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9 new Relais & Châteaux members, 2 new destinations!

Relais & Châteaux is proud to present its newest members. Two new destinations have broadened our range of countries: Bulgaria and Réunion. Costa Rica has gained another property in the heart of the tropical jungle, as has Sri Lanka, which has opened unique accommodation in the Yala national park. These new hotels share a proximity to nature - bringing it right into the hotel - that provides a stunning backdrop. Are wild paradises about to become the new luxury?

9 new Relais & Châteaux members, 2 new destinations!

 

Nayara Springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica – “A paradise deep in the tropical jungle”

A stay in Naraya Springs is a chance to enjoy some down time where nature reigns supreme. A romantic retreat in the heart of the tropical jungle, the villas have the Arenal Volcano and lush fauna and flora as their backdrop. Each villa has its own pool, while the carefully thought-out interior design showcases the exotic wood floors and four-poster beds draped in sheer white fabric. Naraya Springs has previously won a number of prestigious hospitality awards around the world and leads a peaceful existence among the toucans, parrots and humminusirds.

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Blair Hill Inn, Greenville, Maine, USA – “A stunning view of Maine’s well-preserved countryside”

Blair Hill Inn, dating from the 19th century and set in former farmland, is surrounded by grandiose nature in the form of lakes and forests. There is nothing as beautiful as admiring the sunset over the immense Moosehead Lake. Guests come here seeking a certain kind of hospitality, tranquillity and relaxation, and find total harmony with nature. That doesn’t mean gastronomy takes a back seat: there are delicious moments to be shared while gazing through the restaurant’s large bay windows at the beautifully preserved, endless Maine vistas.

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Blue Margouillat Seaview Hotel, Saint-Leu, Réunion – “Creole architecture on the edge of the Indian Ocean” 

On the edge of the Indian Ocean, on the west coast of Réunion, sits the Blue Margouillat, an immaculate white creole building with a turquoise roof that blends into the sky above it. The exotic wood-floored suites each feature one of the island’s trademark verandas. Tropical luxury really comes into its own here, with the pool heated to 29 °C, the coconut trees and the panoramic view of the ocean. A choice setting for a peaceful, romantic break.

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Wild Coast Tented Lodge, Yala, Sri Lanka – “Canvas cocoons between the jungle and the beach” 

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Avaton Luxury Villas Resort, Chalkidiki, Greece – “The romantic paradise of Mount Athos” 

The Avaton Luxury Villas Resort offers villas and suites, most of which have their own private pool. This contemporary chic hotel is at the foot of Mount Athos. Its location at the foot of the sacred Mount Athos gives you the chance to admire the Orthodox monasteries that flank its slopes. A romantic hotel on a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

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Zornitza Family Estate, Zornitza, Bulgaria – “A stretch of wine country with exceptional scenery and thermal baths” 

Born out of the crazy dream of a family who wanted to combine nature with luxury, the Zornitza Family Estate blends in beautifully with the well-preserved surroundings of the southern Bulgarian vineyards. The family is very attached to their region and produce their own wine, honey and truffles, and grow vegetables that they serve up in delicious dishes in their restaurant. You won’t be short of things to do here, what with exploring the wine cellars or visiting exceptional nearby sites like the Melnik pyramids, unusual rock formations that are really worth a trip.

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Landromantik Hotel Oswald, Kaikenried, Germany – “A guest house deep in the Bavarian forest”

The Landromantik Hotel Oswald makes a perfect starting point for a spot of cross-country skiing in the Oberland or walking in the surrounding area, and can be enjoyed as much in winter as summer with its luxury offerings such as a seasonal indoor/outdoor pool. The cosy comfort of its wood-panelled rooms and ‘chalet chic’ décor provide the setting for a restful, restorative stay.

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Château de Valmer, La Croix-Valmer, France – “A beautiful property situated between the Provençal countryside and the Mediterranean Sea” 

Located 300 metres from the Mediterranean, in the heart of a 6-hectare estate, the Château de Valmer emerges at the end of a long, palm-tree-lined path. A certain art of living is cultivated here, where vineyards and the surrounding countryside provide an exquisite backdrop to this majestic property. Whether in the shade of the pretty patio, in the Michelin-starred restaurant, by the pool or in the spa, you are looking for the same sense of well-being, the Provençal art of living.

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Restaurant Au Crocodile, Strasbourg, France – “An exceptional restaurant in the centre of Strasbourg” 

Chef Franck Pelux, whose parents were restaurateurs in Burgundy, defines the cuisine he serves today in his Strasbourg restaurant as taking you on a journey of discovery of new flavours. The cuisine is regional yet modern, a mixture of Alsatian gastronomical classics to which he adds a hint of innovation and creativity. The Crocodile’s cosy, intimate décor is the ideal setting in which to enjoy this Michelin-starred cuisine.

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