Established over half a century ago, Relais & Châteaux is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality. Relais & Châteaux has redefined luxury hospitality by emphasizing holistic experiences that transport its guests, taking them on a sensual journey and introducing them to a deeper, truer understanding of the Art of Living.
The story of Relais & Châteaux begins in 1941 when two former music hall entertainers, Marcel and Nelly Tilloy purchased “La Cardinale”, an estate in the Rhône Valley. In 1952 the Tilloys began recruiting other hoteliers and restaurant owners that shared the same level of quality and excellence and passions for fine cuisine and Art de Vivre. In 1954, this group of kindred spirits merged together to create Relais & Châteaux. In the beginning, there were only eight establishments along the road between Paris and the French Riviera. Today, there are more than 530 members that are a part of Relais & Châteaux.
2014 marked the 60th anniversary of Relais & Châteaux. To commemorate this special occasion, Relais & Châteaux created a short film that celebrates Relais & Châteaux’s presence in North America and the unique position the brand holds in the world of hospitality. In particular, this film features several of our North American members including quotes of the owners of Camden Harbour Inn; Raymond Brunyanszki and Oscar Verest, as they bring to life in their own words what makes the Relais & Châteaux experience so meaningful and memorable for guests like you, whom we have had the pleasure of serving throughout the years.