Relais & Châteaux has welcomed four new members into the fold – two hotels, one restaurant and a new cruise partner in the Galapagos.
All four offer guests the chance to discover innovative cuisine that reflects the unique territory of each location.
The new properties include:
Relais & Châteaux Masque Restaurant – Mumbai, India.
Housed in a former textile factory in Mumbai, Masque restaurant is run by young chef Varun Totlani. Having explored different Indian terroirs and immersed himself in the contrasts between local tastes and traditions, he has unearthed a treasure trove of indigenous cuisine.
The richness and diversity of ancestral cooking styles, combined with contemporary culinary techniques, has helped shape his modern interpretation of Indian gastronomy – an approach that saw Masque named Best Restaurant in India in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants guide for 2022.
As part of a profound dedication to sustainability, the restaurant is supplied only by local farmers and producers. This blend of old and new can also be experienced through the property’s approach to drinks as well as food: start with a cocktail inspired by Ayurvedic philosophy in the Living Room, the restaurant’s cozy bar. The Masque Lab is also available for private events.
Relais & Châteaux MV Evolve – Galápagos, Ecuador
First cruises in January 2023
The MV Evolve is a new boat that joins the Ecoventura cruise collection and which is set to travel through the Galapagos, a natural archipelago listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The vessel is Rainforest Alliance Best Practices-certified, recognising Ecoventura’s participation in social action programs and in protecting the region’s unique biodiversity. Admire flora and fauna, led by a naturalist guide, or viewed from the large panoramic windows of your cabin. The celebration of nature continues in the restaurant, where the chef gives pride of place to organic produce from local farmers spread across the archipelago.
Relais & Châteaux La Nauve Hotel & Jardin – Cognac, France
Opening Easter 2023
A four-hectare park comprising vegetable garden, a vast stone fishery, two dovecotes and French-style formal gardens make for a bucolic setting at La Nauve Hôtel & Jardin. A former 19th century distillery in Cognac, this charming hotel has direct access to The Charente river, allowing guests to reach the center of town by boat. Enjoying the silence, soaking up the poetry of the place and staying in the comfort of one of its rooms or suites of this house. The architecture honors local materials, notable in the impressive double spiral staircase rendered in Avy stone. In the restaurant, savour fine cuisine prepared by a chef who is inspired by surrounding nature and a champion of local products.
Relais & Châteaux Le Cap Menorca – Llucalari, Balearic Islands, Spain
Opening June 2023
Classified as a ‘World Biosphere Reserve’ by UNESCO, the island of Menorca and its Mediterranean landscapes is home to Cap Menorca. Featuring thirty hectares of gardens, planted with more than 15,000 specimens, and with more than a kilometer of private Mediterranean coastline, the hotel invites guests to fully immerse themselves in its natural setting. Its architecture, made of sustainable materials from the island, blends into the natural environment.
Its 15 suites each have their own private garden and swimming pool, allowing guests to enjoy the mild climate all year round in complete privacy. The property’s two restaurants invite visitors to discover creative cuisine with Mediterranean influences, while the spa is a veritable oasis of well-being, offering an elaborate choice of treatments.