About R&C

573 exceptions!

Established 60 years ago when top hoteliers teamed up with talented chefs, Relais & Châteaux now sets the standard for excellence in hospitality and culinary arts.

Relais & Châteaux is not a chain but an Association of 573 outstanding properties, with independent owners, Maîtres de Maison and chefs. These rare individuals open up whole new worlds in upscale hospitality. How do they manage this feat? By underscoring the need for unique, personal experiences which offer our guests, over 5 continents, the opportunity to enjoy our fine arts of living, and build their own treasure trove of living memories.

This is our unique selling point and what makes us special: "All around the world, unique in the world". In 2014 Relais & Châteaux initiates with its Vision and its 20 Commitments a dedicated and worldwide movement for "A better world through cuisine and hospitality". With this determination, the Association wishes to elevate the Fine Arts of Living to the rank of the 10th Art.

«Hoteliers, restaurateurs must speak from the heart», was Marcel Tilloy's recommendation.

This was 60 years ago and that belief is still alive today.