Best Relais & Châteaux Hotels in Europe

With a portfolio of more than 550 exclusive luxury hotels across 63 countries, Relais & Châteaux... READ MORE
With a portfolio of more than 550 exclusive luxury hotels across 63 countries, Relais & Châteaux has established itself as a leading hotel brand. The brand's properties can be found in places like the vineyards of Napa Valley and the beaches of Seychelles. Relais & Châteaux's association of hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs select luxury properties based on their unique location and their ability to uphold the brand's high standard of quality. Some properties focus on personal well-being with on-site spas, while others cater to food and wine lovers with tastings and cooking classes. Privileged guests can become part of Club 5C, which provides frequent customers with perks, such as room upgrades and invitations to exclusive Relais & Châteaux events. Many Relais & Châteaux properties appear on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Europe, Best Hotels in Mexico and Best Hotels in Canada rankings lists. The U.S. News-ranked Relais & Châteaux properties appear below.

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    Il San Pietro di Positano
    Positano
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    According to recent travelers, Il San Pietro di Positano's location along the Amalfi Coast is one of its best highlights. Other standout features at this Relais & Châteaux outpost include its private beach, tennis court, semicircle-shaped swimming pool and private yacht. Inside the hotel, visitors will find a spa and fitness center, plus an open-kitchen restaurant that offers cooking classes and Zass, a Michelin-starred dining venue that serves up homegrown produce and local flavors alongside panoramic views of Praiano and the Tyrrhenian Sea. When it's time to rest, guests can retreat to their accommodations, which feature private terraces with Mediterranean vistas, complimentary Wi-Fi access, LCD TVs, seating areas and classic blue and white decor throughout. Past visitors especially enjoyed their accommodations' beautiful interiors and comfortable beds. Previous guests also raved about the staff, saying they were attentive and friendly.
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    Ballyfin Demesne
    Ballyfin, LS
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Ballyfin Demense is a world-renowned hotel, located within a castle-like structure in County Laois, Ireland. It was originally built in the 1820s for Sir Charles Coote. The estate's 614 acres are filled with wildlife, gardens, trails and picnic spots. Guests can participate in activities like tennis, boating, horseback riding, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery and falconry (some require an additional fee). On-site gardens, along with hens and bees, provide numerous ingredients for the restaurants, and other ingredients are locally sourced from nearby farmers and fishermen. The Cellar Bar has an extensive list of local whiskeys, and regular whiskey tastings are available. The 20 individually decorated guest rooms and suites feature period furniture, complimentary soft drink minibars, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi access, Egyptian cotton linens and free laundry services. For a truly memorable stay, reserve the Sir Charles Coote suite, which boasts 18th-century Chinese wallpaper panels, a separate sitting room, a fireplace and large windows with views of the grounds and lake. Recent guests described the hotel as excellent, especially raving about the white-glove service, palatial grounds and decor. While a stay here is not cheap, many past guests said the experience was more than worth it.
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    Cliveden House
    Taplow, ENG
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The former home of countesses, dukes and the Astor family, Cliveden House has welcomed various noteworthy guests, including Winston Churchill, The Beatles and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The 376-acre property – which sits about 30 miles west of London – offers ample on-site amenities, such as a fitness trail, indoor and outdoor tennis courts and pools, a kids play area and private boats that guests can use on the River Thames. Stately guest rooms are named after past visitors – including Rudyard Kipling – and feature handmade beds, period accents and antique furniture, and many have private terraces with hot tubs. Larger rooms and suites include an honesty bar, fireplaces, original artwork and large terraces with views of the gardens and the Thames. When it comes time to dining, recent guests recommend sitting down for a meal at The Cliveden Dining Room, where the chef creates innovative English menus served in three or seven courses. The Astor Grill is a more casual eatery housed within Lord Astor's former stables. There are also traditional afternoon and Champagne tea services served in The Great Hall. Meanwhile, couples praise the on-site spa, while families rave about Cliveden's abundance of kid-friendly amenities.
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    Château de La Chèvre d'Or
    Eze, 06
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Situated high on the cliffs overlooking the waters of the Côte d'Azur, the Chateau de La Chèvre d'Or regularly wows guests. The killer views, service and restaurants (one of which holds two Michelin stars) were just a few of the highlights among a long list of pros travelers couldn't help but gush about. Standard guest rooms are classic and chic, featuring tiled floors and French country-style decor in addition to Nespresso coffee machines and complimentary Wi-Fi. But what makes accommodations so unique is that they aren't concentrated in one place, but rather spread out around the medieval village of Ezra that this Relais & Châteaux outpost calls home. And with such a picturesque location, relaxation couldn't come more naturally. Guests can recharge at the on-site spa, fitness center and pool, or take a stroll along one of the many oceanfront terraces dotted throughout the property. There are also gorgeous Mediterranean-style gardens on-site that cascade down the cliffs where the chateau sits. Along with the Michelin-starred La Chevre d'Or, guests can choose to dine at three other on-site eateries, all of which offer ocean views or alfresco dining.
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    Son Brull Hotel & Spa
    Pollensa
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Son Brull Hotel & Spa is a 5 star hotel. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 446 reviews.
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    The Yeatman
    Porto
    1.7 miles to city center
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Yeatman hotel is popular with wine connoisseurs, thanks in part to the property's impressive collection of top Portuguese wines and wine-centric events like tastings, seminars and wine dinners. The property's individually decorated guest rooms and suites come with private balconies or terraces, beds dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrooms with separate showers and deep soaking tubs, minibars, free Wi-Fi access and LCD televisions. Select suites feature wine-related details like oak barrel beds and photos of local wineries. When you get hungry, recent guests suggested dining at the on-site Michelin-starred restaurant to sample some of the area's seafood and regional specialties. And while some visitors appreciated that there are two on-site infinity pools (one of which sits outside and is shaped like a wine decanter), others weren't impressed with the size of the pools and thought that the hotel should offer chairside towel service. You can find this pet-friendly hotel across the Douro River from downtown Porto.
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    Sheen Falls Lodge
    Kenmare, KY
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Overlooking Kenmare Bay in southern Ireland, about 26 miles south of Killarney, the Sheen Falls Lodge occupies 300 acres of land. This Relais & Châteaux property offers an abundance of activities to keep travelers busy, such as horseback riding, tennis, kayaking and golfing, plus more unique options like falconry, clay pigeon shooting and photography excursions. If you'd prefer to relax rather than run around, the Easanna Spa features a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a steam room, an indoor pool and a varied menu of treatments. As far as accommodations go, the Sheen Falls Lodge offers rooms, suites and villas, all of which feature cozy, country-inspired decor. Outside the rooms, you can enjoy afternoon tea at The Sun Lounge; relax with a glass of Champagne or whiskey at the cocktail bar; or choose a bottle of vino from the hotel's own wine cellar, which boasts more than 10,000 bottles from 18 different countries. When you get hungry, The Falls Restaurant offers course menus complemented by views of the Sheen waterfalls. Overall, previous travelers appreciated the hotel's serene atmosphere and variety of on-site amenities.
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    Royal Champagne
    Epernay
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Royal Champagne is a 5 star hotel. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 193 reviews.
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    Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
    Windermere, ENG
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Gilpin Hotel & Lake House is a 5 star hotel. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 1760 reviews.
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    Bernard Loiseau
    Saulieu
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Bernard Loiseau is a 5 star hotel. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1074 reviews.
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    Caesar Augustus
    Anacapri
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Caesar Augustus is a 5 star hotel located at Via G Orlandi 4 in Capri. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1206 reviews.
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    Arosa Kulm Hotel & Alpin Spa
    Arosa
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    The Arosa Kulm Hotel is lauded for having one of the most scenic addresses in the Swiss Alps. The property sits 6,000 feet above sea level, in the mountainous region of Arosa, about 92 miles southeast of Zurich. The hotel itself is one big vantage point. Situated along rolling hills and flanked by picturesque peaks as far as the eye can see, guests were breathless at the sights surrounding the Arosa Kulm. But don't spend all your time simply looking at the scenery. The hotel offers up enough activities to keep you busy for days, including skiing, ice hockey and tobogganing during the winter, as well as hiking, tennis and paragliding during the summer. Those looking for a little more relaxation can indulge in the expansive on-site spa, which includes a swimming pool with a waterfall, massage showers, a grotto, Finnish saunas, a tanning studio and a children's natural rock pool, among other features. Dining is also plentiful, with the hotel housing six restaurants varying from fine to casual. Rooms are more subdued than their surroundings and have a lodge-like feel (complete with wood-paneled walls) featuring basic comforts like TVs, desks and, in some accommodations, balconies. Apart from the hotel's unbeatable location and well-equipped facilities, the property's stellar customer service was a high point for recent lodgers.
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    Bellevue Syrene
    Sorrento
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    If you have a trip booked to Sorrento, Italy, recent guests say that the Bellevue Syrene is the only place to stay in this Amalfi Coast town. And considering all the hotel’s offerings, it should come as no surprise that guests not only fall in love with their time here but vow to come back again and again. The Bellevue Syrene, which sits perched over the cliffs of Sorrento, has all the makings for an unforgettable hotel experience. Here, you can eye Mount Vesuvius from the comfort of your own balcony, and dine on fine regional cuisine and wine at the on-site restaurant or wine cellar. Should you want to take a dip, walk down the cliffs to the hotel’s own swimming hole, where you’ll be greeted with lounge chairs, umbrellas and the clear water of the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to sweeping ocean views (available in every room category except the Superior Courtyard View), rooms here come equipped with lots of color and cozy comforts such as Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Outside of the rooms you’ll also find a fitness center and spa with a hammam. And should you require transportation, the hotel can arrange car, boat or helicopter transfers. The only drawback to Bellevue Syrene is that it comes with a hefty price tag, though guests say that the cost is completely worth it.
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    Park Hotel Kenmare
    Kenmare, KY
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Park Hotel Kenmare is a 5 star hotel. It has a 4.5 overall guest rating based on 1050 reviews.
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    Summer Lodge Country House Hotel
    Evershot, ENG
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    • Free WiFi

    Summer Lodge Country House Hotel is a 5 star hotel. It has a 5.0 overall guest rating based on 1162 reviews.

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