New properties include the recently-renovated Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire
Travel agents and DMCs searching for wow-factor can look to Relais & Chateaux, the association of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants, in 2022.
Nine new members – seven hotels and two restaurants – have been added to the Relais & Chateaux collection, including a Tudor castle
The group said its latest members – which are based in England, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Canada and France – have been selected for their focus on sustainability and wellness.
New properties include the recently-renovated Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire (pictured), which is the only Tudor castle formerly home to royals that now operates as a hotel; Ballynahinch in Connemara, set against the mountains of western Ireland, and the refurbished Brindos, Lac & Château, a floating retreat on a private lake near Biarritz, France, due to open in April 2022.
Simone Arcucci, general manager of Thornbury Castle, said: “We are thrilled that Thornbury Castle has been invited to become a member of Relais & Châteaux and we very much look forward to introducing the castle to their discerning guests.”
Eoin Walsh, general manager at Ballynahinch Castle, commented: “We are proud and honoured to join the prestigious Relais & Châteaux family.
The vision of Relais & Châteaux symbolises everything we do at Ballynahinch Castle; individuality, authenticity and personable service
“Our new partnership with Relais & Châteaux defines our hotel as one of the stand-out places to visit in the west of Ireland and we look forward to welcoming guests from near and far.”
New restaurant members include Maison Décotterd in Montreux, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva and run by two Michelin-star chef Stéphane Décotterd, and Restaurant Saisons in Lyon, France – a showcase for the Institut Paul Bocuse culinary arts school, headed up by three-star chef Florian Pansin.
For more information and a full list of members, visit www.relaischateaux.com