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6 new Relais & Châteaux members in January 2010 and a new destination, Peru

After welcoming 31 new members to the 2010 edition of the Relais & Châteaux Guide, the Association admitted six new properties on 1 January 2010. An arrival marked by elegance with a stopover now possible in the country of the Incas. To be discovered without any delay!

More than 480 Relais & Châteaux properties in 2010

Following the arrival of 6 new properties on 1 January 2010, the prestigious Relais & Châteaux family will henceforth have more than 480 members in 58 countries.

New destination: Peru

The Association maps out new "Routes du Bonheur" giving its guests an opportunity to discover Peru, an unusual destination on the route of the Incas.

For Jaume Tàpies, International President of Relais & Châteaux, “The admission of 6 new prestigious properties to the Relais & Châteaux family from 1 January 2010 testifies to our international presence. The Relais & Châteaux brand is clearly identifiable beyond the borders of Europe and is henceforth represented in Peru, an exceptional destination that is not very well known at the present time amongst the public at large.”

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About Relais & Châteaux:

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 480 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 58 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”.

Inkaterra La Casona - Peru, Cusco
Hotel and restaurant in town
This exquisite 16th century colonial manor was one of the first Spanish buildings in Cusco and is located just steps away from the picturesque main square. Once occupied by the conquistadors of Peru, it is now an exclusive boutique hotel that has been carefully restored to retain its historical heritage and décor. With suites set around a Spanish courtyard, the manor offers sober elegance without sacrificing authenticity. Inkaterra La Casona is the perfect place from which to explore the Incan Capital. ...Read more


Hotel Santa Teresa - Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
Hotel and restaurant in town
The atmosphere of this old colonial fazenda, an oasis in the heart of the historic district, combines traditional authenticity and “tropical chic” design. Whether by the pool or in the tropical gardens, the Santa Teresa boasts spectacular panoramic views of the Bay of Rio and the Centro. The unique décor of the rooms features jacaranda, cinnamon, ipe wood, natural fibres and golden slate. The wellness-centre invites relaxation to the rhythm of the Xingu massages and Amazonian oil baths. The rising-star chef reinterprets contemporary Brazilian cuisine using fresh and local ingredients, and today one of the best table in Rio. The lounge of Bar Dos Descasados, an exclusive meeting place designed by the Carioca artist Zemog, offers a selection of the best Brazilian rums, under the one-hundred-year-old arches of the former senzala slave quarters of the mansion. ...Read more


The Serai, Jaisalmer - India, Jaisalmer
Hotel and restaurant in the desert
A stay at The Serai brings alive the famed Thar Desert of India's western frontiers. Pitched on a private 100 acre wilderness of desert scrub, this oasis exudes coolness, calm and chic like nowhere you can imagine. At the centre of the camp, a pool rises above the surroundings and is inspired by the traditional architecture of Rajasthan's legendary baths and step wells. Amidst this sprawling haven the SUJAN Spa offers its therapeutic treatments in enclosed gardens. The culinary experience at The Serai resonates with the tastes of Rajputana and an eclectic selection of menus made with home grown farmed produce. Dining options are unlimited. Quite frankly there is no better place from which to explore the surrounding desert heritage or Jaisalmer's iconic Golden Fortress. Camel safaris and excursions into the endless desert are not to be missed. ...Read more