Relais & Châteaux welcomes 13 new members
Relais & Châteaux has admitted 13 new member properties on three continents in January 2015: Asia, Europe and the Americas. Costa Rica and Hawaii join the family as new destinations. This underlines our willingness to open ourselves up to the world and share the founding values of our Association. It is another invitation to travel with the promise of savouring new tastes of the world through the Relais & Châteaux experiences.
Mara Plains Camp (Kenya): A discrete hideaway in the heart of predator country!
On the northern border of the Masai Mara, you’ll find Mara Plains Canvass Tents are tucked away amongst lush vegetation on the banks of the Ntiakatek River. This camp is one of the smallest in the region and offers the opportunity to get really close to nature and the local wildlife in the heart of a private conservancy with a very low density in vehicles and with abundant big cats. The programme is customised and very flexible – it is organised on a daily basis so that you can make the most of the unique experiences that nature constantly offers. The traditional safari styles tents, which are raised on decks and have a marquis ceiling, blend into the beautiful countryside and offer sweeping views of the savannah.
Tiara Yaktsa (France): Between purple and indigo blue, a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean
Bathed by the Mediterranean luminosity and crowned by the Estérel massif, the Théoule-sur-Mer region is a land of contrasts, where the sea and the mountains are at close proximity. Spectacular vistas, a preserved environment, delicately perfumed by the fragrances of pines, create a favourable setting for the Tiara Yaktsa, which enjoys a perfect sunny location.
The Greenhouse (United Kingdom): An oasis of savours in the heart of London
Entering the world of The Greenhouse means enjoying the calm of a property in the heart of the London hustle and bustle and a unique culinary experience. Chef Arnaud Bignon, relying on his two Michelin stars, stages delicately flavoured dishes with a perfect balance of savours. He brings a new and creative dimension to classic French cuisine. The restrained and elegant décor is an ideal setting to fully benefit from the inventiveness of this cuisine.
Il Pagliaccio (Italy): A culinary fixture of the Italian capital
Antony Genovese, born in France to Italian parents, delights our palate with new flavours. The creative Chef, who honed his talent in the Far East, continues to thrill his guests. Seared scallops served with teriyaki marinated beef and foie gras with a citrus fruit granite illustrate this in a savoury manner.
Wasurenosato Gajoen (Japan): A spot where time stands still in an authentic Japan
Situated in an enchanting setting, where lush vegetation blends perfectly into an authentic architecture, Wasurenosato Gajoen is surrounded by a calming atmosphere, away from the tourist ryokans. The omnipresent nature provides the place with a soul. The architecture is a sophisticated mix of thatched roof and ornamental pond. The delicately flavoured cuisine, carefully prepared with the vegetables from the garden, brings a picture to perfection, in which Japan and authenticity merge with elegance.
Niraamaya Surya Samudra (India): A gem facing the Arabian Sea
Surrounded by lush greenery and the Arabian Sea, Niraamaya Surya Samudra boasts 31 traditional cottages offering a perfect balance between old world charm and modern day comfort. Discovered by the hippies during the 70s, Kovalam has developed from a casual fishing village into one of the most important tourist destinations of the Southwest of the Indian peninsula.
Purity (India): A romantic retreat on the shore of Lake Vambanad
Between the sea and the lake, the Purity showcases a pure and contemporary décor, where antiques and locally crafted components set the tone. Touches of turquoise blue and rose embellish the guest rooms to provide the interior design with a contemporary interpretation. In the beautifully manicured garden a sense of calm and serenity is prevailing. Cuisine highlights savours enhanced by local ingredients, whilst an always courteous and smiling service turns this moment into an unforgettable experience.
Shakti 360° Leti (India): Unique in the world in the Himalaya
Marvellously isolated at more than 2,400 metres, only accessible by hiking, the Shakti 360° Leti, is a spectacular adventure in itself which must be deserved. Its 4 cabins built with age-old techniques and local materials boast a contemporary design which stages in particular large bay windows. The scenery is truly breath-taking here and a real lesson of humility. The Shakti 360° Leti, which is conducive to relaxation and meditation, without electricity, offers an extraordinary experience during which the magic of the landscape creates constantly an out-of-the-ordinary atmosphere.
Cape Weligama (Sri Lanka): A large panorama of the Indian Ocean
Situated on a large promontory overlooking the Indian Ocean, only 30 minutes east of the historical town of Galle, the hotel Cape Weligama is home to a gorgeous collection of 40 freestanding villas and suites on a 12 hectare estate. A crescent-shaped infinity pool merges with the ocean. The style and the architecture of the property reflect the rich history of Sri Lanka, whilst allowing for contemporary and design elements. The light-bathed rooms offer incredible vistas of the ocean.
The Inn at Hastings Park (USA): Charm and elegance in New England
Only some 20 kilometres from Boston, the hotel is located in the historic town of Lexington. It is the ideal starting point to discover charming New England throughout the seasons and with all its colours. With a sophisticated blend of traditional and contemporary style, open fireplaces and cosy lounges, the atmosphere that prevails in the property proves that the soul and the spirit of the innkeeper have marked this Lexington manor.
Royal Blues Hotel (USA): Casual elegance on Florida’s Treasure Coast
Ideally located in Deerfield Beach, on Florida’s east coast, the Royal Blues Hotel opens up to the Atlantic Ocean. In the heart of a region with a rich cultural history and benefiting from local attractions, this hotel boasts a casual elegance and a beautiful white sand beach. A wine lounge in the interior lobby as well as a gourmet restaurant adorn this hotel, in which leather, wood and marble provide a contemporary charm.
Hotel Wailea (USA): Charm and calm in Hawaii
Nestling in the heart of 6 hectares of landscaped gardens, the Hotel Wailea overlooks from its cliff the southern seashore of Maui, the protected and wild island of the Hawaiian archipelago. Its manicured gardens feature exotic plants. Cuisine is based on the ingredients from the hotel’s vegetable garden and local producers. Spacious suites, upscale spa service and amenities turn this property into a benchmark inviting to a detour to Hawaii.
El Silencio Lodge (Costa Rica): The soul of Costa Rica between mountains and tropical forests
Nestling in the tropical cloud forest and mountain landscapes of Costa Rica, El Silencio Lodge is an eco-luxury hotel, which focuses on the environment. Located just 90 minutes away from the international airport of San José, surrounded by a magnificent jungle, it is an ideal place for romantic moments or family vacations. The spacious and light-filled rooms are built with natural materials and showcase a particular attention to details. Local products from the vegetable garden and a trout farm on-site offer the cuisine of Silencio Lodge a wide range of flavours.
About Relais & Châteaux
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of more than 530 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants managed by a family of independent owners, innkeepers and chefs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality since 1954. Together they open up new horizons for upscale hospitality by focusing on distinctive and personal experiences through which our guests are invited to experience the fine ‘Art of Living’ on all five continents.
From the vineyards in Napa Valley to the beaches of the Indian Ocean, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa and traditional Japanese hot spring Ryokan, Relais & Châteaux offers all the stops on the finest routes for discovering each region, culture and country. Enchantment with the world and appreciating the beauty of our planet with a fresh view is the vision of Relais & Châteaux.
Through each individual property, Relais & Châteaux wishes to convey a message of preservation of nature and biodiversity, World Heritage of cuisine and customs and to share the beauty and unique offerings of the local terroirs with the world.
Our vision: “Making a better world through cuisine and hospitality.”
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