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5 Relais & Châteaux winners at the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

Readers of the US magazine Travel + Leisure have rewarded the unique character of Relais & Châteaux; 5 Relais & Châteaux members are amongst the winners of the World’s Best Awards 2009, based on rankings by the travellers themselves. An international selection that encourages holidaymakers to embark on the Routes du Bonheur…

Best Hotel in the World

South Africa

The Relais & Châteaux property Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat has been voted the Best Hotel in the World. Guests at this magnificent lodge in a game reserve have an opportunity to visit 130 rock paintings by bushmen dating back more than 10,000 years. A memorable stay in an oasis offering every possible urban comfort.

Best Hotels in the Region


Italy - Il San Pietro di Positano was voted the best hotel in the “Resorts” category in Europe and 47th in the world. Its private beach accessible by a lift hewn out of the rock and its exceptional views of Positano Bay are quite simply exceptional.

France – Domaines des Hauts de Loire was voted the best hotel in the “Inns” category in Europe. On the Route of Wines, in the Loir-et-Cher, this hunting lodge built in 1860, offers the most sophisticated of “classic-modern” cuisine.

Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific

New Zealand - The readers of Travel + Leisure voted Kauri Cliffs the best hotel in the “Lodges + Resorts” category in the region. This Relais & Châteaux property overlooking the sea offers a unique iodine and oxygen cure.

USA and Canada

Canada – The Inn at Manitou in Canada was voted the best hotel in the “Inns” category in the USA and Canada. This Relais & Châteaux on the shores of Lake Manitouwabing north of Toronto is the ideal destination to relax with its tennis and golf activities and a luxury spa.

For Jaume Tàpies, International President of Relais & Châteaux, “These awards for Relais & Châteaux properties confirm the trend: far more than a stay in an ordinary hotel, the appealing feature here is the ultimate experience offered by an attractive living environment. Privileged moments to be enjoyed in each and every Relais & Châteaux.”

To discover the properties singled out at the World’s Best Awards 2009 by Travel + Leisure, visit the Relais & Châteaux website.

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5 Relais & Châteaux winners at the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards

About Relais & Châteaux:

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 480 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 56 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, 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 all the stops on the finest route for discovering each special place and country.

The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD”.

About the World’s Best Awards de Travel + Leisure

These awards are presented to the best hotels, towns, airlines... voted by travellers.

Between January and March 2009, they evaluated a selection of hotels on the basis of the following criteria: rooms and amenities, location, service, restaurants and food, values, business and leisure.

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Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat - South Africa, Cape Town
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve
Only 270 km from Cape Town, located in the Cederberg Mountains, this natural haven of wide open plains and rugged rock formations allows one to surrender one's senses, while reconnecting with nature. This retreat is recognized for its splendid accommodation and facilities, authentic South African cuisine and generous hospitality. With over 130 rock art sites of ancient Bushman paintings, dating from ten thousand years ago and abundant flora and fauna, this malaria and predator-free wilderness sanctuary is a magical playground, ideal for restoring, mind and spirit. ...Read more


Domaine des Hauts de Loire - France, Onzain
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant and hotel in a park
A hunting lodge, built in 1860, on the wine trail through the castles of the Loire. This historic residence, with walls clad in pepper vine, nestles in an unspoilt setting amidst ponds teeming with birdlife and offers the ideal peaceful retreat for nature lovers. Wake up to a bright new day from the cosy comfort of one of its guestrooms. Chef Rémy Giraud serves local Loire cuisine with a modern twist. On the menu: Loire shad, parsley mousse, Monsieur Marpault’s asparagus and “mariguette” strawberries and hibiscus. It also offers a wide selection of excellent wines, including the finest Loire, Vouvray, Montlouis and Touraine whites. ...Read more


Kauri Cliffs - New Zealand, Matauri Bay
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs offers spectacular 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, and overlooks a championship golf course. The beautiful panoramic view encompasses Cape Brett, and the Cavalli Islands. This splendid plantation lodge has a spacious living room, two private day rooms and a beautiful dining room with outdoor decks overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The magnificent spa facility is located in a native Totara forest, while the cottages are nestled on the edge of the forest and have been designed to offer the same stunning vista as the veranda of the main lodge. ...Read more


Il San Pietro di Positano - Italy, Positano
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
This hotel is the dream child of Carlino Cinque, who was passionately in love with this place and commissioned a villa on a promontory with breathtaking views of Praiano, Positano, the coast and the rocks of Capri. In the course of time, this dream grew, as did the hotel. Its many rooms have each a private terrace and a wonderful sea view. The interior details include fine terracotta floors with ceramic decoration and doors adorned with frescoes. An elevator built into the rocks leads down to a private beach and to the Carlino restaurant. The spa and tennis court between the cliffs are also not to be missed. ...Read more