Relais & Châteaux Introduces Two New Members

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The Lodge at Sea Island in the United States and Casa Palopó in Guatemala

Relais & Châteaux, the collection of luxury hotels and fine dining restaurants which includes some of the most charming North American inns and ranches, European chalets, and beautiful countryside manors, has welcomed two new properties to the association. The additions include Casa Palopó in Guatemala, the second Central American property following the introduction of El Silencio Lodge & Spa in Costa Rica earlier this year, and The Lodge at Sea Island on Saint Simons Island in Georgia.

Located in the Republic of Guatemala, 90 miles from Guatemala City, Casa Palopó is nestled against 10,000 foot volcanic peaks and surrounded by the natural beauty of Lake Atitlan. The newest member of the Relais & Châteaux collection offers first-rate amenities and services including fine dining at the gourmet restaurant, Palopó 6.8, with a comfortable, glamorous atmosphere, overlooking spectacular sunsets and awe inspiring volcanoes. Services offered to guests throughout their stay include professionally guided tours of Lake Atitlan and surrounding Indian villages, market day tours, hiking, horseback riding as well as in-room spa services. The main building at Casa Palopó has 7 rooms, each of them featuring a unique feel, layout, and size. Above the main hotel is a contemporary style villa, with two elegant one-room suites equipped with a large living room, gourmet kitchen, two fireplaces, butler service, and an outside terrace complete with an infinity pool, Jacuzzi and gazebo.

The Lodge at Sea Island, located on Saint Simons Island, Georgia is grand and secluded, perfect for couples, with expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean and emerald fairways of the Sea Island Golf Club. The Lodge features 40 luxurious and spacious rooms and suites and 24-hour butler service. The Lodge is known to be a golfer’s paradise, nestled between Plantation and Seaside, two of Sea Island’s three famed golf courses. The restaurants at The Lodge, Colt & Alison and The Oak Room, both feature world-class dining. Colt & Alison offers a charming and intimate setting for dinner with panoramic views of Plantation Course’s 18th hole. The southern-inspired Oak Room features leather ceilings, a wood-burning fireplace, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the St. Simons Sound.

The addition of Casa Palopó and The Lodge at Sea Island brings the total number of Relais & Châteaux properties in the Unites States, Canada, Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America to over 85 hotel and restaurant members.

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of more than 540 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants managed by a family of independent owners, innkeepers and chefs that has set the standard for excellence in hospitality since 1954. Together they open up new horizons for upscale hospitality by focusing on distinctive and personal experiences through which our guests are invited to experience the fine 'Art of Living' on all five continents. From the vineyards in Napa Valley to the beaches on the Fiji Islands, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers all the stops on the finest route for discovering each region, culture and country. Enchantment with the world and appreciating the beauty of our planet with a fresh view is the new vision of Relais & Châteaux. Through each individual property, Relais & Châteaux wishes to convey a message of preservation of local nature, cuisine and customs and to share the beauty and unique offerings of the local terroirs with the greater world. For more information, visit

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