Relais & Châteaux has added seven new properties from across the globe, comprised of five hotels and two restaurants. From Italy to Portugal, from the Bahamas to Japan and passing through some of the most emblematic regions of France, here are the latest additions.
Herdade da Malhadinha Nova (Albernoa, Alentejo, Portugal)
Starting at €300/night
In the heart of the sumptuous bucolic landscape of Alentejo lies Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, a traditional family estate surrounded by 450 hectares of land, 80 of which are dedicated to organic vineyards. Designed to respect the surrounding nature and featuring spacious rooms and suites, it blends a sense of design and elegance with rural comfort. A swimming pool with sweeping panoramic views, a spa which offers vinotherapy treatments, as well as the gourmet restaurant, are some of the many outstanding treats that await you.
Domaine de Rymska (Saint-Jean-de-Trézy, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France)
Nestling in a vast 80-hectare estate in the heart of rolling countryside dotted with lakes, meadows and woods, this splendid farmhouse built of local materials evokes a sense of timeless tranquillity and purity. The generously sized rooms and suites elegantly combine pastoral charm with modern comfort. The chef’s passion for this healthy, peaceful and bucolic lifestyle is felt in his exquisite cuisine featuring ingredients grown directly at the farm. Ideally located, invigorating activities abound as well as an array of exciting sites to discover nearby.
La Villa Grand Voile (La Rochelle, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France)
Starting at €290/night
La Villa Grand Voile is located in the heart of a quiet side street, a few steps from the bustle of the Old Port, in a former shipowner’s residence dating back to 1715. Already members of Relais & Châteaux, chef Christopher Coutanceau and maître de maison Nicolas Brossard are fulfilling their latest dream by creating a resolutely unique haven of peace and wellbeing, a magical place where the winds of modernity blow. The property unveils an astonishing botanical courtyard, a swimming pool as well as eleven rooms and suites boasting maritime decor. It is an exquisite extension to the exceptional cuisine of this renowned three-Michelin-star chef, whose passion for sailing and the sea began as a small child.
Tiamo (Andros Island, Bahamas)
Nestled in the heart of an earthly Eden of white sandy beaches, lush palm groves and translucent turquoise waters, Tiamo’s spacious villas bathe in a panorama of unparalleled beauty. Designed in an eco-friendly manner using wood from local pines and thatch for the roofs, they enjoy sweeping views of the immaculate horizon that invite you to explore the region’s most pristine tropical spots, to partake in a unique fishing experience or fantastical scuba diving adventure, to discover the third largest coral reef in the world and so much more. As for gastronomy, a brilliant synthesis of local cuisine and French influences, sublimated by impeccable service, awaits.
Il San Corrado di Noto (Noto, Sicily, Italy)
Starting at €700/night
It is in Noto, one of the most charming Baroque townships in Sicily and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Il San Corrado di Noto will soon open its doors. Bordered by the sea and set amid a lovely park adorned with fruit trees quintessential of the island, this idyllic resort of spacious suites and villas, many featuring private pools, is designed to offer an unrivalled sense of wellbeing in a relaxing yet exhilarating atmosphere. In search of a delicious experience? Leave yourself in the hands of the gifted two-Michelin-star chef to discover an inspiring take on regional cuisine. (Opening in February 2021).
L’Effervescence (Tokyo, Japan)
Lunch from €115, dinner from €197
Located on a small street in bustling Tokyo, this restaurant is imbued with a deep sense of Zen. Its stark decor blends gracefully with the serene views of the Japanese gardens beyond the glass, guaranteeing a profound change in scenery. Meticulous in nature, the cuisine of two-Michelin-star chef Shinobu Namae is the result of both an ethical and philosophical reflection. By combining local products from the archipelago with French culinary techniques, he strives to not only respect the environment and natural resources but also to fight a culture of waste. Beyond the gustatory delight, you are sure to enjoy is a truly spiritual experience.
Restaurant David Toutain (Paris, Île-de-France, France)
À la carte, from €130
Amid its simple decor of oak, concrete and glass, this restaurant is where two-Michelin-star chef David Toutain brings to life his dreams. Reflective of his deep Norman soul and sensitivity, his delicate cuisine regularly recalls the farm of his childhood, a source of great inspiration for him. An artist of prolific creativity, the colours and flavours of his dishes reveal and play with the experiences and delicious memories of his youth to which he passionately couples superb local ingredients and an impressive selection of wines.
Relais & Châteaux is an association of more than 580 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele. More at relaischateaux.com
Lead image: Domaine de Rymska, Atmosphere suite