Relais & Chateaux 2012 Press Release (UK)

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by Simon Carter & Daniel Darwood

November 14, 2011: The Relais & Châteaux Guide 2012 introduces three new UK members located in Scotland – Greywalls Hotel and Chez Roux in Muirfield, Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island in Argyll, and Restaurant Andrew Fairlie in Auchterarder – and one new member in Ireland , Ballyfin Demesne in Co. Laois.  Globally, 45 new members bring the total number of fine hotels and restaurants to 518 worldwide in almost 60 countries.  There are also five new destinations including Neuchâtel in Switzerland , Brussels in Belgium , Porto in Portugal , Beijing in China , and, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia .

Relais & Châteaux is proud to welcome the distinguished Brazilian author, Paulo Coelho, as the new Relais & Châteaux Ambassador 2012 and names 19 new Grands Chefs – five promoted from within the existing membership and 14 that are also new members – increasing the total number of Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux to 160 of which seven are located in the UK and Ireland .  The 2012 trophy winners are also featured.  Brief details of the new members, new Grands Chefs and 2012 trophy winners follow in alphabetical order (unless otherwise stated):


Ballyfin Demesne: Irish Regency mansion in stunning garden estate at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co. Laois , Ireland

Greywalls Hotel and Chez Roux: next to the Muirfield golf course, Berwick , Scotland

Isle of Eriska Hotel, Spa and Island: a 120 hectares island, Argyll , Scotland

Restaurant Andrew Fairlie: within Gleneagles, Auchterarder , Scotland , UK


Anne de Bretagne: contemporary villa on the Jade coast of Saint Malo , France

Beau-Rivage Hotel: overlooking Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Bellevue Syrene 1820: with views of the Gulf of Naples – in Sorrento , Italy

Castillo de Arteaga:  a castle in Urdabai natural park, Spain

Chalet de la Forêt Restaurant: a forest location close to Brussels , Belgium

Combal.Zero Restaurant: culinary art at the Rivoli Museum of Modern Art, Italy

De Lindenhof: magical décor and dishes on the Giethoorn waterfront, The Nertherlands

Het Roode Koper: within the Veluwe forest in The Netherlands

Hôtel Au Cœur du Village: Les Aravis ski resort in La Clusaz, France

Hotel Le Place d’Armes, in the town centre of Luxembourg

Hotel Restaurant Spa Rosengarten: in the Tyrolean village of Kitzbühel , Austria

La Bastide: 18th century charterhouse in Gascony , France

La Peschiera: former Bourbon fishery on the Adriatic coast, Monopoli , Italy

Maison Decoret: a Napoleon III chalet in Vichy , France

Neri Hotel & Restaurant: medieval palace and 18th century mansion, Barcelona , Spain

Ramon Freixa Madrid Restaurant: Mediterranean cuisine in Madrid , Spain

Restaurant Guy Lassausaie: at the gateway to the Beaujolais region, Lyon , France

Saint James Paris: château-hotel, close to Champs Elysée, Paris , France

Schlosshotel Burg Schlitz: in a fine 19th Century estate, West Pomerania, Germany

The Yeatman: in the heart of Porto , Portugal

Villa Crespi:  Moorish villa on Lake Orta , Piedmont , Italy


Algodon Mansion : 1920s mansion in La Recoleta district of  Buenos Aires , Argentina

Awasi: among the geysers, volcanoes and salt flats of the Atacama desert, Chile

Del Posto Restaurant: classic Italian food in the heart of New York City , USA

Hastings House Country House Hotel: Salt Spring island, opposite Vancouver , Canada

Marea Restaurant: Italian seafood on Manhattan ’s Central Park South, USA

Ocean House: Victorian mansion on Rhode Island , New England , USA

Restaurant Europea: local terroir of Montreal , Canada

The Ranch at Rock Creek: quintessentially the wild west, Montana USA

Twin Farms: secluded in Vermont , USA

The Surrey Hotel & Spa: Beaux-Arts townhouse, Manhattan ’s Upper East Side, USA


Bettei Senjuan: with views of Mount Tanigawa , Japan

Huka Lodge: on the banks of the Waikato River , upstream from Huka Falls , New Zealand

JE Mansion: at the heart of the business district of Beijing , China

Jinmai Brilliant Resort & Spa: amid the world’s largest tea garden in the Yunnan , China

Kashiwaya Restaurant: purest Japanese culinary tradition in Osaka, Japan

Le Moût Restaurant, French expertise/Asian flavours in Taichung , Taiwan

Qualia: on Hamilton Island , Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Saffire: in the heart of Freycinet National Park, Tasmania , Australia

Villa Samadhi: geniuine peace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Wanakarn Beach Resort & Spa: one of 15 villas on the beach front near Phuket , Thailand

NEW GRANDS CHEFS (19 – in alphabetical order of restaurant name):

Joseph Lenn: Blackberry Farm , Tennessee , USA

Pascal Devalkeneer: Chalet de la Forêt, Brussels , Belgium

Gunnar Thompson: Château de Sureau , California , USA

Davide Scabin: Combal.Zero, Rivoli , Italy

Martin Kruithof: De Lindenhof, Giethoorn, The Netherlands

Mark Ladner & Mario Batali: Del Posto, Manhattan , USA

Peter Tempelhoff: Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, Cape Town , South Africa .

Christophe Bacquié: Hôtel du Castellet , Provence , France

Simon Taxacher: Hotel Restaurant Spa Rosengarten, Kitzbühel , Austria

Antonio Guida: Il Pellicano , Tuscany , Italy

Lan-Shu Chen: Le Moût Restaurant, Taichung , Taiwan

Jacques Decoret: Maison Decoret Vichy , France

Michael White & Jared Gadbaw: Marea, Manhattan , USA

Ramon Freixa: Ramon Freixa , Madrid , Spain

Andrew Fairlie: Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Auchterarder , Scotland

Jérôme Ferrer: Restaurant Europea, Montreal, Canada

Guy Lassausaie: Restaurant Guy Lassausaie, Lyon , France

Hideaki Matsuo:  Restaurant Kashiwaya on the outskirts of Osaka , Japan

Antonino Cannavacciuolo: Villa Crespi, Piedmont , Italy



Art de la Table Trophy for beautiful table presentation: Atrio Restaurante & Hotel in Cáceres ( Spain )

Environment Trophy (supported by Orlane) for absolute consideration of the environment working in harmony with nature: Il Melograno ( Italy )

Garden Trophy (in association with Rozès) for the most beautiful garden: Fearrington House Country Inn & Restaurant (USA)

Grands Chefs Trophies (in association with Taittinger) for gourmet cuisine, presented to five chefs:  Christophe Bacquié, at Hôtel du Castellet ( France ); Antonio Guida of Il Pellicano ( Italy ); Peter Tempelhoff of The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel ( South Africa ); Gunnar Thompson of Château de Sureau and Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm (USA).

Innovation Trophy (in association with Nespresso) for skilful blending of tradition and innovation: Chiu Family of the Villa 32 in Taiwan

Lounge Trophy (in partnership with Grand Marnier) for an exquisite interior design and relaxing ambience: Oriental Lounge of the Grand Hôtel du Lac ( Switzerland )

Passion Trophy (in partnership with Hennessy) for commitment to the Relais & Chateaux values: Cédric Morel, Owner and Maître de Maison of Château de Feuilles ( Seychelles )

Rising Chef Trophy (supported by All-Clad) for the most promising rising stars of the association  to Sébastien Sevellec of La Villa in Calvi (France) and to Fabrice Vulin at the Château de la Chèvre d’Or ( France

Savoir-Faire Trophy (supported by Genmorangie whiskies) in recognition of team-work, creativity, professionalism and excellence: Restaurant Schwarzwaldstube ( Germany )

Spa Trophy (in association with Laurent-Perrier) for a sublime Spa and well-being facility: La Côte Saint-Jacques & Spa (France)

Welcome Trophy (in partnership with Dom Pedrignon) for a sense of hospitality: Restaurant Richard et Christopher Coutanceau in La Rochelle , France

Woman of the Year Trophy (in partnership with Pommery): Carme Ruscalleda, Grand Chef and owner of Restaurant Sant Pau ( Spain ).

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Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of around 518 of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants in 60 countries.  Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its ‘art de vivre’ across the globe by selecting outstanding character properties.  Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and grands chefs from all over the world who share a passion for their work and a personal commitment to making every guest’s visit an unforgettable treat for the senses.  From the Napa valley vineyards to the beaches of Bali , via Provençal olive groves and South African game lodges, Relais & Châteaux has special places in every favourite corners of the world.

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