Founded in France in 1954, Relais & Châteaux represents the highest benchmark in hotel accommodations and fine dining, with a select group of over 450 privately owned hotels and restaurants worldwide. The concept grew from the vacationing traditions of well-heeled French society, who traveled to a variety of “relais” (lodges) and “châteaux” (castles) which, while different in architecture, scenery and cuisine, presented consistently high standards.
The essence of Relais & Châteaux lies in its “5 C’s”: charm, courtesy, character, cuisine, and calm. The association refers to its members as disciples of simplicity, repeating simple gestures and drawing on individual secrets to enrich guests’ lives during their stay. The mission statement of Relais & Châteaux is “to further the cultural and economic stature of our unique hotels and restaurants throughout the world by collectively promoting our members while recognizing their diversity, spirit and heritage”.
La Route du Bonheur (the road to happiness) described the journey between various luxury accommodations, and we’re pleased to invite you to experience our own Western Canadian adaptation through our Discover the Faces of Western Canada’s Relais & Châteaux promotion.
In Western Canada, the tradition of la Route du Bonheur– or the road to happiness – lives on, miles from its French roots of vacationing between manors, villas, and châteaux, but always in the traveling spirit of Relais & Châteaux. Experience the rich character, charm, and culinary excellence of our partners as you navigate between each distinctive property and its own enchanting setting.
Relais & Châteaux offers you the opportunity to explore our Western Canadian Route du Bonheur whether at one, two or all of our member properties: west to east or east to west - the choice is yours in discovering these special places and the unique experiences they offer, because any direction on this journey leads you to the road to happiness.
Celebrate your senses with the Relais & Châteaux properties of Western Canada, where the array of spectacular landscapes only complement genuine hospitality with award-winning accommodations, cuisine and experiences to fulfill your travel wishes.
Experience two or more of these landmark Relais & Châteaux accommodations properties within a two-week period, and benefit from the following added value: