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.
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First Villas & Family Homes by Relais & Châteaux
1st Dîner des Grands Chefs in Versailles: 60 chefs for 650 guests
Guy Martin, Grand Chef and owner of Grand Véfour
First destinations in Estonia, Chile, Peru, Laos, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu.
Relais & Châteaux is present in 40 countries.
Relais & Châteaux welcomes the first Relais & Châteaux properties in the USA, Canada and Japan.
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.
Alain Rabier, who together with Jo Olivereau worked on the merger of Châteaux-Hôtels and Relais de Campagne.
Two legendary personalities of the Association, Jo Olivereau and Pierre Troisgros, create Relais Gourmands and federate the chefs as ambassadors of culinary arts.
Relais & Châteaux welcomes the first European properties.
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.
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.