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Relais & Châteaux Trophies 2010: Rewarding Excellence

14 trophy-winning properties, 2 new Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux

In exclusive partnership with prestigious brands Relais & Châteaux has just revealed the list of the winners of the Relais & Châteaux trophies which are awarded every year in recognition of expertise and excellence in the art of hospitality and fine dining.

Welcome Trophy with Moët & Chandon

The art of receiving is one of the fundamental virtues of Relais & Châteaux. Ensuring your stay is unforgettable is always the priority in these properties on a human scale.

Kauri Cliffs - Kerikeri – New Zealand

Grand Chef Trophy with Taittinger

Amongst the Relais & Châteaux members, the contemporary elite of fine dining are grouped within the family of Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux. Passion, creativity, experience and expertise are the essential criteria for admission to the highly select circle of these Grands Chefs.

Stéphane Mazières- Hotel le Toiny - Saint-Barthélemy – French West Indies

Davy Tissot - Villa Florentine - Lyon - France

Rising Chef Trophy with All-Clad

We single out young chefs whose creativity, imagination and commitment earmark them as the future grand masters of fine dining around the world.

Vincent ARNOULD - Le Vieux Logis - Trémolat – France

Art de la Table Trophy with San Pellegrino

The arts of the table, atmosphere and decoration are all part of our philosophy of receiving well. They reflect the soul of our properties and express their personality.

Le Saint-James - Bouliac - France

Spa Trophy with Laurent Perrier

There are 5 categories of spa: Spas de Charme, Spas de Rêve, Thalassotherapy, Thermalism and Beauty.

The Mayflower Inn - Washington – Connecticut – United States

Woman of the year Trophy with Pommery

A disciplined approach to work organisation, exacting standards, the giving of themselves, a sense of welcome and a feeling for detail make these women the flagship ambassadresses of our family.

Mesdames Santini (mother and grandmother) - Dal Pescatore Santini - Canneto S/O (Lombardia) Italy

Passion Trophy with Hennessy

Launched in 2004, the Passion Trophy is awarded to Relais & Châteaux owners who know how to make your stay truly unique: harmonious setting, perfect service, remarkable style.

Iaccarino Family - Don Alfonso 1890 - S. Agata Sui Due Golfi (Campania) - Italy

Corporate Trophy with Glenmorangie

Relais & Châteaux launched this trophy in 2005 to single out property owners who have distinguished themselves through their high-performance event facilities and the quality of the welcome afforded to business meetings or residential seminars.

Chewton Glen - New Milton (Hampshire) – United Kingdom

Lounge Trophy with Grand Marnier

With the Lounge Trophy, Relais & Châteaux pays tribute to the expertise of these friendly settings, a real invitation to tasting.

Schloss Seefels - Pörtschach (Kärnten/Wörthersee) - Austria

Environment Trophy with Orlane

This trophy is presented to properties which have shown tenacity, commitment, impressive initiatives and respect for the environment and the natural setting.

Hôtel Régis et Jacques Marcon - Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid (Haute-Loire) - France

Garden Trophy with Rozes

This trophy goes to properties which have succeeded in reconciling abundant nature, expertise in enhancing the horticultural heritage and respect for the original beauty of the landscapes.

The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel - Cape Town (Western Cape) – South Africa

Innovation Trophy with Nespresso

To guarantee unique experiences and intense moments of discovery, each Relais & Châteaux must know how to reinvent itself and innovate.

Maison Troisgros - Roanne -France

Art de Vivre Trophy with Descamps

It is presented to a property whose guest rooms and bathrooms set themselves apart through the excellence of their products and services and their creativity.

Hotel Copernicus - Cracow - Poland

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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”.

The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel - South Africa, Cape Town
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in town
Located in Cape Town’s historical Constantia Valley, on the breathtaking slopes of Table Mountain, all the rooms and suites of The Cellars-Hohenort boast panoramic views of the impressive mountain and the beautiful grounds. Set in 9.5 acres of world renowned gardens, this historic and beautiful country escape in the city offers guests far more than just incomparable scenery. A 15 minute drive will take you to the centre of Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest city, famous for its natural beauty, cuisine and wine. Back at the hotel there are two award-winning dining experiences, including The Greenhouse, where cuisine focuses on regional flavours with modern interpretations. All of this is the result of owner Liz McGrath’s more than 20 years of hard work, love and endless inspiration. ...Read more

 

Chewton Glen - United Kingdom, New Milton
Hotel and restaurant in the country
Cheerful sage shutters and immaculate sweeping lawns welcome visitors to Chewton Glen. A luxury country house hotel and spa set in 130 acres of Hampshire countryside on the edge of the New Forest National Park, and just a few minutes' walk from the sea. No two rooms are alike, the bedrooms and suites of this family friendly luxury hotel share decor that reflects the epitome of aristocratic artistry. Hidden away in a wooded valley you will find the hotel's luxury treehouses. Vetiver restaurant is a nexus of beautiful conservatories, intimate dining spaces and a stunning wine room, Vetiver is as formal or relaxed as the mood takes you. The luxury health spa is dedicated to personalised service and indulgent spa experiences. ...Read more

 

Hôtel et Restaurant Régis et Jacques Marcon - France, Saint-Bonnet-le-Froid
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in a village
With a panorama open to the horizons of the Valleys of Ardèche and Mont du Velay, father and son Grands Chefs Régis and Jacques Marcon’s new hotel has “Ecolabel” approval. This is a comfortable hotel in perfect harmony with its environment. The décor is minimalist and there are plenty of spots from which to admire the surrounding mountains. Enjoy natural swimming in the pure water of the pool. The restaurant is dedicated to seasonal gastronomy. Mountain lovers Régis and Jacques will offer you tastes of mushrooms, wild vegetables and herbs alongside the Puy green lentils, river fish and their latest find, lamb “couci-couça” with cep praline. ...Read more

 

Don Alfonso 1890 - Italy, S. Agata Sui Due Golfi
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in a village
On the stunning headland where the gulf of Naples meets the gulf of Salerno, Grand Chef Alfonso Iaccarino creates dishes that reflect his love for this slice of Italy dotted with lemon groves, vineyards and olive trees. Using fresh produce from his own farm, Le Peracciole, Iaccarino creates deceptively simple Mediterranean marvels, such as swordfish with chickpeas and thyme, goatfish with rosemary and cucumber, and pasta with cockles and courgettes. His wife and two sons give a family touch to the ambience and the combination of exceptional produce, warm hospitality and Iaccarino’s skill make this restaurant stand out. ...Read more

 

Villa Florentine - France, Lyon
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in town
Atop an enchanting hill, the Villa Florentine offers all the spirit and charm of the Italian Renaissance right in the heart of Lyon. The lush green terraces of this 17th century former convent offer exceptional panoramic views of the historical city of Lyon, a Unesco World Heritage site. Period furniture and contemporary works meet harmoniously in the rooms, havens of peace and softness… An exquisitely calm pool and Jacuzzi invite you to a voyage of the senses… In the kitchen Grand Chef Davy Tissot deploys treasures of refinement and reminds your palate of forgotten savours. At nightfall, the sparkling city lights join together with the stars, and this Italian villa becomes even more magical. ...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 nestled in a native Totara forest, while the cottages are nestled on the edge of the forest overlooking the ocean and golf course and have been designed to offer the same stunning 180 degree vista as the main lodge from the private room verandas. ...Read more

 

The Mayflower Grace - United States, Washington
Hotel and restaurant in a village
Less than two hours from the Big Apple, nestled in lush grounds, this property boasts a highly-acclaimed spa. The gardens feature 24 hectares of specimen trees, manicured lawns and the famous Shakespeare garden and maze. The spa, with its stunning décor in a calming palette of blue and white, offers an amazing array of treatments, as well as classes in dream interpretation, dance, painting, writing, yoga and tai chi. Workshops on topics such as marriage, sleep and stress, are led by renowned experts in their respective fields. The guest rooms reflect the tranquil elegance evident throughout the property, while culinary offerings include the healthy and delicious cuisine of the spa as well as the fine dining experience available at the inn. ...Read more

 

Dal Pescatore Santini - Italy, Canneto S/O (Mantova)
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux in the country
When Antonio Santini’s grandparents opened the Pescatore in 1926, it was a small family restaurant. Today it is one of the most renowned restaurants in Italy. Between Cremona and Mantua, in the Parco dell’Oglio nature reserve, family members share the tasks. In the kitchen, Nadia and Giovanni prepare nostalgic, generous cuisine: frogs legs gratineed in fine herbs, pike in virgin olive oil from Umbria, with parsley, anchovies and capers and the renowned tortelli di zucca, with goat’s cheese, ricotta and white Alba truffles, a recipe perfected and handed down over three generations. In the dining room, Antonio, Alberto and Valentina create a warm atmosphere and uncork their best bottles – grands crus from France and Italy. ...Read more

 

Hotel Schloss Seefels - Austria, Pörtschach/Techelsberg
Hotel and restaurant on a lake
A Riviera feeling is very much in evidence at this atmospheric property stunningly located on the banks of Lake Wörther, with vistas of the surrounding mountains. The climate is mediterranean, the water is turquoise, the panoramic views are fantastic and the garden brims over with flowers. The mediterranean influence is also evident in the creative dishes. Enjoy the excellent service full of “joie de vivre” in a charming, stylish atmosphere. ...Read more

 

Le Saint-James Bouliac - France, Bouliac
Restaurant and hotel in a village
The Saint-James occupies buildings designed in 1989 by the famous architect Jean Nouvel. They nestle in the delightful little village of Bouliac, in the heart of wooded grounds and a garden fragrant with citrus and antique roses. Inspired by the old tobacco drying lofts, four pavilions, linked by a gallery, create a modern pure space. Far away, you can see the Landes of Gascogne forest, the biggest collection of maritime pines in Europe. The gourmet cuisine served here is one of its major attractions. The chef at the Saint-James restaurant serves cuisine which is full of flavour and based on local market ingredients. The selection of wines from its outstanding cellar and its panoramic views of Bordeaux add the finishing touches. Nearby, Le Café de l’Espérance offers bistro cuisine served on the veranda in summer. An added attraction: the hotel gives you the opportunity to follow cookery classes at the Côté Cours cooking school. ...Read more

 

Hôtel Le Toiny - Saint-Barthelemy / Guadeloupe, Saint-Barthélemy
Restaurant and hotel on the seafront
Tristan Bernard wrote “True idleness means getting up at 6 am so you have more time to do nothing.” Hotel Le Toiny is a tropical paradise on the hills of St Barth overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The resort, comprised of colonial style villa suites, lies in the heart of a 17 hectare palm grove bordered by Toiny beach. Designed to be an intimate refuge, guests can relax in their private infinity pool, curl up with a cocktail and good book, and then indulge in a massage at the Serenity spa cottage. The hotel’s gourmet Restaurant Le Gaiac, renowned for its culinary artistry, blends French and local cuisine. ...Read more

 

Troisgros - France, Roanne
Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux Restaurant of a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux and hotel in town
“Our profession entails the permanent quest for the finest products. The extraordinary nature of a dish comes down to so few things.” When Michel Troisgros removes his chef’s hat for a few seconds, to talk about cuisine, people listen attentively. This Grand Chef, who has been joined by his son César, has established his own name with his very pure cuisine. He says he drew inspiration from both Italy and Japan: “I had the great fortune to travel at a very young age, when impressions are the most vivid, and I only had a somewhat vague idea about what my cuisine would turn out to be.” Marie-Pierre attends to the details of the minimalist décor of this beautiful mythical residence with a contemporary spirit. ...Read more

 

Le Vieux Logis - France, Trémolat
Hotel and restaurant in a village
Author Henry Miller knew and loved France better than many French people. He was always in search of exceptional locations that would inspire him. He originally planned to spend a week at this hotel but ended up staying a month. Inside the former tobacco drying barn that has been converted into a dining room or outside under the linden trees, Miller’s spirit lives on in the restaurant. Like the author, you will appreciate the tranquillity of this former priory with its lovely gardens, babbling brook and natural pool in which you can swim. While away the hours in this relaxed atmosphere until dusk approaches and it is time to do a tasting of some fabulous regional wines. ...Read more

 

Hotel Copernicus - Poland, Krakow
Hotel and restaurant in town
Krakow was once the capital of Poland and it still has many impressive monuments from this period, such as the Royal Castle overlooking the Wawel Hill, where the country’s monarchs lived. Copernicus Hotel is located on Kanonicza, one of the city’s oldest streets. For centuries, this building was a part of the cathedral chapel and hosted the intellectual and financial elite of Krakow. It owes its name to the famous Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus, who was one of the guests of the house. Could it have been here that he developed his revolutionary theory that the Earth rotates around the Sun rather than the opposite? This is something to ponder whilst admiring the precious polychrome paintings and inscriptions dating from 1500 and, in the evening, the flaming sunsets that seem to set the city alight. ...Read more