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Five new Relais & Châteaux properties – a paean to nature, good taste and youth

May 1, 2014 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

The Relais & Châteaux family sees the addition of 5 new properties, all distinctive jewels in its crown, which celebrate the Relais & Châteaux spirit and its values, and offer the opportunity to enjoy thrilling experiences across all five continents: A strong commitment to the environment with two new properties on the other side of the world: for the first time in the Maldives, the iconic Soneva Fushi, an eco-hotel pioneering the ‘SLOW LIFE’ philosophy and, in southern Patagonia, the incredible Awasi Patagonia, a beacon to responsible tourism. A love for fine dining and wines upheld by Agli Amici Restaurant with Grand Chef Emanuele Scarello in Italy and by The Louise, in the heart of the Barossa Valley, in Australia. The contemporary Mediterranean Art of Living with the fourth Relais & Châteaux in Croatia, a boutique hotel in the ‘Monte Carlo’ of the Opatija coast. Hotel Bevanda: mesmerising views of the blue, blue sea (Croatia) image001From the Opatija coast, the Adriatic and its islands stretch out as far as the eye can see. This contemporary, designer hotel, located in the heart of the ‘Croatian Monte Carlo’ offers mesmerising views from the terraces of each of its 10 guest rooms. Let your cares fade away as you enjoy blissful well-being and chill out in style. ‘Blue’ is the top note. You can lounge in the sun after a dip in the sea or enjoy being cosseted by the attentive staff, or, later, savour fresh cuisine served in an elegant restaurant or finish up at the cocktail bar or the cigar bar, if that takes your fancy… Enjoy a feast of delights, right at the water’s edge. www.relaischateaux.com/bevanda image013Restaurant Agli Amici: a wonderful tale of Italy (Italy) The Restaurant was founded in 1887 and has belonged to the Scarello family for three generations. Sensitivity in cuisine has been taught to Emanuele, a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, and Michela, in the dining room, by their mother, Yvonne. They source fresh, locally produced ingredients from local farmers in the region around the town of Udine, just a few kilometres from Venice. Here tradition is all. It guides the imagination of a chef both deeply rooted in his terroir and yet open to new influences, it inpires his choices and influences his creative dishes which, to the delight of his guests, pay homage to the past.  His cuisine is proof indeed that wonderful tales have a promising future. www.relaischateaux.com/agliamici  image014The Louise: Barossa Valley, wining and dining… (Australia) The Barossa Valley is a legendary winegrowing area with a worldwide reputation.The Louise, perched on a hill, pays homage to a landscape shaped by human hand for the people of that land – breath-taking, panoramic views over the vineyards from the contemporary, secluded, designer hotel, and an inspiring collection of wines with over 500 listings from Australia and beyond. Appellation, the restaurant, serves the finest produce from this legendary terroir. The hotel offers memorable experiences for all its guests to share – bike rides, hot-air balloon rides… It is somewhere to enjoy an ideal sense of place. www.relaischateaux.com/thelouise image015Awasi Patagonia: an extreme experience that floods your soul with unique scents and spectacular landscapes. (Chile) Awasi Patagonia Lodge nestles in a private reserve next to Torres del Paine National Park in Southern Patagonia. A personal guide takes guests on adventures to explore Sarmiento Lake, the virgin forests and the plentiful wildlife (foxes, condors, pumas…) before returning to the home comforts of one of the individual, warm and cosy villas. They are inspired by old Patagonian estate outposts and constructed of local wood, boasting stunning views from dawn to dusk through their huge picture windows. www.relaischateaux.com/awasipatagonia image016Soneva Fushi: nature unsullied (Maldives) The Baa Atoll is the Maldives’ only UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Crystal clear waters, the captivating wildlife of the coral reefs, where marine turtles swim past manta rays. On the large private island of Kunfunadhoo, 40 ha of tropical forest have been fiercely protected and offer a truly idyllic setting. The villas belonging to this eco-hotel are harmoniously scattered here along the edge of white sand beaches. An invitation to live the life of Robinson Crusoe, to enjoy well-being, meditation, savour delicious cuisine produced from organic ingredients from the kitchen garden and fine wines stored in cellars dug beneath the sands before gazing at the stars from the astronomical observatory. This is proof enough that nature is on our side. www.relaischateaux.com/soneva-fushi

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