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New members and new destinations 2010

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.”

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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.

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

La Coquillade - 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 contains six sumptuously furnished 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. Top-of-the-range bikes are available for cycling enthusiasts to discover the countryside at their own pace. Lovers of Provence and fans of wine, wide-open spaces, nature, calm, and sports will be truly enchanted with the serenity and well-being to be found in this idyllic setting. ...Read more


Restaurant Alexandre - France, Garons
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux 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. Grand Chef Michel Kayser has perfected the art of pleasing the palate. The pleasures of the table are enhanced by the elegantly arranged food, the special aromas of seasonal products skillfully prepared and paired with wines tended and nurtured in the Languedoc-Rousillon. The île flottante with Provence truffles on a velouté of Cévennes cep mushroons and the “écrin des gourmandises Alexandre”, a selection of desserts, are both not to be missed. A passionate chef, Kayser imbues the restaurant with his own values as he 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 luxury hotel, 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 listed site of outstanding natural beauty, in the shelter of a pine forest forested with Aleppo pines, the Monte-Carlo Beach offers waterside cabins, an Olympic pool, La Prairie spa and its gourmet restaurant ‘Elsa’, which has been 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 beautiful 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 gardens bordered by the sea, the fine sandy beach facing the Lérins Islands, and the delightful swimming pool. The truly original décor of the rooms and suites transports guests on a sensory voyage taking in all the elements that make up this extraordinary site. 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
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux in a village
At Lampart’s guests can combine wellness of the soul with the pleasures of the palate. Grand 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 a world of Mediterranean tastes and experience a cuisine truly in harmony with the seasons. Dishes are a celebration of colour and aromas, artfully presented. Live in the moment while enjoying 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 town of Bruges. Mythical and romantic, Bruges is the perfect place to spend a few days unwinding in restaurants, museums and elegant boutiques. 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 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. Each morning, the enchanting views of the white sandy beach through large wood-framed, floor-to-ceiling windows, delight the senses and give the impression of floating directly over the waves. ...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. Local attractions such as 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
An extraordinary palace hotel for special moments, embedded in a wide and untouched natural landscape of the Hungarian Somogy region. This jewel of absolute privacy and an impressive historical atmosphere allow guests to live the Hertelendy style to the full. It is a real inside tip for those who are seeking for rest and relaxation in perfection. Pilots, hunters, horse lovers, gourmets, as well like golfers and for sure romantics will find their perfect “island in the green”. Especially for connoisseurs with taste who appreciate the good things in life. The very well maintained airfield, where sport aviation travelers can land easily in the immediate vicinity of the castle hotel. Our restaurant offers next to traditional dishes a very well and renowned gourmet cuisine with the finest ingredients sourced in our 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, the tastefully refurbished Otocec Castle offers an atmosphere that has skilfully retained its character and authenticity. This unique castle is situated on an island right in the middle of Krka River; this magical setting invites relaxation in the heart of Slovenian nature and cultural history. Appreciate a gentle morning walk accompanied by birdsong, play an unforgettable game of golf at one of the best European golf courses or enjoy 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 fulfill every wish, contributes to well-being. ...Read more


Hotel Raphael - Italy, Roma
Hotel and restaurant in town
Beginning with its facade covered in ivy, the Raphael immerses you in a charming universe, just a stone’s throw from the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica: 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 with many vegetarian dishes, 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 Sibillini Mountains, is the Italian capital of the black truffle. This palazzo tells the story of this region from the 16th century onwards and has a 160 year-old tradition of hospitality. Umbrian artisans have created 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 and 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 an unforgettable experience of elegance under canvas, a luxurious and authentic rendition of a Raj style, 1920’s camp, located on a private wilderness, along the borders of Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve’s stunning forests. The Camp is ideally situated for Game Drives and excursions into what is possibly the finest habitat in the world to see tigers in the wild, and a huge diversity of wildlife besides. Discover the 8th century fort of Ranthambhore, Mughal ruins, palaces and cenotaphs lying in the embrace of a divine forest. The cuisine, made with home-grown, fresh produce, whisks you off your senses between English breakfasts, aperitifs served under a canopy of stars and sumptuous dinners, cooked around the campfire. Dine off traditional thaalis’ amidst the flickering glow of torches and shimmering lanterns. ...Read more


Villa 32 - Taiwan, Beitou
Hotel and restaurant in town
It has been over one hundred years 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 of well-being 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 guest rooms – each with its own natural hot springs tub. Guests are welcomed into a private atmosphere in the midst of lush vegetation covered in mist from the hot springs. The late owner Ming-Hong Chiu has succeeded in crafting a delicate and relaxing atmosphere by artfully combining the surrounding natural elements of water, wood, trees and stone into the décor. ** Entrance is limited to guests to 16 years and above. ** ...Read more


Tower Lodge - Australia, Pokolbin
Hotel and restaurant in a vineyard
Set amongst the beauty of the vines of the Hunter Valley’s preeminent estate, and framed by the stunning Brokenback Range, Tower Lodge is a truly unique Australian experience. Be welcomed as you enter through the French Coach House doors from 1895 and discover a magnificent and serene retreat dedicated to the art of living, relaxing and the creation of memories. The Lodge staff focuses on an effortless ability to provide a genuinely happy and welcoming environment. The fresh produce from the estate market gardens inspires the chef’s seasonal menus. Dine at Roberts Restaurant, set amongst the Estates vines and gardens, or in Restaurant NiNE, located in a cellar below Tower Lodge. ...Read more


Windham Hill Inn - United States, West Townshend
Hotel and restaurant on a river
Stroll amongst the pine and maple trees, watch the fireflies when night falls in the prairies of Vermont, 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 colours of nature. At the end of a country road, in the heart of 160 hectares of unspoilt nature, this elegant inn has 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 showcases seasonal produce from the garden that is sure to delight the most discerning of gourmets. ...Read more


Hôtel St Germain - United States, Dallas
Hotel and restaurant in town
Built as a private residence for a prominent local family in 1900 and recently classified as a historical landmark, Hôtel St Germain has the sumptuous allure of a French hotel particulier, with exceptional old world service, thoroughly modern amenities and memorable fine dining. Graceful interiors evoke the haunting, exotic beauty of xixth century New Orleans. The grand dining room is adorned with a 200-year-old Aubusson tapestry. Truly a cosmopolitan retreat, Hotel St Germain is merely steps away from the bustle of the Dallas Centre for the Performing Arts, the Winspear Opera House and Meyerson Symphony Centre. A true European urban sanctuary, this is a unique destination where fine dining and the art of gracious living are celebrated and are a personal reflection of the proprietors’ French heritage. ...Read more


Esperanza Resort - Mexico, Cabo San Lucas
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront
Esperanza is located 6 km from Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of Baja peninsula, in the heart of 17 ha of unspoilt nature, in the private enclave of Punta Ballena. Its “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, unwind and admire the sunset whilst sipping a delicious cocktail before savouring gourmet cuisine in the idyllic setting of the restaurant. ...Read more


EOLO - Patagonia's Spirit - Argentina, El Calafate
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 will disturb the tranquility. Set off and explore unspoilt nature, relax in the indoor pool and savour delicious cuisine whilst taking in the incredible views of glaciers, the largest lake in Argentina and the Andes mountains. ...Read more