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Relais + Chateaux, a Global Association of Deluxe, Culinary-Focused Hotels
Relais & Chateaux: Revered Hospitality Name
Chances are you know Relais & Chateaux, which has instant name recognition with luxury travelers. This name signals that a hotel and its restaurant represent the pinnacle of quality.
Relais & Chateaux means "Inns & Castles" in French. This hotel association was founded in France in 1941. By 1954, Relais & Chateaux numbered eight hotels, all in France between Paris and the French Riviera.
The then as now: a hotel must offer a refined experience in rooms, and service. And its cuisine must be superlative.
Today, Relais & Chateaux comprises over 500 hotels (with over 700 restaurants) in more than five dozen countries, from rural Scotland to Chinese megacities. For guests, this means over 12,000 Relais & Chateaux rooms.
Relais & Chateaux has over a hundred members in France and dozens in the USA. Some of the newest members are in emerging luxury travel destinations like China, Taiwan, Peru, and Zambia.
Not just... any luxury hotel can become a Relais & Chateaux property. The hotel must be a five-star-quality hotel. All Relais & Chateaux feature an outstanding restaurant on-property; are exceptionally service-oriented; are beautiful to look at and comfortable and luxurious to stay in. furnish their guests with what Relais & Chateaux calls Unforgettable Experiences.
There is no one style to Relais & Chateaux hotels. They may be urban or rural; in the woods or on a beach; historic or modern; small or outright tiny (like the 11-room Adirondack estate, The Point.) But every Relais & Chateaux is extremely high-end in every way, and celebrates the art of life.
Relais & Chateaux is a culinary-focused brand. Apart from its hotel association, the brand honors the most creative, accomplished restaurant chefs with the designation Grands Chefs.
Over 150 men and women from five continents are honored as Relais & Chateaux Grands Chefs. American chefs so honored include Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin and Michael White of Marea, both in New York City; Thomas Keller of The French Laundry in California's Napa Valley; Michael Tusk of Quince Restaurant in San Francisco; Barbara Lynch of Menton in Boston; Colin Bedford of The Fearrington House Inn Restaurant & Spa in North Carolina.
Luxury Partners of Relais & Chateaux
Relais & Chateaux has partnered with other luxury brands to provide its guests with benchmark experiences. These partners include: Salvatore Ferragamo's Il Borro winery in Tuscany; Champagne houses Dom Pérignon, Laurent-Perrier, Moet & Chandon, Taittinger, Veuve Clicquot; Glenmorangie Scotch whisky, Hennessy Cognac, Grand Marnier liqueur, Rozes Port; Acqua Panna and S. Pellegrino mineral water; Other brands such as All-Clad, Nespresso, Orlane.Continue to 2 of 2 below.
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Find Your Perfect Relais & Chateaux
Read Up on Relais & Chateaux Hotels on About.com
These Relais & Chateaux in the U.S. and Canada are featured here on Luxury Travel
• Rancho Valencia near San Diego
• Inn of the Five Graces in Santa Fe, New Mexico
• The Point in the Adirondacks, upstate New York
• Mayflower Inn in Connecticut
• Pitcher Inn In Vermont
• Ocean House in Rhode Island
• Bedford Post Inn in Westchester County, New York
• Glenmere Mansion in upstate New York
• Canoe Bay in Wisconsin
• Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
• Wedgewood Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia
• Horned Dorset Primavera in Puerto Rico
• Le Toiny on St. Barths, the Caribbean
• Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine, a Gothic monastery turned winery resort in Spain
• Bela Vista on the Algarve Coast of Portugal
• Villa Meneghetti in Croatia's historic, delicious Istria region
• Waterside Inn near London
• Inverlochy Castle in Scotland
• Royal Champagne Hotel in Champagne, France
• Château de Montreuil in northern France
• Abbaye de Sainte... Croix in Provence, France
• Monte Carlo Beach Hotel in Monaco
• Il San Pietro di Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
• Singita Lebombo Lodge in South Africa
• Le Taha'a Island Resort & Spa in French Polynesia
• Gora Kadan in Japan
• Myojinkan in Japan
• Asaba Ryokan in Japan