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Seven new properties join Relais & Châteaux

Arosa Kulm Hotel & Alpin Spa, Arosa, Switzerland
Relais & Chateaux has announced that seven new property members have joined its prestigious collection. Among the seven are two restaurants and five hotels including a colonial Mexican villa located in the hills of Tequila Mexico, a national park lodge in Queensland Australia and a three Michelin star restaurant in Spain.

The new members join the 540 landmark properties across the globe, bringing with them yet more diversity and an ethos of promoting the richness of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality.

Hotel Solar de las Animas, Tequila, Mexico
Located in a vibrantly coloured village surrounded by agave fields Hotel Solar de las Animas is a 17th-18th century colonial-style property in southwest Mexico. A picture perfect building that epitomizes the local culture Hotel Solar is a prime example of that "sense of place" so cherished by Relais & Chateaux. From the beautiful arcades, hallways, patios and ceramics to the Chucho Reyes paintings decorating the bar, pre-Hispanic history abounds in the hotel. Meanwhile the breakfast buffet and dinner menus offer an abundance of locally sourced traditional products. Enjoy tours to the indigenous Guachimontones archaeological site and then a tequila cocktail on the patio as night falls.

El Colibri – Estancia de Charme, Cordoba, Argentina
El Colibri is a traditional ranch in the heart of a 170 hectare forest just 70 km outside of Cordoba. This is the Argentina of story books: from tall white vaulted ceilings in the rooms filled with mementos, to horse riding through the Pampas, polo lessons, swimming laps in the outdoor pool and sipping wines – not to mention the cuisine that plays an important part in the local culture. Fruit, vegetables and herbs from the property's kitchen gardens; it doesn't get any simpler than cooking using a traditional barbeque style – a true taste of Argentina.

Quique Dacosta Restaurante, Dénia, Spain - Restaurant
An hour's drive from Alicante and Valencia lies the Dénia seaside resort, home to some of Spain’s leading avant-garde cuisine. Where the restaurant of his humble beginnings once stood, passionate and self-taught chef Quique Dacosta has built a truly contemporary restaurant. A faithful expression of his region, the menu is inspired by a flawless execution and deep respect for local products which are used in culinary spectacles that are both a journey into the unknown and a sensory experience. Creations combine past and future, constantly evolving with the seasons and Dacosta’s visions, to ensure that Quique Dacosta Restaurante is a haven for craftsmanship and adventure.

Arosa Kulm Hotel & Alpin Spa, Arosa, Switzerland - Hotel and restaurant
The Swiss Alps as far as the eye can see. This mind-blowing vista awaits you at this imposing structure perched over 1,850 metres up the Grison Alps. Everything about Arosa Kulm Hotel & Alpin Spa demands reverence, from the ultra-cozy atmosphere created by expert architect Jo Brinckmann's renovation to the six different restaurants. The stone and metal spa features wonderful treatments with facilities including a Turkish bath and spectacular indoor pool. The impeccable hospitality and service are second-to-none while a long list of activities from summer hikes to winter skiing are an integral part of the hotel’s natural surroundings. Perfect for a mountain getaway for two or for the whole family.

Château de Bagnols, Bagnols, Franc - Hotel and restaurant
One Michelin star

Set among the Beaujolais vineyards Chateau de Bagnols is a medieval fortress taking guests back in time. Consisting of a castle and sumptuously decorated apartments on one side and the outbuildings and wine cellar on the other, the chateau is a truly magical place. The first set of suites overlook the French garden full of flowers and the other has a more contemporary setting with a view of woodlands and golden stones. There's something here for everyone. Equal attentiveness awaits at the restaurant 1217, the year the chateau was built. Drawing from the age-old culinary tradition of the Monts de Lyonnais Mountains with dishes that are refined, subtle and visionary, Chef Jean-Alexandre Ouaratta has made his mark in the old guards hall which is complete with a magnificent Gothic fireplace.

Villa Archange, Le Cannet, France - Restaurant
Two Michelin stars

Ten minutes from the Croisette, owner-Chef Bruno Oger bought Le Cannet, an 18th century provincial palace, in 2010 and had it meticulously restored to its original splendor. In the shade of centuries-old trees, there is a peaceful courtyard and a tasteful property perfectly attuned to the chef's cuisine. Discerning, steeped in history, flawless, Villa Archange enlightens the long forgotten vibrancy of a Cannes palace. Dishes hark back to Mediterranean classics: artichoke salad with white sweet onion and lettuce coulis, pigeon breast with braised sand carrots, and a pink grapefruit rum baba.

Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale, Australia - Hotel and restaurant
On a Cedar Mountain plateau in Queensland lies a comfortable converted refuge set in a national park. A completely immersive experience in the Australia's natural beauty, the lodge features halls and patios overlooking the nearby mountains and a rare view of incredible wildlife and greenery. The property is an integral part of this unique setting, blending in and  acting as a steward of the environment, just as the restaurant's organic offerings made from local seasonal ingredients, such as honey produced on the premises. You can't help but come back a different person.

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