The International association of charming boutique hotels, finest chefs and gourmet restaurants, Relais & Châteaux have added 36 new properties all around the world. 21 in Europe, 8 in the Americas, 5 in Africa, 1 in Asia and 1 in Oceania…in all 36 good reasons to travel.
Relais & Châteaux also announces a new face as their ambassador, Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson of the famous Italian shoemaker. He will succeed author, Paulo Coelho as Relais & Châteaux ‘s Ambassador for 2013.
“Joining Relais & Châteaux means in the case of Il Borro that our family spirit has a place on the world stage, as does our desire to offer a range of unique experiences to our guest and our love of a cuisine that reflects our terroir”, said Salvatore Ferragamo.
In 2013, Salvatore Ferragamo will be committed to defending a Relais & Châteaux art de vivre perfectly in tune with our times.
Details about the 36 new properties:
If you fancy a break, leave behind your daily cares and head off to The Cliffs Preserve (Chile) or to Inkaterra, Machu Picchu Suites (Peru). At 3,800 metres explore the peninsula of Titilaka Lodge. Dolphin Island (Fiji Islands) offers the perfect getaway on a tiny private island in the South Pacific or you could try out the Royal Chundi-Luxury Zambezi Lodges (Zambia).
For the nature enthusiasts Morukuru Family’s three Lodges (South Africa) is the ideal spot to discover animals of the Madikwe Reserve. Explore the beauty of the savannah at Ol Donyo Lodge (Kenya). Zarafa Camp (Botswana), a 140,000-hectare preserve is home to animals you have never seen before.
Rediscover your youth at Lenkerhof Gourmet Spa Resort (Switzerland) or at the oriental spa at Die Sonne, Frankenberg (Germany). For yoga and massages, go to the Petra Segreta Resort & Spa (Italy) or maybe try Swiss Perfection and Aromatherapy Associates at Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa (South Africa). Soak in the hot springs in the cabins and spa at Volando Urai Spring & Spa Resort (Taiwan).
You could try out golf, jet skiing or wakeboarding on the 35-hectare of Jiva Hill Park Hotel (France). At Hotel & Spa Le Savoie (France) you can feel the adrenaline on the Bellevarde Olympic ski run or consider fishing, hunting, sleigh rides, hockey, etc at In Lain Hotel Cadonau (Switzerland).
Every Relais & Châteaux property boasts an excellent restaurant. Go to Courchevel and try Michel Rochedy and Stephane Buron’s Cuisine at Le Chabichou Restaurant & Spa Hotel (France) or Jean Sulpice’s Restaurant L’Oxalys (France). Passage 53 (France) for Shinichi Sato’s delicate, refined, cerebral dishes. Mauro Colagreco’s Mirazur (France) has a lively, sophisticated and aesthetic cuisine that is pure Riviera through and through. Head to Hibiscus (United Kingdom) for Claude Bosi’s author’s cuisine a bold, theatrical yet balanced experience or Restaurant Da Vinci (Netherlands) for Margo Reuten’s traditionally inspired dishes. Barbara Lynch pays tribute to the Riviera at The Menton, Boston (United States). Must visit Quince Restaurant (United States) where Grand Chef, Michael Tusk prepares dishes that are a delicate blend of locally produced ingredients from home and abroad or the new culinary Eldorado, the brainchild of Diego Munoz of Astrid & Gaston (Peru).
If you fancy heritage & terroir, go to La Grenouillère (France) or Hotel Bela Vista (Portugal) for views of one of the finest beaches in the Algarve. Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine (Spain) is a renovated 12thcentury abbey and now a property of charm. Set off to Umbria to Borgo Dei Conti Resort (Italy) or Il Borro (Italy), the Ferragamo family's haven of peace that they have restored in a mediaeval Tuscan village.
To experience history, the arts, a bit of excitement right at the foot of your bed, go to Palazzo Manfredi (Italy) or Venice with its picture postcard lagoon seen from the Londra Palace Hotel (Italy). Château Monfort (Italy) offers you a fairy-tale experience or travel to Berlin, for a gentler pace of life at Schlosshotel Im Grunewald (Germany), designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Saint Andrews Gramado (Brazil) offers a taste of high life in a chateau or El Convento Boutique Hotel (Guatemala).
Whatever your heart's desire might be, you are sure to find it in the 2013 Relais & Châteaux Guide. Let us guide you, page by page, through our paper-based or web Guide, let us take care of everything, we have only just begun to open up a whole new world of surprises.