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21 new members have joined Relais & Châteaux. These properties embody the values of the Association, the passing down of a unique history and a rich cultural heritage, as well as a commitment to preserving the environment—all while offering one-of-a-kind experiences and quality services in exceptional settings. This vision is supported by Philippe Gombert, International President of Relais & Châteaux: “Whether chef, hotelier or restaurateur, every Relais & Châteaux member must be motivated by a passion for his or her craft. Each must share strong values and possess a human identity that is fully committed and driven by the desire to bring local cultures to life.

AFRICA

Tikida Golf Palace, Agadir (Morocco)

The Moroccan El Dorado

Nestled in the heart of a eucalyptus forest facing the nature reserve of the Souss-Massa-Drâa region, the Tikida Golf Palace hotel and spa represents a veritable temple of wellness. The 49 rooms and 5 suites of the hotel each offer an exceptional view of the exquisite swimming pool or the 120-hectare golf course. The two 18-hole golf courses are sure to thrill any fan of the sport. The wonders continue onto the table, with a menu offering extraordinary Moroccan specialties with a delicate and original touch. www.relaischateaux.com/tikida

SOUTH AMERICA

M/V Origin, Galapagos Islands (Ecuador)

Intimate cruise

Discovering the Galapagos aboard the prestigious vessel M/V Origin is truly a unique experience. A variety of activities are available for the passengers: diving, hiking, kayaking, and observing natural wonders in the wild. The M/V Origin promotes sustainable tourism to its passengers by choosing to limit its carbon emissions and by creating a fund dedicated to the protection of island biodiversity.

www.relaischateaux.com/mvorigin

ASIA

Dreamland Resort, Wanshan Island (China)

Between the mountains and the sea

Imagine sleeping on an island off the coast of China, in a pristine forest at the foot of a mountain. Dreamland Resort offers just that opportunity, in an establishment featuring ultra-modern architecture designed to blend into its environment. Every room and villa boasts a breathtaking view of the sea. Protecting and enhancing the environment is a cherished ideal for the owners of the hotel. This eco-friendly resort also strives to support the island’s fishermen through the use of exclusively locally-sourced produce. The catch of the day is then given the full treatment by house chefs before being served at the table of the establishment.

www.relaischateaux.com/dreamland

Ji Pin Court, Shanghai (China)

Exhilarating flavors

Deep in the heart of the former French concession of Shanghai stands the impressive Ji Pin restaurant, a historic 1930s building with a modern aesthetic. The gardens and an impressive entrance give way to a more discreet space where the chef’s cuisine can be savored. The meals, prepared with an authentic and unpretentious touch, reflect the best of Cantonese cuisine. The wine cellar below is home to over 4,000 bottles of wine from across the globe, offering sublime pairings with the chef’s cuisine.

www.relaischateaux.com/jipin

Tate Dining Room, Hong Kong (China) (1 star)

Franco-Asian delicacies

Located in the heart of Sheung Wan, the Tate Dining Room offers a poetic eight-course menu with French and Japanese accents, all under the watchful eye of Vicky Lau, Michelin-starred chef and owner of the establishment. 3 different dining spaces – differing in degrees of privacy – are available for gourmets eager to savor the chef’s inventive dishes featuring local seasonal products that are always paired with exceptional wines.

www.relaischateaux.com/tate

Coco Shambhala Villa Hotel, Sindhudurg (India)

An intimate hideaway in a tropical garden

The 4 villas of the Coco Shambhala Villa Hotel are nestled within a private tropical garden in Sindhudurg, each with their own infinity pool overlooking the sea. In order to protect the environment, the villas were designed to be easily relocated. The roofs are made from traditional Mangalorean clay tiles, and each villa features custom furniture made of coconut wood. As for cuisine, in lieu of a restaurant, the establishment offers meals that can be savored inside your own private villa, with fine herbs and vegetables grown on site by chef Shagun Mehra, also regarded as one of the top sommeliers in the country. An ideal destination for a romantic retreat made for two. www.relaischateaux.com/shambhala

Dev Shree Deogarh, Deogarh (India)

The palace on the hill

Located on the shores of Lake Ragho Sagar, discover a property built in traditional haveli style – a style unique to the mansions or small palaces of Rajasthan. This family manor features 7 spacious traditional-style suites. Conviviality is the watchword here, to the point where one can even find guests and owners sharing a table at mealtime. Among the activities on offer in the area, the hotel recommends boarding a local train for a winding voyage that climbs up along the Aravalli Mountains before continuing onto the plateau of Khamblighat. This makes the experience completely unforgettable.

www.relaischateaux.com/devshree

Rachamankha, Chiang Mai (Thailand)

A dive into history

A creation straight out of the imagination of designer Rooj Changtrakul and his father-in-law, award-winning architect Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, the Rachamankha hotel exudes discreet luxury. The 25 rooms highlight artisanal construction techniques and are decorated with skilfully selected antiques such as tapestries and old armoires. One might even think that the Rachamankha has been a mainstay for centuries within the historic heart of Chiang Mai. The locale offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the richness of Thai heritage, all while enjoying the hotel’s grand, luxurious environment.www.relaischateaux.com/racha

EUROPE

Restaurant Amador, Vienna (Austria) (2 stars)

Michelin-starred fine dining

A veritable star of gastronomy, chef Juan Amador recently opened this new establishment a stone’s throw from the historic center of Vienna. Within the confines of a vaulted stone cellar, Amador serves high-quality cuisine that puts the 2 Michelin-starred chef’s Spanish roots in the spotlight. Flavorful and highly original combinations ensure unforgettable moments for the taste buds, all within a warm and inviting setting. www.relaischateaux.com/amador

Hotel Franq, Antwerp (Belgium)

Invest yourself in a former bank

Converted neo-classic building and former bank, Hotel Franq offers 35 rooms and 4 suites in the heart of Antwerp. Its restaurant serves contemporary Franco-Belgian gastronomic cuisine, providing the rare opportunity to taste the dessert “This is Not an Orange,” 2010 winner of the Prosper Montagné award. Another must see: visiting the vault in which Belgian francs were once stored, now revitalized and transformed into a wine cellar. The restaurant is an ideal choice to discover the city and relax in an elegant setting after a day of sightseeing.www.relaischateaux.com/franq

Restaurant André Tokev, Sofia (Bulgaria)

Refined plate

In the heart of Sofia lies chef André Tokev‘s restaurant. He is an emblematic figure of the Bulgarian gastronomic scene, a member of the jury of the Bocuse d’Or, and the founder of the Bulgarian Association of Professional Chefs. His modern and creative cuisine is a perfect reflection of his experiences and his international culture. The decoration of the restaurant, located in an old aristocratic mansion, is the spitting image of its cuisine: beautiful and refined. It’s a must-visit destination for any food lovers who stop over in Sofia. www.relaischateaux.com/andretokev

Château de Fonscolombe, Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade (France)

A family castle

A classified historical monument in the heart of Provence, this 18th-century castleproduces its very own organic wine – served at its very own restaurant, L’Orangerie. The cuisine is locally sourced and always creative, the vegetables straight from the garden or from nearby producers. Offering 50 rooms converted with elegance and refinement, this 5-star hotel is an invitation to discover the most delicate art de vivre experience. The sun-drenched terraces, the exceptional view of the estate, the flower beds, and the beauty of the trees all come together to create an enchanting environment where time is suspended for the course of a meal. Another unique aspect: many species of animals inhabit the park, including 13 species of bats, for whom nesting boxes have been installed by the establishment. www.relaischateaux.com/fonscolombe

Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, Bommes (France)

Harmony between wine and crystal

In the heart of the great terroirs of the Sauternais region is Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, a new Maison Lalique property. Both luxury hotel and gourmet restaurant, the property was decorated in its entirety by interior designers Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli, who opted for a “country chic” aesthetic. The interior of the property is decorated with pieces from the Maison Lalique. The harmony created between wine – Grand Cru Classé 1855 – and crystal, makes for a truly unique destination. www.relaischateaux.com/lafaurie

En Marge, Aureville (France) (1 star)

Country picnics

Built on the foundation of a 19th-century farmhouse, the fully renovated hotel-restaurant En Marge offers 5 modern suites high on a cliff, along with creative and sophisticated cuisine. Just 15 minutes from Toulouse, the establishment is an absolute delight for picnic enthusiasts. With your choice of a “Fields Package” or a “Chef’s Basket,” the hotel prepares a mix of local, seasonal products. And for cooking lovers, chef Franck Renimel offers culinary workshops.

www.relaischateaux.com/enmarge

 

Ile de la Lagune, Saint Cyprien (France) (1 star)

Relax and wade in the water

Nestled on a private island in the Saint-Cyprien lagoon, 5-star l’Île de la Lagune hotel offers 24 comfortable rooms and suites featuring striking modern design, as well as a thalassotherapy center and 2 gourmet restaurants – including L’Almandin, which was awarded a Michelin star in 2018. For music lovers, the “Glam Jazz” nights are of particular interest, on offer in summer as well as in winter, as is the hotel’s outdoor salt-water rooftop pool, heated year-round to a temperature of 91.4°F. It’s the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday by the sea with a stunning panoramic view of the Eastern Pyrenees.www.relaischateaux.com/lagune

Restaurant Greuze, Tournus (France) (1 star)

Burgundy on the table

In the town of Tournus in Burgundy, the 1-Michelin star restaurant Greuze is where local products shine. The warm soufflé and frog legs meunière are renowned for their delicacy, providing constant delight to patrons with a taste for the gourmet. Chef Yohann Chapuis cultivates the spirit of Burgundy in a convivial atmosphere, with modern decoration, creating a unique interior enhanced with stones and exposed beams. An exceptional wine list provides perfect pairings that are sure to please any connoisseur. www.relaischateaux.com/greuze

Serge Vieira, Chaudes-Aigues (France) (2 stars)

The smallest Relais & Châteaux hotel

Situated in the heart of the Cantal countryside, at 1,000 meters above sea level, the gastronomic restaurant Serge Vieira is a true paradise. Surrounded by cattle and wild flowers, it’s a destination with particular appeal for its meals inspired by local flavors, all in a quiet environment combining medieval charm and contemporary architecture. Chef Serge Vieira, 2 Michelin stars and winner of the Bocuse d’Or prize in 2005, cares deeply about passing on and sharing his modern and ecological vision of cuisine. The chateau has just 3 elegant rooms on offer, earning its place as the smallest Relais & Châteaux hotel to date. Each room has a different theme inspired by a regional flower, as an homage to Auvergne. www.relaischateaux.com/vieira

Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa, Wangels (2 stars) (Germany)

A wellness getaway

The Weissenhaus manor is classified as a historical monument, with 40 free-standing dwellings of varying styles. The unique choices include the grand luxury of a chateau, the charm of a village house, a secluded beach house and more. Poised on the Baltic Sea, this luxurious resort invites guests to a privileged moment full of tailor-made relaxation. The hotel also offers wellness guest houses. 3 restaurants – including one Michelin-starred establishment – offer cuisine that is both refined and creative, each with a view of the sea.

www.relaischateaux.com/weissenhaus

Château Neercanne, Maastricht (Netherlands) (1 star)

Restaurant with a view 

In Maastricht, a stone’s throw from the Belgian border, is the Château Neercanne – the Netherlands’ only terraced castle. Known for hosting celebrations since the 17th century, this exceptional site plays host to 4 magnificent terraces, enough to earn its place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. As you feast your eyes on a breathtaking view of Baroque gardens and the Geer Valley beyond, a feast for the palate awaits in the Franco-Dutch cuisine of Gilbert Von Berg, a fervent defender of his terroir. An aperitif in the wine cellars or an intimate lunch in a historic castle tower are available upon request.www.relaischateux.com/neercanne

Heritage Hotel, Madrid (Spain)

5-star cocktails

Within a Belle Époque hotel ideally situated in the heart of Madrid, Heritage Hotel first opened its doors just a few months ago. Here, elegance and refined atmosphere are the watchwords. The rooftop cocktail bar, perched high above the city, is an essential attraction for all who stay here, lured in by the charm of an exceptional panoramic view with high-quality service. The hotel is the perfect destination for couples or for a family getaway.

www.relaischateaux.com/heritagemadrid

The Bath Priory Hotel, Bath (United Kingdom)

Art and wellness

Just a short stroll from the city center of Bath, a city on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Bath Priory Hotel is a Georgian mansion where art and wellness intermingle. Pieces from the owners’ art collection line the walls of the property, which houses the one and only L’Occitane spa in all of the United Kingdom. Surrounded by four acres of beautiful gardens and broad terraces, the mansion has 26 rooms and 7 suites on offer, all tastefully decorated. The creative cuisine with French accents makes your stay within this ideally-located hotel all the more delicious. With something delicious for all, the restaurant even offers full vegetarian and vegan tasting menus.

www.relaischateaux.com/bathpriory

 

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