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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
The Plettenberg, situated on a rocky headland in Africa’s most spectacular coastal resort town, is the ultimate escape. The rooms, suites and villas showcase some of the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa. With views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach, The Plettenberg is situated in the heart of the adventure-rich Garden Route. This region is world-renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities, from dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other exhilarating pursuits. The Plettenberg is the ideal place to both relax and unwind, or recharge and reinvigorate, through a series of sensational endeavours. The charming service, superb cuisine and the setting of this hotel combine to create the ultimate story, one of a South African seaside property unlike any other.
On the northern border of the Maasai Mara, you’ll find Mara Plains canvas tents are tucked away amongst the lush vegetation on the banks of the Ntiakatek river. This camp is one of the smallest in the region and offers the opportunity to get really close to nature and the local wildlife in the heart of a private conservancy with a very low density in vehicles and with abundant big cats. The programme is customised and very flexible – it is organised on a daily basis so that you can make the most of the unique experiences that nature constantly offers. The traditional safari-style tents, which are raised on decks and have a marquis ceiling, blend into the beautiful countryside and offer sweeping views of the savannah.