Villa Menegetti from Bale, near Rovinj, Hotel Bastion in Zadar, and Lešić Dimitri Palace on the island of Korčula have all been included in the ‘club’. Relais & Châteaux is a global fellowship of individually owned and operated luxury hotels and restaurants, the group currently has some 500 members in 60 countries on five continents. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is “to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.”
The group is known for its extremely strict admission standards. In addition to luxurious facilities, members must have special features distinguishing them from chain hotels. Most of them are historic landmarks such as castles, manor houses, or townhouses in idyllic settings and offering exquisite cuisine. Prospective and current members are evaluated by the group’s traditional “five C” motto: Caractère, Courtoisie, Calme, Charme et Cuisine.