Sixty years after Relais & Châteaux was founded with a mission to delight travellers on their way across France, the association’s UK & Ireland delegation is holding a delicious gourmet relay travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles. The launch takes place at Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co. Waterford, Ireland, on April 27th and one by one, over the four months of summer, each of the 35 member properties will unveil its original 60th Anniversary Tasting Menu at a celebratory dinner, offering it to guests in the restaurant thereafter. For more details of this and Relais & Châteaux’s myriad 60th anniversary celebrations worldwide; visit: www.relaischateaux60.com
Created with seasonal local ingredients, equal measures of expertise and inspiration, and seasoned with creative talent, an autographed first edition of each 60th Anniversary Tasting Menu, signed by the chef and general manager, will be lodged in a commemorative Relais & Châteaux 60th anniversary album. Starting with Cliff House Hotel on April 27th, the chef will carry the volume, Olympic-torch style, by air, land or sea on the next stage of its journey until it crosses the finish in style at The Goring in London on September 16th, a lasting testimony to the magical skills of 35 great chefs, and 60 years of peerless Relais & Châteaux hospitality.
From the launch dinner at Cliff House on April 27th, Relais & Châteaux’s 60th Anniversary Gourmet Relay will cross Ireland visiting Sheen Falls Lodge on May 9, Park Hotel Kenmare on May 10, Marlfield House on May 22 and Ballyfin Demesne on May 24. Crossing the Irish Sea it will reach Ynyshir Hall in Machynlleth, Wales, on May 30. In June, six celebration dinners will take place in The Cotswolds, Bath and Devon; July takes the relay to Jersey, the New Forest, West Sussex, Berkshire and Oxfordshire (ten properties). In August it makes nine stops in the Lake District, Cumbria and Scotland; before spending September in London where Relais & Châteaux’s Hibiscus, Le Gavroche and The Goring bring the relay to a glamorous metropolitan climax.
To reserve a place at one of the Relais & Châteaux UK & Ireland 60th Anniversary Gourmet Celebration dinners visit: www.relaischateaux60.com or call 0800 2000 0002; The 60th Anniversary Menus will be available to view online and offered in respective restaurants throughout the summer 2014. Prices start from £100 per person.
About Relais & Châteaux :
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of more than 520 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. 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. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches of the Fiji Islands, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and best way to discover a wide range of distinctive destinations. The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition:
“ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.”
Since 1954, Relais & Châteaux has become the world’s leading association of fine restaurants and hoteliers. Properties must apply for the right to wear the Relais & Châteaux label and are often historic or heritage landmarks such as castles or manors, and are set in some of the most bucolic settings in the world.
It has developed a culinary Grand Chefs division to highlight the restaurants considered to be the most influential and prestigious across the globe, from The French Laundry in the Napa Valley to Eleven Madison Park in New York and Tetsuya’s in Sydney.
At the association’s annual Congress in Berlin in November, 500 restaurateurs and hoteliers voted to elect President Philippe Gombert, owner of the spectacular hotel, Chateau de la Treyne, in France’s Southwest, to lead for the next four years.
A former lawyer with the Paris bar, Philippe Gombert became a hotelier with Relais & Châteaux in 1992 before he was elected director of the French chapter (French Delegate) from 2001 to 2005 and nominated Secretary General by Jaume Tàpies in 2005.
In his acceptance speech, Gombert welcomed a new direction for Relais & Châteaux, with more members, 8 new destinations including Croatia, Latvia, Russia and Turkey, and an extended push into Asia Pacific.
“We want to develop our network all around the world, especially in Asia-Pacific. Asia is for Relais & Châteaux not only a destination market but mainly a source market,” he said.
Although Relais & Châteaux has returned the presidency to its French roots, it has also gestured for more activity in countries in which it has not enjoyed a big presence before.
In doing so, Relais & Châteaux has installed Jaisal Singh, owner of the luxury tented camps Sher Bagh and The Serai in India as one of its Vice Presidents, demonstrating the association’s interest in additional Asian growth.
The organisation has also welcomed 36 extraordinary hotels and Grands Chefs to its annual guide book and website, including a former hunting lodge of the Prussian Kings, Schloss Hotel Yantarny in Russia, a former 13th century Venetian medieval fortress in Croatia called Villa Meneghetti, a converted palace just steps from Marco Polo’s former home that celebrates the Silk Road called Lesic Dimitri Palace and Hotel Bastion Zadar.
There is also a castle in the Chantilly Estate, less than an hour from Paris, the Auberge Jeu de Paume, and the famous Goring Hotel in London, where Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton stayed while she prepared for her royal wedding.
In another first, a South Korean chef was inducted into the exclusive association for the first time, for creating Korean dishes inspired by nature, poetry and art at Si-Wha-Dam in Seoul.
Flowers, herbs and vegetables create a poetic garden on the plate, placed there as by a breath of air.
This harmony of colors pays homage to the paintings of Matisse, and a dessert might, for example, evoke antique blue and white ceramic tiles: an utterly unique experience where art meets fine dining.
Restaurants that earn the Relais & Châteaux designation must reflect a sense of the local, authentic flavors of their country – its culture and its terroir.
For more on Relais & Châteaux’ hotels, restaurants and story, see the 2014 press kit.
Three Croatian family hotels have been incorporated in Relais & Chateaux’s prestigious hotel guide. Hotel Bastion in Zadar, Lešić Dimitri Palace in Korčula and Villa Meneghetti in Istria have been selected amongst the most desirable tourist destinations in the world. The hotel guide is available online and 500,000 copies will also be translated into six languages.
Ski and spa, ski and city or ski and shopping are all winning combinations, enjoyed by countless people every year, but what about something just a little bit different? Take a look at the following suggestions from the Tirol Tourist Board to really maximise your holiday experience…..whether you want to ski and dance, ski and cook, ski and yoga or ski and have a right good belly laugh.
SKI & DANCE
With the glitter and glam of Strictly Come Dancing back on our screens, dance fever is there to guide us through another dark winter. If you can’t get enough watching it on our screens then why not try a ski and dance holiday for something a bit different. Club Dance Holidays is the largest provider of dance breaks worldwide and is offering a Ski-Jive holiday to Niederau in the Wildschönau from the 9th – 16th March 2014. Combine high-energy dance classes and evening parties with time on the slopes exploring the newly connected Ski Juwel ski area, with access to 145km of pistes. The dancing is suitable for dancers with some experience through to advanced dancers.
Club Dance Holidays (020 7099 4816; www.clubdanceholidays.co.uk) has 7 nights on half board at the 3* Hotel Staffler in Niederau with prices starting from £590 per person*, including free daily guiding for intermediate skiers, all inclusive pass to the seven-night Ski-Jive event, flights and resort transfers. Departs 9th March. *Book before 7th November 2013 to secure the earlybird price.
SKI & COMEDY
It’s back for another year, the Altitude Comedy Festival will once again bring laughter to the slopes of Mayrhofen from 31st March – 4th April 2014. It provides the ultimate winning combination, spending the day on the slopes skiing or snowboarding followed by lively comedy entertainment at various venues around Mayrhofen. With the big 2014 announcement coming shortly, another successful year looks guaranteed if the line-up is anything like previous years. Curated by Andrew Maxwell, the Altitude experience boasts a staggering array of talent with previous names including John Bishop, Marcus Brigstocke, Al Murray and Phil Jupitus to name a few.
Outgoing (0845 331 3040; www.outgoing.co.uk ) has 4 night’s accommodation on B&B in Mayrhofen, with prices starting from £349 per person, including Altitude Festival wristband. Daily flights are available with easyJet from Gatwick to Innsbruck, up to 5 times a week with British Airways from Gatwick or fly with Monarch form Manchester up to 3 times a week. Departs 31st March.
SKI & YOGA
Located in Steinberg, perched high above Lake Achensee, the ASI lodge is a unique design hotel and the perfect place to switch off from fast-paced life and digital distraction. Perfectly adapted to its natural surroundings, the extensive use of glass makes guests feel they are part of the natural landscape, even from inside the hotel. Amidst some of the most captivating and idyllic surroundings, the hotel offers special winter yoga breaks, with their partner YOGAdeluxe, on selected dates in January, February and March. Boost your energy, master deep breathing techniques and revitalise your inner well-being.
The 4* ASI Lodge (www.asi-lodge.at; t: +43 5248 26666) has 3 nights starting from €327 per person, in a double room on half board. A yoga workshop of 11 hours spread over a 3 night stay costs €289 per person with YOGAdeluxe. Daily flights are available with easyJet from Gatwick to Innsbruck, up to 5 times a week with British Airways from Gatwick or fly with Monarch form Manchester up to 3 times a week.
SKI & COOK
Located with easy access to the slopes of Kitzbühel, the Relais & Châteaux Hotel Rosengarten in Kirchberg is the brainchild of top Austrian chef Simon Taxacher. On 24th October 2013, his restaurant was awarded 4 toques and 19 points by the 2014 Gault Millau guide, catapulting him to the top of Austria’s culinary elite.The award-winning Restaurant R Simon Taxacher holds the reputation as one of the top gourmet spots in the Alps, thanks to Taxacher’s innovative French-Mediterranean cuisine and is now one of only four establishments in Austria to hold this exceptional Gault Millau rating. The hotel itself combines sophisticated design, with top quality materials and supreme comfort. The ingenious top floor cooking studio and cookery school is a must for any budding Masterchefs. With glorious views over the Kitzbühel Alps, the cookery course takes place between 10am and 3pm, including a welcome drink and 5 course lunch at the cookery school, accompanied with corresponding wines.
A three night stay at the Relais & Châteaux Rosengarten (+43 5357 4201; www.rosengarten-taxacher.com) in Kirchberg starts from €619 per person, in a standard double room, including a one day taster cookery course. During the 2013/14 season the taster cookery course will take place on 15 December, 12 January, 9 February, 15 June, 6 July, 10 August, 7 September.
SKI & SAFETY
Make your skiing holiday a learning holiday too and join one of the free Snow & Avalanche Awareness Camps (SAAC), which were set up to encourage skiers and snowboarders to learn about the mountains. The 2-day basic camps operate throughout the season in over 20 ski resorts across Austria. With a mix of theory and practical learning, the focus is on alpine dangers, improving awareness and increasing an individual’s own sense of responsibility. To reserve a place on one of the (English speaking) camps email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability or visit www.saac.at to view this season’s dates.
The Basic Camp takes place in St Anton am Arlberg on the 14th/15th December and Ski Safari (www.skisafari.com; 01273 224 067) has 3 nights at the 4* Hotel Post, with prices starting from £619 per person, based on 2 sharing, including flights and resort transfers. Departs Friday 13th December.
The Mediterranean-Inspired Luxury Resort Marks First Dominican Republic Hotel to Be Invited to the Prestigious Collection
Eden Roc at Cap Cana, Solaya Hotel & Resorts’ premier property, announced that it has become a member of Relais & Châteaux, a collection of the world’s finest hotels and gourmet restaurants. As the first hotel in the Dominican Republic to be named to the organization, and one of only 7in the Caribbean, the Eden Roc at Cap Cana is the leading example of intimate elegance on the island.
“Just 11 months after opening, we are delighted and humbled to receive this accolade and to be part of the exclusive Relais & Châteaux hotels, resorts and restaurants,” said Paolo Sanavia, CEO of Solaya Hotel & Resorts. “This distinction affords Eden Roc at Cap Cana the opportunity to showcase our amenities to a global audience, including placing our restaurants and bar among the best in the world, and to champion Punta Cana as an upscale, high-end destination.”
Since opening in December 2012, Eden Roc at Cap Cana has accomplished many major milestones. First was the opening of its signature restaurant Mediterraneo helmed by Executive Chef Gianluca Re Fraschini in February 2013, which offers guests flavors from the Mediterranean through imported artisanal European ingredients blended with local Caribbean elements. The grand opening of Riva Bar occurred in May 2013 and features classic cocktails and ones with a Caribbean twist in a setting influenced by the Riva Aquarama pleasure boat that was the symbol of glamour in 1960s Monte Carlo. Most recently, in September 2013, La Palapa by Eden Roc at the Caletón Beach Club completed a full refresh that added a Sushi Bar to its terrace overlooking the ocean.
The resort, which is located just 20 minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport, is inspired by the glamorous resorts of the French and Italian Rivieras. Each of the 34 free-standing suites feature their own swimming pool and relaxation area with complimentary Wi-Fi, bespoke toiletries by Laura Tonatto, smart technology iPad to control room settings and additional in-room amenities. Eden Roc at Cap Cana also offers five restaurants and bars, access to the Caleton Beach Club and La Palapa restaurant, a 4,090-square-foot swimming pool, Solaya Spa, Koko Kid’s Club, intimate meeting space and one Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course at Punta Espada, among other leisure activities.
Rates for Eden Roc Cap Cana begin at $800 per night in the entry-level Junior Suite, inclusive of daily breakfast and airport transfers. Guests may book their Eden Roc at Cap Cana experience by calling 1.809.469.7469 or visiting www.edenroccapcana.com.
About Eden Roc at Cap Cana
Redefining luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the premier property by Solaya Hotels & Resorts, consists of 34 freestanding suites that offer its jet-setting guests an unprecedented level of intimate luxury that personifies glamour. Eden Roc at Cap Cana privileges to spoil further with extravagant amenities such as the resort’s full service spa, golf course at Punta Espada, Caletón Beach Club, Koko Kids Club, six diverse culinary selections and more.
About Solaya Hotels & Resorts
Solaya Hotels & Resorts is a privately held company with its main interest in the development of ultra-luxurious boutique hotels. Eden Roc at Cap Cana will be the first luxury resort from the group and will set the vision and tone for the company’s future growth within the hospitality industry. Solaya was born from the passion and quest for excellence of its founders, who have created a unique concept of intimate luxury.
Established over half a century ago, Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality. Relais & Châteaux has redefined luxury hospitality by emphasizing holistic experiences that transport its guests, taking them on a journey and introducing them to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living. Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of more than 520 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. The prestigious family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world 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 the Napa Valley to the Fiji Islands, 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. For more information, visit www.relaischateaux.com
Santiago, Chile — The Hotel Palacio Astoreca in Valparaíso, which recently celebrated its 1st anniversary, has been recognized as one of the best hotels in the world by the highly selective association Relais & Châteaux. The Palacio Astoreca’s elegance and distinction as an historic national monument, its exceptional service, and its superlative gourmet cuisine served at the hotel’s restaurant Alegre, are several of the factors that led to the hotel’s designation by the prestigious association.
The Hotel Palacio Astoreca’s new membership status was announced at the Relais & Châteaux International Congress in Berlin on November 17. The Palacio Astoreca is the first hotel in Valparaíso and only the third hotel in Chile to be chosen by Relais & Châteaux. Established in France in 1954, Relais & Châteaux’s mission is to spread its unique “L’Art de Vivre” across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Relais & Châteaux currently claims as members an exclusive collection of 520 of the best hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries.
The Hotel Palacio Astoreca is located on Cerro Alegre in the heart of Valparaiso, a one-hour drive from the capital city Santiago. The design-driven, 23-room hotel offers luxe accommodations, a chic spa, a wine cava, and a outdoor terrace with utterly breathtaking views of the city’s “amphitheater” of colorful urban landscapes and the Valparaiso Bay. Restaurant Alegre, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant, was recently named “Best Restaurant Outside of Santiago” by the country’s leading newspaper, El Mercurio.
Valparaíso was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical importance, and the city is one of the most eclectic, artistic, and fascinating cities in South America. The Palacio Astoreca strives to integrate the rich cultural heritage of Valparaíso into the hotel experience, and can organize city tours for guests to explore the labyrinth of the city’s crooked streets.
New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Palacio Astoreca
Valparaíso is home to Chile’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve party, with one of the largest fireworks displays in the world that draws thousands of revelers every year. To celebrate the hotel’s designation as a Relais & Châteaux member and to ring in the New Year in style, the hotel will offer a special three-day package that includes lodging, breakfast, daily city tours, wine tasting, access to the hotel’s spa, and a New Year’s Eve Gourmet Dinner and Party with an open bar. Rates for two guests sharing a double room start at USD $2,549 for the three-day package.
The Hertz Corporation has partnered with Relais & Chateaux in a three-year, global agreement where customers of both companies will receive exclusive offers and preferential rates. The partnership builds on the relationship between Hertz and Relais & Chateaux in France.
Under the deal, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Members receive 5 percent off of Relais & Chateaux gift packages and gift certificates, as well as free enrollment into Relais & Chateaux’s loyalty program for one year. In addition, Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star and President’s Circle members receive three nights for the price of two at Relais & Chateau properties and 10 percent off of gift packages and certificates. Relais & Chateaux Club 5C members receive 10 percent off all Hertz basic rentals, including Hertz Collections worldwide. Terms and conditions apply.
Additional offers, which will be available for Relais & Chateaux customers who enroll in the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards program, include a rental certificate for one free weekend day, an option to include an additional driver on the rental at no extra cost, early access to new vehicle models, and an upgrade from the entry-level tier Gold Plus Rewards to the next tier up (Gold Plus Rewards Five Star) after the third rental in a year.
Hotel and Restaurant Association Relais & Châteaux has earmarked the Asia Pacific as an emerging key market after the region recorded a big leap in outbound reservations in the past two consecutive years.
The Association hosted travel trade and media events last month in Sydney, Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Taipei, led by Chairman of the Board Jaume Tapies and CEO Jean-François Ferret.
Mr Tapies said that the Association recognised the growing power of the Asian and Australian affluent traveller and had earmarked the region as a key source of revenue for 2014 and beyond. It had committed additional budgets to Travel Trade and Public Relations (PR) efforts and to expanding its network of hotels and restaurants.
He said that of the 58.1 million euros in global reservations to date (July 2012 – June 2013), 7 per cent came from Asia Pacific – an increase of 36 per cent on the previous year.
“We recognise the great potential the Asian Pacific traveller has for the future of our 520 hotels and restaurants around the world and we have acted on that by investing significantly in the region,” Mr Tapies said. “We have over the last 1½ years, established a team of 4 staff based in Singapore, covering Sales & Marketing, Network Development, Member Hotels Help Desk and Reservations; with the set-up of a Central Reservations Office (CRO) in October 2012.
“Australia and Japan are our top two Asia Pacific source markets. The continuous efforts of our General Sales Agent (GSA) in Sydney and our Japanese-language call centre in Tokyo, alongside our Relais & Châteaux offices in these two cities, have helped grow these markets since the late 1990s.
“We see the Australian traveller is travelling more and spending more than before too – our GSA in Sydney generates 4 per cent of our hotel bookings worldwide.”
Mr Tapies said Japanese travellers made up a small but powerful niche, with a noteworthy number of high-net-worth individuals.
“Markets such as Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan are smaller but are also countries with a significant number of these individuals, and which have a more mature travelling population, who seek more exclusive and experiential travel than they used to – outstanding hotels, exquisite cuisine, appealing wine and unique experiences,” he said. “These markets continue to expand and our Sales & Marketing efforts targeting the Travel Trade and Consumers will also follow. We have just entered South Korea for the first time this year – it is a market where we see growth potential too.”
Since the engagement of a GSA in India in May 2012, Sales & Marketing efforts among the Travel Trade in India have increased and Relais & Châteaux has seen reservations from this country more than double in the past year.
The Sales & Marketing work in Asia Pacific has been complemented with the Association’s PR presence and efforts, through its Singapore and Sydney offices and with the engagement of PR agencies in India and Japan; and most recently, in China.
Relais & Châteaux also appointed a new Delegate spokesperson for the Asian member properties (excluding Japan) this year – Sebastian Sun, hotel owner of Le Sun Chine, in Shanghai.
Mr Sun said, “I am very proud to be elected as one of the spokespersons for the Asian members and to be on the Board of Directors, which has traditionally been made up of non-Asian counterparts. I see a renewed focus on this robust region and will do my best to be the voice of Asia.”
“We have recently launched a Simplified Chinese language version of our international Guide and new “Route du Bonheur” (Road of Happiness) itineraries designed by leading luminaries in the culinary or travel worlds,” Mr Sun said. “For example, you can journey through the “garden islands” from Macau to Taipei following the personal recommendations of Taiwan’s Grand Chef Chen Lanshu.”
Other recently-launched Routes du Bonheur include a trip through Australia exploring the favourite places of world-famous Grand Chef Tetsuya Wakuda and a wonderful guide to New Zealand from Hollywood actor Sam Neill. Other routes in Europe, the US and Africa are already accompanied by Michelin-endorsed road maps, available to the Travel Trade and Public. Separate Routes du Bonheur traversing through China, India and Japan will be launched this year.
These initiatives add to the new iPad and Android phone Apps and the enhanced Apps for iPhone and Blackberry. The iPad App carries 15,000 extraordinary photos and 300 videos of Relais & Châteaux’s exquisite locations worldwide with real-time reservations capability – they can literally take you on a journey through Asia, Africa, Europe, the United States and the Pacific, so that you will not just dream about your next holiday, but book it quickly and easily.
Other upcoming initiatives include the revamp of the global website with new Simplified Chinese and Japanese versions. These will allow travel consultants anywhere in the world to enjoy a smoother reservation process on the website or through the Central Reservations Offices and have travellers in foreign language-speaking markets organise their stays and meals in a Relais & Châteaux more easily.
For Information & Reservations in Asia Pacific
Reservations, Asia Pacific
- Australia 1300 121 341 – New Zealand 0800 540 008 // email@example.com
- China (North) 10800 6500 644 – China (South) 10800 2652 617 // firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hong Kong 800 905 767 – Singapore 1800 733 2460 – Taiwan 0080 665 1992 // email@example.com
International Call Charges apply
- Other Asian Countries +65 3158 3022
Discover the world’s best cuisine with the gourmet-lovers’ Guide book
This winter New Zealand’s finest lodges bring travellers a calendar of extraordinary culinary events and cooking classes to delight the senses and sharpen the skills.
Relais & Châteaux is often described as the gourmet lover’s guide to the world’s most beautiful and intimate hotels and restaurants, each one with fine cuisine and celebrated chefs at its core.
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 and sense of the local “terroir”.
This winter some of the finest food and wine experiences await in intimate environments with outstanding personal service, in the world’s most magnificent settings.
Winemaker’s dinner with Gibbston Valley wines – HUKA LODGE – 6 July
Spend an evening with Christopher Keys, head winemaker at outstanding Otago winery Gibbston Valley, over a superb five-course dinner by Huka Lodge Executive Chef Michel Louws. This event is free to guests who book Huka’s attractive autumn-winter rates.
Bastille Day Dinner – THE FARM AT CAPE KIDNAPPERS – 13 July
To celebrate Bastille Day on the 14th, join French chef Nic Poelaert from Brooks of Melbourne, who will create a Gallic dinner matched to Louis Roederer Champagne and Joseph Drouhin wines, included as part of the lodge’s special winter food and wine rates.
Celebrate the Art of Living Weekend – HUKA LODGE – 3 August
A fabulous weekend of gourmet food, fine wine and passions with special previews from fine wine aficionado John Hawkesby, from Louis Vuitton on The Art of Packing, from Hartfield boutique jewellers Rebecca Dryden and Margaret Foley, and from Huka Lodge Executive Chef Michel Louws on the secrets of fine cuisine. The activities are free for guests who book autumn-winter rates.
The Ultimate New Zealand Pinot Dinner – THE LODGE AT KAURI CLIFFS – 17 August
Winemakers Blair Walter and Ant Mackenzie of Felton Road and Dry River will present their sublime wines at a special dinner prepared by Kauri Cliffs’ Group Executive Chef Dale Gartland. Special winter rates apply.
Truffle Dinner with James Stapley – WHARE KEA LODGE – 17 August
Making the most of truffle season in the Central Otago region, guests will enjoy a superb 10 course degustation. Guests who stay 3 nights or more can enjoy a cooking class with Stapley, who has his own organic gardens in Wanaka. Throughout winter, guests may also book a 2.5 hour class highlighting modern braising techniques for quality local Cardrona lamb and venison.
La Scuola Italiana Cooking Class – OTAHUNA LODGE – 23 & 25 August
This class will span the sophisticated and the rustic flavours of northern Italy – the home of Otahuna’s sous chef Filippo Moriggi. Learn to cook pastas or lighter staples such as panzanella, the insider tricks to preparing cured meats at home and homemade gelato and panna cotta. Lunch will be matched with Italian wines.
A Taste of Asia Cooking Class – OTAHUNA LODGE – 13 & 15 September
Executive Chef Jimmy McIntyre’s passion for Asian food has developed through his travels through Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Singapore. The class will present a new menu of aromatic curries, popular street foods and dishes featuring exotic spices and herbs including galangal, wasabi, Myoga ginger, Vietnamese mint and Kaffir lime grown on the estate. Classes include a tour of the house and kitchen gardens and a meal with wine.
RESERVATIONS & INQUIRIES:
To book a Relais & Châteaux hotel or restaurant anywhere in the world phone:
1300 121 341 – for calls in Australia
0800 540 008 – for calls in New Zealand
Merrion Charles, Specialist Private Travel Consultant for Italy, is thrilled to announce the addition of Relais Monaci delle Terre Nere to her luxury hotel and villa portfolio. This glorious historical home with stunning views to the Mediterranean sits amidst the rich and exotic vegetation of the foothills of Mount Etna. With its spacious and dreamy eight suites this is a place one cannot fail to fall in love with!
Relais Monaci delle Terre Nere, Mount Etna, Sicily
This month’s highlighted property! Relais Monaci delle Terre Nere is an exceptional hideaway and escape from the busy rush of today’s modern world. A haven of tranquility, charm and luxury, the Relais is the ultimate location for complete relaxation. It is also ideally situated for exploring the eastern side of Sicily with Taormina, Siracusa, Noto and many more historical cities within easy reach. Rich gardens provide the perfect setting for lazy days by the infinity pool with views to the crystal clear Mediterranean and, being a Bio listed establishment, eating at Relais Monaci delle Terre Nere is to die for! Eclectic contemporary interiors including state of the art bathrooms are stylishly mixed with original features such as tufa stone walls and fireplaces. Holistic massage treatments are on offer, olive oil and wine tastings and all mod cons including wifi and air conditioning.
Also available as a private rental property, Relais Monaci delle Terre Nere is a really top tip for visitors to Sicily.
From €180 to €400 per night per room (min. stay 2 nights & 3 nights min. in July & August)
Rental of entire villa from €10.000 to €16.000 per week (inc. daily maid service & welcome hamper)
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for all additional information.
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