Relais _ Châteaux welcomes 9 new members in Asia and Latin America

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					            Relais & Châteaux welcomes 9 new members
                     in Asia and Latin America

As part of its international development strategy, Relais & strengthens its network with
the arrival on 1 January 2007 of 9 new upscale addresses.

For the first time, the Association has members in Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.
Thanks to the arrival of new members in Brazil, Argentina and Indonesia, Relais &
Châteaux extends its global network to 54 countries.

Jaume Tàpies, President of Relais & Châteaux, explains that the Board of Directors had
designated South-East Asia, China, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and
Scandinavia as priority destinations for the Association’s international development. It
has set itself the target of finding 10 properties which meet the Relais & Châteaux
criteria in each of these regions in order to create solid delegations.

                         Three new destinations in Asia
                and the development of the international network


   Malaysia joins Relais & Châteaux with a hotel on Tioman Island, the “Japalama
   Resort” and a Relais Gourmand “Tamarind Springs” in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
   Thailand also puts in an appearance with 3 new addresses “The Eugenia” in
   Bangkok, “The Rachamankha” in Chiang Mai and “Phuket Pavilions” on Phuket
   Cambodia joins the Association with the “Heritage Suites Hotel” in Siem Reap, near

   In Indonesia Relais & Châteaux, already represented in Bali, moves into the capital
   of the island, Denpasar, with “Bali Pavilions”.

South America

   In Brazil, the Association swells its ranks with the arrival of a third property “La
   Pousada Estrela d’Agua” in Porto Seguro,

   In Argentina, “El Colibri” in Santa Catalina joins the Association.

These new Asian members go hand in hand with the creation of new coordination and
promotion offices. One office in Bangkok is set to open on 1 February and general sales

agents will be responsible for the Association’s commercial development in the main
countries in this region.

Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, Director General, adds that “these markets are interesting for
two reasons: they offer major growth potential both as destination markets for
international guests and as source markets of guests for the rest of the Association.”

Communications Directorate contacts:

For USA: Brenda Homick:

For United Kingdom: Nicolas Liddiard:

Japamala Resort (Pulo Tioman)
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront

Given the same name as the “Japamala” prayer beads used by Buddhists and yogis for
meditation, the Japamala Resort offers similar benefits of tranquillity to its guests. Situated on
the Malaysian island of Tioman, in the China Sea, this paradise-like resort consists of teak villas
and chalets tucked into the hill with a breathtaking view of the turquoise sea. Guests stay in a
unique natural setting, perfectly in harmony with the tropical jungle. Japamala Resort has been
designed to blend into its surroundings without disturbing one single rock. It is in this intimate,
warm atmosphere that the restaurant serves delicious cuisine combining Thai and western
dishes. Another must are the waters around Tiomarin with a wealth of beautiful fish and
corals…an aquatic paradise for diving enthusiasts.

Activities: Golf, outdoor swimming pool, spa, mud baths, hiking, fishing, diving, kayaking

Open all year round

12 rooms: € 70-289 s.i.
Breakfast included

Menu € 14-69 s.i.
Airport: Kuala Lumpur (Intl) 100 km


Kampung Lanting• 86800 Pulau Tioman (Pahang Darul Makmur)• Malaysia
Tel.: + 609 419 6001 •Fax: + 609 419 6002 •
Owner: Federico Asaro


Tamarind Springs (Selangor)
Relais Gourmand restaurant in town

On the edge of the jungle, Tamarind Springs is a real treat for lovers of nature and gourmet
cuisine. In a genuine lounge atmosphere with teak décor and gentle lighting in the evening, the
restaurant offers a rare, intimate setting surrounded by lush greenery. The chef, Som Khuan
Wandee, draws his inspiration from the culinary traditions of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. He
conjures up dishes intended originally for the royal family. The menu is a real festival for the
senses. Some of the specialities that are an absolute must are aubergines grilled in coco cream,
chicken salad with banana flowers, Laotian beef soup and lobster steamed in lemongrass.
Against this enchanting backdrop, the pairing of traditional cuisine with an exotic, intimate
ambiance are the perfect ingredients for unforgettable dinners.

Open all year round

Relais Gourmand restaurant
Menu from € 40 to 55 s.i.

Kuala Lumpur (Intl) 70 km, Subang 20 km

Menara Indah Clubhouse, Jalan 1, Taman T.A.R. 68000 Ampang (Selangor) •Malaysia
Tel.: + 60 3 4252 0836•Fax: + 60 3 4251 9100 • Email:
Owner: Federico Asaro •Chef: Som Khuan Wandee


The Eugenia (Bangkok)
Hotel and restaurant in town

This magnificent, colonial residence is an invitation to “happiness, freedom and peace of mind”.
The charming hotel, bearing the name of its owner Eugene, boasts a neo-Victorian façade and
highly elegant furnishings. The 12 rooms combine sumptuous 19th century decor with four-poster
beds, antique canapés and hand-crafted copper-aluminium bath tubs... the ultimate contemporary
luxury. Various pieces of furniture and décor stem from the private collection of Eugene and his
family. In this haven of peace with bygone charm, relaxation and serenity reign supreme whether
in the bar, the cosy library or beside the turquoise swimming pool.

Activities: Golf, outdoor swimming pool, tour of the town or transfer to the airport in the hotel’s
vintage car, cigar cellar.

Open all year round

12 rooms: € 111-138 s.i.

Menu € 29-77 s.i.

Airport: Suvarnabhumi (Intl) 45 km
Train station: Hua-Lumphong 8 km
Access map available on


267 Soi Sukhumvit 31, Wattana 10110 Bangkok• Thailand
Tel.: + 66 2 259 9017 •Fax: + 66 2 259 9010 •Email:
Owner: Yu-Ching Yeh


The Rachamankha (Chiang Mai)
Hotel and restaurant in town

In architecture inspired by a Lampang temple and décor reflecting Lanna culture, The
Rachamankha is a magnificent haven of tranquillity brimming over with culture in the heart of
Chiang Mai. The hotel was constructed by two famous Thai designers. It boasts 24 rooms and
suites whose décor happily reconciles the presence of wood (teak and bamboo) with Chinese
antiques and low-key contemporary design. The restaurant delights guests with its
sophisticated dishes full of local and western flavours and its exceptional setting. Superb
Lanna lanterns, suspended from the dining room ceiling, illuminate the 19th century paintings
depicting the life of Buddha and a collection of Ming Dynasty plates. Whilst enjoying a
traditional tea in the hotel bar, guests can discover other collections of Asian paintings and
objets d’art.

Activities: Golf, outdoor swimming pool, mountain biking, hiking, riding, rafting, elephant
excursions, hot-air ballooning, sightseeing flights, town tour.

Open all year round

22 rooms: € 106 - 151 s.i.
2 apartments: € 249 - 287 s.i.
Breakfast included

Menu € 8-53 s.i.

Airport Chiang Mai (Intl) 5 km
Train station Chiang Mai 8 km


6 Rachamankha 9, T. Phra Singh, A. Muang •Chiang Mai 50200 • Thailand
Tel.: + 66 53 904 111 •Fax: + 66 53 904 114 • E-mail:
Owner: Changtrakul Rooj• General Manager: Loha-udom Choochart


Phuket Pavilions (Thalang)
Hotel and restaurant in the country

Blending harmoniously into a superb, long sandy beach on Phuket Island, the 23 villas at
Phuket Pavilions are a real little paradise. Between the emerald sea and a tropical valley, these
spacious dwellings reconcile upscale elegance and luxury with minimalist Asian décor. It is in
the spa, a wellness sanctuary, that guests can rediscover harmony and serenity. A drink in the
Sunset Bar whilst enjoying a breathtaking sunset or a romantic moon-lit dinner with
champagne and fresh papaya, transform the evenings into an unforgettable dream.

Golf, outdoor swimming pool, riding, fishing, sailing, diving, kayaking, private speedboat

23 apartments: € 353 - 667 s.i.
Breakfast included

Menu € 20-32 s.i.

Open all year round


Airports Phuket (Intl) 20 km
Access map available on

31/1 MOO 6, Cherngtalat, Thalang Phuket 83110• Thailand
Tel.: + 66 76 317 600• Fax: + 66 76 317 601 •Email:
Owner: LS Pavilions Development Co. Ltd• General Manager: Scott Gorsuch


Heritage Suites Hotel (Siem Reap)
Hotel and restaurant in a village

Not far from Angkor, in an exotic setting with lotus flowers and bamboo, the Heritage Suites
Hotel pays a fitting tribute to Khmer art and history. Authenticity, simplicity and tradition are
the distinctive features of this enchanting site. The architecture makes subtle use of the natural
elements like air, earth, wood and water to offer its guests a feeling of complete well-being. The
concept behind this haven is reminiscent of a village with shops, restaurants, saltwater
swimming pool, relaxation areas and a spa. The elegantly appointed 6 rooms and 20 apartments
are truly Asian with an oriental flourish. Some rooms have a Jacuzzi, a private garden and
outdoor showers to benefit fully from the natural beauty and perfumes. The restaurant with its
colonial atmosphere invites guests to savour traditional Khmer and Asian dishes.

Activities: Golf, outdoor swimming pool, spa, mountain biking, hiking, riding, visits to the
archaeological sites of Angkor (a World Heritage site)

Open all year round

6 rooms: € 95-114 s.i. (tax 10%)
20 apartments: € 161-263 s.i. (tax 10%)
Breakfast included

Menu € 15-32 s.i.

Airport: Siem Reap (Intl) 7 km


Wat Polanka, Slokram Village Siem Reap •Cambodia
Tel.: + 855 63 969 100• Fax: + 855 63 969 103 • Email:
Owners: Pierre Ader and Didier Faraud • General Manager: Bernard Loyer


Bali Pavilions (Denpasar)
Hotel and restaurant in a village

Just a few minutes from the white sandy beach in Sanur, the 23 villas at “Bali Pavilions” are
hidden away in sumptuous gardens where the exotic perfumes of frangipani and lotus flowers
fill the air. Whether they offer a splendid view of the sea or the gardens, these romantic cocoons
welcome guests to a paradise-like setting. The modern facilities are harmoniously combined
with low-key architecture. Whilst lazing away the day at the pool or enjoying some spa
treatments, guests can give themselves over fully to the pleasures of relaxation.

Activities: Golf, outdoor swimming pool, fitness, mountain
biking, hiking, fishing, sailing, water skiing, diving, canoeing, rafting

Open all year round

4 rooms: € 153-177 s.i.
19 apartments: € 236-310 s.i.
Breakfast included

Menu € 10-30 s.i.

Airport: Denpasar (Intl) 18 km


Jalan Danau Tamblingan 76 • Sanur • 80228 Denpasar (Bali) • Indonesia
Tel.: + 62 361 288 381 • Fax: + 62 361 288 382 • Email:
Owner: Gordon Oldham• General Manager: Il Soon Kang


Pousada Estrela d’Agua (Bahia)
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront

Tucked away in a sumptuous resort on Nativos Beach, the 28 suites at the Pousada Estrela
d’Agua blend harmoniously into the natural décor of the sandy white beaches, turquoise sea and
luxurious greenery. Opening onto the beach or the tropical gardens, the suites – some of which
have their own swimming pool and hydrospa – make respectful use of natural materials in the
décor and state-of-the-art furnishings. Under the shade of an exotic wood roof, the “Coast Bar” is
the ideal place to meet for a “Caipirinha” overlooking the sea. Gourmets will be tempted by the
flavours and aromas of the Brazilian and international cuisine served in the restaurant
“Aldeia Sao Joao”, whilst enjoying a wonderful range of wines to accompany a candle-lit dinner by
the sea.

Activities: Golf, spa, outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness, hammam, solarium

Open all year round

28 apartments: € 212-541 s.n.i.
Breakfast included

Carte € 34-124 s.n.i.

Airport: Porto Seguro (Intl) 85 km


Estrada Arraial D'ajuda•Trancoso S/N • 04548-005 Porto Segura (Bahia)•Brazil
Tel.: + 55 (73) 3668 1030 • Fax: + 55 (73) 3668 1030 • Email:
Owners: Evelyn G. G. Figueiredo and José Hélio Gonçalves Rodrigues Filho
General Manager: Evelyn G. G. Figueiredo


El Colibri (Cordoba)
Hotel and restaurant in a park

In the province of Cordoba, Santa Catalina, El Colibri is an old colonial-style mansion house that
belongs to a French family with a passion for Argentine culture. The 9 rooms and apartments in
this charming hotel are an open invitation to escape and change of scenery. Each room
harmoniously combines state-of-the-art amenities (television, DVD player, Internet…) with
elegant décor including an open fireplace and traditional furniture. The shades of cream and
wood paired with the red fabric of the armchairs and sofas give the décor a feeling of warmth and
gaiety. In the seemingly endless landscape the outdoor swimming pool is the place to unwind. To
restore a feeling of well-being and serenity, the El Colibri spa, with its hammam, Jacuzzi, sauna
and massage rooms, is a serene haven. Explore the pampas on horseback, learn how to play polo,
get a taste for the work of the gauchos – these are all interesting activities to give you an idea of
the Argentine dream in this exceptional residence.

Activities: Golf, outdoor swimming pool, spa, mountain biking, hiking, riding, hunting, polo,
adventure circuit on the premises, visit to Jesuit churches, excursions to enjoy the wild fauna

Annual: July

6 rooms: € 259-573 s.i.
3 apartments: € 545-1019 s.i.
Full board included

Airport: Cordoba Pajas Blancas (Intl) 75km


Camino a Santa Catalina • Km 7 5221 • Santa Catalina (Cordoba) • Argentina
Tel.: + 54 3525 465 888 • Fax: + 54 3525 465 999 • Email:
Owners: Stéphanie and Raoul Fenestraz


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