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From the very outset you realise that you are entering a very different world: a few signs, sometimes imperceptible hints: a welcome message, a simple owner... a little gesture is all it takes. But a little gesture that says it all, this is the prelude to unforgettable moments. Since the very beginning, Relais & Châteaux have been truly adept at the art of welcoming and attending to your every need. The Welcome Trophy is presented to a property that has distinguished itself through the quality of its welcome and service. The ultimate benchmark for excellence, the great champagne house Moët & Chandon joins us in the selection of what epitomises our honour and our pride.
Hotel and restaurant in the country. At the heart of a 19th century Victorian estate, Otahuna Lodge seamlessly knits past and present together: period woodwork, stained glass windows and fifteen working fireplaces combine with a host of modern comforts and a rich collection of contemporary New Zealand art. Outside, Otahuna, which is Maori for little hill among the hills, has striking views over the Canterbury Plains and the Banks Peninsula. The song of native bellbirds invites guests to discover hidden glades, ponds and more than 120 different kinds of organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and mushrooms in the historic gardens. ... Learn moreless