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Relais & Châteaux - The 2007 Collection

The 2007 collection boasts 21 new charming addresses.

The Relais & Châteaux Guide 2007 welcomes 21 new Relais & Châteaux and Relais Gourmands members and further extends its worldwide presence. The Guide 2007 is characterised by the pursuit of the globalisation of Relais & Châteaux and the development of Relais Gourmands.

- Europe continues to be the main development region with 13 new properties in Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey. In 2007, Relais & Châteaux boasts a total of 326 charming addresses in Europe. Whether Kitzbühel or Antwerp, Taormina or Mykonos, Florence or Cap d’Antibes... new prestigious properties have joined Relais & Châteaux.
- In Turkey, a second hotel has joined the Association.
- In the United States, the arrival of “Les Mars Hotel” in Healdsburg in California takes the number of Relais & Châteaux on the North American continent to 57.
- In Asia, Relais & Châteaux already has 17 member hotels. After the opening of the Relais Gourmand Sens & Bund in Shanghai in 2006, the Association is continuing to strengthen its presence in China with its first hotel “Hotel Modern Art Homa” in Guilin and a second Relais Gourmand “Family Li Imperial Cuisine” in Shanghai.
- And, last but not least, Africa where Relais & Châteaux has added a new destination to its hotel network in Tanzania, “Singita Grumeti Reserves” in Serengeti. It enhances its array of 20 properties in southern Africa with the arrival of a new member property “Marataba” in Limpopo.

In 2007, Relais Gourmands, the international culinary benchmark, welcomes 5 new members:
- in Austria the “Mörwald Kloster Und” in Krems,
- in France “L’Auberge de l’Ile” in Lyon and “Le Château de Beaulieu” in Busnes which is a Relais Gourmand with rooms,
- in Italy “Il Rigoletto Ristaurante” in Reggiolo,
- and, last but not least, in China “Family Li Imperial Cuisine” in Shanghai.

Furthermore, 4 Relais & Châteaux have been awarded the Relais Gourmands label:
- in France “L’Hostellerie de Plaisance” in Saint Emilion,
- in Austria “Hanner” in Mayerling and the “Palais Coburg Hotel Residenz” in Vienna.
- in Italy “Da Vittorio” in Brusaporto.

Furthermore, the Relais Gourmand l’Arnsbourg has enhanced its offering and become a Relais & Châteaux - Relais Gourmand under its new name “L’Arnsbourg - Hôtel K” in Baerenthal.

The new addresses round off the Association’s various locations. They all easily combine luxury, calm, hospitality and fine dining.

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The 2007 Collection

Burg Schwarzenstein - Germany, Geisenheim - Ortsteil Johannisberg
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard
Burg Schwarzenstein is tucked away in Mediterranean-style parkland surrounded by vineyards overlooking the Rheingau wine-growing region with stunning views over the Rhine Valley. This magnificently-restored castle, which dates back more than 150 years, is a haven of hospitality and the epitome of sophisticated authenticity. Rooms and suites alike are appointed with luxurious furnishing fabrics and silks in delicate hues of cream and beige which create a warm contrast with the dark tones of the wenge wood panelling. Food lovers will delight in the exquisite cuisine served in the elegant gourmet restaurant and the supremely romantic Burgrestaurant. ...Read more

 

Hotel Tennerhof - Austria, Kitzbühel
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains
The property sits on a hillock in the middle of a vast peaceful garden planted with flowers and fruit trees. The views over Kitzbühel and the surrounding mountains are breathtakingly beautiful. The hotel is at the foot of the Kitzbüheler Horn ski resort and overlooks the legendary Streif ski slope. The furniture and antiques in the rooms of this former farm belong to the family and lend a timeless charm to the place. The pools and steam baths in the spa are ideal places to relax. In summer, you can stroll across the mountains of the Tyrol along charming walking routes and golfers will love the four golf courses at Kitzbühel, not to mention the other ten in the surrounding area. The restaurant offers unique and tasty dishes that delight the senses. ...Read more

 

Auberge de l’Île Barbe - France, Lyon
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux in town
On the banks of the river Saône sits île Barbe, an enchanting, magical paradise that is listed among France’s historical monuments. In 1977, the eccentric writer Félix Benoît proclaimed the island independent and declared himself the governor of this new territory. Benoît was a gourmet through and through and would have been delighted with the cuisine of Jean-Christophe Ansanay-Alex, who has turned this restaurant into one of the best in Lyon with delicious recipes, such as cold foie gras brioche and quince ketchup with grenadine or morel mushroom velouté served like a cappuccino. The new governor of the island, that would be Grand Chef Ansanay-Alex. ...Read more

 

Le Château de Beaulieu - France, Busnes
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in a park
This architectural gem stands in the middle of a romantic park, one hour from Le Touquet, between the Opal Coast and Belgium. The subtle balance of classic architecture and contemporary art makes this the perfect setting for what is one of the top restaurants in the region. Grand Chef Marc Meurin pays tribute to Pas-de-Calais producers by using ingredients like Boulogne-sur-Mer scallops, Étaples bass and other fish from the North Sea. Meurin believes that “because of the currents in the nearby sea, the fish become strong and daring, which ultimately enhances the quality of their taste”. Savour his creations in two glass-roofed restaurants and learn the tricks of the trade by attending his cookery classes. ...Read more

 

Hôtel Brittany - France, Roscoff
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Formerly a smuggling port and refuge for privateers, Roscoff has remained a unique destination, with its waves of emerald, granite fisherman’s cottages and manor houses nestled amongst the cliffs. This hideaway is an ancient trader’s property with a swimming pool, spa and direct access to the beach. The chef will treat you to an exceptional quality of fish and seafood, directly sourced from the local fishermen. His cuisine is a reflection of modern Brittany; it is a real pleasure to see, to feel, to taste! A 15 minute boat trip is all that is needed to discover the small island of Batz, a “tropical” pearl with palm trees and beaches of fine sand that has been magically misplaced in the English Channel. ...Read more

 

Hôtel du Castellet - France, Le Castellet
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in a park
On the edge of a forest of pine trees overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the Hôtel du Castellet is one of the region’s most charming properties. Guest rooms are painted in hues of honey, lavender and grape and there are plenty of sun-drenched terraces. Grand Chef Christophe Bacquié has stamped his style on the Monte Cristo, the prestigious gourmet restaurant of the hotel. The cuisine is based on seasonal and Mediterranean produce enlivened by a hint of flavours from further afield. For absolute relaxation there is the pool, golf course and spa. When night falls, the gazebos are illuminated, to highlight the beauty of the grounds. ...Read more

 

Hôtel Impérial Garoupe - France, Cap-d'Antibes
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Between Nice and Cannes, discover Cap d’Antibes, one of the most beautiful bays in the Mediterranean. Jazz great Sidney Bechet fell in love with this area sixty years ago and his tune In the Streets of Antibes lives on in the town, which has become something of a “European New Orleans”. Here, swing is not only mentioned in reference to the jazz festival; there are also great golf courses nearby. The Hôtel Impérial Garoupe is located in this heavenly setting. In this pink-walled villa, the rooms are decorated in a nomadic spirit and the vibrant colours of the South are muted by the parasol pines that edge the terraces. The private lane leads to the beautiful Garoupe bay. ...Read more

 

Myconian Ambassador Thalasso Spa - Greece, Mykonos
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Right above the famous Platis Yialos beach and surrounded by gardens, this temple of luxury and wellness has an exceptional location with breathtaking sea views near the finest sandy beaches and Mykonos town. Here you will be delighted to enjoy the exceptional services and charming Myconian hospitality. After exploring the treasures and beautiful landscapes of the Greek islands, indulge in some highly deserved pampering in the superb thalassotherapy centre, which offers massages, baths and divine treatments. Also on site are three indoor therapeutic seawater pools, each with rigorously monitored salinity and temperature. Pure enchantment. ...Read more

 

Ristorante Il Rigoletto - Italy, Reggiolo
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux in a village
“I love to move beyond the regionality of a product, to create new associations, even if – at first sight – they may seem rash.” The cuisine of Grand Chef Giovanni D’Amato passionately and creatively revisits the numerous specialties of Reggio Emilia – just a few kilometres away – giving free rein to tasty fantasies: spaghetti pomo d’oro, ravioli stuffed with pumpkin, pork cheek in a Lambrusco sauce, crème brûlée served with a splash of balsamic vinegar, of course the traditional balsamic vinegar from Reggio Emilia. This is a journey in the true sense of the word in the heart of a private 18th century residence, brimming with character. ...Read more

 

Grand Hotel San Pietro Taormina - Italy, Taormina
Hotel and restaurant in a park
Taormina’s ancient Greek theatre is one of the best-preserved treasures in the Mediterranean and has unforgettable views of the sea and Mount Etna. During the summer, the theatre where the ancient Greeks sat in your place is still used for concerts under the stars. Welcome to Taormina…the Grand Hotel San Pietro Taormina is the ideal place to discover this land of historic ruins and steep cliffs and to enjoy a relaxing vacation in a setting of incredible beauty. For a tranquil dinner on a terrace overlooking the sea, why not try the restaurant Il Giardino degli Ulivi. The “Rotonda sul Mare” has just one single table, facing Isola Bella, where you can spend a truly memorable romantic evening. ...Read more

 

Waldhotel Fletschhorn - Switzerland, Saas-Fee
Hotel and restaurant in the mountains
The Saas-Fee valley is also called the pearl of the Alps, and the Waldhotel Fletschhorn, which has just celebrated its centennial anniversary, is the pearl of this valley. This hotel is unique and even has its own art gallery. The restaurant is the perfect place to stop for gourmet food and great culinary experiences, such as the delicious buffalo steak with green pepper jus and Anna potatoes or the Saas lamb. Meals are served on one of the most beautiful forest terraces in the world accompanied by a wine selection from the cellar with more than 42,000 bottles collected from expertly selected vintages. ...Read more

 

Hotel Les Mars - United States, Healdsburg
Hotel and restaurant in town
Hotel Les Mars is an exquisite jewel located in Healdsburg, a small town offering all the magic of the Wine Country. Enjoy superb cuisine and wine, art galleries, and boutique shopping. Meticulous attention to detail sets Hotel Les Mars apart. From the limestone facade and wrought ironwork of its exterior to its dramatic interior finishes and antique furniture, every element has been chosen to enrich your stay. A 17th century Flemish tapestry hangs in the lobby, and walnut panels and leather-bound books line the library. Nearby, country roads meander through vineyards and rolling hills to more than one hundred world-class wineries and tasting rooms including nearby appellations Chalk Hill, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. Experience the treasures of the Sonoma Wine Country in the luxury of one of its loveliest jewels. ...Read more

 

Abbaye de la Bussière - France, La Bussière-sur-Ouche
Hotel and restaurant in a park
The grounds of this 12th century Cistercian abbey exude tranquility and are surrounded by a lake and a botanical garden. Magnificently restored by the Cummings family, the subtle architecture of the exterior contrasts with the spectacular interior design, which incorporates ancient frescoes discovered during the renovation of the abbey. Antique furniture and silken fabrics create an ambiance of subtle sophistication and pure elegance. Dine in a cathedral-like setting and enjoy a wine list that offers the very best of Burgundy. ...Read more