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International Guide 2005

3 new properties in France: Deux Abbesses (Haute-Loire), Château de Mirambeau (Charente-Maritime) and Fort de l’Océan (Loire-Atlantique).

One new country: Poland, with the entry to the Association of Copernicus Hotel, in Cracow.

2 hotels in the Netherlands: Savelberg (Den Haag) and De Nederlanden (between Amsterdam and Utrecht).

Palais Coburg, in Vienna, for Austria, Whatley Manor (Cotswold), for the United Kingdom.

2 hotels in Italy: Relais San Maurizio (close to Alba) and Gardena Grödnerhof Hotel (Dolomites).

In Spain: Son Brull Hotel & Spa, Mallorca.

2 new hotels in Morocco: Ksar Char-Bagh (Marrakesh Palmeraie) and Dar Ahlam (Ouarzazate).

And for the Relais Gourmand label, 5 restaurants join the Association: Mosconi (Luxembourg), Restaurante Atrio (Caceres - Spain), Restaurante Santceloni (Madrid - Spain), Spondi (Athens - Greece) and Restaurant Jean-Paul Bondoux (Argentina).

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International Guide 2005

Atrio Restaurante Hotel - Spain, Cáceres
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Located inside the walled town of Cáceres with its extraordinary Almohad, Gothic, Renaissance and colonial buildings, Atrio boasts sublime architecture by Emilio Tuñón Álvarez and Luis Moreno Mansilla, masters of modern design. In the heart of the medieval town, chefs José Polo and Toño Pérez prepare cuisine with unique, authentic flavours in a heavenly setting. Truffles, pasta and mushrooms, razor clams with cured Iberian ham, pig’s trotters, warm oyster and other gourmet creations are in complete harmony with the splendid building. ...Read more


Restaurant Jean-Paul Bondoux - Argentina, Buenos Aires
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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. ...Read more


Ksar Char-Bagh - Morocco, Marrakech
Hotel and restaurant in a park
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. A paradise where culture and nature mingle, the hotel has often been elected among the finest hotels in the world. The gentle rushing of the water irrigating the gardens whispers softly about the beauty of this retreat, where the aim of the service is to fulfill a guests’ every wish. Your harim is a private suite overlooking a terrace or a private garden unless you would prefer the tower apartment with its pool and exceptional views over the Palmeraie and the Atlas Mountains. 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. ...Read more


Palais Coburg Residenz - Austria, Vienna
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Palais Coburg, in the heart of Vienna, offers a superb ultra-comfortable ambiance for you to enjoy. Each suite is decorated in honour of one of the high-society families that have marked the history of this somptuous hotel which, since the 19th century, has provided one of the most prestigious venues for receptions in the capital. The view from the spa over the roofs of Vienna adds the finishing touch to your superb feelings of relaxation. The gourmet cuisine of Silvio Nickol and the Basteigarten restaurant – “an oasis of green” – make Palais Coburg the top spot for culinary delicacies, and the cellars boast 60,000 bottles – one of the largest stocks of Mouton Rothschild, Château Yquem and Pétrus in the world. The magnificent ballrooms with all their festive splendour, the elegant lounges, and white vaulting of the former casemates, provide the perfect setting for private functions. ...Read more


Hotel Copernicus - Poland, Krakow
Hotel and restaurant in town
Krakow was once the capital of Poland and it still has many impressive monuments from this period, such as the Royal Castle overlooking the Wawel Hill, where the country’s monarchs lived. Copernicus Hotel is located on Kanonicza, one of the city’s oldest streets. For centuries, this building was a part of the cathedral chapel and hosted the intellectual and financial elite of Krakow. It owes its name to the famous Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus, who was one of the guests of the house. Could it have been here that he developed his revolutionary theory that the Earth rotates around the Sun rather than the opposite? This is something to ponder whilst admiring the precious polychrome paintings and inscriptions dating from 1500 and, in the evening, the flaming sunsets that seem to set the city alight. ...Read more


Dar Ahlam - Morocco, Skoura
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Visitors will be inspired to pen their own chapter of One Thousand and One Nights at the magical Dar Ahlam, a traditional Kasbah situated in the luscious palm grove of Skoura. In this land of a thousand Kasbahs, on the doorstep of the South Moroccan desert, with the peaks of the Atlas mountain range in the distance, 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. Or, while away the day at this dream house, with its pool, steam room and beautiful garden ideal for relaxed strolls. For a truly unforgettable night, sleep amongst the sand dunes in a 1,001-star camp. ...Read more


Le Fort de l’Océan - France, Le Croisic
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
For the past four centuries, this granite fort on the Croisic peninsula has stood guard over the moods of the sea and the ramparts, moats and drawbridges are all still standing. Built to resist storms and attacks, today, behind this tough exterior there is charming oak panelling, sweet-smelling gardens, a sheltered swimming pool and a kitchen garden. The chef uses herbs and vegetables from the garden in his inventive cuisine that usually includes fresh seafood. For dessert, the slightly salty homemade caramel is a real treat. ...Read more


Gardena Grödnerhof - Italy, Ortisei/Val Gardena, Dolomiti
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains
The Gardena Grödnerhof is a haven of peace and quiet in the heart of the Dolomites, in the legendary Monti Pallidi – Pale Mountains – which take on magnificent hues of pink in the reflected light of the setting sun. It is a paradise for walkers and mountaineers, and its wide variety of slopes makes it the perfect destination for skiers in winter. The hotel offers guided tours of the magnificent Dolomites, to experience their fabulous natural resources and stunning views. After a day spent in the open air, what better than the gentle, elegant ambiance of the Gardena Grödnerhof. The hotel, which enjoys a reputation for its cuisine, boasts a superb spa and a beauty and fitness centre. At the end of the day, indulge yourself and relax in the Bar & Habana Lounge. ...Read more


Gorah Elephant Camp - South Africa, Addo National Park
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve
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 verandah overlooking the waterhole, before savouring gourmet cuisine in the elegant colonial candle-lit dining room of Gorah House. ...Read more


Relais San Maurizio - Italy, Santo Stefano Belbo
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard
In the heart of the Piedmont vineyards and the white truffle region, this former monastery was transformed into the Relais San Maurizio, a place dedicated to the wellness of body and soul. The “spa del Monastero”, offers thalassotherapy in the heart of the vineyards, in the former salt cave. Treatments skillfully combine cutting-edge medical knowledge with water and salt-based products. The restaurant, Guido da Costigliole, has been the undisputed benchmark for fine dining in the region for more than fifty years. ...Read more


Château de Mirambeau - France, Mirambeau
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Between Cognac and Bordeaux, two renowned wine-growing regions, this Renaissance-style château enjoys a commanding position in the heart of this superb eight-hectare park overlooking the Gironde estuary. This superb residence boasts a past which is rich in both art and history. Its exquisite furnishing fabrics, antique furniture and crystal chandeliers take you back to an elegant and cosseting atmosphere where you lose all sense of time. Château de Mirambeau, which expresses a French art de vivre that is sophisticated yet unpretentious, offers delightful gourmet cuisine. When evening comes, seek out one of the most fascinating rooms in the château, the “Cognathèque”. This is the ideal place if you want an initiation into the tasting of wine and the best cognacs. ...Read more


Restaurant Mosconi - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
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An Italian in Luxembourg and not just any Italian. Originally from Lombardy, Grand Chef Ilario Mosconi has taken his country’s culinary reputation to new heights. The key to his success can be summed up in one word: authenticity. “From Tuscan beef to veal from the Piedmont, not to mention Sicilian tomatoes and white truffles from Alba, 90 per cent of his products come directly from Italy”, explains Ilario’s wife Simonetta Mosconi, who takes the same care over the restaurant and the guests that Ilario does of his cooking. Discover what can be done with simple products like basil and ricotta at this establishment on the banks of the River Alzette, with its magnificent eight-course set menu of pasta dishes. ...Read more


Restaurante Santceloni - Spain, Madrid
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The Grand Chef Óscar Velasco creates dishes featuring fish and shellfish from the Costa Brava, exceptional vegetables like young Maresme peas, or delicious Morella truffles, and his flagship creations, including braised shank of suckling veal with potato purée and crispy suckling pig from Segovia. The impressive cheese board is another highlight. Velasco’s cuisine is the embodiment of a culinary philosophy that is both traditional and contemporary, with a wild flourish. In the dining room, the Maître de Maison, Abel Valverde, and the sommelier, David Robledo, offer unique, stylish service – the prelude to a gourmet feast that will truly delight the senses. ...Read more


Son Brull Hotel & Spa - Spain, Pollença
Hotel and restaurant in the country
In this former hillside monastery in the north of Majorca, a sense of asceticism lives on if only in the décor. The marvellous pure lines allow the white walls to shine forth against the backdrop of the deep blue sky. The spa is a water and teakwood paradise using essential oils derived from the island flora. The swimming pool, a chic camping ground, provides large white parasols to ensure deckchairs remain in the shade. Rooms are complete with jacuzzis and views of the olive tree orchards and the bay of Pollença. Organic produce, including olive oil, wine, citrus fruits and vegetables, is cultivated on the grounds and served in the restaurant. This hotel is so comfortable and inviting that there is little inclination to venture out unless it is to head for the stunning beaches or the superbly designed golf course. ...Read more


Whatley Manor - United Kingdom, Malmesbury
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Two hours from London, the Cotswolds is an enchanting world of wide-open countryside and honey-coloured stone buildings. It is known as the Heart of England, not because of its geographical location – it is in the Southwest – but because of the emotion that it inspires amongst its visitors. It is here that you will find Whatley Manor, a beautiful private manor house hotel set in twelve acres of English country gardens that are divided into 26 areas with different themes. There is also a private cinema and contemporary spa. ...Read more