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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The Dark Continent and the Arab world are undergoing profound change. They have strong traditions and a visit to their countryside, whether savannah or tropical rainforest, is a thrilling experience.
In Africa and the Middle East, some countries made up their minds long ago to open their doors to tourists. Such is the case of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. From the souks of Marrakesh to the Great Pyramids, all three countries can lay claim to remarkable cultures, inherited from ancient kingdoms. Sub-Saharan Africa can make similar claims. Senegal, Cameroon and Gabon offer wonderful natural landscapes and splendid tropical coasts. Farther south, tourists are utterly spoiled. In South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Kenya, Botswana…, comfortable lodges and estates offer the opportunity to discover wonderful African wildlife. The Middle East is poised between tradition and ultra-modernity. Israel, Jordan and Oman preserve a rich religious and historical heritage, whereas Dubai and Abu Dhabi have made the conscious decision to enter the 21thcentury.
This hotel is full of character and stands proudly in the traditional district of Achrafieh. Its ochre-coloured facade reflects the liveliness and warmth of the Lebanese capital. Guests can sip delicious cocktails in the cosy ground floor bar, while browsing through a collection of rare books, and studying the old photographs of the city that line the walls. The bedrooms offer a bold blend of East and West, and have been decorated with treasures from all over the world. On the rooftop you will find the jewel in the hotel’s crown, a swimming pool bordered by a hanging garden and surrounded by the scent of fig and orange trees, with extraordinary views of Beirut, the sea and the Lebanese mountains. This hotel is a magnificent base from which to discover a city brimming with energy.
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.
In the heart of Casablanca, discover the enchanting Le Doge, an elegant Art Deco residence. Erected in the 1930s, the building was commissioned by an Italian businessman as a gift to his wife, whom he had met in Morocco. Each of rooms and suites is dedicated to a different Art Deco artist giving each space its own unique ambience.The décor has been carefully hand-selected and admirers of the Art Deco style will be awed by the incredible collection of period pieces. The sophistication, elegance and refinement of Le Doge is palpable in its gourmet restaurant and its hanging garden, with the crowning glory of this exceptional hotel, with sweeping views over Casablanca’s beautiful Arab League park.
The intoxicating fragrance of the herb garden and fig and olive orchards wafts through the air of the magical Ksar Char-Bagh, a Moorish palace nestling in the palm grove of Marrakech, just ten minutes from the Medina. A paradise where culture and nature mingle, the hotel has often been elected among the finest hotels in the world. The gentle rushing of the water irrigating the gardens whispers softly about the beauty of this retreat, where the aim of the service is to fulfill a guests’ every wish. Your harim is a private suite overlooking a terrace or a private garden unless you would prefer the tower apartment with its pool and exceptional views over the Palmeraie and the Atlas Mountains. Guests may eat their meals where the fancy takes them: the French chef uses vegetables from the palace cottage garden. A huge red marble hammam, strolls in the gardens, orchard or around the farm, and a cigar cellar, smoking lounge and library bar add the final touches to this Moroccan paradise.
Enjoy the unique sensation of being in the heart of the savannah - protected and serene. The suites of Singita Faru Faru Lodge, situated on a slope, offer spectacular views over Serengeti National Park. Glazed viewing decks allow you to observe herds of elephants, wildebeest and zebra who come within eyesight to drink at their watering hole in Grumeti River, soon to be followed by leopards and hyenas.This is just a foretaste of the safaris in four-wheel drives or on foot to come. And upon return from these expeditions, each cottage offers the traveller a light-filled exclusive cocoon-like haven, and the lodge’s terraces, pools and spa are the ideal spot to rest and relax in perfect harmony with nature.
Experience a camp ambiance reminiscent of a bygone era. Take an extraordinary journey back in time, staying in the protected Grumeti reserve, on the edge of Serengeti National Park. The camp is ideally located at the very spot through which the great annual wildlife migration passes, with a landscape that stretches for as far as the eye can see. The tents boast a colonial style décor; Persian carpets, silk curtains and mahogany furniture in the heart of the savannah add a touch of spectacular sophistication. Gaze with awe at the sunrise while sitting at the edge of the pool, or savour gourmet meals in the middle of the plain. When night falls, just imagine dining beneath the acacias, under starlit skies.
Experience the magnificent spectacle and emotional experience of being immersed in the luxuriant vegetation and miraculous environment surrounding the lodge.–. From the terrace of your suite, elevated on stilts, you commune with the lush green forest and animals in the wild. This lodge, in the heart of Kruger Park on the banks of Sweni River, is a diamond in the rough, a true gem with an authentic soul. It is ultra-sophisticated and boasts a contemporary designer décor with attention given to every detail. It is built of wood and glass throughout and carefully designed to pay tribute to an indigenous Africa, one that is truly exceptional. The pool, the spa treatments and the sports facilities offer an open invitation to rest and relax in the open air and to take-in all the natural beauty. All this to do before setting off on safari into the spectacular landscape.
Véronique and Pascal Beherec have used the very best of Moroccan craftsmanship to decorate this palace, which is full of gorgeous transparent fabrics, sofas, and pillowcases embroidered with gold thread. The moment you set down your bags here you know you are in for a real treat. The private Riad suite has its own swimming pool and patio, and the bar is open all day so you can sip mint tea and nibble Moroccan delicacies at your leisure. With a big garden and patios full of plants, health and fitness facilities, a beauty salon, a restaurant that blends French, Mediterranean and Moroccan influences, a cigar cellar, and three swimming pools, one of which is on the roof and overlooks the Koutoubia Mosque and the Atlas mountains, you will be left wondering what more you could wish for.
Welcome to Singita Ebony Lodges, situated in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, one of the most reputed and beautiful in South Africa. Singita offers two superb lodges: the colonial-style Ebony and the Boulders, a contemporary model of African elegance. Each lodge has 12 suites, all with their own swimming pool. Guests delight in the abundant wildlife and the exceptional cuisine. By day or by night you can set off on the trail of lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo and rhinos. After your safari, take the time to unwind in the spa where you can experience African massages with hot stones and body wraps.
Visitors will be inspired to pen their own chapter of One Thousand and One Nights at the magical Dar Ahlam, a traditional Kasbah situated in the luscious palm grove of Skoura. In this land of a thousand Kasbahs, on the doorstep of the South Moroccan desert, with the peaks of the Atlas mountain range in the distance, rest in the shade of hundred-year-old palm trees, take in the fragrant almond-tree blossoms and celebrate the Festival of Roses and date and olive harvests in traditional style. A different setting awaits guests at every turn. Set-off to explore the scenic Dadès and Drâa valleys in a chauffeured all terrain vehicle, or on donkey or camel back. Or, while away the day at this dream house, with its pool, steam room and beautiful garden ideal for relaxed strolls. For a truly unforgettable night, sleep amongst the sand dunes in a 1,001-star camp.
This palace of marvels lies in the heart of Essaouira, a mysterious and spiritual place loved by artists and adventurers alike. The rooms are decorated in ‘Out of Africa’ style and the suites have Moorish, Portuguese or English decor. The traditional hamman is the perfect place to relax, the panoramic outdoor pool on the terrace overlooks the medina and the ocean, and the cuisine is a subtle blend of French and Moroccan influences.
Wake up to snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and the distant roars of lions. Ol Donyo is a pioneer amongst safari lodges, and a forerunner in the field of sustainable tourism: by working hand in glove with the local Maasai people from the beginning, it has been able to blend conservation and livelihood benefits. This magnificent and stylish lodge on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills blends contemporary and traditional design, and offers a magical, almost mystical experience. To stay here is a chance to explore Africa in an uncommon way – by foot, horseback, bike or four-wheel drive. Imagine sitting in a hide just twenty paces from some of the largest tusker elephants in the world. Ol Donyo enjoys a stunning location, overlooking the plains with the savannah at its feet stretching as far as the eye can see. This is the Africa of the mind's eye.
Just upstream from the Victoria Falls, on the banks of the powerful Zambezi River, you will find paradise on earth. Royal Chundu, with its two magnificent lodges hidden away in the middle of the bush far from the madding crowd, is just the place to enjoy peace and quiet in what remains as an untamed corner of the earth. The River Lodge is on the riverbank while the Island Lodge is located on its own private island in the river, both offering spacious suites with a colonial décor reminiscent of the elegant splendour of the times of the early explorers. When guests return from their excursions, they can sample divine spa treatments with products based on natural African ingredients or enjoy world-class Zambian cuisine, watching stars light up the night sky over the river.
Elephants, buffalos, cheetahs, leopards, lions, giraffes and antelopes are the main guests at this 320,000 acre private reserve. Nor is it uncommon to see the endangered African wild dog hunting: the region is renowned for the opportunities it offers to observe predators, and indeed the 300 species of bird to which it is home, including the rare African skimmer. The camp, which overlooks the Zibadianja Lagoon, was created by two safari enthusiasts, renowned National Geographic photographers and documentarians Dereck & Beverly Joubert, who wanted to protect this wilderness while also wishing to share it with others. It is designed with the environment in mind, garnering it many eco-accolades, with large, magnificently appointed tents in a traditional style reminiscent of the safaris of yesteryear.
The property, tucked away in the heart of the Madikwe reserve and, one of the largest reserves in South Africa, is named after the lofty trees which lend it their shade. Three superb villas accommodate families and groups of friends who want to share some special time together, far from everything and be able to do as they please, on an exclusive-use basis. Fishing, bird or animal watching, walking or simply relaxing beside the pool which overflows into the bush – people are free to spend their days as they like, enjoying activities dreamt up just for them, and for all ages. The stone and timber villas are superbly decorated, and open out onto immaculately preserved luxuriant nature: the perfect place if you want to observe wildlife and the numerous “Big Five” animals on the reserve.
Tswalu Kalahari, owned by the Oppenheimer family, is South Africa’s largest private game reserve, a spectacular wilderness in the heart of the Southern Kalahari where natural beauty and authentic hospitality reign supreme. Here, in the splendour and beauty of this magnificent malaria-free reserve, guests have their own dedicated ranger, tracker and private game viewing vehicle to explore more than a hundred thousand hectares at their own pace. Discover the elusive desert black rhino, the magnificent black-maned Kalahari lions, and other rare and endangered species such as pangolin and aardvark. Take a horseback safari, explore unique archaeological sites, enjoy dune picnics and boma evenings, sleep out under Africa's biggest skies. Indulge in unique spa treatments and exquisite cuisine. Tswalu means "new beginning" and you can find yours here, where the focus is on total flexibility and designing itineraries to suit the guests.
Only 270 km from Cape Town, located in the Cederberg Mountains, this natural haven of wide open plains and rugged rock formations allows one to surrender one's senses, while reconnecting with nature. This retreat is recognized for its splendid accommodation and facilities, authentic South African cuisine and generous hospitality. With over 130 rock art sites of ancient Bushman paintings, dating from ten thousand years ago and abundant flora and fauna, this malaria and predator-free wilderness sanctuary is a magical playground, ideal for restoring, mind and spirit.
Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and situated in the heart of one of the most exclusive suburbs, Bantry Bay, this elegant mansion is just ten minutes away from the V&A Waterfront and walking distance to Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. Whether you choose the opulent atmosphere of Ellerman House or the modern style of its villa's, you too will fall under the spell of this address that combines all the pleasures of Cape Town. Enjoy the gourmet cuisine, tasting fine vintage wines and surveying the impressive private art collection, plus a view of the Atlantic Ocean that is quite simply spectacular.
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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 three 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.
Perched on the slopes of the magnificent Stellenbosch mountains and surrounded by sweeping views across the estate’s vineyards, this prime location provides a sense of escape and privacy. Each sumptuously decorated lodge, with their own private decks and heated plunge pools, invite complete relaxation. Discreet décor, skilfully blending indigenous influences and contemporary design, is complemented by a number of works by South African artists. Here, guests delight in heartfelt hospitality and taste exceptional cuisine at a choice of the two restaurants and hand-crafted estate wines. The spa offers an exclusive range of sophisticated treatments by Swiss Perfection and Aromatherapy Associates. Enjoy evening canapés whilst watching the sun set over Table Mountain or languish in the lodge’s private cinema. Time spent here is all about relaxing and indulging.
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This vibrant, luxurious retreat in the centre of Franschhoek is superbly furnished, with oversized beds, understated quirkiness and lots of warmth, with a dollop of romantic charm that is unmatched in the region. There is an in-house private cinema and a variety of extraordinary experiences with an African influence to select from. Choose from innovative culinary experiences, wandering round the contemporary art gallery, an indigenous and unusual herb and sculpture garden as well as other sensational, tailor-made adventures. In the restaurant, the Grand Chef Margot Janse and her team serve African-inspired surprise tasting menus in the Tasting Room. Here they create acclaimed, cutting-edge cuisine using rare indigenous ingredients.
The Marine is one of the southern hemisphere’s most spectacular seaside properties. Perched on the cliffs of Hermanus’ Walker Bay, The Marine overlooks one of South Africa’s finest whale sanctuaries. Only a stone’s throw away is one of the best locations to see the endangered great white shark. From July to November, The Marine offers the unique opportunity to experience the finest land based whale watching in the world, from the comfort of your sea view room. Every aspect of this owner-managed property has been given great attention, from the personal service to the exceptional cuisine in both The SeaFood at The Marine and The Pavilion Restaurants. Enjoy sundowners in the Sun Lounge and relax in the Carchele Beauty Spa.
Experience the adventure and romantic mystique of authentic African safaris of centuries-past at Gorah Elephant Camp, a malaria-free luxurious tented camp in the heart of Addo Elephant National Park and a Hunter Hotels property. This is an incomparable wilderness teeming with game, boasting Africa’s Big Five, the densest population of elephants on earth and the first ever private concession in a National Park in South Africa. After exhilarating game viewing, enjoy sundowners on the old-fashioned verandah overlooking the waterhole, before savouring gourmet cuisine in the elegant colonial candle-lit dining room of Gorah House.
A vast wilderness flanking the banks of the Great Fish River in South Africa's Eastern Cape region, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is home to a diverse array of wildlife including the Big Five, as well as cheetah, hippo, springbok and giraffe. The soul-stirring beauty of the landscape lends its charm to all four of its modern, yet intimate lodges. The reserve is a delight to travellers young and old and provides superb game and bird viewing as well as providing habitat for protected species such as the Black Rhino and Blue Crane. After a day out on a safari vehicle or boat cruise, enjoy an in-suite massage or refreshing cocktail. Visit Kwandwe’s community centre to see first-hand how responsible tourism is enriching the lives of everyone touched by Kwandwe.
Suites sit on stilts and overlook the stunning scenery of Kruger National Park. Located on the border with Mozambique, this part of South Africa is blessed with an extraordinary range of wildlife and plants. A pane of glass is the only thing between the foot of your bed and the natural beauty outside, so you can fall asleep looking at the stars and listening to the roar of the lions, whilst safely in your room. These beautifully elegant lodges represent something truly unique, the spirit of contemporary design in the heart of remotely spectacular Africa.
Welcome to Singita Ebony & Boulders, situated in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, one of the most beautiful and highly reputed reserves in South Africa. A tribute to all that is natural and wild, in a protected reserve, Singita offers two lodges: Singita Ebony with its vintage safari style and Singita Boulders, a calm, organic and meditative model of African elegance. Each lodge has twelve suites, all with their own swimming pool. Guests delight in the abundant wildlife and the exceptional cuisine. By day or by night, set off on the trail of lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. After a safari, unwind in the spa and experience African massages with hot stones and body wraps.
This Private Game Reserve, endorsed by Nelson Mandela, is situated in the heart of the Sabi Sand game reserve. It is everything Africa ought to be – pulsing with the deep rhythm of the untamed Bushveld. The Reserve has been family run for 87 years where the fourth generation of the Varty Family welcomes you to this lodge situated in perfect harmony with the environment. It consists of three camps – Tree, Pioneer and The Private Granite Suites on the banks of the Sand River. The style is elegant and chic with the class of history. The cuisine highlights fresh, local ingredients and is served with flair surrounded by nature.
Deep in the heart of the private reserve, this camp is named after the first baby elephant which was abandoned and brought to the owners for rehabilitation. He was subsequently adopted, along with other orphaned elephants from Zimbabwe. This lodge is also a sanctuary for endangered species and a marvelous refuge for travellers in search of an authentic experience. The deluxe suites and the presidential Zindoga Villa open onto their own private terrace and outdoor pool overlooking the dry riverbed. Go on safari on the back of an elephant to spot the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, buffaloes and elephants –, explore the bush on foot or safari vehicle. Experience unforgettably unique moments, enhanced by attentive service and sophisticated cuisine.
On the outskirts of Johannesburg, in the chic, cosmopolitan suburb of Atholl, this small boutique hotel welcoming families and children of all ages, offers timeless charm and elegance. Each of its spacious rooms has been individually designed, in a warm, harmonious blend of neutral and natural shades, wood and wicker, contemporary furniture and pieces of African design. Depending on the time of day, guests can enjoy the large pool under the shade of a row of palm trees, or the peace and quiet of the delightful library, with its open fire. The landscaped gardens surrounding the lovely house simply add to one’s feeling of serenity and offer a secluded, romantic setting where guests can lounge at leisure, enjoy a drink or dine.
A delightful colonial mansion, nestling in a coconut grove right at the water’s edge, is home to a tastefully appointed, charmingly refined little hotel. The soft, neutral shades of Flamant Home Interiors furniture in its individually designed guest rooms stand in brilliant contrast to the blue of the sea and green of the coconut palms, instilling deep feelings of peace and seclusion. The restaurant, also at the water’s edge, serves delicious creole and international dishes. However 20° SUD has two more treasures in store: the M/S Lady Lisbeth, the oldest motorboat on the island which, when evening falls, takes a party of guests to dine under the stars on the calm waters of the bay , and the untamed wilderness of the Governor’s House, a tiny restaurant created in a ruin on Île Plate, a catamaran ride away.
Home to lemurs, chameleons, tortoises, humming birds, medicinal plants, cocoa, vanilla, ylang-ylang, cloves, papyrus and carnivorous plants to name a few; Madagascar is one of the last remaining unspoilt oases on the planet. There are virgin forests, savannas, lazy bays and tiny islands to explore. The nature is so rich and abundant that the famous Parisian landscape architect Camille Muller was inspired to gather the rarest species in the hotel’s landscaped garden, where lemurs frolic during afternoon tea. Located in a nature reserve of 550 hectares, Anjajavy l'Hôtel consists of a beautiful ensemble of rosewood villas scattered over a long, fine sandy beach on the Mozambique Channel. By walking along marked pathways or by boat, explore deserted creeks, little fishing villages and the Tsingy, coral remains sculpted by erosion and overlapping baobab roots. This is pure serenity in a land which evokes passionate emotions.
With its intimate atmosphere, Château de Feuilles boasts panoramic views of the sea and islands that are quite simply breathtaking. Just below the hotel, with its pool and deliciously exotic restaurant, the fine sandy beach of Anse Marie-Louise promises unforgettable dips in the Indian Ocean. And for that extra special occasion, have the island of Grande-Sœur all to yourself for a weekend. Can you imagine anything more romantic than that?