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The Relais & Châteaux Association welcomes 24 new member properties

September 28, 2017 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Relais & Châteaux is different than other associations in that its members include over 550 world-class hotels and restaurants spanning the globe, each with a distinct setting, atmosphere and flavor. The core mission of Relais & Châteaux is the art of living, so its main focus is inspiring and sparking curiosity among its guests: swim with pink dolphins at the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve or learn Vedic chanting in Thanjāvūr.

Association members are products of their region, their history, their environment and culture, so they all hold the same values of passing on and showing pride in their local heritage and ancestry through their cuisine and culture.

From a luxury lodge nestled in Zululand to a cruise ship deep inside the Peruvian Amazon, Relais & Châteaux introduces 24 new members – each one as extraordinary as the next.

Alo Restaurant, Toronto (Canada)

Sitting atop the 3rd floor at the heart of Toronto’s Chinatown, Alo definitely feels like a spot for people in the know. Wood floors, natural light, copper trim everywhere. Everything in this space was carefully thought out – right down to the sound design – to create an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming, and exciting. The classy muffled restaurant has a distinctive open kitchen in the middle of the room so guests can watch the chefs in action. At the helm, chef Patrick Kriss offers up a tasting-centric menu featuring dishes whose pairings are as delectable as they are unexpected.

Anecdotally, the elevator holds a secret about the place. It slowly creaks up the floors to what was once a speakeasy. When the doors open, a whole new world awaits you inside.

Owner and Chef: Patrick Kriss Maîtresse de Maison: Amanda Bradley

SingleThread Farm, Healdsburg (United States)

Located between the Russian River and vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Chardonnay grapes, the SingleThread Farm restaurant and inn is taking skill and craftsmanship to a whole new level. Farmers Katina Connaughton and brother Vince Rothermund manage all the installations scattered across this five acre property. That means they are in charge of supplying the kitchens with fruits, vegetables, fresh herbs, honey, eggs and even olive oil.

The restaurant kitchen serves up an 11-course tasting menu. And design enthusiasts will love to know they are usually served in handmade tableware that is specially crafted by artisans who collaborate with the SingleThread Farm.

Owners and chefs: Tony Greenberg and Kyle Connaughton Maître de Maison: David Sisler

Number of suites: 5 suites

Magee Homestead, Saratoga (United States)

Near Medicine Bow National Forest in the middle of the high-desert plains of Wyoming sits Magee Homestead, a luxury ranch for adults only. The property includes nine cabins, a private lodge, a swimming pool overlooking the pond, and a spa and wellness center. The atmosphere, which favors silence and discretion, is enhanced with original artwork. The restaurant has its own kitchen garden and serves modern plant-based fare that follows the self-sustaining practice of “zero mile.” The dining room opens to the outside creating an idyllic setting for watching the moonlit prairies all around. It’s a magical spot for a getaway right in the heart of the American West.

Owners: Bruce and Beth White Maître de Maison: Jeremy Belnap

Chef: Anthony Buchanio

Number of cabins: 1 private lodge and 9 cabins

Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa, Grenada (The Caribbean)

Calabash is a family hotel with all the makings of a luxury resort. Over a span of 30 years, the Garbutt family has turned it into one of the most sought-after locations in the Caribbean. Just a few yards from the palm trees in L’Anse aux Epines on the southern coast of Grenada, it offers 30 luxury suites that all have a view of the greenery and white sand beach. This gives guests direct access to enjoy all the island’s water activities before relaxing in the spa or sitting down at one of the property’s two restaurants for a gourmet meal made from Grenadian products.

Owners: The Garbutt family (since 1987) Chefs: Mark Banthorpe and Aaron Johnson Number of suites: 30 suites

Delfin Amazon Cruises, Iquitos (Peru)

Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, Delfin Amazon Cruises takes guests on a one-of-a-kind trip aboard a boat to explore one of the world’s largest protected forests inside the Pacaya Samiria National Preserve. The experience includes excursions in indigenous villages, night safaris, and swimming with pink dolphins. Maître de maison and great explorer Aldo Macchiavello has a knack for creating unforgettable journeys. Anyone who knows palaces will feel right at home because the fleet’s three boats offer all the amenities of a grand luxury hotel with sumptuous decor, cozy cabins and local cuisine that is out of this world.

Owner and Maître de Maison: Aldo Macchiavello Number of boats: 3

Number of suites:

–  Boat 1: 4 suites

–  Boat 2: 14 suites

–  Boat 3: 20 suites

Chila Restaurant, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Andrès Porcel’s restaurant is located in the hip Puerto Madero district and has ranked among the 50 top restaurants in Latin America for four years running. Newcomer chef Pedro Bargero works directly with producers and handpicks products from the Mercado Central to create his dishes. He uses local organic products to concoct his three monthly tasting menus, one of which is vegetarian. All of his flavor pairings are original and elegant, like leeks, wild papaya, hake and Jerusalem artichokes. The menu draws inspiration from all over Argentina and includes meats and dairy products from the property’sCampazu Farm, vegetables harvested in La Plata, black hake from Antarctica and shrimp from Comodoro.

Owner: Andrés Nestor Porcel Maître de Maison: Julián Massigoge Chef: Pedro Bargero

Lympstone Manor Hotel, Devon (United Kingdom)

This tastefully restored Georgian manor house and heritage site has been turned into a luxury property following the vision ofowner and chef Michael Caines. The hotel overlooks Devon’s Exe Estuary and has 21 contemporary rooms and suites withstunning views of the area’s natural scenery. Each room bears the name and colors of a bird living in the estuary and the decor is adorned with paintings by local artist Rachel Toll. In the kitchen, Caines tantalizes gastronomes with novel dishes that tend to spotlight products from the ocean, tidelands and salt marshes. A cellar of over 600 wines and exquisite settings in each ofthe manor’s different dining rooms complement the refined fare. The dining room named after Powderham Castle is the ideal spot for an intimate dinner in a powder pink velvet banquette under a spellbinding luminous glass globe.

Owner and Chef: Michael Caines Maître de Maison: Scott Andrews

Number of rooms and suites: 14 rooms, 7 suites

Bij Jef, Den Hoorn (Netherlands)

Off the shores of the Netherlands on the small island of Texel, Jef Schuur and Nadine Mögling converted an old rectory into aMichelin-starred restaurant and hotel. Just a few steps from the beach, the sleek minimal property welcomes guests into itscharming modern suites. As for the kitchen, Jef is sure to devise ingenious well-balanced dishes, most of which are made from fresh products grown on the island like Wadden Sea cockles that pair so well with Texel lamb bacon, parsley root cream and celery juice soufflé. And let’s not forget an organic wine deftly selected by his wife and wine expert Nadine! If you’re into kitesurfing, there’snothing better than catching some waves before dinner.

Owners: Jef Schuur and Nadine Mögling Chef: Jef Schuur

Maîtresse de Maison and Sommelier: Nadine Mögling Number of rooms: 12

Quadrille Hotel, Gdynia (Poland)

Not far from Gdańsk, Quadrille is a unique property comprised of two standalone buildings connected by a tunnel. You would not be remiss to think you’ve entered a world created entirely by Lewis Carroll. From the name of the hotel and the rooms to the speakeasy bar and the restaurant – for guests it’s like walking inside the story of Alice in Wonderland. The only differences are that time seems to stand still and the staff are ever so gracious. Anyone who loves modern art and design willenjoy the works by famous artists scattered throughout rooms in this 18th century palace and all the related themes. Having recently brought this place back to life, the Górski family thinks the secret to its enchanting ambiance is in the details. In the kitchen, chef Marcin Popielarz serves up traditional dishes exclusively made with local ingredients. His goal is to conjure the unexpected by using brand new flavor combinations to bring back childhood memories for the span of a meal.

Owners: The Górski family Maîtresse de Maison: Anna Lewit Chef: Marcin Popielarz

Number of rooms and suites: 30 rooms, 2 suites

Plomodiern (France)

Once a blacksmith’s shop, Auberge des Glazicks is a hotel and restaurant in the Finistère part of France owned by none other than Olivier Bellin, who is both maître de maison and chef. His aim is to serve modern surf and turf cuisine that’s steeped in history. Wild-caught fish, organic produce and meat from independently-owned farms. It has everything it needs to delight diners, epicureans and lovers of contemporary interiors. The chef’s ingenuity is heightened by the stunning view of Douarnenez Bay. A note to cigar aficionados: you can select one from their collection of top brands then savor it in thelounge’s cigar section and take in the sumptuous surroundings. A change of scenery and total tranquility.

Owner, Maître de Maison and Chef: Olivier Bellin Number of rooms: 8 rooms

Hotel Restaurant Krone Regensberg, Regensberg (Switzerland)

Wake up to a view of the Jura Mountains in this charming little house perched in the medieval village of Regensberg. Once a destination for American politicians and presidents, Katja and Franck Gunthart completely rebuilt this property after it burned to the ground in 2011 and restored its original purpose of welcoming travelers from all over the world. Framed by unfinished wood floors and dry-stone walls, the spaces are entirely furnished with vintage collectibles, creating casual modern interiors. Maître de maison Thorsten Knocke adds his own special touches that are more than appreciated. From the breathtaking panoramic view to the rooms that could not be cozier or more luxurious, this owner duo have created a winner.

Owners: The Schäfer family

Maître de Maison: Thorsten Knocke Chef: Harald Frixeder

Number of rooms and suites: 7 rooms, 2 suites

Le Bistrot Français, Bucharest (Romania)

Le Bistrot Français has made mixing French and Romanian cultures into an art form. Sorin Miftode and Sébastien Gravé joined creative forces at a 19th century villa in the heart of Bucharest. Between the woodwork and paintings on the walls, the spectacular chandeliers and parquet floors – with a grand piano to top it all off – there is no doubt you are Central Europe!On your plate you’ll find inventive tastefully orchestrated dishes made with only the finest ingredients like Normande beef,Bresse chicken, raw milk cheeses, fresh truffles and bellota ham. Needless to say, they are paired with the best wines fromFrance.

Owners and Maîtres de Maison: Cristian Preotu and Calin Capusan Chef: Sorin Miftode

Consulting chef: Sébastien Gravé

Villa Cordevigo Wine Relais, Cavaion Veronese (Italy)

It’s not hard to understand why wine lovers flock to the idyllic setting at Villa Cordevigo. Nestled in the hillsides not far fromGarda Lake north of Verona, this historic 18th century building is bordered by the Vigneti Villabella vineyard. Wine is the guest of honor at this tastefully restored villa. Guests are greeted with a glass of a local vintage and invited into the tasting room to enjoy a unique experience. At its Michelin-starred restaurant Oseleta, the chef puts a new twist on traditionalVenetian fare with classic dishes that he reinterprets. Naturally, extreme care goes into handpicking wines from the best Italian and international vineyards. A real feast for the taste buds!

Owners: The Delibori and Cristoforetti families Maîtresse de Maison: Lorenza Delibori

Chef: Giuseppe d’Aquino

Number of rooms and suites: 26 rooms, 7 suites

Locanda Don Serafino, Ragusa Ibla (Italy)

In the Baroque city of Ragusa Ibla, Locanda Don Serafino Hotel has set up shop in a small 19th century former residential building carved into a rocky cliff. Its amazing architecture is showcased by the interior design in the rooms. Decorated in neutral tones, some have vaulted ceilings and exposed stone walls typical of local construction. The property’s restaurant lies a few yards away in an old stone building that was once the stables for the nearby palace. Lovers of good wine will be in their element because the menu features a selection of 100 bottles from the world’s finest vineyards. Enough to give chef Vincenzo Candiano full license to dream up original and eye-opening pairings.

Owners and Maîtres de Maison: Pinuccio and Antonio La Rosa Chef: Vincenzo Candiano

Number of rooms: 10

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