International hospitality association Relais & Châteaux headquartered in Paris France has announced today that Barossa-based The Louise luxury vineyard retreat and its culinary destination restaurant Appellation have joined the world’s top rated small hotels and restaurants across 64 countries as the newest member of the Relais & Châteaux international association. They are among just four Australian and six New Zealand Relais & Châteaux properties including Hamilton Island’s Qualia Resort and Spa, and Sydney’s Tetsuya’s restaurant.
Relais & Châteaux is highly regarded and widely known across Europe, Africa and the United States, where top-rated hospitality venues are members. In the world’s most recognised wine regions, the stand-out hotel and restaurants are Relais & Châteaux members. Repeat guests of the Relais & Châteaux network are loyal advocates of the high standards and memorable dining experiences at the 500+ Relais & Châteaux properties. Now they have an additional reason to visit Australia and discover South Australia and the Barossa.
The Louise, a founding member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, is a 15 suite boutique hotel located in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Appellation, led by executive chef Ryan Edwards, is the on-site restaurant serving contemporary Australia regional cuisine.
Commenting on The Louise and Appellation joining Relais & Châteaux, owner Jim Carreker noted, “Long before Helen and I moved from San Francisco to South Australia a decade ago to develop our vision for a destination restaurant with luxury guest rooms in one of the world’s great wine regions, we had pre-selected Relais & Châteaux as our preferred global marketing partner. We sense that the time has come for Australia’s leading small luxury hotels and best-in-class restaurants to partner with the world’s most widely recognised culinary hospitality brand. We are pleased and honoured to be at the forefront of an expansion of Relais & Châteaux into Australia, coincident with the launch of a multi-year high profile positioning of Australia as an international culinary tourism destination by Tourism Australia”.