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.
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Latin America is the continent of pre-Columbian civilisations and a rapidly changing Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world. The legendary hospitality of its people is matched only by the beauty of its majestic landscapes.
A trip to Latin America is exceptional by its very nature. Its joyful mellowness, its brightly coloured cities and the sheer beauty of its wide-open spaces are the main attractions of this post-colonial continent. Mexico is the land of the Maya. Historical remains and art of living await you from Cancun to Acapulco. Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, attract tourists in search of adventure and thrills. Brazil, Argentina and Chile brim with dynamism. Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Santiago are the bustling metropolises of countries with wide horizons and spectacular cities: the Amazon basin and Salvador de Bahia, the Andes and Valparaiso, Patagonia and Salta. Peru offers Inca sites (Cuzco, Machu Picchu) and scenic high plains.
Wood, glass, sleek design: a simple but welcoming décor, in tune with the cheerful atmosphere of this restaurant, which concentrates first and foremost on the food on the plate and has built up a clientele of regular customers. David Picco, Ecuadorian Chef who joined Zazu after spending the first years of his career in France, serves contemporary cuisine with Latin American influences, mainly based on local ingredients. He works very closely with farmers, grows vegetables in the restaurant's greenhouses and selected his own team of reliable fishermen on the coast. The cellar, with its spectacular 25-foot high ceiling, is one of the finest in Ecuador.
This summer pavilion, dating back to the Belle Époque, is tucked away in the heart of the Barranco district, a protected historic area next to the Pacific Ocean. Marble, exotic woods, a beautifully columned white façade, open balconies and skyhigh ceilings lit by skylights in the roofs – Lima teatinas – give it a charm all of its own. Its renovation was entrusted to sculptors from the Fine Arts Academy and to an Italian cabinetmaker with a view to preserving and showcasing its rich architectural heritage. Hotel B draws its inspiration from the Bohemian atmosphere of the surrounding district and exhibits works by contemporary Peruvian artists, adding to the hotel’s character.
Founded 20 years ago in Lima, Astrid&Gastón has recently moved to a beautiful 300 years old house in the centre of San Isidro district. Managed by Chef Diego Muñoz, it epitomizes Gastón Acurio and Astrid Gutsche’s dream of sharing their contemporary take on Peruvian cuisine with the entire world. Astrid&Gastón’s cuisine draws its inspiration from the traditions and the biodiversity of Peru, and yet never breaks its links with the world around it, responding first and foremost to the challenges posed by the future and by our environment.The tasting menu is a journey throughout Peru's different environment in five parts: a living experience with a hint of magic and sensitivity.
The lush vegetation of the five hectares of tropical gardens unfolds before you at the foot of the citadel of Machu Picchu, in the heart of the cloud forest. Marked paths invite you to explore the estate’s fabulous collection of ferns and orchids, and admire the many species of birds and butterflies. A little further on, the sacred Inca sites and their secrets await you. After a day spent exploring, it is a delight to return to the comfort and genuine charm of the suites, to savor a warm fire, one of the natural spa treatments inspired by the spirituality of the Andes, or a dish of “quinotto” (quinoa “risotto”) at the riverside restaurant.
This exquisite 16th-century colonial manor was one of the first Spanish buildings in Cusco, 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 its suites set around a Spanish courtyard, replete with antiques and original architectural details, Inkaterra La Casona offers sober elegance without sacrificing authenticity. This is the perfect base from which to explore the vibrant capital of the Incan Empire and absorb the mysticism of the surrounding Andean valleys and villages.
The mere mention of Lake Titicaca is enough to conjure up a dramatic, mysterious world. At an altitude of more than 3 800 meters in the Andes, on the border between Peru and Bolivia, this cradle of Inca civilization is still home to one of the oldest communities in South America. Titilaka Lodge is tucked away in this unique landscape, totally off the beaten track on its own private peninsula, in a refurbished building. The rooms, each with a splendid lake view, are decorated in a contemporary style with touches of local heritage, in symbiosis with the luxuriant natural setting. Just outside the village of the same name, Titilaka offers a taste of the lake dwellers’ traditions and way of life.
The atmosphere of this colonial fazenda combines traditional authenticity with “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 exotic woods, natural fibers and golden slate. The wellness center invites to Xingu massages and Amazonian oil baths. The rising-star chef reinterprets contemporary Brazilian cuisine using fresh and local ingredients. Under the century old arches of the mansion’s former senzala (slave quarters), the lounge of Bar dos Descasados, designed by a local artist, offers a selection of the finest caipirinha.
A few kilometers through the Serra, along the “Romantic Route” on your way to the hotel Saint Andrews, is enough to set the scene: this is a place of surprises. The architecture of the building is impressive in itself, inspired by Scotland’s Saint Andrews Castle, and each elegantly furnished room bears the name of the precious stone that lent its color to the décor. Dine by the light of Bohemian crystal chandeliers in a restaurant serving sophisticated international cuisine, after enjoying a cocktail or a glass of wine from the well-stocked cellar. The peaceful landscaped garden is the ideal spot for enjoying a balmy evening and the spectacular views of the Quilombo Valley.
At the edge of the Atlantic Forest, Itacarezinho beach stretches out as far as the eye can see. Coconut palms, white sand, warm crystalline blue ocean the year round – and some bungalows nestling in the shade of the trees in this idyllic setting. Built mainly from wood and natural materials, they sit on stilts either at the waterside or perched on the slopes of the hill and enjoy superb views of the beach. Shamash Spa, also built on the slopes with sweeping views over the ocean, offers a range of beauty rituals using natural Bahia products. No less impressive are its culinary delights, with fresh, healthy, fragrant cuisine – a blend of Brazilian and European influences.
In the heart of the historic center of Valparaíso, this small palace from the beginning of the 20th century, classified a national monument, offers a haven of peace and beauty. After spending the day roaming the hills of Valparaíso, what better than to enjoy the magnificent views over the bay from the terrace, or immerse yourself in one of the books from the library. By dinner time, once you have relaxed in the warm spa pool, you will listen to some piano music in the lounge bar and then go on down to Alegre restaurant serving top-quality, signature dishes. Works by contemporary artists hanging here and there add an artistic finishing touch to the décor.
Awasi, in the north of Chile, is a stunning spot, majestic in its beauty and hidden away in the immense Atacama Desert, the most arid place on earth. This tiny hotel, a cosy and secluded haven in a historic setting, has been designed to fit harmoniously into the local culture and environment. It offers its guests unique ‘bespoke’ experiences and a choice of customised packages and 4x4 excursions with their own guide (a guide is assigned to each guest room). Its ‘all-inclusive’ programme gives the traveller total peace of mind to enjoy a wonderful experience.
Alexandra Marnier Lapostolle, great-granddaughter of the creator of Grand Marnier, is the force behind Viña Lapostolle, with a winery and hotel nestled in the hills overlooking Chile’s spectacular Apalta Vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. This unique setting, combining a respect for nature with cutting-edge design, invites you to experience Lapostolle. A team of chefs prepares a special menu for each wine, using organic vegetables from the garden and top-quality seasonal products. Biking through the vineyards and trekking the trails of the native forests are a good complement to the activities linked to wine, beginning with a tour and private tasting in the winery.
In the heart of Uruguay’s most exclusive seaside resort, Chef Jean-Paul Bondoux has recreated a piece of his native Burgundy. In a quiet residential area of Punta del Este, surrounded by a magnificent garden, Bondoux produces authentic French cuisine using products from his own farm, like zucchini flowers stuffed with chicken or roast rack of lamb in garden herbs. “My cuisine is close to the land,” Bondoux says. “I love thyme, rosemary, garlic, onions, tomatoes – everything that comes from the earth.” The boutique next to the restaurant pays tribute to the terroir of France with brioches, croissants and cheeses that can’t be found anywhere else in Uruguay.
Cellar, farm, restaurant and lodge all in one – it is one of a kind and utterly charming. Historically so as it is one of the most famous wineries in Uruguay, founded in 1909. And also because it is renowned for its top-quality products, highly reputed wines and traditionally cured cheeses. And especially because of its charming surroundings – the restaurant, which serves delicious peasant cuisine, occupies a former grocer's shop where the wooden shelving and counter have been preserved. The lodge boasts sleekly decorated, spacious guestrooms drenched in light. The pool surrounded by gardens, the patio overlooking the vines and the paths leading off into the vineyards – all enticements to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Located in one of the chicest parts of the Argentine capital, this contemporary restaurant with a minimalist design has become an absolute must for gourmets. “Porteños” (the inhabitants of Buenos Aires) and expatriates alike flock here to savor elegant classical French dishes like noisette of venison and mousseline of vanilla-flavored sweet potatoes, or pheasant cooked two ways with Beaumes de Venise Muscat wine. You can also enjoy the spectacular troley services and carving at the table that offer the restaurant. All of this is to be savored with the greatest wines from Argentina as well as the Chef’s native region of Burgundy.
Located in the heart of Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most elegant residential neighborhood, Algodon Mansion is just a stroll away from the city’s main shopping boulevards, known for their stylish boutiques, cafés and galleries. This gem of a hotel is fashioned in a Belle Époque 1912 landmark, and its spacious suites offer superior amenities with 24-hour butler service. The restaurant’s Mendocino cuisine derives from Algodon’s vineyard estate, and distinctively complements its estate-grown, handcrafted wines. The hotel’s wine bar offers a chic, intimate atmosphere, and a rooftop open-air lounge offers a sophisticated ambiance ideal for a romantic nightcap at day’s end.
At the foot of the Andes, in the spellbinding town of Salta (meaning “beauty” in the Quechua language), the elegant House of Jasmines cultivates the art of hospitality. On 100 hectares of grounds, guests can listen to nature quietly breathing under the centuries-old trees and smell flowering jasmine in a landscape imbued with the magic of the ancient Quechua civilization. In the new restaurant, La Table de House of Jasmines, you can admire the large open fireplace, watch meat being cooked in the old earthen oven and enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes. The simple, tasty cuisine showcases fresh produce from the garden.
Mendoza boasts one of the world’s most charming wine routes, with beautiful landscapes and a variety of high-quality vineyards. On a 22-hectare estate at the foot of the Andes, Cecilia Diaz Chuit and Martín Rigal have created a splendid Spanish colonial-style hotel devoted to the joys of wine, complete with a wellness center and Moorish-inspired patios. In any season, the Mendoza wine country offers myriad activities and attractions that beckon to explore a region famed for sunny skies and nature’s blessings. Visit the local vineyards or stroll through historic Mendoza before enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace and watching the sun set behind the Andes Mountains.
The last inhabitable land before the South Pole, Patagonia fascinates everyone who comes here. And Las Balsas is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to stay in this far-flung part of the world at the tip of the South American continent. This romantic hotel with its blue facades offers a superb view of the magnificent lake and surrounding mountains. Take a romantic boat ride, venture out canoeing or on horseback, or just relax and be pampered in the soothing and revitalizing spa, overlooking Nahuel Huapi Lake. End a perfect day with a meal in the first-class restaurant, where sophisticated dishes using local produce will delight the palate.
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.
At an altitude of 2800 m, colours are brilliant: the blue of the sky, the red of the earth and a fragmented mosaic created by a profusion of flowers. Sol & Luna is inspired by this luminous setting and is a paean to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Its architecture is a mix of avant-garde and primitive Peru, its clay walls are a backdrop to both contemporary and traditional Peruvian art, and its stones, beams and bricks from the valley find their natural home here. Its mouthwatering cuisine also draws its inspiration from local gastronomy, yet with a contemporary twist. Sol & Luna is close to archaeological sites and offers a doorway to this lost civilisation.
To be alone, or virtually alone, facing the infinite land of Patagonia: Awasi Patagonia offers an experience unlike any other. A collection of independent villas, in a private reserve, offers total seclusion and stunning views of the forest, Sarmiento Lake and Torres del Paine National Park. Each villa is allocated its own guide and vehicle, allowing guests to explore the magnificent countryside at their own pace and see condors, guanacos and perhaps a puma. At the end of the day, they will return to a warm and cozy main lodge, restaurant and villas inspired by Patagonian shelters.
Nestled in Costa Rica’s central highlands, this sophisticated eco-lodge and spa offers a gateway to the splendours of the tropical cloud forest. Sliding glass doors guarantee breathtaking views of lush picture-book vegetation, emerging from the clouds. Suites blend into the landscape and offer unrivalled mountain or river views from rocking chairs on a private deck. All are spacious, decorated in natural tones and boast a private outdoor heated whirlpool. The soothing atmosphere of peaceful wellness is in perfect harmony with the property’s magnificent surroundings. The restaurant highlights ingredients sourced from its organic mini-farm, serving dishes inspired by traditional Costa Rican cuisine.