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Our most in demand Relais & Châteaux properties in 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back! We’ve selected the Relais & Châteaux hotels that have been booked the most by you over the past year. The United States, Mexico, France and Italy were the four destinations that claimed all the votes. Key themes mentioned by our customers include nature and tranquillity, but also the temptation of hectic cities. Our guests come to relax, breathe and admire, as well as to succumb to daydreaming and laziness, but also to be charmed by the urban romance of cities such as New York, Rome or Paris. Whatever your favourite activity, here are the unanimously voted Relais & Châteaux properties.  Which one will you choose in 2017?

Our most in demand Relais & Châteaux properties in 2016

Stunning view from the terrace of The Surrey Hotel & Spa (USA, New York)
Between Central Park and Madison Avenue, the Surrey Hotel offers uninterrupted views of the whole of Manhattan from its roof terrace. A veritable art gallery in the heart of the city, this hotel is home to some thirty pieces of contemporary art that can be admired as you stroll the corridors of this prestigious hotel.


Chic skiing in the Rockies - Little Nell (USA, Colorado, Aspen)
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Aspen is one of the most famous ski resorts in the United States. Both summer and winter, this Colorado gem is a paradise for sporting activities such as skiing or cycling.


In the heart of the Napa Valley, the Auberge du Soleil (USA, California, Rutherford)
Nestled in an olive grove in the heart of the Napa Valley and its famous vineyards, the Auberge du Soleil has an unexpectedly Provençal feel. Guests come here in search of peace and quiet, as well as the charm of elegantly furnished rooms that offer endless views. A genuine Californian pearl!


Sunset over the Pacific at the Esperanza Resort (Mexico, Cabo San Lucas)
At the tip of the Baja California peninsula in Mexico, the Esperanza Resort offers incredible sunsets over the Pacific. Is it a romantic destination? Of course, but it’s also an adventure destination where you can try your hand at sea kayaking, surfing or diving with whale sharks. The choice is yours!


A romantic dream come true at Il San Pietro di Positano (Italy, Positano)

It’s like a dream come true, clinging to the rock and looking down to the sea far below! An ideal position where the spectacular views over Praiano, Positano and Capri are unforgettably romantic. This hotel has respectfully adapted to its environment, embracing nature with a subtle harmony between land and sea.


A secret Parisian garden at the Saint James Paris (France, Paris)
You want to keep some secret gardens to yourself, places in Paris filled with an intimacy that you can’t bring yourself to share with anyone...the Saint James is one of these. An elegant building in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, the Saint James Paris is a château surrounded by greenery, a timeless place where the talents of the decorator Bambi Sloan have given this property an extraordinary grace and elegance. 


Deep in the orange groves of Southern California, the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa (USA, California, Rancho Santa Fe)
In Southern California, north of San Diego, the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa extends as far as the eye can see with orange groves, hibiscus and cactus. This natural plant backdrop is well-suited to the property, which has made serenity and tranquillity its calling card. Sunseekers come all year round to this hotel built on the model of the haciendas. 


Nature and Michelin-starred cuisine at the Meadowood Napa Valley (USA, California, St Helena)

Epicureans are sure to feel at home here! In a magnificent setting where nature is revealed in all its grandeur, guests at the Meadowood can enjoy a game of tennis, golf or croquet. Is gastronomy more your thing? Allow yourself to be tempted by the exceptional three Michelin-starred cuisine of chef Christopher Kostow. Are you passionate about wine? Take time to appreciate its secrets with a visit to the grounds. At the Meadowood, the Napa Valley will reveal its hidden side!


Recharge you batteries at Blackberry Farm (USA, Tennessee, Walland)
Blackberry Farm is about going back to what really matters, to nature and its benefits, to fly fishing in nearby rivers, to enjoying a cooking class or even just taking the time to do nothing very much at all. Right in the heart of Tennessee, in the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains, this magnificent traditional farm offers the opportunity to recharge your batteries and adopt a healthy, serene lifestyle...for the length of your stay at least! 


Ancient Rome from the terrace of Hotel Raphaël (Italy, Rome)

Looking out over the Eternal City, home to the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica, the Hôtel Raphaël offers one of the world’s most stunning panoramas from its rooftop terrace. Rome and its jewel box are spread out before your eyes. As well as magnificent sunsets over St Peter’s Basilica and the city’s rooftops, the hotel is an extremely romantic spot where you can enjoy sophisticated organic cuisine concocted by chef Massimo Chiarella.