|Relais & Châteaux, a collection of the world's finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants, announced its newest members at its annual Congress in Biarritz, France. A total of 31 properties have been accepted, bringing the total membership in the travel association to 475 members in 57 countries. Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia and the Sonora Resort in British Columbia were the sole new Canadian members. |
Three other new Relais & Châteaux members are hotels located in North America: Windham Hill, in West Townshend, Vermont; Esperanza, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Hôtel St. Germain, in Dallas, Texas. In addition, current member Hôtel Le Toiny, in St. Barthélemy, was named a Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 475 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants in 57 countries. 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. Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony, an unforgettable celebration of the senses. Members currently hold 350 Michelin stars between them. From the vineyards in the Napa Valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence, to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers all the stops on the finest route for discovering each special place and country.
Trout Point Lodge opened in 2000. Combining charming and comfortable accommodations with a wilderness location and commitment to environmental friendliness, the Lodge has also earned accolades for its cuisine and cooking vacations. Located in the Southern Nova Scotia Biosphere Reserve in Yarmouth County, Trout Point has a 4.5 star rating from Canada Select, the national rating agency, and 5 Green Keys from the Hotel Association of Canada. The Trout Point Lodge Cookbook: Creole Cuisine from New Orleans to Nova Scotia was published by Random House to rave reviews a few years ago. Trout Point just won the Green Restaurant Award from the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia this month.