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Relais & Châteaux unveils its International Guide 2006 and its 35 new member properties around the world.

The Relais & Châteaux Association, reunited for its international congress in Geneva, has just revealed its new members in 2006: a remarkable group of 35 hotels and restaurants including 12 Relais Gourmands.

The new members come from 17 different countries:
- Europe + 21 members
- African continent + 3 members
- Asia + 3 members
- North America + 6 members
- Caribbean + 1 member
- South America + 1 member

This selection testifies to the Association’s highly international coverage today.

The Association welcomes a Chinese property for the first time: the restaurant Sens & Bund, Relais Gourmand in Shanghai.

The high number of new French members is also worth mentioning: Daniel (Paris), Hostellerie La Briqueterie (Epernay), Manoir des Saules (La Saussaye), Prieuré d’Orsan (Maisonnais), Hôtel de Toiras (Saint Martin de Ré), Relais Royal (Mirepoix) and Le Mas de Pierre (Saint Paul de Vence).

This year we also welcome 12 new Relais Gourmands: Le Pré Catelan (Paris), L’Auberge du Lion d’Or (Switzerland), Restaurant Amador (Germany), The Fat Duck (United Kingdom), Caino (Italy), Restaurant Sant Pau à Tokyo (Japan), Château Restaurant Joël Robuchon in Tokyo (Japan), Restaurant Initiale in Quebec (Canada), Restaurant Toqué ! in Montréal (Canada), Jean-Robert at Pigall’s in Cincinnati (United States) and Per Se in New York (United States).

Together, these 35 properties will be the ambassadors for our art de vivre consisting of sophistication, seduction, tradition and authenticity which we have upheld for more than 50 years.

Our member properties have an average capacity of 25 rooms; they highlight their character through their style, décor and cuisine.

In 2006 our Association will number 453 properties in 50 countries on 5 continents.

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Press Release - International Guide 2006

Hanner - Austria, Mayerling
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This lovingly refurbished hotel, dating back to the 1930's, is located just half an hour from the capital, in the picturesque Vienna Woods. The architecture, featuring stone, glass and local wood, offers the space and tranquility for dreams and reflection or to simply admire the objets d’art carefully chosen by Heinz Hanner, the owner and Grand Chef. This lover of contemporary art produces avant-garde cuisine. His duck foie gras with beetroot is sublime and the décor of the rooms is just as modern as the cuisine. ...Read more

 

Valldemossa - Spain, Valldemossa
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains
In the west of Majorca, the Sierra de Tramontana is a paradise of olive and almond trees that once inspired Frédéric Chopin, on his romantic travels with author George Sand, to write his Preludes. In fact, Valldemossa belonged to the former estate of the Carthusian Monastery where Chopin and Sand stayed and still reflects the same purity and beauty that the famous couple enjoyed. Behind the stone walls that give protection from the glare of the sun, there are very charming rooms with four-poster beds dressed in white netting. On the agenda are Mediterranean dinners on the terraces overlooking the burnt landscapes of the island, and the gentle pleasures of an exceptional swimming pool, golf, sailing, watersports and other preludes. ...Read more

 

Le Pré Catelan - France, Paris
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In the heart of the Bois de Boulogne, in the magnificent setting of a pavilion dating back to Napoleon III with ceiling friezes by Caran d'Ache, Frédéric Anton serves a cuisine which is both subtle and generous. He reveals the best of his ingredients, teasing out flavours and aromas: poached egg with a truffled tartlet, cuttlefish and squid dressed with black ink and pig’s cheek melting in its spices. Chrystelle Brua creates the desserts, and breathes a touch of magic into great classic dishes such as Paris-Brest, pears Belle-Hélène and bitter chocolate tart. Your host will be Jean-Jacques Chauveau, awarded Best Maître d'Hôtel in the World 2013, for whom hospitality goes hand in hand with warmth and friendliness. ...Read more

 

Hôtel Daniel - France, Paris
Hotel and restaurant in town
Right next to the Champs-Élysées and the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, feast your eyes upon the unique interiors of this hotel with its 18th century French bespoke hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpaper, furniture sculpted out of precious woods, fabulously comfortable sofas, silks from the Orient and shimmering satins. The Hotel Daniel is an elegant address and the perfect base for discovering Paris at its most romantic and cosmopolitan, and savouring an equally original and sophisticated cuisine. A simply exceptional residence. ...Read more

 

L’Hôtel de Toiras & Villa Clarisse - France, Saint-Martin-de-Ré
Hotel and restaurant in a village
The beautiful island of Ré is really worth a visit. Among the charming ports linked by a network of pathways to be explored by bike, crisscrossing the sandy earth, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, surrounded by the Vauban fortifications, is the best place to stay. The hotel is a 17th century shipbuilder’s residence with windows overlooking the port, near the fortress by Vauban, a Unesco World Heritage site with spectacular views of the Atlantic. You might also want to stay at Villa Clarisse, an 18th-century townhouse located a stone's throw away, with magnificent gardens, views of the old town and a heated outdoor pool. Here, the mast of a passing fishing boat may perhaps be the only thing to disturb your view of the setting sun. ...Read more

 

Le Mas de Pierre - France, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Hotel and restaurant in a park
In a two hectare park full of hundred-year-old olive trees, on the doorstep of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Le Mas de Pierre overlooks hills and valleys. Provencal, romantic and colonial villas and rooms are hidden behind the red tiles and white stone of the bastides. When you cross the threshold, you will discover lovingly selected antique dressers and pedestal tables. As far as cuisine is concerned, our chef proposes a gourmet cuisine with the flavours of the South, composed of the finest regional specialties. Other delights include a swimming pool, a spa, a sumptuous greenhouse with orchids and a deliciously fragrant garden. ...Read more

 

Relais Royal - France, Mirepoix
Hotel and restaurant in a village
Historians are divided on the etymology of the name Mirepoix. For some, it comes from the Occitan language and means “he who watches fish”, while for others it comes from Latin and means “he who looks at the mountain”. Indeed, the experts will probably never agree when it comes to this little medieval castle town located between the clear waters of the river Hers and the impressive Tabe mountain range, except on one thing: its irresistible charm. It is here that the elegant Relais Royal hotel immerses you in its romantic atmosphere. Succumb to the charm of the inner courtyard, garden, swimming pool, majestic rooms and stone walls dressed in winding ivy. The hotel is also ideally situated to explore Carcassonne and its majestic Cathare castles. ...Read more

 

Prieuré d’Orsan - France, Maisonnais
Hotel and restaurant in a park
A former monastery and listed historical monument, the Prieuré d’Orsan invites you on a journey back in time. Far from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, there are no phones or televisions here. Nestled in a wooded valley in Berry, this charming hotel has spacious and inviting rooms. They all boast breathtaking views of the magnificent Orsan Gardens. Extending over three hectares, these gardens inspired by medieval illuminations feature stunning architecture and orchards, herb and vegetable gardens that produce ingredients for the culinary delights served in the restaurant. The art of hospitality is also cultivated here making it a perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries. ...Read more

 

Manoir des Saules - France, La Saussaye
Hotel and restaurant in a village
Formerly an inn, at one time a grocer’s shop, and then a country delicatessen; this ancient Normandy manor house has already lived several lives. Today it is an intimate hideaway, romantic down to the finest detail. Stroll under the willow trees and enjoy the collection of vintage mini-bars. An hour from Trouville and Honfleur, this is the ideal starting point for sampling the best that the region has to offer. ...Read more

 

Gilpin Hotel & Lake House - United Kingdom, Windermere
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Gilpin is a charming hotel in an extraordinary place: the Lake District National Park. In the main hotel the rooms are exquisitely designed and six have their own private gardens and cedarwood hot tubs. At the beautiful Lake House (a mile from the main hotel) there are just six suites, exclusively sharing 40 hectares of grounds including a private lake, the Jetty spa, heated indoor swimming pool, salt snug, boat house and cedarwood hot tub. Make time for the simple pleasures of the stunning surroundings, between soothing body treatments and invigorating sporting activities. ...Read more

 

Kirini Suites & Spa - Greece, Santorini
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Imagine a rhapsody in blue and white, the Cycladic architectural tradition hand by hand with the contemporary good life, a parade of Greek flavours at its best ceremonial starring and a set of romantic sunsets over the volcano of Santorini. Combine all together and you are at Kirini Suites & Spa. Nestled in the village of Oia, famed for offering the best views in Santorini and the most breathtaking sunsets in the world, Kirini is literally the idyllic splendid retreat of the Aegean Sea. Suites of white perfectionism, the White Cave Restaurant sculpted into the rocks by the pool, serving a truly epicurean experience, an ambient spa that deifies all senses and an exceptional – always present and always discreet – service. No wonder Kirini is the icon of elegant accommodation in Greece. ...Read more

 

Auberge du Lion d’Or - Switzerland, Cologny
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Imagine a candy-cane balanced atop a scoop of vanilla, which is delicately positioned on a disc of chocolate. Gilles Dupont and Thomas Byrne are both the tightrope walkers and choreographers of gastronomy. Their cuisine is characterised by superimpositions and refined lines, as harmonious as those of Lake Geneva, where you can take a stroll before dining within clear view of the Jura. Choose from oven-roasted back of cod, young vegetable pesto and ziti, tapenade tartine, crispy garlic petals, or fillet of Scottish Angus beef. There is no limit to the talent of these artistic Grands Chefs. ...Read more

 

Caesar Augustus - Italy, Anacapri
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
The hotel, perched on a cliff over the sea in a breathtaking position in Capri, offers from everywhere one of the most beautiful views in the world. Once a summer house of a Russian Prince, it is now a boutique hotel with an exquisite décor much loved by King Farouk of Egypt who was booking his suite for the year. Here you can enjoy the stunning infinity pool overlooking the Bay of Naples, the flavors of the restaurant with one of the best views on the island, the piano on the terrace at sunset and the wonderful gardens. Feel welcome to the land of Aesthetes and start discovering the blue legend of Capri! ...Read more

 

Caino - Italy, Montemerano
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Childhood friends Maurizio Menichetti and Grand Chef Valeria Piccini opened this restaurant in 1987 on the very same premises where Maurizio’s parents once had a trattoria. Valeria’s outstanding cuisine quickly became one of the most renowned in the country, due to dishes that sing the praises of the region. Caino, with its nine tables for only eighteen covers, has the intimate atmosphere of an authentic Tuscan restaurant. In an Italy where female chefs are increasingly prominent, this unique gourmet spot is an absolute must. ...Read more

 

Castel Fragsburg - Italy, Merano
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains
On the idyllic, gentle slopes of Merano, sits Castel Fragsburg in all its splendour. This exclusive hunting manor has been completely refurbished and has an elegant, charming atmosphere and a terrace with stunning panoramic views over the little town and the Alto Adige Valley. The warm welcome, excellent hospitality, individual service, absolute discretion and love of detail, all in the heart of pure and pristine nature, make it the ideal place to recharge one’s batteries. ...Read more

 

Per Se - United States, New York
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After the success of his California restaurant, The French Laundry, Grand Chef Thomas Keller brought his distinctive hands-on approach from Napa Valley to New York City. Keller works with remarkable attention to detail, which extends not only to his cuisine but also to presentation, mood and surroundings. In the elegant dining room with a view of Central Park, chef de cuisine Eli Kaimeh interprets modern American recipes with a touch of French influence. Representative dishes include Oysters and Pearls, a sabayon of pearl tapioca with poached oysters and caviar, and Calotte de Bœuf Grillée. The culinary delights at Per Se will convince you perfection does indeed exist. ...Read more

 

Clifton Inn - United States, Charlottesville
Hotel and restaurant in a village
It was in Charlottesville’s Blue Ridge Mountains that three early presidents and founding fathers of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, built their homes. Many others have fallen under the spell of this part of the world after a stay in this lovely historic hotel built in 1799. Originally owned by Thomas Jefferson’s son-in-law, Thomas Mann Randolph, the property is said to have been the hideaway of the “Grey Ghost of the Confederacy”, Colonel John Singleton Mosby, during the Civil War. Set in forty hectares of woods, Clifton is all understated elegance, with its charming interior design and the warm beauty of its rooms and suites. The murmur of the nearby Rivanna River, the gentle gurgle of the fountains and the soothing sounds of nature provide the soundtrack. On the programme are visits to historical residences such as Thomas Jefferson’s residence, Monticello, renowned vineyards, a culinary cabaret at the chef’s counter, a game of croquet and refreshing dips in the infinity pool. ...Read more

 

Restaurant Toqué ! - Canada, Montréal
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In the heart of Montreal, the Restaurant Toqué, with its light-filled dining room and contemporary atmosphere, is the meeting place for gourmets in search of new flavours to share with friends. Try the clam, seaweed, daylily shoot, rice lettuce and radish salad. Grand Chef Normand Laprise supports local suppliers and farmers through his cuisine. These artisans of taste help turn Laprise’s dishes into truly great moments of discovery. From vegetables, wild herbs, seafood and wild mushrooms, to edible flowers, duck, beef, lamb and fish, the finest products from Quebec go into Laprise’s cuisine and are accompanied by a superb and audacious wine list. ...Read more

 

Restaurant Initiale - Canada, Québec
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Yvan Lebrun’s motto is “simplicity and precision”. And it seems to have worked for this Grand Chef, originally from the little fishing village of Cancale in Brittany. Together with his partner Rolande, he has created one of the best restaurants in North America. His love of food and the pure delight of his guests, spurs him on to combine the very best of French and Quebecois culinary tradition. The gifts of the sea and the land, the noble and the rustic all combine to create exploding and harmonious flavours. Here, hearts of palm are made into flour, dandelion honey becomes a smooth ice cream, maple syrup appears regularly and, of course, oysters have a starring role. ...Read more

 

Auberge Saint-Antoine - Canada, Québec
Hotel and restaurant in town
Like Charles Dickens, you will be fascinated by the city of Québec, this “Gibraltar of America” with “its giddy heights, its citadel suspended, as if it were in the air, its picturesque steep streets”. The Auberge Saint-Antoine, nestled in the heart of the first city to be founded in North America, stands on a unique archaeological site. Many relics from the French and English colonial times were discovered when the Auberge was built. Now they can be found amongst the elegant designer interior of this historical location, with its irresistible charm and gourmet cuisine. ...Read more

 

Montpelier Plantation & Beach - Saint Kitts and Nevis, Charlestown
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Montpelier is pure laid-back chic. A 300 year-old sugar plantation that now happily embraces effortless luxury. The rooms all offer stunning sea views and the private beach is complete with hammocks, cabanas and the beach bar. The poolside restaurant Indigo lets you kick back and feel the island rhythm. Restaurant 750 has stunning views of St Kitts and offers fine dining. The Mill Privée is an experience that blends understated surroundings with the excitement of an imaginative, intricate take on French-influenced island cuisine. Montpelier invites you to be active, be sun-soaked, discover waterfalls, explore centuries old ruins or simply enjoy tropical island life in the West Indies. Live fully. ...Read more

 

L’Heure Bleue Palais - Morocco, Essaouira
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
This palace of marvels lies in the heart of Essaouira, a mysterious and spiritual place loved by artists and adventurers alike. The rooms are decorated in ‘Out of Africa’ style and the suites have Moorish, Portuguese or English decor. 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. ...Read more

 

Restaurant Sant Pau - Japan, Tokyo
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One of the best Catalan restaurants is also present in the land of the rising sun. The Japanese version of the famous Sant Pau restaurant is located in the district of Nihonbashi, near to Ginza. People in Tokyo marvel at the delicate and modern Catalan cooking of Grands Chefs Carme Ruscalleda and Yosuke Okazaki, who raise cuisine to an art form. On the menu, you will find a wide variety of local Japanese fish and vegetables. Do not miss Iberian pork, pigeon cooked in an aroma of cherry blossom or the suite of desserts. ...Read more