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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The Dark Continent and the Arab world are undergoing profound change. They have strong traditions and a visit to their countryside, whether savannah or tropical rainforest, is a thrilling experience.
In Africa and the Middle East, some countries made up their minds long ago to open their doors to tourists. Such is the case of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. From the souks of Marrakesh to the Great Pyramids, all three countries can lay claim to remarkable cultures, inherited from ancient kingdoms. Sub-Saharan Africa can make similar claims. Senegal, Cameroon and Gabon offer wonderful natural landscapes and splendid tropical coasts. Farther south, tourists are utterly spoiled. In South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, Botswana…, comfortable lodges and estates offer the opportunity to discover wonderful African wildlife. The Middle East is poised between tradition and ultra-modernity. Israel, Jordan and Oman preserve a rich religious and historical heritage, whereas Dubai and Abu Dhabi have made the conscious decision to enter the 21thcentury.
Relais & Châteaux is a collection of the world’s finest hotels. There are 17 unique Relais & Châteaux properties in Africa. But the magic of Africa is only revealed when you combine destinations, properties and experiences into your own personal itinerary. Start Planning Your Journey to Africa.
This hotel is full of character and stands proudly in the traditional district of Achrafieh. Its ochre-coloured facade reflects the liveliness and warmth of the Lebanese capital. Guests can sip delicious cocktails in the cosy ground floor bar, while browsing through a collection of rare books, and studying the old photographs of the city that line the walls. The bedrooms offer a bold blend of East and West, and have been decorated with treasures from all over the world. On the rooftop you will find the jewel in the hotel’s crown, a swimming pool bordered by a hanging garden and surrounded by the scent of fig and orange trees, with extraordinary views of Beirut, the sea and the Lebanese mountains. This hotel is a magnificent base from which to discover a city brimming with energy.
A subtle mix of Andalusian sumptuousness and Moroccan art de vivre, the Riad Fès reflects its prestigious past and the refined civilisation to which it belongs. This majestic palace is an authentic example of Hispanic-Moorish architecture, boasting four harmoniously styled patios, sculpted doors and zelliges on the walls, stucco arcades and marble basins. It offers panoramic views of the magical spectacle of the sun rising over the Fès Medina, and the Atlas mountains. Hammams and massages, fountains, smoking-rooms, sophisticated cuisine and a trendy lounge bar: this is a world where traditions and contemporary conveniences combine delightfully.
The intoxicating fragrance of the herb garden and fig and olive orchards wafts through the air of the magical Ksar Char-Bagh, a Moorish palace nestling in the palm grove of Marrakech, just ten minutes from the Medina. The gentle rushing of the water irrigating the gardens reaches your harim, a small private suite overlooking a terrace or a private garden. Guests may eat their meals where the fancy takes them: the French chef uses vegetables from the palace cottage garden. A huge red marble hammam, strolls in the gardens, orchard or around the farm, and a cigar cellar, smoking lounge and library bar add the final touches to this Moroccan paradise.
Véronique and Pascal Beherec have used the best of Moroccan craftsmanship to decorate this palace, which is full of fine fabrics, sofas, and pillowcases embroidered with gold thread. The moment you arrive, you know you are in for a real treat. The private Riad suite has its own swimming pool and patio, and you can sip mint tea and nibble Moroccan delicacies. With a big garden and patios full of plants, a massage rooms and a Nuxe beauty salon, a restaurant that blends French, Mediterranean and Moroccan influences, a cigar cellar, and three pools, including two which are heated during the season and one on the roof overlooking the Koutoubia and the Atlas mountains, you will be left wondering what more you could wish for.
Visitors will be inspired to pen their own chapter of the Arabian Nights at the Dar Ahlam, a traditional Kasbah situated in the luscious palm grove of Skoura. On the doorstep of the South Moroccan desert, rest in the shade of hundred-year-old palm trees, take in the fragrant almond-tree blossoms and celebrate the Festival of Roses and date and olive harvests in traditional style. A different setting awaits guests at every turn. Set-off to explore the scenic Dadès and Drâa valleys in a chauffeured all-terrain vehicle, or on donkey or camel back. For a truly unforgettable night, sleep amongst the sand dunes in a 1,001-star camp.
This palace of marvels lies in the heart of Essaouira, a mysterious and spiritual place loved by artists and adventurers alike. L’Heure Bleue Palais has succeeded in preserving the character of a traditional Moroccan house and the hospitality cherished by this country. At the crossroads of African, Moorish, Portuguese, English and oriental influences, the rooms and suites are located around the patio, where a fountain sings and the heart of the Riad beats. The traditional hamman is the perfect place to relax, the panoramic outdoor pool on the terrace overlooks the medina and the ocean, and the cuisine is a subtle blend of French and Moroccan influences.
Wake up to snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and the distant roars of lions. Ol Donyo is a pioneer amongst safari lodges, and a forerunner of sustainable tourism: by working with the local Maasai people, it has been able to blend conservation and livelihood benefits. On the slopes of the Chyulu Hills, this lodge blends contemporary and traditional design. To stay here is a chance to explore Africa in an uncommon way – by horseback or four-wheel drive or in a hide twenty paces from some of the largest elephants in the world. Ol Donyo enjoys a stunning location, with the savannah at its feet stretching as far as the eye can see. This is the Africa of the mind's eye.
Upstream from the Victoria Falls, on the banks of the powerful Zambezi River, you find paradise on earth. Royal Chundu, with its two magnificent lodges in the middle of the bush far from the madding crowd, is the place to enjoy peace and quiet in what remains as an untamed corner of the earth. The River Lodge is on the riverbank while the Island Lodge is located on an island, both offering spacious suites with a colonial décor reminiscent of the splendour of the times of the early explorers. Returning from their excursions, guests can sample divine spa treatments with natural African ingredients or enjoy Zambian cuisine, watching stars light up the sky over the river.
Elephants, buffalos, cheetahs, leopards, lions, giraffes and antelopes are the main guests at this 320,000 acre private reserve. The region is renowned for the opportunities it offers to observe predators, and the 300 species of bird to which it is home, including the rare African skimmer. The camp, which overlooks the Zibadianja Lagoon, and its new villa, The Dhow Suites, were created by two safari enthusiasts, National Geographic photographers Dereck & Beverly Joubert, who wanted to protect this wilderness while also wishing to share it with others. It is designed with the environment in mind, with large, magnificently appointed tents in a traditional style reminiscent of the safaris of yesteryear.
The property is named after the lofty trees which lend it their shade in the heart of the Madikwe reserve, one of the largest in South Africa. Three exclusive-use villas accommodate families and groups of friends who want to share some special time together, far from everything and be able to do as they please.Fishing, bird watching, walking or simply relaxing beside the pool which overflows into the bush – people are free to enjoy activities dreamt up just for them, and for all ages. The stone and timber villas are superbly decorated, and open out onto immaculately preserved luxuriant nature.
Only 270 km from Cape Town, located in the Cederberg Mountains, this natural haven of wide open plains and rugged rock formations allows one to surrender one's senses, while reconnecting with nature. This retreat is recognized for its splendid accommodation and facilities, authentic South African cuisine and generous hospitality. With over 130 rock art sites of ancient Bushman paintings, dating from ten thousand years ago and abundant flora and fauna, this malaria and predator-free wilderness sanctuary is a magical playground, ideal for restoring, mind and spirit.
Situated in the heart of one of the most exclusive suburbs, Bantry Bay, just ten minutes away from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and in walking distance to the Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, this elegant Edwardian mansion overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you choose the opulent atmosphere of Ellerman House or the modern style of its villas, you too will fall under the spell of this address that combines all the pleasures of Cape Town. Enjoy the gourmet cuisine, tasting fine vintage wines and surveying the impressive private art collection, plus a view of the Atlantic Ocean that is quite simply spectacular.
Located in Cape Town’s historical Constantia Valley, on the breath-taking slopes of Table Mountain, all the rooms and suites of The Cellars-Hohenort boast panoramic views of the impressive mountain and the beautiful grounds. Set in 9.5 acres of gardens, this historic and beautiful country escape is only a 15 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city, famous for its incomparable scenery, cuisine and wines. Back at the hotel, the gourmet cuisine of the talented young Chef Peter Tempelhoff at The Greenhouse focuses on regional flavours with modern interpretations. All of this is the result of owner Liz McGrath’s more than 20 years of hard work, love and endless inspiration.
Perched on the slopes of the magnificent Stellenbosch mountains, the Delaire Graff offers sweeping views across the estate’s vineyards. An idyllic setting for relaxation, because every lodge has its own private plunge pool. The décor skilfully blends indigenous influences and contemporary design, complemented by works of South African artists. Here, guests delight in heartfelt hospitality and taste exceptional cuisine accompanied by wines from the estate. The spa offers an exclusive range of sophisticated treatments. In the evening you can watch the sun set over Table Mountain or languish in the private cinema. Time spent here is all about relaxing and indulging.
The Marine Hermanus is one of the southern hemisphere’s most spectacular seaside properties. Perched on the cliffs of Hermanus’ Walker Bay, it overlooks one of South Africa’s finest whale sanctuaries and offers the unique opportunity to experience the finest whale watching from the comfort of your sea view room. Only a stone’s throw away is one of the best locations to see the endangered great white shark. Every aspect of this owner-managed property has been given great attention, from the personal service to the exceptional cuisine in both The SeaFood at The Marine and The Pavilion Restaurants. Enjoy sundowners in the Sun Lounge and relax in the Carchele Beauty Spa.
Experience the adventure and romantic mystique of authentic African safaris of centuries-past at Gorah Elephant Camp, a malaria-free luxurious tented camp in the heart of Addo Elephant National Park and a Hunter Hotels property. This is an incomparable wilderness teeming with game, boasting Africa’s Big Five, the densest population of elephants on earth and the first ever private concession in a National Park in South Africa. After exhilarating game viewing, enjoy sundowners on the old-fashioned veranda overlooking the waterhole, before savouring gourmet cuisine in the elegant colonial candle-lit dining room of Gorah House.
This Private Game Reserve, endorsed by Nelson Mandela, is situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand game reserve. It is everything Africa ought to be – pulsing with the deep rhythm of the untamed Bushveld. The Reserve has been family run for 89 years where the fourth generation of the Varty Family welcomes you to this lodge situated in perfect harmony with the environment. It consists of three camps – Tree, Pioneer and The Private Granite Suites on the banks of the Sand River. The style is elegant and chic with the class of history. The cuisine highlights fresh, local ingredients and is served with flair surrounded by nature.
In the heart of the private Kapama reserve, this camp is named after the first baby elephant adopted by the owners, followed by other orphaned elephants from Zimbabwe. This lodge is a sanctuary for animals and a marvellous refuge for travellers in search of an authentic experience. The deluxe suites and the presidential Zindoga Villa open onto their own private outdoor pool overlooking the dry riverbed. Explore the bush on foot, by vehicle or on the back of an elephant to spot the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants. Experience unforgettably unique moments, enhanced by attentive service and sophisticated cuisine.
On the outskirts of Johannesburg, in the chic, cosmopolitan suburb of Atholl, this small boutique hotel welcoming families and children of all ages, offers timeless charm and elegance. The spacious rooms are designed in a warm blend of neutral and natural shades, wood and wicker, contemporary furniture and pieces of African design. Depending on the time of day, guests can enjoy the large pool under the shade of palm trees, or the quiet of the delightful library, with its open fire. The landscaped gardens surrounding the lovely house simply add to one’s feeling of serenity and offer a secluded, romantic setting where guests can lounge at leisure, enjoy a drink or dine, and maybe experience some of the best shopping and cultural attractions.
A delightful colonial mansion, nestling in a coconut grove right at the water’s edge, is home to a tastefully appointed, charmingly refined little hotel. The soft, neutral shades of Flamant Home Interiors furniture in its individually designed guest rooms stand in brilliant contrast to the blue of the sea and green of the coconut palms, instilling deep feelings of peace and seclusion. The restaurant, also at the water’s edge, serves delicious creole and international dishes. However 20° Sud has two more treasures in store: the M/S Lady Lisbeth, the oldest motorboat on the island which, when evening falls, takes a party of guests to dine under the stars on the calm waters of the bay, and the untamed wilderness of the Governor’s House, a tiny restaurant created in a ruin on Île Plate, a catamaran ride away.
Home to lemurs, chameleons, tortoises, humming birds, cocoa, vanilla, ylang-ylang, papyrus and carnivorous plants; Madagascar is one of the last remaining unspoilt oases on the planet. There are virgin forests, savannas and tiny islands to explore. The nature is so rich that the famous Parisian landscape architect Camille Muller was inspired to gather the rarest species in the hotel’s landscaped garden. Located in a nature reserve, Anjajavy l'Hôtel consists of a beautiful ensemble of rosewood villas scattered over a long sandy beach on the Mozambique Channel. Explore deserted creeks, little fishing villages and the Tsingy, coral remains sculpted by erosion and overlapping baobab roots.
With its intimate atmosphere, Château de Feuilles boasts panoramic views of the sea and islands that are quite simply breathtaking. Just below the hotel, with its pool and deliciously exotic restaurant, the fine sandy beach of Anse Marie-Louise promises unforgettable dips in the Indian Ocean. And for that extra special occasion, have the island of Grande-Soeur all to yourself for a weekend. Can you imagine anything more romantic than that?
The Plettenberg, situated on a rocky headland in Africa’s most spectacular coastal resort town, is the ultimate escape. With views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach, The Plettenberg is situated in the heart of the adventure-rich Garden Route. This region is world-renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities, from dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other exhilarating pursuits. The charming service, superb cuisine and the setting of this hotel combine to create the ultimate story, one of a South African seaside property unlike any other.
On the northern border of the Maasai Mara, you’ll find Mara Plains canvas tents are tucked away amongst the lush vegetation on the banks of the Ntiakatek river. This camp is one of the smallest in the region and offers the opportunity to get really close to nature and the local wildlife in the heart of a private conservancy with a very low density in vehicles and with abundant big cats. The programme is customised and very flexible – it is organised on a daily basis so that you can make the most of the unique experiences that nature constantly offers. The traditional safari-style tents, which are raised on decks and have a marquis ceiling, blend into the beautiful countryside and offer sweeping views of the savannah.