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February 17, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Relais & Châteaux Announces New Members

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Vienna, Austria – Relais & Châteaux, a collection of the world’s finest intimate hotels and gourmet restaurants, announced its newest worldwide members. A total of 31 new members were accepted into this prestigious organization, which now has 480 properties in 56 countries.

Relais & Châteaux reviewed 100 candidates around the world with a commitment to selecting only outstanding properties with truly unique character. Each new member represents the guiding principle of Relais & Châteaux: to create for guests moments of exceptional harmony and unforgettable celebrations of the senses. In the U.S., only one restaurant, Eleven Madison Park, and three resorts — Winvian, The Inn of the Five Graces, and Hotel Fauchére, earned this exclusive distinction. Three outstanding chefs at Relais & Châteaux properties in North America were also named Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux.

“Our newest members offer truly unique and unforgettable experiences for our guests,” said Jaume Tàpies, international president of Relais & Châteaux. “We are delighted to welcome them into our family, where personal generosity and hospitality are a way of life.”

New U.S. Members
Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY: Set in a magnificent art deco dining room in New York City, with soaring ceilings and lush views of historic Madison Square Park, Eleven Madison Park serves Chef Daniel Humm’s modern, pure and market-driven French cuisine. It joins only a handful of Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux in New York – Per Se, Daniel, Aureole, Le Bernardin, and Jean Georges.

Winvian, Litchfield County, Connecticut: Set amidst 113 acres, Winvian was created to recharge and indulge. Fifteen different architects designed individual cottages that combine the whimsical with the traditional, the modern with the historical. Examples include: the Helicopter cottage, which features a fully restored 1968 Sikorsky HH36 Sea King Pelican helicopter and the Treehouse, a two- story cottage suspended among the trees ten meters off the ground that allows guests to sway with the breeze and touch the leaves.

The Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe, New Mexico: The Orient and the Old West meet at this hotel, whose name relates back to the Five Graces of Tibetan culture celebrating the human senses. Originally known as Seret’s 1001 Nights, the inn is a truly magical and fanciful transformation to another world. The exteriors are traditional old Santa Fe with intriguing architectural details, including hand carved ceilings and columns from Tibet and a Jain altarpiece. Ira Seret, an internationally known importer of Oriental rugs and antiques, and his wife Sylvia, a designer, opened their 22-suite inn in an historic neighborhood of Santa Fe in 1996. The property is a showcase for the Serets’ decorating talents.

Hotel Fauchére, Pike County, Pennsylvania: Founded in 1852 and family operated for 124 years, the Hotel Fauchére was meticulously restored and reopened in 2006. The classic Italianate-style property has 16 rooms, all with marble baths, two restaurants, a patisserie and an adjacent spa. The public areas feature a collection of Hudson River School paintings. The hotel’s Delmonico Room features contemporary interpretation of classic cuisine, while the more casual Bar Louis offers bistro-style global cuisine, including its signature Sushi Pizza, as well as a giant photograph of Andy Warhol and John Lennon above the bar.

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