Serving up a world of luxury on an exquisite platter
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
During decades of travel and cruise writing my husband and I collected many souvenirs. And among our most cherished is a set of four lavish limited edition Relais & Chateau Villeroy & Bosch Millennium plates. Each one commemorates the luxury company’s collection of the Americas, Caribbean and Mexico.
There are 62 luxury inns and restaurants etched on the plates. Of those we have stayed or eaten in 22 or more. And enjoyed every bite and overnight. We often use the plates that help recall some of the many places we’ve been in the world.
Alas several have since closed. Among them L’Orangerie, debatably the best French restaurant in the U.S. with impossibly stunning decor, highlighted by huge floral arrangement, and exquisitely-set tables and service. Alas the fine Meadowood Napa Valley burned down and Timberhill Ranch is also no longer. But we have fond memories of them all.
A most recent Relais and Chateau experience was at the Hotel Wailea in Maui which met every expectation. The property is a vibrant fantasy of tropical plants, flowers and palm trees greet you at the gate. It poses, like a sumptuous hojin inn on a slope of Haleakala, 300 feet above the sea.
All our Relais and Chateau visits rank right up there among the best. Some favorites include Auberge du Soleil in Napa; Le Toiny in St. Barths, Little Palm Island, in Florida, and Little Nell in Aspen.
About Relais and Chateau
Designed for the discerning , Relais & Châteaux is an association of more than 580 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners. The key to its success is perfection and attention to details.
Relais & Chateau hotels are ideal for pre and post-cruise stay-overs as there are many located in the Caribbean and other tropical areas. Any of its restaurants are also worth a visit during port visits, you really can’t go wrong.
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