Located on an elegant estate in the heart of Burgundy, the Relais Bernard Loiseau has built a reputation as one of France's leading gourmet restaurants. Today, the Relais Bernard Loiseau is also a premium Relais & Châteaux property, offering Michelin three-star dining at the Relais Gourmand restaurant. A favourite destination of gourmet food aficionados and discerning travellers alike, the Relais offers premium services including a four-star luxury hotel, library, billiards room, spa, swimming pool and boutique, all surrounded by wooded grounds and beautifully-landscaped gardens.
Throughout The Relais Bernard Loiseau, guests will find a variety of spaces designed for relaxing quietly or sharing more social moments with others. Indoors, guests enjoy the sitting rooms overlooking the garden, the library, which features period light-oak panelling and a fireplace and the billiards room,
which boasts a Charles X billiard table. There are also a number of pleasant, relaxing outdoor spaces, including the beautifully-landscaped pool area, which is tucked away for privacy (pool heated to 28° C), the terraces and the grounds, which offer a feast for the eyes year round.
The rooms are accessible via five corridors named after legendary chefs Bocuse, Dumaine, Troisgros, Pompon, and Buffet—the perfect homage to the founding fathers of French cuisine. Faithful to the beauty of the building’s original architecture and materials, the recent interior decorating work carried out at the hotel brings the traditional charm of Burgundy to life, but in a decidedly contemporary spirit. The guest rooms all feature stone, red clay Burgundy tiles and period woodwork. Some have their own private balconies or terraces overlooking the garden and grounds. The hotel’s guest accommodations offer all of the modern comforts and conveniences, such as bathrooms with Jacuzzis for selected rooms. Rounding out this beautiful setting is a remarkable panoramic elevator installed in the centre of a true masterpiece—a handcrafted oak staircase featuring traditional peg construction.
Offering the perfect blend of luxury and old-world charm, The Relais Bernard Loiseau is the ideal choice for a relaxing weekend getaway, a week-long vacation, or event. The establishment has private function rooms for seminars and luxury receptions. The Relais offers a unique experience for every season of the year. In summer, guests enjoy the garden and outdoor pool, and their day often begins with a leisurely breakfast on their private terrace or balcony or on the garden terrace. In winter, the fireside ambiance in the hotel’s different salons is nothing short of magical. Or, why not enjoy dinner overlooking the grounds as you watch the snow fall—it is simply enchanting! Children enjoy congregating in the game room, which is located in one of Alexandre Dumaine’s former cellars.
The perfect place to get away from it all, the Spa at the Relais Bernard Loiseau offers a full range of treatments by Decléor. From the hotel, guests access the spa via a softly-lit corridor that runs through the former tasting cellar with its period stone table and wrought iron wine racks that are still used to store wines and champagnes. The wellness area offers a constant-current lap pool, steam room, sauna, fitness equipment and spa treatment rooms (for face and body treatments).
The spa and wellness centre feature soft, intimate lighting. The overall tone of the interior is set by the red clay Burgundy tiles, the ochre roughcast walls and terracotta tiles (Carreaux de Chesley - 10210) with decorative motifs similar to those found at the Fontenay Abbey (45 kilometres north of Saulieu).
The lovely pale green constant-current lap pool is equipped with hydro massage jets and exercise bars. The lap pool is surrounded by beautiful Burgundy stone columns. The vaulted steam room is decorated with glass mosaic and red clay tiles and the sauna is panelled in cedar wood.
Guests also enjoy relaxing on the spa’s Kettal lounge chairs next to the herbal tea bar. The aesthetician offers a wide range of spa treatments using Decléor essential oils. All of the treatments are designed to relax and re-energize the body and spirit. Men’s and women’s treatments are available.