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Relais & Chateaux Expands to South Australia, Welcome New Director in Region

May 21, 2014 Appointments No Comments Email Email

The world’s most trusted guide to fine retreats and acclaimed restaurants announces the addition of five properties to its impressive collection – including its first hotels in South Australia and the Maldives, plus new additions in Patagonia, Croatia and Italy.

As it celebrates its 60th year, Relais & Châteaux welcomes the beautiful 15-suite vineyard retreat The Louise and its Barossa Valley culinary destination restaurant Appellation, headed by Executive Chef Ryan Edwards.

Owner Jim Carreker also earns the mantle of Delegate for the region – a title that engages the 13 privately owned member properties in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tahiti.297793_num825276

Mr Carreker said he and his wife Helen had long dreamt of owning a hotel in the famous white Relais & Châteaux guide.  He now is looking forward to expanding the membership and range of guest experiences in the region.

297793_num825277“Long before we moved from San Francisco to South Australia a decade ago to develop our vision for a destination restaurant with luxury guest rooms in one of the world’s great wine regions, we had preselected Relais & Châteaux as our preferred global marketing partner,” he said. “We sense that the time has come for Australia’s leading small luxury hotels and best-in-class restaurants to partner with the world’s most widely-recognised culinary hospitality brand.”

“We are pleased and honoured to be at the forefront of an expansion of Relais & Châteaux into Australia, coincident with the launch of a multi-year high profile positioning of Australia as an international culinary tourism destination by Tourism Australia.”

Since the establishment of Relais & Châteaux in 1954 to link eight authentic and thriving hotels between Paris and the French Riviera, the member–led association has amassed a collection of 520 of the world’s most celebrated fine restaurants and hotels.

Properties must pass a vigorous assessment to wear the famous Relais & Châteaux fleur-de-lys and are often historic or heritage landmarks such as castles or manors, wilderness or wine retreats and conservation lodges, many in the world’s most bucolic settings.

Relais & Châteaux is the only hotel group in the world to posit fine cuisine at the heart of all it does. It has developed an impressive culinary “Grands Chefs” division that celebrates the most influential and prestigious restaurants across the globe, from The French Laundry in the Napa Valley to the Tasting Room in Franschhoek South Africa, Michel Troisgros in the Loire Valley and Tetsuya’s in Sydney. Between them the Grands Chefs share more than 300 Michelin stars.

Since November, the association has welcomed 47 new hotels and restaurantsand added eight new global destinations to its family including Croatia, Latvia, Russia, Korea, Turkey, Dominican Republic, Mauritius, Ecuador and South Korea.

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