patio’s stage, rejuvenate body and soul at the ayurvedic centre, step into the history and culture of Fort Cochin, and explore Kerala’s backwaters on the hotel’s own eco-friendly house boat.
A stay in Gôra Kadan, the former retreat of the Imperial Family, Kanin-no-miya, in Hakone National Park, is an invitation to bring your five senses to life by immersing yourself in the ancient Japanese way of life. Listen to the gentle swoosh of a sliding wall made of rice paper, smell the fragrant flower incense, taste the traditional Kaiseki cuisine and feel the touch of silk. This calm retreat is located in an area known for its springs heated by volcanic rocks. Suites have been designed in a minimalist style, and facilities include a swimming pool, a spa, and a beauty salon.
It is said that the great teacher of Japanese Buddhism, Kobo Daishi, bathed each morning in the river Katsura and emerged with his mind and body purified. A few minutes from this river, the hotel Asaba submerges you in the Japan of legends where Zen takes over your five senses. Entertainment comes in the form of traditional “Noh” theatre performed by the riverside. After a game of golf in picturesque surroundings, leave your kimono behind and enjoy the pleasures of an open-air bath filled with spring water. The restaurant serves traditional dishes with delightful combinations of sweet and savoury flavours. In the lounge, relax in a chair designed by famous Italian-American Harry Bertoia and in the garden, be inspired by the sweet fragrances of nature.
Every room at Bettei Senjuan looks out on the extraordinary Mount Tanigawa, with its snow-capped peaks and the cherry blossom trees at its base that turn the landscape a beautiful pink in spring. Embrace the extraordinary surroundings at this hotel, with its reinvigorating hot spring baths in the rooms, the gardens and the tranquil wellness-centre, which offers massages, body-contouring and facials. Floor to ceiling windows frame the views of unspoilt nature and allow natural light to fill the zen-inspired interior. The decor skillfully combines modern design with traditional Japanese elements like the art of Kumiko wood joinery. Calligraphy on hand-crafted paper adorns the walls. In the private dining room, the impressively presented traditional food with a contemporary twist is also influenced by the hot springs for which the area is famous. Creative and innovative dishes are also made with Joshu beef and vegetables from local farms.
In the heart of Japan’s “Northern Alps”, discover the secret charms of this hotel that opened in 1931. This little jewel is tucked away in the calm and serenity of the mountains, between the snowy peaks and fine traditional hot springs, located in the national park, and renowned for their therapeutic qualities. Tobira Onsen Myojinkan offers a divinely serene atmosphere in the forest, relaxing baths in the heart of nature, superb rooms and suites and aromatherapy. The sophisticated Kaiseki-style food is a marvellous balance of textures, flavours and colours. Organic French cuisine is also on offer, prepared by a talented chef who specializes in macrobiotic cuisine.
Founded in 1928 in the spa town of Yamashiro, Beniya Mukayu is located on the road from the revered Kyoto to the world heritage sites Shirakawago-Gokayama, close to Kanazawa. The hotel’s architecture elegantly emphasizes contrasts between light, shade and neutral colours. Every room has its own private open-air hot spring bath, with a wonderful view of the authentic Japanese garden. The traditional tea ceremony performed by the owner, yoga lessons given every morning, the finest Kaga style Kaiseki cuisine served on locally crafted crockery, as well as invigorating medicinal spa treatments, combine to make Beniya Mukayu a peaceful haven.
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Kobe is the most cosmopolitan of Japanese cities. In the chic district of Kitano, foreigners who settled here from the 19th century onwards built residences in the style of their distant homelands. A French lifestyle is very much in evidence in this fine red brick building that is testimony to an entire chapter of Japan’s history. There is a courtyard and interior garden, elegant décor and, above all, the cuisine of Hiroshi Yamaguchi, who is skilled in the art of sublime dishes. On the menu is the famous fugu and its soft roe in crunchy potatoes, caramelised salsify and vegetable jus, or the incomparable Kobe beef in a salt crust.
Perfectly positioned in Beijing’s financial and trade centre, JE Mansion offers the very best of Chinese hospitality. Chinese culture permeates every detail, starting with the traditional architecture and precious artwork that adorns the building. Guest rooms are decorated in classical style, featuring carvings in wood, brick and stone, elements of calligraphy and a warm colour palette, while all modern comforts have been thought of. The excellent restaurant serves delicacies inspired by China’s four main culinary traditions, and has sixteen private rooms, where guests can enjoy the fine cuisine as well as the attractive scenery. An absolute rarity for central Beijing is the hotel’s sprawling 50,000 sq m lawn, ideal for grand events. At the chic and cosy bar, unwind with a perfectly mixed cocktail or enjoy a fine cigar and the pleasures of a good book at the Art Gallery and Reading House.
Travel back in time to the heyday of Shanghai in the 1930s at Le Sun Chine, one of the few remaining historic dwellings from Shanghai’s French concession area. Listen to the gentle hum of ceiling fans and admire the period architecture with its columned balconies, antique furniture, embroidered hangings and high ceilings. Once the home of Shanghai’s famous Sun family, and listed as a historic site by the local government, the building has been lovingly restored. Each of the 1,200 furniture pieces were designed and crafted specifically for the hotel and the owner personally collected many of the antiques and books that line the shelves. The terraces, pool and exotic garden round off this living testimony to the turbulent history of the concessions in a truly unique atmosphere.
Pagodas, pavilions and gardens cluster at the foot of the hills surrounding West Lake blending into the countryside itself. This very special place has provided a source of inspiration to poets and artists since the Tang dynasty and is now listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. Chaptel Hotel is an oasis just off the West Lake, where you can experience the classic Hangzhou at all of elegance and ease. The Hotel occupies a meticulously restored historic building within this stunningly beautiful setting. This authentic Shikumen brick-built mansion has now recovered all its former glory: the decor of the main suites combines traditional Chinese furniture (including traditional wooden shutters) with Art Deco ornaments, such as rugs and lamps, from the period from which the building dates. The cuisine served here is also a blend of different influences, and traditional Hangzhou cuisine meets typically British afternoon tea.
Brilliant Resort & Spa is located in the Lancang river area the worldwide origin of the tea tree. Ten thousand acres of Pu’er tea garden with thousands of years of history are located in the Jingmai Mountains, which are inhabited by the descendants of tea plantation minority groups. Jingmai Mountain is wreathed in a cloud sea all year round. The Pu’er tea from the Brilliant Pu’er Tea Fazenda meets the EU regulation for organic products. The building style of Brilliant Resort & Spa is perfectly in harmony with nature. The guests can choose to appreciate ten thousand acres of Pu’er tea garden; to enjoy the leisure in the resort, to taste healthy and delicious local food cooked by using natural food ingredients; or to experience the tailor-made tea spa; or to experience mysterious minority groups’ customs.
Originally a fortress built by the Portuguese in the early 17th century to defend Macau against hostile European nations and local pirates, the Fortaleza da Barra was transformed into an enchanting Portuguese hotel known today as Pousada de São Tiago. The hotel, overlooking the Inner Harbour of Macau and the Pearl River Delta, is one of Macau’s most charming and exclusive historical landmarks. It is also the only hotel in China with a chapel built in the 17th century. The Spanish restaurant La Paloma presents an exquisite selection of specialties of authentic Spanish cuisine and is the perfect venue for intimate and romantic dinners. The picturesque Pousada de São Tiago and the Chapel of St. James are the ideal places to celebrate special occasions and weddings.
Blend into the surroundings, listen to the sounds of water, let oneself be carried away by the life-enhancing waters of the hot springs: at one hour from Taipei, right in the heart of the mountains, this dream becomes a reality. Enjoy the views from the hotel of forests and the crystalline river waters. The building is as one with the mountain, letting nature fully express her beauty; inside, a blend of Taiwan aboriginal life style and autochthonous inspiration lend charm to the interior décor. The private bathhouses allow guests to enjoy the spa waters in total peace and quiet while gazing out over the lake, and the aromatherapy treatments provide just what it takes to induce perfect relaxation. The cuisine served in the two restaurants is certainly up to the standards of any discerning gourmet.
It has been over one hundred years since the first hot springs hotel opened in Taiwan, and it became a destination thanks to the healing properties of the water. Villa 32 builds on this tradition of well-being and enhances it further by drawing on the delights of nature that surround it. Located in Beitou, tucked away between impressive mountains in a geothermal valley, this spacious villa has only five guest rooms – each with its own natural hot springs tub. Guests are welcomed into a private atmosphere in the midst of lush vegetation covered in mist from the hot springs. The late owner Ming-Hong Chiu has succeeded in crafting a delicate and relaxing atmosphere by artfully combining the surrounding natural elements of water, wood, trees and stone into the décor.
The Khmer Empire prospered from the 9th to the 14th century. A few minutes from the temple complex of Angkor Wat, one of the most stunning archeological sites in the world, is a sophisticated colonial-spirited haven. Spacious suites of which three boast their own private jacuzzi. For a relaxing time, enjoy open floor plans, oversized bathtubs, steam rooms, your espresso machine, a small garden with outdoor shower and a warm attentive service. This retreat, minutes away from busy downtown, offers an inspired cuisine, inventive cocktails and fine wines, cultural events and vintage airport transfers. We actively support vocational hospitality training for the very less favored young Cambodians. Excursions are tailor-made: discover quiet remote jungle temples, a private sunset cruise, exclusive temple dinners or our luxury tent camps . Experience the grace, and unique charm of Cambodia.
A few moments at Wanakarn Beach Resort & Spa is what it takes to be seduced by this charming Phang Nga hideaway whose villas offer amenities and services at the highest level in total intimacy. The hotel is set on over 6 hectares of tranquil and peaceful pristine beachfront with natural botanical gardens, restaurant and bars, a sweeping infinity pool offering breathtaking views of the ocean and an intimate Thai spa. Stroll out from Wanakarn’s modern villas, each complete with its own private pool, and time instantly slows down. Blissful four-poster alfresco day beds on the beach make the perfect setting for an afternoon nap. Meanwhile, bicycles and kayaks are available should adventure be on the agenda. Thai fusion food is the specialty and is not to be missed, especially when enjoyed during one of Phang Nga’s spectacular sunsets.
Sher Bagh is an unforgettable experience of elegance under canvas, a luxurious and authentic rendition of a Raj style, 1920’s camp, located on a private wilderness, along the borders of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve’s stunning forests. The Camp is ideally situated for Game Drives and excursions into what is possibly the finest habitat in the world to see tigers in the wild, and a huge diversity of wildlife besides. Discover the 8th century fort of Ranthambhore, Mughal ruins, palaces and cenotaphs lying in the embrace of a divine forest. The cuisine, made with home-grown, fresh produce, whisks you off your senses between English breakfasts, aperitifs served under a canopy of stars and sumptuous dinners, cooked around the campfire. Dine off traditional thaalis’ amidst the flickering glow of torches and shimmering lanterns.
A stay at The Serai brings alive the famed Thar Desert of India's western frontiers. Pitched on a private 100 acre wilderness of desert scrub, this oasis exudes coolness, calm and chic like nowhere you can imagine. At the centre of the camp, a pool rises above the surroundings and is inspired by the traditional architecture of Rajasthan's legendary baths and step wells. Amidst this sprawling haven the SUJAN Spa offers its therapeutic treatments in enclosed gardens. The culinary experience at The Serai resonates with the tastes of Rajputana and an eclectic selection of menus made with home grown farmed produce. Dining options are unlimited. Quite frankly there is no better place from which to explore the surrounding desert heritage or Jaisalmer's iconic Golden Fortress. Camel safaris and excursions into the endless desert are not to be missed.
Tea Trails is perched at an altitude of 1250 m in Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea region, bordering the Central Highlands World Heritage site. Stay in one of four authentic tea planters’ bungalows, each one of which is unique, beautifully restored and decorated with period furniture. Observe life on a working tea estate, savour the gourmet cuisine, and be pampered by a personal butler. Each bungalow has its own charm; lakeside Castlereagh & Summerville, Norwood with panoramic views, and Tientsin, the most traditionally colonial of the four. This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breathtaking backdrop of mountains, lakes, winding roads and waterfalls.
The capital of Yunnan province, ‘City of Eternal Spring’, known for its famous Stone Forest and Jiuxiang Scenic Region, boasts a resort designed for wellness. A collection of harmoniously relaxing villas overlooking the lake allows guests to take full advantage of the benefits of the surrounding countryside and, in particular, the natural hot springs which gush in the garden: ponds, outdoor pools, landscaped gardens and white sandy beaches provide the setting for an invigorating experience. A wide range of treatments, including a Pu’er tea tasting, are available in various Spas, along with Yoga and Tai chi classes, practised in perfect harmony with nature.