Thursday, February 17, 2011

Relais & Châteaux Welcomes Seven New Hotels in Asia

The famous travel bible, the Relais & Chateaux 2011 Guide, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, ushering in an auspicious new decade for an association which brings together almost 500 exceptional properties from across the planet. In late 2010 the group welcomed a record 36 new members to its 2011 hotel and restaurant association – in 6 new destinations (Estonia, Peru, Chile, Laos, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu) and in 6 new cities (Washington DC, San Diego, Shanghai, Kobe, and Casablanca). Additionally, in January four new dream properties and eight new Grands Chefs joined Relais & Châteaux.

Seven of Relais & Chateaux’s new hotels and restaurants are located in South East Asia and China, having only just opened their doors:

Le Sun Chine in Shanghai, China (pictured)
The former Sun family home has been converted into an elegant hotel and is one of the few remaining historic residences in Shanghai’s French Concession area. Balconies with columns, antique furniture, embroidered hangings and high ceilings with fans conjure the heyday of 1930s Shanghai. Visit

Villa Samadhi in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A private urban retreat just minutes from the city centre. Bumbung, the laid-back rustic rooftop tea lounge is premeditated for chill-out sundowns away from KL's urban drone. Select suites feature fully-equipped kitchens where the chef creates personalized menus. Visit

Satri House in Luang Prabang, Laos
This intimate garden hotel sits on a UNESCO world heritage site in the heart of a lush and leafy garden town. Built at the turn of the last century as the residence of Prince Soupha-nouvong, its current owner carries on the tradition of hospitality of the ancient kings of Laos. Visit

Supanniga Home in Khon Kaen, Thailand
A tranquil getaway set amid 12ha of lush cultivated greenery. Each flower and tree was planted by the home’s owner for her desire to create a beautiful place of serenity. Delight in a tea ceremony in the magnificent treehouse and enjoy the peace of the gardens from a contemporary suite that opens to nature. Visit

Family Li Imperial Cuisine in Shanghai, China
Ivan Li, Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux, set his restaurant in the heart of buzzing Shanghai, where the Li family has recreated the culinary atmosphere of Imperial China. Guests are able to relive the legend of the emperors of China through their centuries old cuisine. Visit

La Villa Mathis in Bali, Indonesia
A serene and romantic escape set on 1.2 ha far away from the city bustle. The hotel is made up of four villas with 17 rooms. Guests have the opportunity of dining wherever they like including the intimate restaurant, Nuits Baroques, or anywhere on the estate. Visit

Jing's Residence in Shan Xi Province, China 
The former residence of a Qing Dynasty silk merchant, Jing’s is a renovated 260-year old courtyard mansion. The stunning property reflects the status of the residence during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Visit
About Relais & Châteaux:
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive group of independent hotels around the world known for exquisite settings and the highest culinary standards.The guide book now features 500 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries.

The group is famous for such luminary chefs as Heston Blumenthal, Thomas Keller, Albert Roux and Tetsuya Wakuda as well as its stable of magnificent converted castles, clifftop lodges, charming countryside inns and ski chalets from Provence to Lake Como to New Zealand.

The Relais & Chateaux ambassador is Richard Gere, whose hotel The Bedford Inn, in New York State, was accepted as a member of Relais & Chateaux in 2010.

Established in France in 1954, the association’s mission is to spread its “unique art de vivre” across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and a personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony, an unforgettable celebration of the senses.

From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers all the stops on the finest route for discovering each special place and country.
Information and reservations:
From within Australia 1300 121 341
From within New Zealand 0800 540 008

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