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Relais & Châteaux extends the Road to Happiness into India

In welcoming 7 new members including 3 in India and 1 in Singapore, Relais & Châteaux steps up its development in Asia.

Relais & Châteaux now has 475 members in more than 55 countries thanks to the arrival of the following properties:

In India: Mahua Kothi in Bandhavgarh (12 suites), The Malabar House in Kerala (16 rooms + 1 suite), Le Dupleix in Pondichéry (14 rooms)

In Singapore: Saint Pierre (Restaurant)

The Relais & Châteaux delegation in Asia henceforth boasts 23 member properties.

Three other properties round off this impressive list:

In the United Kingdom; The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath (31 rooms and 14 suites)

In the United States: Winvian in Morris, Connecticut (19 rooms)

In New Zealand: The Farm at Cape Kidnappers in Havelock North (22 suites + 1 four-room cottage)

For Jaume Tàpies, International President of Relais & Châteaux, “These 7 new properties all completely live up to the Relais & Châteaux promise of offering our guests properties and experiences - all around the world, unique in the world.”

The member properties of Relais & Châteaux are selected by means of a rigorous, demanding procedure involving one or more anonymous inspection visits and one or more interviews with the property owners and general managers who will uphold the spirit and soul of the place. The final admission decision is taken by the Relais & Châteaux Board of Directors that consists of 28 members with 14 different nationalities. Only approximately 25% of candidate properties are accepted every year.

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About Relais & Châteaux :

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 475 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 55 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.

Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and a personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses.

From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and discover a special place in a variety of destinations.

The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition:


Press Contact for UK:

Nicola Liddiard - Director UK & Ireland - Relais & Châteaux
T: 0207 808 8760

Press Contact for North America:

Brenda Homick - Director Relais & Châteaux North America
T: (212) 319-4880 x 205

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa - United Kingdom, Bath
Hotel and restaurant in town
Renowned for its hot spring baths dating back to Roman times, Bath is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. The equally impressive Royal Crescent Hotel invites you to journey back in time to the 18th century. This majestic residence is the only hotel on the famous Royal Crescent, the architectural masterpiece created by John Wood, who was commissioned by the Queen in 1767 to give the medieval town a facelift. The splendid manicured gardens, opulent interiors at this hotel make guests feel they have stepped straight into the pages of a novel by the famous author Jane Austen. The hotel has an award-winning spa of its own and charming, supremely elegant rooms. Venture out and explore this beautiful Georgian city renowned for its World Heritage status, historic sites and world-class shopping. ...Read more


Winvian - United States, Morris
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Within the green valleys and pristine lakes of the bucolic Litchfield Hills, Winvian is a unique hotel complex nestled in 45 hectares of lush grounds bordered by centuries-old maple trees. A team of 15 architects designed the 18 original chalets and one suite, each with its own special design and atmosphere. You may choose to stay in a two-floor treehouse perched 10 metres off the ground, a lighthouse located in the midst of the forest, or perhaps a lodge built around a hundred year-old oak tree. Relax in the spa opposite the White Memorial Conservation Center and the pond. Hot air balloon rides, croquet, horse riding, fly fishing, race car driving and other unforgettable experiences are also available, all just two hours away from the buzz of New York and Boston. ...Read more


The Farm at Cape Kidnappers - New Zealand, Hawkes Bay
Hotel and restaurant on a golf course
This lodge is a golfer’s paradise but it also has a whole lot more to offer. The golf course meandering along the top of the green cliffs is just one of the many reasons to stay at this lodge with its modern and inviting interior design. Nestled in a great wine region, the lodge is an ideal base from which to discover the surrounding estates and find out more about the country’s wines. Outside, lucky visitors may have the moving experience of getting up close and personal with the endangered Kiwi bird. Rafting and fishing in the rushing torrents, galloping along the immense beaches on horseback, relaxing in the spa, and embarking on helicopter and hot air balloon rides are just some of the many pleasurable ways to spend the days here. ...Read more


The Malabar House - India, Fort Cochin
Hotel and restaurant in town
The Malabar House is more than a beautifully designed heritage hotel. It is an art hotel, home of a carefully curated collection, highlighting Kerala’s composite culture as a passage between East and West. The rooms are comfortable and the service is flawless. “Malabar Junction”, the hotel’s renowned restaurant and “Divine”, its wine lounge, combine the tradition of South India with exciting culinary innovation. Enjoy classical music or a dance performance on the patio’s stage, rejuvenate body and soul at the ayurvedic centre, step into the history and culture of Fort Cochin, and explore Kerala’s backwaters on the hotel’s own eco-friendly house boat. ...Read more


Saint Pierre - Singapore, Singapore
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Emmanuel Stroobant has not stopped making headlines since he landed on Singapore’s shores a decade ago. Early training in renowned establishments instilled in this Belgian Grand Chef, with a rock star look, a meticulous approach that is reflected in the way he composes his dishes. His European-inspired cuisine with Japanese flourishes and his daring and delicious creations have been lauded by guests and restaurant critics alike. Over the years, Saint Pierre has proved itself to be a gem of culinary arts. ...Read more