Relais & Chateaux’s New Villas Program Gives You Access to 500 Homes in 30 Countries

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Think hidden cabins to private safari tents. 

Relais & Chateaux has a reputation in the hospitality industry for having a diverse network of hotels and restaurants, focusing on luxury and culinary offerings. So, the brand's latest announcement was particularly exciting for travelers who want the same offering in a private setting. The iconic French-based company just launched a global Villas Program with a global collection of luxury villas and vacation rentals worldwide.

The extensive portfolio already features 500 villas in 30 countries with accommodation options ranging from quaint cabins in the Vermont woods and cliff-side villas in Dominica to ultra-chic safari tents in Botswana. Other highlights include a two-bedroom beach residence with a pool at The Nautilus in the Maldives and a 12th-century home in France run by a Michelin-starred chef.

Aerial view of a villa at The Nautilus Maldives
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The Relais & Chateaux villa portfolio was carefully curated to ensure the standards of the hotels were met within the private accommodations. Each one provides the Relais & Chateaux pillars of authentic and personalized service. That's why you're guaranteed to have complete private access, a minimum of 750 square feet of interior space, and outdoor terraces big enough to host intimate gatherings.

The new initiative was launched in response to the pandemic as travelers started asking for more private, comfortable accommodations. And, now, as international borders slowly reopen, the villa options are ready to meet the demand.

A villa from Cliveden House
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"Villas by Relais & Châteaux is a key component of our ability to continue evolving with the needs of today's traveler," Philippe Gombert, president, Relais & Châteaux, told Departures. "We're able to seamlessly provide safety and comfortability through these private accommodations while not forgoing the high-touch service and culinary standards our association deeply embodies."

He added, "The depth and breadth of the Relais & Châteaux brand is clearly reflected in the varying styles of each of the 500 villas spanning across 30 countries, and with that, we're hopeful to attract all types of travelers; families, couples, and groups celebrating missed milestones, offering them a one-of-a-kind location to create new travel memories together."