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Relais & Châteaux welcomes 9 new members in Asia and Latin America

As part of its international development strategy, Relais & strengthens its network with the arrival on 1 January 2007 of 9 new upscale addresses.

For the first time, the Association has members in Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia. Thanks to the arrival of new members in Brazil, Argentina and Indonesia, Relais & Châteaux extends its global network to 54 countries.

Jaume Tàpies, President of Relais & Châteaux, explains that the Board of Directors had designated South-East Asia, China, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia as priority destinations for the Association’s international development. It has set itself the target of finding 10 properties which meet the Relais & Châteaux criteria in each of these regions in order to create solid delegations.

Three new destinations in Asia and the development of the international network

Asia

- Malaysia joins Relais & Châteaux with a hotel on Tioman Island, the “Japalama Resort” and a Relais Gourmand “Tamarind Springs” in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

- Thailand also puts in an appearance with 3 new addresses “The Eugenia” in Bangkok, “The Rachamankha” in Chiang Mai and “Phuket Pavilions” on Phuket island.

- Cambodia joins the Association with the “Heritage Suites Hotel” in Siem Reap, near Angkor.

- In Indonesia Relais & Châteaux, already represented in Bali, moves into the capital of the island, Denpasar, with “Bali Pavilions”.

South America

- In Brazil, the Association swells its ranks with the arrival of a third property “La Pousada Estrela d’Agua” in Porto Seguro,

- In Argentina, “El Colibri” in Santa Catalina joins the Association.

These new Asian members go hand in hand with the creation of new coordination and promotion offices. One office in Bangkok is set to open on 1 February and general sales agents will be responsible for the Association’s commercial development in the main countries in this region.

Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, Director General, adds that “these markets are interesting for two reasons: they offer major growth potential both as destination markets for international guests and as source markets of guests for the rest of the Association.”

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Relais & Châteaux welcomes 9 new members in Asia and Latin America

Heritage Suites Hotel - Cambodia, Siem Reap
Hotel and restaurant in a village
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. ...Read more

 

El Colibri, Estancia de Charme - Argentina, Santa Catalina
Hotel and restaurant in a park
Stéphanie and Raoul Fenestraz have created a hacienda right in the heart of Argentina which doubles as a traditional farm, surrounded by superb scenery, with the Cordoba mountains in the background. Pale wood parquet flooring and big white vaulted ceilings are the hallmarks of the airy, spacious suites and rooms. Spend days trekking on horseback, playing polo, looking for turtledoves, relaxing in the wellness-center or at a yoga class, or savouring culinary pleasures. Beef, mutton, eggs, milk, fruit, herbs and home-grown vegetables are just some of the ingredients used for unforgettable barbecues and feasts of fresh produce. ...Read more