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New Relais & Châteaux Members: authenticity expressed with elegance

From the Namibian bush to Lisbon’s posh city centre, from the Michelin Guide’s London headquarters converted to a restaurant to the palms of Quito’s historic district, open your eyes and gaze with wonder, lend an ear and listen as architecture, patios, wine cellars and gardens tell their tales, each with a story of a land and the people who live there. At last, taste the genuine paradises embodied by these establishments, where nature is a precious resource to be preserved, where healthy, local cuisine is a watchword, where well-being is a must. We warmly welcome these Properties to Relais & Châteaux!

Bibendum, London, United Kingdom – 2 Michelin stars

Behind the magnificent Art Deco façade of the building that once housed the Michelin tyre company, as well as the headquarters of that firm’s celebrated red Guide, is one of the most popular eating establishments on the London scene. In the swanky Chelsea district, Chef Claude Bosi relies on his French heritage and Lyon roots to serve refined cuisine crafted from truly top-class ingredients, be it foie gras, caviar, lobster, pigeon or Bresse fowl. The dining-room service is brisk and fluid, helping to make every bite taken here a moment of delight.

Claude Bosi - Bibendum

Valverde Hotel, Lisbon, Portugal

On the stylish Avenida da Liberdade, the Valverde Hotel rises like an elegant townhouse, its classical facade enchanting the eye with volute columns and sculpted ornamental friezes. Cross the threshold into the profoundly intimate world created by architects and interior decorators José Pedro Vieira and Diogo Rosa Lã: a realm of discreet luxury, 1950s furniture, velvet armchairs, paintings, engravings. The Pateo – the perfect place for quiet conversation, tranquil reflection, or a long afternoon with a novel – is a refreshing, calm oasis away from the bustle of town, home to a streamlined swimming pool encircled by lush vegetation. In the kitchens, Chef Carla Sousa channels her Cape Verdean pedigree into the flavours of her Portuguese cuisine.

Valverde Hotel

Taverna Estia, Naples, Italy – 2 Michelin stars

Mario and Francesco Sposito inherited their detail-focused passion from their parents’ restaurant. Francesco labours in his kitchen-lab wearing the crown of his two Michelin stars, while his brother, Mario, put his encyclopaedic knowledge and love of wine to prudent use as a sommelier. The warm atmosphere and meticulous wine selection are the perfect platform for the superbly crafted dishes reflecting the gastronomic history of the Naples region, the Amalfi Coast and, more broadly, Italy. On the restaurant menu, the producers (farmer, butcher, pasta-maker) are given their due before the delicious listing unfurls in a flavour-filled ode: smoked artichokes stuffed with pecorino mousse, parsley and seasonal garlic, black truffle or Genovese-style Neapolitan pasta.

Mario Sposito Francesco Sposito Taverna Estia

Le Domaine de la Klauss, Montenach, France

In the heart of the land of the 3 borders (Luxembourg, Germany and France), overlooking the seven hills of Montenach, lies Le Domaine de la Klauss, a place of renewal and refreshment. Behind its imposing stone architecture is a cocoon of well-being, with an 800 m² Gemology spa offering matchless moments of relaxation. Each Suite here is unique, individually decorated and bears the name of a member of the owners’ family. All rooms give pride of place to local stones. In the kitchen, Chef Benoit Potdevin takes tremendous care with his culinary creations, giving them the same love he does the ingredients from the establishment’s own kitchen garden and free-range farm.

Le Domaine de la Klauss

Casa Gangotena, Quito, Ecuador         

On the historic Plaza San Francisco, a celebrated site in Quito’s old town, Casa Gangotena towers majestically around a palm-framed patio. The cream-coloured, neoclassical architecture glows in regal splendour, while the interiors – a wonderland of painted ceilings, rich woodwork and gleaming mirrors – radiate warmth and welcome. Remember to spend time on the terrace with a magnificent, panoramic view of the square and the Ecuadorian capital’s diverse neighbourhoods. The Chef applies traditional cooking to sustainably grown ingredients sourced from many of the country’s regions. Thus are born his menus, true reflections of Ecuador’s culinary essence, embellished with Spanish and European influences.      

Casa Gangotena

Hotel del Parque, Guayaquil, Ecuador

The Hotel del Parque has the privilege of being inside the boundaries of the Parque Historico de Guayaquil. This tropical oasis is a verdant sanctuary where you can savour the site’s eight hectares on foot, discovering more than fifty animal species. The hotel, an exquisite work of colonial architecture, is set on the banks of the Daule River and home to patios where hundred-year-old trees watch sedately over fountains, orchids and birds. A wellspring of refinement, a place of contemplation and comfort, soothing to body, mind and spirit.

Hotel del Parque

Epako Safari Lodge & Spa, Omaruru, Namibia

In the mountainous realms of the Namibian bush bordering the Damaraland region, the Epako Safari Lodge combines the refinement of a luxury hotel with the raw beauty of wildlife. Here, guests traverse the lands of the San, whose presence can be detected in many places around the lodge by virtue of their rock paintings. Visitors can also observe the activities of an astonishing variety of animals on the reserve’s 11,000 hectares: white rhino, leopard, spotted hyena, brightly coloured birds. The lodge offers a distinctive human sanctuary amidst one for wild beasts. A nature-lover’s dream, a photographer’s paradise.

Epako Safari Lodge & Spa

Gut Steinbach Hotel, Reit im Winkl, Germany

The Gut Steinbach Hotel & Chalets, the sister hotel of the Relais & Châteaux Park-Hotel Egerner Höfe, stretches over 50 hectares and convinced by the Bavarian art de vivre and an authentic haven of hospitality, designed to be also fully sustainable. Sports enthusiasts and nature lovers will be delighted with the plethora of outdoor activities on offer in these breathtaking surroundings. The hotel occupies a main building and a number of cottages dotting the banks of a pond, the perfect place for a retreat or an invigorating vacation of physical activity. Each of the seven chalets has its own yard, fireplace and relaxation area. The restaurant serves cuisine that honours farm-to-table principles, featuring vegetables grown in the garden on the grounds and animals raised on site.

Gut Steinbach Hotel

Restaurant Orana, Adelaide, Australia

Chef Jock Zonfrillo champions native Australian ingredients in his fine-dining restaurant in Adelaide Australia, Restaurant Orana. He has travelled into Indigenous communities for decades, meeting and learning from the Elders, and translating their sophisticated gathering and cooking techniques into the Restaurant Orana menu. A meal at Restaurant Orana opens your mind – it’s educational, it’s delicious, it’s creative, it respects Indigenous ingredients, culture and methods – a truly unique experience which includes up to sixty native ingredients across your 18- courses, from Moreton Bay fig shoots to strawberry eucalytpus.

Restaurant Orana


MARCH 2019 - Origin & Theory - Galápagos – Ecuador

Aboard the MV Theory, sister ship to the MV Origin, you will explore the Galápagos, a natural archipelago listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the course of this extraordinary cruise, the crew will ensure you enjoy an unforgettable experience in the lap of Mother Nature, honouring the maxims of preservation and respect. Set sail for true adventure!


Origin & Theory