Relais & Châteaux
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Relais & Châteaux is a global fellowship of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants. The number of members changes as new members are added and others drop away; the group currently has over 500 members in 60 countries on five continents. Strongly represented in Europe, the association is growing in North America, Asia and Africa.
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."
The group is known for its strict admission standards. In addition to luxurious facilities, members must have special features distinguishing them from chain hotels. Most of them are historic landmarks such as castles, manor houses, or townhouses in idyllic settings and offering exquisite haute cuisine.
Prospective and current members are evaluated by the group's traditional "five C" motto: Caractère, Courtoisie, Calme, Charme et Cuisine (Character, Courtesy, Calm, Charm and Cuisine).
- 2013–present: Philippe Gombert
- 2005–2013: Jaume Tapies
- 1986–2005: Régis Bulot
- 1971–1986: Joseph Olivereau