2014

Relais & Châteaux is present in 64 countries with 520 properties. A collection of 60 Routes du Bonheur meanders through the world with three to five hotel stays per itinerary.
Free-of-charge presence in the digital media, in six languages: iPad, iPhone, Android smartphone and Android tablet

« 2014 will be a year full of momentum for the future from our cradle in France to the 64 countries in which we make our art de vivre shine. Our history has therefore a bright future.»

Philippe Gombert

 
2014
2013
 
2013

First Villas & Family Homes by Relais & Châteaux


1st Dîner des Grands Chefs in Versailles: 60 chefs for 650 guests

« Until now there has not been a place or a festival for French cuisine. This has really been the start of an extraordinary adventure which will last. »

Guy Martin, Grand Chef and owner of Grand Véfour

 
2011
2010
 
2010

First destinations in Estonia, Chile, Peru, Laos, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu.

First presence in China.
 
2004
1995
 
Launch of the Relais & Châteaux website. Stays can now be reserved in a Relais & Châteaux property online.
1992

Relais & Châteaux is present in 40 countries.

 
1992
1975
 
1975

Relais & Châteaux welcomes the first Relais & Châteaux properties in the USA, Canada and Japan.

« I must say that the grafting of Châteaux-Hôtels and Relais de Campagne took very quickly. It was not in our interest to stay in France and we did not have the resources to look for offices abroad. We wanted international properties who would act as ambassadors for the brand.»

Jo Olivereau

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On 1 January 1975, Châteaux-Hôtels, founded in 1962 by Raymond Thuilier and René Traversac, associate with Relais de Campagne and Relais Gourmands. This merger gives rise to the Relais & Châteaux Association, which is open to hoteliers and grand chefs who desire to experience and share with their guests a moment of harmony, a celebration of the senses, a legendary voyage.

« Our guests must feel at home with us and must want to return to be amongst friends. To achieve this, we must offer them, in addition to our professional talents, a smile and attentiveness. »

Alain Rabier, who together with Jo Olivereau worked on the merger of Châteaux-Hôtels and Relais de Campagne.

 
1975
1972
 
1972

Two legendary personalities of the Association, Jo Olivereau and Pierre Troisgros, create Relais Gourmands and federate the chefs as ambassadors of culinary arts.

« Without passion, our profession is doomed! Gastronomy is 95% perspiration and determination and 5% spotlights! It is intuition and feeling, and also experience and personal taste. »

Pierre Troisgros

1960

Relais & Châteaux welcomes the first European properties.

 
1960
1954
 
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The birth of “Relais de Campagne” took place on 12 May 1954 in Thoissey at the Chapon Fin, run by Paul Blanc, uncle of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux Georges Blanc.

« Hoteliers and restaurateurs should speak from the heart. »

Marcel Tilloy

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In 1954, Marcel Tilloy, event organiser and owner of the hostellerie La Cardinale, had the idea of showcasing eight hostelleries between Paris and Nice, outside cities, “which offered impeccable hospitality, were elegantly appointed with all modern conveniences and had a good restaurant”. United under the slogan ”La Route du Bonheur”, these eight properties wrote the first chapter of the history of our Association on the theme of French style-art de vivre.

 
1954