Relais & Châteaux, an exclusive collection of some of
the world’s finest luxury small hotels and gourmet restaurants, has
welcomed the historic Pousada de São Tiago as its first member in Macau.
Established in France in 1954, with nearly 500
members in 56 countries today, Relais & Châteaux is now expanding
The Pousada de São Tiago, its first
member in 'Asia's Las Vegas', is a luxurious and romantic
Portuguese little inn. The local landmark was
originally a fortress, built by the Portuguese in the early 17th
century to defend Macau.
It is named after a chapel in the
historic fort dedicated to São Tiago – Saint James – the
patron saint of the Portuguese army. The chapel has been
preserved for picturesque weddings and blessing
Renovated in 2007, with all the
comfort and elegance of a modern boutique 5-star hotel, the
Pousada de São Tiago is also renowned for its signature Spanish
restaurant, La Paloma.
Overlooking Macau's Inner
Harbour along the scenic, tree-lined Praia Grande Bay, the hotel
is a 5-minute walk from the historic A-Ma Temple and Maritime
Museum, 10-minutes by car from the Macau International Ferry
Terminal link to Hong Kong, and 20 minutes from Macau
Jaume Tàpies, President of
Relais & Châteaux, said, "South-East Asia and China are priority
destinations in our international development strategy to create a
truly global portfolio of small independent establishments which
embody the personalised service and fine dining values of Relais &
Relais & Châteaux is actively seeking to expand into
other important Asian markets such as Hong Kong, admitting
applicants “upholding the spirit and soul” of its mission to
deliver outstanding guest experiences.
properties are selected through a rigorous, demanding procedure
involving one or more anonymous inspection visits, and one or more interviews with property owners and general managers.
Only about 10% of candidate properties are accepted every year. New members pay an admission fee, with average annual
membership fees of € 14,000 – less than 1% of their annual sales
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