Hastings House and Relais & Château
Established over half a century ago, in 1954, Relais &x is an association of the world’s finest hoteliers, chefs, and restaurateurs, setting the standard for excellence in hospitality.
It represents more than 540 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele.
Relais & Châteaux is established around the globe, from the Napa Valley vineyards and French Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean. It offers an introduction to a lifestyle inspired by local culture and a unique dip into human history.
Relais & Châteaux members are driven by the desire to protect and promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality. They are committed to preserving local heritage and the environment, as encompassed in the Charter presented to UNESCO in November, 2014.
In a world that is rich in its differences, people from all cultures have always placed importance on two timeless traditions: Cuisine and Hospitality. Throughout history, these two traditions have contributed to happiness, fellowship and the art of living well, or what the French call “l’Art de vivre.” It’s therefore vital to our humanity that cuisine and hospitality be cherished, preserved and continually revived, ensuring both can always play a role in our capacity to live well together.
At Relais & Châteaux, we know that others share these beliefs and have similar humanitarian goals, and we wish to work with them to support a mission focused on making a better world: A principle objective of Relais &x is “to make the world a better place through cuisine and hospitality,” and to elevate the arts de vivre.