New York – July 21, 2022: Le Relais Bernard Loiseau, the renowned 5-star countryside Relais & Châteaux hotel located in the heart of Burgundy, has completed the first stage of a major renovation project, overseen by architect Arnaud Behzadi. This multi-stage redesign of the historic institution will take place in phases through 2023, the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of legendary Chef Bernard Loiseau.
In June 2022, Le Relais Bernard Loiseau unveiled full redesigns of three rooms, two of which have been redesigned as “cocoon” suites, with a completely new look that blends innovation and tradition, incorporating the warm colors and traditional materials characteristic of the Burgundy region. As the concept behind the redesign is to offer the feeling of “luxury in nature,” the “cocoon” suites feature enclosed beds that evoke the feeling of a bird’s nest.
The second stage of the project will be completed in March 2023, including updates to the lobby, the historic 2-Michelin-starred restaurant La Côte d’Or and the gastronomic kitchen. By the end of 2023, the renovations are expected to be complete with upgrades made to all of the rooms.
This marks the first renovation on this scale in 30 years by the Bernard Loiseau brand, which is now overseen by the new Loiseau generation, led by Dominique Loiseau at the helm, along with their children: Vice President Bérangère Loiseau, Board Member Bastien Loiseau and Blanche Loiseau, Demi-Chef de Partie at La Côte d’Or.
Le Relais Bernard Loiseau is an incredible haven for luxury, extraordinary gastronomy, charm, and wellness. The 5-star hotel, which dates back to 1875, is located in the small town of Saulieu, considered the gateway to the famous wine regions of Burgundy, situated right between Chablis and Beaune. Over the years, the legendary property has welcomed guests such as Prince Rainier, Orson Welles, Edith Piaf, Charlie Chaplin, and Salvador Dali. Today, the Relais & Chateaux property is still well known for its gastronomy, thanks to its dedication to its former owner, the late Bernard Loiseau, considered one of the best chefs in all of France and lauded for having revolutionized French cooking.
The 2-Michelin-starred Côte d’Or still serves many of Bernard Loiseau’s classic dishes, while it also boasts one of the finest wine cellars in Burgundy with some 15,000 bottles. The hotel also features a 16,000-square-foot spa, located in a new structure built next to the hotel’s lush gardens, called La Villa Loiseau des Sens, housing a multi-sensorial experience through the multiple pools, hammams, experiential showers, and a top-floor VIP Spa Suite.
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