Relais & Châteaux is a world in and of itself, unlike any other. A warm, welcoming, gourmet affair awaits where outstanding quality is coupled with each individual property's passion for their own region and its terroir.
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When you experience Relais & Châteaux, you experience a whole array of sensations. Each of our properties offers the opportunity to enjoy an unparalleled range of sensory experiences, where the beauty of a particular place, the warmth of the hospitality and the quality of the cuisine are in perfect harmony. Scents and tastes, landscapes and colours make every stay a rare and intense experience.
Discover the excellent cuisine served in our properties: traditional or contemporary, it never fails to be wonderfully creative. This creativity is recognised throughout the world, as our Grands Chefs are considered to be the pinnacle of fine dining.
The prestigious Relais & Châteaux family continues its growth on the international level by proposing to its guests 31 new members and 3 new destinations in the 2010 issue of its Guide.
31 new members in the Relais & Châteaux 2010 Guide
Relais & Châteaux now has 475 member properties in 57 countries.
Amongst the 31 new members in the Relais & Châteaux 2010 Guide there are: 17 European properties, 6 properties in the Americas, 2 properties in Africa, 1 property in Oceania and 5 properties in Asia.
6 new Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux
4 of the 31 members have also been accepted as Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux.
Davy Tissot from La Villa Florentine in Lyon and Stéphane Mazières from the Hotel le Toiny in Saint Barthélémy, already members of Relais & Châteaux, have been elevated to the status of Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux.
The property Flocons de Sel in Megève en France, already Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, has now been given Hotelier-Restaurateur status thanks to the opening of 6 rooms.
3 new prestigious destinations
Taiwan, Macao and Hungary are the 3 new destinations proposed in the Relais & Châteaux 2010 Guide.
For Jaume Tàpies, International President of Relais & Châteaux, “Numerous properties wish to join the Relais & Châteaux family. This year, 86 candidatures were officially registered. We undertook a strict selection and are proud to propose 3 new destinations and 31 new charming hotels and gourmet restaurants to our guests. Each of our member properties is unique and they are situated in the most beautiful places on this planet. That’s why travelling from one Relais & Châteaux to another is the finest way of exploring the world.”
About Relais & Châteaux:
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 475 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 57 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.
Coquillade***** Village - France, Gargas
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard Located on a hill overlooking a winery estate, the Domaine de La Coquillade boasts exceptional views of the Luberon and Mont Ventoux. This charming hamlet includes six residences, the oldest dating back to the 11th century. Experience a blend of authenticity and ecology in the heart of the vineyards. Savour either gourmet modern or traditional cuisine, and delight the palate with vintages from the Aureto vineyard. Cycling enthusiasts can discover the countryside at their own pace. Lovers of Provence and fans of wine or wide-open spaces will be truly enchanted with the serenity and well-being to be found in this idyllic setting. ...Read more
Restaurant Alexandre - France, Garons
Restaurant in the country With exceptional cuisine and an inviting and sophisticated interior crafted by the artisans of the Gard region, the Restaurant Alexandre is a unique place. Chef Michel Kayser has perfected the art of pleasing the palate. The seasonal products with their special aromas are skilfully prepared and paired with wines from Languedoc-Roussillon. The île flottante with Provence truffles on a velouté of Cévennes cep mushroons and the “écrin des gourmandises d'Alexandre”, a selection of desserts, are both not to be missed. A passionate Chef, Kayser takes you on a culinary journey through deeply-rooted southern cuisine. ...Read more
Monte-Carlo Beach - France, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront The Monte-Carlo Beach, a chic and timeless hotel built in the 1930s, has always been the epitome of glamour and "dolce vita". This palace, which has received celebrities from far and wide, has been renovated by architect designer India Mahdavi, and restored to all its former glory. Sea all around, and with an original terracotta façade and frescoes inspired by Matisse and Cocteau make it the perfect setting for an exquisite break. Located in a site of outstanding natural beauty, in the shelter of a pine forest, the Monte-Carlo Beach offers a “Cabanas” service, an Olympic pool, a La Prairie spa and its gourmet restaurant Elsa, certified as 100% organic by Ecocert. ...Read more
Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel - France, Cap d’Antibes
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront Halfway between Nice and Cannes, in a setting where the Mediterranean takes centre stage, the Cap d’Antibes Beach Hotel is a contemporary architectural jewel. Its minimalist lines are in perfect harmony with the lush Mediterranean vegetation, with the charm and freshness of a garden by the sea, a fine private sandy beach facing the Lérins Islands, and a delightful infinity pool. The original décor of the rooms and suites transports guests on a sensory voyage. The enchantment continues in the restaurant Les Pêcheurs, which looks out onto the sea and offers a feast for the palate as well as the eyes, with a view of the Esterel massif in the distance. ...Read more
Lampart’s - Switzerland, Hägendorf
Restaurant in a village At Lampart’s guests can combine wellness of the soul with the pleasures of the palate. Chef Reto Lampart and his wife Anni invite diners to savour culinary delights and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere at this restaurant, formerly a depot dating back to 1836, elegantly transformed into an English country house-style space. Dive into Mediterranean tastes and a cuisine truly in harmony with the seasons. Dishes are a celebration of colour and aromas, artfully presented. Enjoy the moment with a spectacular meal in the delightful garden or the elegant restaurant. The spacious lounge is perfect for a cocktail or a nightcap as the finale to an excellent dinner. ...Read more
Hôtel Héritage - Belgium, Bruges
Hotel and restaurant in town Only 50 metres from the Place du Marché, this fine 19th century building is the ideal starting point to explore on foot, by carriage or boat the historic, mythical and romantic town of Bruges, its museums and boutique. On returning to the Heritage, relax in one of the guest rooms with their unique, sophisticated décor or in the comfortable lounge bar, Le Magnum. To savour local cuisine, head for Le Mystique restaurant, with its charm that has remained intact since 1869, where you will be privy to the delights of a 14th century wine cellar. The vaulted fitness room has also been wonderfully preserved and dates from the 12th century. ...Read more
Hotel Seesteg - Germany, Norderney
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront Dating back to the 18th century, Hotel Seesteg was once the building in which the wooden boards of the pier were stored during the stormy winters on the North Sea coast. Today, it has been converted from a storehouse into an exceptional, relaxing haven. Everything is designed to offer an unparalleled, intimate atmosphere and smart style and design. Every room faces the sea and the outdoor rooftop pool offers breathtaking views of the Wadden Sea National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site. The large floor-to-ceiling windows boast a direct view of the white sand beach. ...Read more
Cliff House Hotel - Ireland, Ardmore Co. Waterford
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront Cliff House Hotel is in a stunning location, overlooking Ardmore Bay. The hotel’s architecture is truly extraordinary as it has been built right onto the side of the cliff. The bar and outdoor terrace, the restaurant, spa and each guest room all enjoy exceptional views of the expansive bay. With direct access to the sea, the hotel offers numerous outdoor activities, such as ocean kayaking, surfing, whale watching, fishing and rock climbing. There are many beaches nearby and you can walk to St. Declan’s Well on the famous Cliff Walk. Lismore Castle and the Midleton Whiskey distillery are easy to reach from Ardmore. ...Read more
Hertelendy Kastély - Hungary, Kutas-Kozmapuszta
Hotel and restaurant in a park This extraordinary palace hotel is embedded in a wide and untouched natural landscape of the Hungarian Somogy region. The securing of absolute privacy and an impressive historical atmosphere allow guests, who are seeking relaxation, to live the Hertelendy style to the full. Pilots, hunters, horse lovers, gourmets, as well as golfers and romantics will find their perfect “island in the green”. An airfield is available for those who want to land at the foot of their hotel. The restaurant offers renowned gourmet cuisine with the finest ingredients sourced in the organic garden. ...Read more
Hotel Grad Otočec - Slovenia, Otočec
Hotel and restaurant on a river In a haven of peace where the spirit of the past blends marvellously with the rhythm of modern life, Otočec Castle offers an atmosphere that has retained its character and authenticity. This unique castle is on an island right in the middle of Krka River. This magical setting invites relaxation in the heart of Slovenian nature and cultural history: a gentle morning walk accompanied by birdsong, an unforgettable game of golf at one of the best European golf courses or a gourmet candle-lit dinner and a delicious glass of wine in front of the crackling wood fire. Everything here, right down to the attentive staff keen to fulfil every wish, contributes to well-being. ...Read more
Hotel Raphael - Italy, Roma
Hotel and restaurant in town With its facade covered in ivy, the Raphael, just a stone’s throw from the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica, is the ideal starting point to experience the elegance of Rome. Come and discover this magnificent residence, a small museum itself, with works of art including sculptures, paintings, lithographs, antiques and collections of Picasso ceramics and Mayan art. Above the rooftops, the flower-filled Bramante terrace is the place to savour an organic and natural cuisine, whilst contemplating the magnificent panoramic views of the city. Discover the two new modern and original “executive floors” bearing the signature of the renowned American architect Richard Meier. ...Read more
Palazzo Seneca - Italy, Norcia
Hotel and restaurant in town Norcia, the town of St. Benedict, nestling in the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains, is the Italian capital of the black truffle. The Palazzo Seneca tells the story of this region from the 16th century onwards, and the Bianconi family can look back on a glorious, more than 160 year-old tradition of hospitality. The best Umbrian artisans worked on the detailed refurbishing of the property and used unique materials and decorative objects to create perfect harmony between colours and lights, tradition and design. The fragrances of the herb garden and the quality of the local products delight in the restaurant Vespasia. ...Read more
Palacio de Luces - Spain, Luces-Colunga
Hotel and restaurant in a park In the heart of Asturias, amidst eight hectare grounds boasting beautiful gardens and unspoilt nature, discover this 16th century palace between the Sierra del Sueve mountains and the Cantabrian sea. Palacio de Luces has been tastefully refurbished in complete harmony with its historic setting. The piano bar and the pool invite to relaxation and the ideal location between the sea and the mountains is conducive to the many, diverse activities on offer. Everything here is designed to ensure your well-being and peace of mind – spaciousness, décor, the traditional Asturian cuisine at the restaurant Balcón del Sueve which meticulously selects the finest ingredients served to you along with some fabulous views. ...Read more
Riad Fès - Morocco, Fès
Hotel and restaurant in town A subtle mix of Andalusian sumptuousness and Moroccan art de vivre, the Riad Fès reflects its prestigious past and the refined civilisation to which it belongs. This majestic palace is an authentic example of Hispanic-Moorish architecture, boasting four harmoniously styled patios, sculpted doors and zelliges on the walls, stucco arcades and marble basins. It offers panoramic views of the magical spectacle of the sun rising over the Fès Medina, and the Atlas mountains. Hammams and massages, fountains, smoking-rooms, sophisticated cuisine and a trendy lounge bar: this is a world where traditions and contemporary conveniences combine delightfully. ...Read more
Sher Bagh - India, Ranthambhore
Lodge and restaurant in a game reserve Sher Bagh is a pioneering camp of luxurious tents nestling by the world renowned Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. It is ideally situated for game drives and excursions into the finest habitat in the world to see tigers in the wild. Discover the 8th century fort of Ranthambhore, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Mughal ruins, palaces and cenotaphs. With a collective experience of over 40 years, we offer an unsurpassed game experience. When not out in the wild, relax by our swimming pool, offering vistas of the landscape. Our cuisine combines British-Raj style lunches and traditional Indian dinners cooked over clay ovens using nourishing home-grown ingredients, handpicked from our organic garden. ...Read more
Villa 32 - Taiwan, Beitou
Hotel and restaurant in town It has been more than a century since the first hot springs hotel opened in Taiwan, and it became a destination thanks to the healing properties of the water. Villa 32 builds on this tradition and enhances it further by drawing on the delights of nature that surround it. Located in Beitou, tucked away between impressive mountains in a geothermal valley, this spacious villa has only five rooms – each with its own hot springs tub. Ming-Hong Chiu has succeeded in crafting a delicate and relaxing atmosphere by artfully combining the surrounding natural elements: water, wood, trees and stone, in the midst of lush vegetation covered in mist from the hot springs. ...Read more
Windham Hill Inn - United States, West Townshend
Hotel and restaurant on a river Stroll among the pines and maples, watch the fireflies when night falls across the Vermont countryside, admire the star-filled skies in the moonlight… Welcome to Windham Hill, a romantic place where the summer nights offer up a magical spectacle and autumn reveals all the glorious colors of nature. At the end of a country road, in the heart of 160 hectares of unspoiled nature, this elegant inn offers exceptional views of the Green Mountains and a luxurious, meticulously tended flower garden. The elegant rooms and suites provide a haven of peace, and the cuisine showcasing seasonal produce from the garden is sure to delight even the most discerning of gourmets. ...Read more
Hôtel St Germain - United States, Dallas
Hotel and restaurant in town Built as a private residence in 1900 and classified as a historical landmark, Hôtel St Germain has the allure of a sumptuous French townhouse, with excellent old world service, thoroughly modern amenities and memorable fine dining. Graceful interiors evoke the haunting, exotic beauty of 19th-century New Orleans. The grand dining room is adorned with a 200-year-old Aubusson tapestry. Just steps away from the bustle of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, the Winspear Opera House and Meyerson Symphony Center, this unique, European-style urban sanctuary celebrates the art of gracious living as a personal reflection of the proprietors’ French heritage. ...Read more
Esperanza Resort - Mexico, Cabo San Lucas
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront Surrounded by 17 acres of unspoiled nature at the tip of the Baja peninsula, Esperanza is located six kilometers from Cabo San Lucas, in the private enclave of Punta Ballena. The “casitas” and suites, tucked away on small hills, all boast exceptional views of the ocean and the infinity pool. Contemporary and traditional Mexican art is exhibited in every guest room and the resort has its own sculpture gardens. There is also a private beach and a spa. In the evening, guests can unwind and admire the sunset while sipping a delicious cocktail before savoring gourmet cuisine in the idyllic setting of the restaurant. ...Read more
EOLO - Patagonia's Spirit - Argentina, El Calafate - Santa Cruz
Hotel and restaurant in the country Eolo embodies the spirit of Patagonia, its indigenous roots, the personal experiences of the first European and criollo settlers and those of the adventurers from across the world who still head for this legendary land today. This magical lodge is located on an estate that stretches over 4,000 hectares near El Calafate, on the route to the Perito Moreno glacier. Here in the valley of La Anita, nothing can disturb the tranquility. Set off and explore unspoiled nature, relax in the indoor pool and savor delicious cuisine while taking in the incredible views of glaciers, the largest lake in Argentina and the Andes Mountains. ...Read more