RELAIS & Chateaux is beefing up its presence in India and China, with new hotels entering its membership this month.
On top of its four hotels in India, the company has brought on board Samode Safari Lodge near the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, as well as desert resort Mihir Garh in Rajasthan.
Jaume Tapies, chairman of Relais & Châteaux, said: “We hope to have five projects in India by 2014. And in another five years, we hope to have 20 hotels in India.”
The company intends to set up circuits among the four regions in India, with north and south circuits already underway with its existing four properties.
“We are looking at projects in Kolkata, Darjeeling, Assam, Nepal, among other places, to develop the east circuit which is expected to be active in another two to three years,” commented Tapies, adding that Relais & Châteaux has shortlisted 15 of the 50 hotels inspected for membership in India and hopes to have at least five join the association this year. A member restaurant in New Delhi is also being sought.
In China, Brilliant Resort & Spa in Kunming has come under the Relais & Châteaux banner.