Publié le 13/11/2020

Gift Boxes: Contemplating
the Seven Cardinal Delights

Want to daydream about what you’re going to do “after”? Here are seven Relais & Châteaux gift-box ideas for indulging in life’s greatest delights – as soon they’re again within reach.

Gift Boxes: Contemplating |the Seven Cardinal Delights

© Joann Pai

Want to daydream about what you’re going to do “after”? Here are seven Relais & Châteaux gift-box ideas for indulging in life’s greatest delights – as soon they’re again within reach.

Because we all want to give and receive the joys of life and make plans in the expectation of imminent freedom, Relais & Châteaux has created gift boxes for every taste, perfect for the upcoming holiday season. And they’re good for a two-year period – just the kind of flexibility we all need right now. 
 

Feasting

Have teleworking and lockdowns left you uninspired when cooking at home? Then imagine a getaway to one of the gourmet dining establishments in France and abroad contained in this gift box dedicated to gustatory pleasures. Like that of Christopher Coutanceau and his three Michelin stars. Set sail for France’s La Rochelle to experience his Villa Grand Voile restaurant overlooking the ocean. Meagre, langoustine, scallops – the chef, a native son and local-fishing fan, knows better than anyone how to prepare seafood. Your only task is to pull up a chair and pick up a fork.

Boxes dedicated to epicureans :
Création N°01: Three-course gourmet delight
Création N°03: Multi-course culinary adventure
Création N°05: An extraordinary meal
Création N°07: Dinner by a grand chef

Take off at Christopher Coutanceau restaurant © Joann Pai
To be found in the boxes N°01/03/05/07

 

Relaxing

Enjoy tranquility for two with this gift box containing one night’s accommodations, a meal, and a spa treatment for you both. It’s a chance to discover the Chasa Montana, tucked in a small village in the Swiss canton of Grisons. This plush mountain chalet is home to a modern spa spanning more than 16,000 square feet. Pamper yourself all day, starting with a Sisley treatment, then a dip in the indoor pool, and finally relaxing in one of the seven steam baths. The icing on the cake: Reserve the Montana floating experience for a moment of salt-water weightlessness.  

Boxes for a well-being break :
Création N°27: Well-being & fine-dining escape
Création N°53: A moment of well-being

A moment of relaxation at the spa of the Hotel Chasa Montana, in the heart of Graubünden.
To be found in the box N°27.


Dreaming

Now that you’ve memorized every public park and patch of forest near your home, imagine yourself on the other side of the world, something that will no doubt be physically possible in a few months. This gift box, called “Dream Destination” and good for two years like all our others, is your ticket to discovering the most exquisite Relais & Châteaux properties. Such as the Taha’a Island Resort & Spa in Tahiti, a gem of Polynesian architecture with overwater suites. Lush vegetation, white sand beaches, turquoise waters – the perfect combination for real-life reverie. 

Boxes to travel to the end of the world :
Création N°29: Suite escape, unique activity & fine dining
Création N°55: Dream destination - 1 or 2 nights

White sand beach and turquoise water, the dream getaway at the Taha'a Island Resort & Spa in Tahiti.
To be found in the boxes N°29/55.

 

Sipping

Want to taste great wines somewhere other than in your living room? The winelover’s gift box is the perfect excuse for a tête-à-tête along Tuscany’s Wine Road. With a stop at the Relais Santa Croce in Florence, where the three-star Enotecca Pinchiori restaurant houses an impressive wine cellar. Or Il Borro, a medieval village that the Ferragamo family has transformed into a hotel complex dedicated to wine tourism. Or perhaps the Relais Il Falconiere, a 17th-century family residence nestled ‘twixt vineyards and olive trees. Unless, of course, you prefer to try all three!

Boxes dedicated to wine lovers : 
Création N°125: Wine-lover’s holiday
Création N°153: Routes du bonheur - 3 nights

Il Borro, destination dedicated to wine tourism in Tuscany © Arturo Bamboo
To be found in the boxes N°125/153.


Exploring 

Want to take your clan on a winter city break? With the “Bed & Breakfast Getaway” gift box, you cross the Belgian border and head towards Antwerp. There’s something for everyone in this Flemish city: medieval architecture, redeveloped industrial waterfronts, and a lively art scene, with the M HKA contemporary art museum at its center. Come nightfall, recover from your cultural discoveries at downtown Antwerp’s Hotel Franq, a contemporary establishment housed in a neo-classical building. The gourmet restaurant and wine cellar – in the vault of the former Belgian National Bank – render it more fascinating still.

Boxes dedicated to those who prefer cultural tourism : 
Création N°09: Bed & breakfast getaway
E-box N°23: City break - 1 or 2 nights

Stop at Hotel Franq in Antwerp for a cultural city-break with the family.
To be found in the box N°09.

 

Unplugging

If any location more than 50 miles from home now seems exotic, imagine how thrilling a place 5,000 miles away would be. Kyoto, for instance. Here in Japan’s former imperial capital, everything is exotic: culture, architecture, traditions, dining (considered some of the country’s best). The ideal headquarters from which to see it all? Kanamean Nishitomiya, an historic ryokan of enchanting wooden architecture set right in the city center. From your bedroom furnished in futons and bamboo, contemplate the Japanese garden while wrapped in a simple kimono. Reset guaranteed.

Boxes dedicated to globetrotters : 
Création N°15: A delicious night for two
Création N°19: An exceptional dinner & overnight for two

Kaiseki dinner at Kanamean Nishitomiya ryokan © Lauren Wells
To be found in the box N°19.


Escaping

After months of virtual life, you have only one thing on your mind: getting away from your screens and getting back to nature! And the place to do this is on Scotland’s west coast, on the private island of the Isle of Eriska Hotel. Nearly 350 acres are reserved just for guests, to watch Highland herds grazing peacefully, laugh at the sea lions’ antics, try to spot a golden eagle. When it’s time to transition back to civilization, start with a swim in the spa’s indoor pool, sheltered in a former stable, before some local dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant. Long live real life.

Boxes for letting go :
E-box N°17: A château experience
Création N°23:  Delicious getaway – 1 or 2 nights

Refocus on nature on the private island of Eriska Hotel in Scotland.
To be found in the box N°23.
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