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.
Discover the excellent cuisine served in our properties: traditional or contemporary, it never fails to be wonderfully creative. This creativity is recognised throughout the world, as our Grands Chefs are considered to be the pinnacle of fine dining.
Asia, driven by China, is the epitome of a thrusting continent, yet one that has not turned its back on its ancient traditions. From India to Japan, from Taiwan to Singapore, the Asian ‘Dragon’ continues to exert its fascination.
Asia is still as attractive to visitors as it ever was. Travellers, already familiar with the beaches of Thailand and Bali and the sheer scale of Singapore and Hong Kong, are discovering the delights of these countries which are rapidly emerging as tourist destinations. Take China, for example. From Beijing to Shanghai, Xi’an to Yunnan, this new world power is introducing its ancient History to the rest of the world. India and Sri Lanka, with their outstanding hotels, boast a strong identity based on fervently held religious customs. Southeast Asia offers new temptations: Cambodia, Burma and Laos now add their cultures to those of Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia. The Far East has retained its devotees: behind all the symbols of breakneck modernity, from South Korea to Japan, lie deeply-held traditions.
Chef Kiyomi Mikuni, a maestro in the art of adding a Japanese flourish to French cuisine, has one of the most sought after restaurants in Tokyo. Thyme, rosemary and chervil are skillfully paired with maitake, a fragrant mushroom, and kaiware, a local herb. The best of both cultures are showcased in daring creations like the famous seabass borsch, Mikuni-style, pan-fried langoustines from Odawara and carrot cube fricassee in vermilion butter essence. In honour of the masters who inspired him, Kiyomi Mikuni’s menu also features Paul Bocuse’s truffle soup, Alain Chapel’s lobster salad and chicken liver gateau in a crayfish butter sauce.
One of the best Catalan restaurants is also present in the land of the rising sun. The Japanese version of the famous Sant Pau restaurant is located in the district of Nihonbashi, near Ginza. People in Tokyo marvel at the delicate and modern Catalan cooking of Chefs Carme Ruscalleda and Yosuke Okazaki, who raise cuisine to an art form. On the menu, you will find a wide variety of local Japanese fish and vegetables. Do not miss Iberian pork, pigeon cooked in an aroma of cherry blossom or the suite of desserts. The light is soft and Spanish avant-garde paintings adorn the walls.
A stay in Gôra Kadan, the former retreat of the Imperial Family, Kanin-no-miya, situated in the heart of Hakone National Park, is an invitation to bring your five senses to life by immersing yourself in the ancient Japanese way of life. Listen to the gentle swoosh of a sliding wall made of rice paper, smell the fragrant flower incense, taste the traditional Kaiseki cuisine and feel the touch of silk. This calm retreat is located in an area known for its springs, which are heated by volcanic rocks. The suites have been designed in a minimalist style, and the hotel’s facilities include a swimming pool, a spa, and a beauty salon.
It is said that the great teacher of Japanese Buddhism, Kobo Daishi, bathed every morning in the river Katsura and emerged purified. A few minutes from this river, the hotel Asaba submerges you in the Japan of legends: traditional “Noh” theatre performed by the riverside. After a game of golf in picturesque surroundings, leave your kimono behind and enjoy the pleasures of an open-air bath filled with spring water. The restaurant serves traditional dishes with delightful combinations of sweet and savoury flavours. In the lounge, relax in a chair designed by famous Italian-American Harry Bertoia and in the garden, be inspired by the sweet fragrances of nature.
Every room at Bettei Senjuan looks out on Mount Tanigawa, with its snow-capped peaks and the cherry blossom trees at its base that turn the landscape a beautiful pink in spring. Take the time to discover the hot spring baths in the rooms, the gardens and the tranquil wellness . Floor to ceiling windows frame the views of unspoilt nature and allow natural light to fill the zen-inspired interior, where modern design meets the art of Kumiko wood joinery and original calligraphy. The impressively presented traditional food with a contemporary twist is also influenced by the hot springs for which the region is famous.
In the heart of Japan’s “Northern Alps”, discover the secret charms of this hotel that opened in 1931. This little jewel is tucked away in the calm and serenity of the mountains, between the snowy peaks and fine traditional hot springs, located in the national park, and renowned for their therapeutic qualities. Tobira Onsen Myojinkan offers a divinely serene atmosphere in the forest, relaxing baths in the heart of nature, aromatherapy and superb rooms and suites. The sophisticated Kaiseki-style food is a marvellous balance of textures, flavours and colours. Organic French cuisine is also on offer, prepared by a talented chef who specializes in macrobiotic cuisine.
Founded in 1928 in the spa town of Yamashiro, Beniya Mukayu is located on the road from the revered Kyoto to the world heritage sites Shirakawago-Gokayama, close to Kanazawa. The hotel’s architecture elegantly emphasizes contrasts between light, shade and neutral colours. Every room has its own private open-air hot spring bath, with a wonderful view of the authentic Japanese garden. The traditional tea ceremony performed by the owner, yoga lessons given every morning, the finest Kaga style Kaiseki cuisine served on locally crafted crockery, as well as invigorating medicinal spa treatments, combine to make Beniya Mukayu a peaceful haven.
“Never be satisfied.” Franco-Japanese chef Yoshinori Shibuya, the perfectionist, has never forgotten this snippet of advice given to him by the great French chef Alain Chapel. Constantly pushing his creativity to new heights, Chef Shibuya has followed in the footsteps of Chapel and Robuchon, his two inspirations, to create a top restaurant in Osaka. In a minimalist setting, decorated with bronzes and fabrics, you can savour French-inspired marvels, with a deep respect for the products, including the famous coriander lobster salad, paupiettes of sole with foie gras and lamb piccata. Perhaps perfection does exist after all.
In this acclaimed traditional Ryotei restaurant on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan’s landmark city, Kashiwaya offers modern Japanese food in a dining room designed in the “Sukiya” style, Japan’s traditional format for tea ceremonies: Fusuma sliding doors, shoji paper screens, tatami mats and Tokonoma reception rooms, each executed in a contemporary style. The menu is limited to just eight dishes, which are changed every month. The specialities of the famous Chef Hideaki Matsuo include Amadai, a dish made with grilled tile fish marinated in a salt shrimp “shiokara” dip, and puffer roe boiled in sake, floating on a turnip soup.
Kobe is the most cosmopolitan of Japanese cities. In the chic district of Kitano, foreigners who settled here from the 19th century onwards, built residences in the style of their distant homelands. A French lifestyle is very much in evidence in this fine red brick building that is testimony to an entire chapter of Japan’s history. There is a courtyard and interior garden, elegant décor and, above all, the cuisine of Chef Hiroshi Yamaguchi, who is skilled in the art of sublime dishes. On the menu is the famous fugu and its soft roe in crunchy potatoes, caramelised salsify and vegetable jus, or the incomparable Kobe beef in a salt crust
Hirohisa Koyama has taken over the restaurant created by his grandfather on the island of Shikoku almost a century ago. Today Aoyagi is located in central Tokyo, but it is a calm and elegant hideaway with a graceful sense of Japanese incense and decoration. Well-known in France thanks to his popular book and lectures, Koyama is one of the greatest chefs in Japan. His cuisine is simple, good and beautiful, combining tradition and innovation. Life and experience are instilled in each dish to create gourmet stories rich in spirit. Always going forward, Koyama believes that the link between past and present must be continuity for change to happen. This is his philosophy of cooking.
Outside, a big, white, minimalist, modern cube. Inside, wood, bamboo and light, installations and art works. Chef and food director Ms. Kyoung-Won Park’s exquisite cuisine adds the finishing touch to this delightfully refined décor. Each dish draws its inspiration from nature, from a poem or a painting, and is, in itself, a work of art. Flowers, herbs and vegetables create a poetic garden on the plate, placed there as by a breath of air. This harmony of colours pays homage to the paintings of Matisse, and a dessert might, for example, evoke antique blue and white ceramic tiles: an utterly unique experience where art meets fine Korean dining.
Perfectly positioned in Beijing’s financial and trade centre, JE Mansion offers the very best of Chinese hospitality. Chinese culture permeates every detail, starting with the traditional architecture and precious artwork that adorns the building. Guest rooms are decorated in classical style, featuring carvings in wood, brick and stone, elements of calligraphy and a warm colour palette, while all modern comforts have been thought of. The restaurant serves delicacies inspired by China’s four main culinary traditions. An absolute rarity for central Beijing is the hotel’s sprawling 50,000 sq m lawn, ideal for grand events.
The French Concession of Shanghai has always been considered as the memory of the glamorous Belle Époque. Le Sun Chine lies calmly in a small lane in the heart of this historic area. It provides well-appointed suites with a blended colonial-Chinese style design, bringing the guests a cozy and homey staying experience. The Chinese restaurant, Lilac Family Cuisine, presents the most traditional taste of land. The indoor swimming pool is another uniqueness that Le Sun Chine offers, winning the best hotel swimming pool design prize nationally. At Le Sun Chine, one will find a peaceful home, isolated from the crowded metropolis, memorizing the life of once upon.
Pagodas, pavilions and gardens cluster at the foot of the hills surrounding West Lake blend into the countryside itself. This special place has provided a source of inspiration to poets and artists since the Tang dynasty and is now listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. Chaptel Hotel is an oasis just off the West Lake, where you can experience the classic Hangzhou. This authentic Shikumen brick-built mansion has now recovered all its former glory: the decor of the main suites combines traditional Chinese furniture (including traditional wooden shutters) with Art Deco ornaments, such as rugs and lamps, from the period from which the building dates.
Jingmai Brilliant Resort & Spa is located in the stunning Lancang river area, the worldwide origin of the tea tree. Ten thousand acres of Pu’er tea garden with thousands of years of history are located in the Jingmai mountains, which are inhabited by the descendants of tea plantation minority groups. The Pu’er tea from the Brilliant Pu’er Tea Estate meets the EU regulation for organic products. At the property, whose building style is perfectly in harmony with nature, guests can experience the most natural Chinese tea culture, enjoy the leisure in the resort, the healthy and delicious local food cooked by using natural ingredients, the tailor-made tea spa or discover colorful minority groups’ customs and the mysterious Pu’er green triangle zone.
Blending into the surroundings, listening to the sounds of water, you are carried away by the life-enhancing hot spring. In the mountains, within one-hour travel from Taipei, this dream becomes a reality. Enjoy the views of forests and crystalline river water from the hotel and you may see how the nature expresses her beauty. The building is part of the mountain and inside, a blend of Taiwan aboriginal life style and autochthonous inspiration stands out. The private bathhouses allow guests to enjoy the spring water while gazing out over the peaceful river, and the aromatherapy treatments provide relaxation. The cuisine served in the two restaurants is up to the standards of any discerning gourmet.
It has been more than a century 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 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 rooms – each with its own hot springs tub. Ming-Hong Chiu has succeeded in crafting a delicate and relaxing atmosphere by artfully combining the surrounding natural elements: water, wood, trees and stone, in the midst of lush vegetation covered in mist from the hot springs.
Le Moût is a highlight of Taiwan’s gastronomic scene. Situated in the heart of bustling Taichung, the restaurant has garnered international praise since launching. The name Le Moût derives from the French word for the process of fermenting grape juice, a simple substance, into a fine and complex wine. Similarly, young emblematic Chef Lanshu Chen takes simple ingredients and transforms them into sophisticated, unexpected dishes. Presented in an exquisite French and elegant manner, the flavours are inspired by local produce and memory of the land; it is her “cuisine de terroir”. The interiors pair antique chandeliers, sleek modern mirrors and rich velvet upholstered seats.
The Wanakarn Beach Resort & Spa in Phuket is a hideaway whose villas offer amenities and services at the highest level in total intimacy. Discover the resort, its peaceful beachfront with four-poster alfresco day beds, natural botanical gardens, a sweeping infinity pool offering breath-taking views of the ocean and an intimate Thai spa; time will instantly slow down. Bicycles and kayaks are available should adventure be on the agenda. Thai fusion food is the specialty and is not to be missed, especially when enjoyed at a romantic dinner on the beach during one of the spectacular sunsets.
Emmanuel Stroobant has not stopped making headlines since he landed on Singapore’s shores a decade ago. Early training in renowned establishments instilled in this Belgian Chef, with a rock star look, a meticulous approach that is reflected in the way he composes his dishes. His European-inspired cuisine with Japanese flourishes and his daring and delicious creations, like the 48-hour Angus beef short rib Japanese style or his foie gras with truffles, have been lauded by guests and restaurant critics alike. Over the years, Saint Pierre has proved itself to be a gem of culinary arts.
Sher Bagh is a pioneering camp of luxurious tents nestling by the world renowned Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. It is ideally situated for game drives and excursions into the finest habitat in the world to see tigers in the wild. Discover the 8th century fort of Ranthambhore, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Mughal ruins, palaces and cenotaphs. With a collective experience of over 40 years, we offer an unsurpassed game experience. When not out in the wild, relax by our swimming pool, offering vistas of the landscape. Our cuisine combines British-Raj style lunches and traditional Indian dinners cooked over clay ovens using nourishing home-grown ingredients, handpicked from our organic garden.
The Serai, Jaisalmer, a luxurious camp, sits on a 100-acre private estate of indigenous desert scrub, drawing inspiration from the designs of the royal caravan sites of Rajputana; blending their dash and vivacity with modern amenities and services. Venture into the mystical environs of Jaisalmer, discover its fabled golden fortress, now a Unesco World Heritage Site. Amidst this haven of peace the SUJÁN spa offers treatments in enclosed gardens. We serve local delicacies and western selections from daily changing menus that are meticulously planned using fresh ingredients. The enchanting location makes for a perfect evening to succumb to the charms of the legendary Manganiyars musicians.
Samode Safari Lodge is eco-designed, taking its inspiration from the architecture of the colourful neighbouring villages, and blends seamlessly into the country side. Separate, elegantly furnished and decorated lodges look out onto the wilderness. You are in the heart of India, on the edge of Bandhavgarh National Park, the territory with the highest density of tigers in the world. These splendid cats and the diverse flora and fauna of the region are explored in specially designed Safari vehicles with knowledgeable and articulate guides. The owners’ passion of food has led to the offering of an ever changing menu in different and exciting venues.
Rated as one of the finest yoga retreats in the world, Shreyas is dedicated to self-discovery and rejuvenation. Shreyas is a seamless blend of the modern and the timeless, sumptuousness and simplicity, indulgence and enlightenment where guests can practice yoga in luxurious and elegant surroundings. The small number of rooms preserves the intimacy and serenity of this large refuge. Guests can delve into ancient Indian texts, meditation techniques and ayurveda. Also on offer are revitalising massages, organic farming, cultural tours and community service. The cuisine is vegetarian and there is a no alcohol policy. A haven of peace for the perfect balance of body, mind and soul.
The Malabar House is more than a beautifully designed heritage hotel. It is an art hotel, home of a carefully curated collection, highlighting Kerala’s composite culture as a passage between East and West. The rooms are comfortable and the service is flawless. Malabar Junction, the hotel’s renowned restaurant and Divine, its wine lounge, combine the tradition of South India with exciting culinary innovation. Enjoy classical music or a dance performance on the patio’s stage, rejuvenate body and soul at the ayurvedic centre, step into the history and culture of Fort Cochin, and explore Kerala’s backwaters on the hotel’s own eco-friendly house boat.
Tea Trails is perched at an altitude of 1,250 m in Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea region, bordering Sri Lanka’s Central Highlands World Heritage site. Stay in one of four authentic tea planters’ bungalows, each one of which has its own charm. Lakeside Castlereagh and Summerville, Norwood with panoramic views, and Tientsin, the most traditionally colonial of the four; they are all decorated with period furniture. Observe life on a working tea estate, savour the gourmet cuisine, and be pampered by a personal butler. This is the ideal setting for trekking and biking against the breath-taking backdrop of mountains, lakes and waterfalls.
Purity offers all that is authentic – it is a haven of serenity tucked away on the west bank of Lake Vembanad, whose peaceful waters can be seen from all terraces and verandas. Its guest rooms are bright and spacious, crafted in a sleek contemporary style and showcasing artwork & antiques. Works of contemporary artists like Pradeep Puthoor & Abdul Kalam are displayed throughout and engage in a constant dialogue between past and present. Morning yoga sessions, open to all, provide a gentle introduction to the day. Then you can go to the lake front, pool or even take a local canoe ride on the lake. The purity kitchen serves creative cooking with authentic Keralan flavours.
When you visit India, leave the beaten track and enjoy an extraordinary experience at Shakti 360˚, Leti. This luxurious yet minimalist hideaway built of wood and stone and vast expanses of glass, nestled at an altitude of 8000 feet, overlooks the perennially snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. The journey to the retreat is an adventure in itself; a simple trail through a wild, rugged landscape leads to this wonderfully isolated spot and the opportunity to warm up in front of the fire. Exceptional gourmet cooking makes great use of the local produce. Enjoy the tranquility while taking in the views; let the mountains weave their magic. It is an ideal spot for contemplation, meditation and non intrusive immersion into the culture of this region of India.
Here, a few chickens amble across the courtyard; there, a fish leaps from the pond. Nature, in this hamlet of thatched-roofed cottages tucked away in the heart of the forest, right next to a river, is all enveloping. Each tiny house, perched on rock and swathed in greenery, houses a suite furnished and decorated in the most traditional of styles, conjuring feelings of infinite peace. The door slides open and leads to a natural stone bath fed by a hot-water spring. In the morning, guests take breakfast in a dining room next to the river. Cuisine is authentic, delicate and subtly aromatic, prepared from vegetables straight from the kitchen garden.
The Brilliant Resort & SPA Tengchong is located in a 600 year-old border trade city on the Southern silk route, and is considered as one of the most charming towns in China. The property is marked by a blend of contemporary design with traditional charm and nature in a unique cultural landscape. Guests enjoy a wonderful rural scenery with great vistas, including the volcano or bridges and rivers. Outdoor hot spring pools are scattered around the garden and invite you to a unique geothermal journey. The Jade Spa and the Volcanic Energy Spa integrate local cultural characteristics. Enjoy outstanding local cuisine and a Brilliant tea ceremony, with a cup of pu’er tea.
The floor-to-ceiling glass windows at the Molière, tucked away in a quiet residential district of Sapporo, look out over Maruyama Park. World-renowned French cuisine, executed with a deft touch by chef Hiroshi Nakamichi and the team trained by him over the last twenty years, is served in bright, modern surroundings. His dishes pay homage to Hokkaido’s rich natural resources and their apparent traditionalism belies great skill in enhancing the flavours of local ingredients: roast duck with salsifi confit, Tokachi beef, herb-scented locally-reared lamb and carpaccio of turbot with seasonal vegetables.
Simply cross the threshold of the Yihe Mansions and you will enter the Republic of China again, a time when the country’s leading people built their residences in the shade of the maple trees on Yihe Road in Nanjing, the capital of 10 dynasties. These private yellow-walled villas have been magnificently restored and now offer sophisticated, deeply historical accommodation with a spa, restaurants, clubs and suites. They are extremely spacious with soft light and greenery throughout; the décor is an elegant blend of traditional artefacts and contemporary objects, with fine woods and precious fabrics – a serene environment where you can truly appreciate the beauty of this culture.
The capital of Yunnan Province, "City of Eternal Spring", known for its famous Stone Forest and Jiuxiang Scenic Region, boasts a resort designed for wellness. A collection of harmoniously relaxing villas overlooking the lake allows guests to take full advantage of the benefits of the surrounding countryside and, in particular, the natural hot springs which gush in the garden: ponds, outdoor pools, landscaped gardens and white sandy beaches provide the setting for an invigorating experience. A wide range of treatments, including a Pu’er tea tasting, are available in various spas (famous Traditional Chinese Medical - TCM spas), along with yoga and tai chi classes, practised in perfect harmony with nature.
Chef Kazunori Otowa has dedicated his work to French cuisine, and opened his restaurant in his hometown, the vibrant city of Utsunomiya, after gaining experience in Europe and alongside acclaimed chef Alain Chapel. Beautifully presented and composed as sophisticated works of art, his dishes focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients such as Tochigi Wagyu beef, Yashio-Masu (local trout), eel, cheese from Nasu Highland or Asian pears. Balancing the French influence in the cuisine, the decor of the restaurant pays tribute to the regional heritage, using Oya stone and Mashiko pottery mixed with antiques, sculptures and iron art collected by Kazunori Otowa over the years.
Bibo, a French restaurant and lounge bar, is unlike anywhere else on earth. Its building dates back to the 1930s and once housed the Compagnie Générale Française de Tramways – abandoned it then became a place where street artists could find their expression and took the name Bibo. Today, Bibo is an offbeat place which combines the best of two different worlds: contemporary art and cuisine. In an underground setting displaying works by the finest contemporary artists from Keith Haring to Murakami, Executive Chef Mutaro Balde and Chef de Cuisine Conor Beach masterfully serve delicious French gourmet cuisine where everything, from the bread to the ice cream, is home-made.
A turqoise lagoon, beaches with soft white sand and luscious vegetation – that’s the gorgeous setting of Soneva Fushi: protected by its own house reef, a gem of an island, where turtles nest. Designed to be in total harmony with the environment, the villas with palm-thatched roofs hide amongst the trees; set right on the beach and opening out towards nature, they make you feel as if you’re the only person there. A modern take on Robinson Crusoe, it is easy to forget everyday life on the edge of the Indian Ocean, or in the spa, swimming amongst fish, admiring manta rays in one of the most stunning diving locations of the world or picnicking on a desert island.
This superb “Fortress of the Sun” overlooks the Thar desert, right in the heart of Rajasthan. Mihir Garh, designed throughout by Sidhart Singh and his wife Rashmi, was born out of their desire to share this heaven on earth. The fortress mirrors the architecture of the local villages, with its rounded edges, open fireplaces and alcoves, and the colour of the stone merges seamlessly with the surrounding sand. Mihir Garh stands as a tribute to this land swept by the desert winds and has been designed as an eco-friendly hotel. Each suite provides a unique place to relax, where luxurious appointments act as a foil to the mineral sand of the surrounding desert.
The guest rooms open onto private gardens with vistas of palm trees swaying in the breeze against an ocean backdrop. Cape Weligama’s residences and villas sit atop a promontory overlooking the Indian Ocean and enjoy stunning views of idyllic
landscapes on all sides. At the seafront, the crescent-shaped infinity pool seems
to float above the waves; alongside stone pathways leading to secluded coves
where turtles flap about in the crystal-clear shallows. The terracotta-tiled rooftops
of the accommodations, designed by renowned architect Lek Bunnag, create the
illusion of a traditional Sri Lankan village with generously sized, stylishly furnished
Tucked away in the South Indian state of Kerala, Niraamaya Retreats Surya Samudra overlooks the Arabian Sea. Its cottages, nestled amongst the coconut trees and caressed by the sea breeze, offer the best in Keralian Heritage architecture. A path wends its way to the ‘Chandra’ beach – an idyllic beach with intensely private vibes. Ayurvedic massages and Thai relaxation therapies take you on exhilarating sensory journeys, while Yoga sessions on a platform at the cliff’s edge make for an absolutely enlivening experience. In the restaurants, bold flavours compete with stunning views – the chef’s Indian cuisine is a masterly blend of the most delicate of herbs with the warmth of spices.