This hotel and restaurant of the family of Bernard Loiseau is in a word.....Merveilleux! Stellar Perfection! The best R&C stay we've experienced in many years. How rare when you experience a destination that EXCEEDS your expectations.
We arrived in Salieu, a picture perfect tiny Burgundy town (great little antique shop...btw) on a rainy afternoon but the rain stopped as we pulled up to this unassuming 5* hotel/3* restaurant. The wonderful experience began the moment our car pulled into the reception area for cars. I had a lovely conversation with the man who greets guests and we both discovered that we spend much time in Provence so we were going on in French for a bout 5 minutes until my partner discretely cleared his throat :) We entered this stunning lobby/ reception area and knew in 'deux seconds' that we were in for a treat. Unlike the disaster at 'Levernois', the Relais Loiseau has found the perfect balance in giving one the sense that you are in a restored historic manor /chateau (which it was/is) while still having discrete modern amenities and beautiful design and detail throughout the complee main public area of which there are several rooms..with ancient fireplaces .where you can take a glass of wine..or whatever you desire. Each room is distinct and absolutely flawless in giving one the sense that the owners have thought of everything to give you a maximum sense of well being with a hint of rustic burgundian charm and 21 century luxe. The staff could not have been more superlative. Our greeter who also showed us around the complete ground salons and the Dining room (unlike Levernois) also showed us the original DR from the trun of the 20thC when the chateau was made first, a hotel. We were upgraded to a deluxe room from a superior and when I thanked the hostess she said " Ca nous fait plaisir de pouvoir donner A nos clients, tout qu'il faut pour un sejour tres content' (We do all we can to give our guests the best stay possible) Well! i was a fan for life. A lovely glass elevator took us up to the 1st floor where our beautifully appointed room was waiting, balcony and so many extras galore. The same employee was with us and explained eerything about the room.where the gym was...the wine cave,,our dinner ..and breakfast. Now that is 5* R&C service. Our room was just perfect. Rustic traditional Burgundian wood beams on the ceiling and a beautiful antique planked floor with a lay out that made this nice sized space feel even more luxurious. A corner nook for writing and working, a salon area for sitting in an antique 'Voltaire fateuil and 'what had to be' an 18thC buffet. A nice cross between informal country of classic Burgundy design. The bathroom had many extras and was gigantic with a separate shower and bath and a separate rom for the toilette and the attention to detail was beautiful. We were very happy with this room! We quickly walked around Salieu and then settled in one of the Salons ordering the best 'Chocolat chaud' we'd had in along time. I worked out for a bit in the small but well equipped gym and went back to the room to enjoy the serenity of the view. ... But the piece de resistance. The dinner! We had taken the option of a full dinner of M. Loiseau's classic complete with wine. Tout compris. Could it have been more generous and worth every penny? We were ushered into the salon with a massive fireplace next to the beautiful dining room where we were offered our first wine course, a glass of Deutz one of the top Champagnes, worldwide. We were served several amuses-bouches after the host made it clear that they had made me a slightly different menu as I had written them two months prior, that I am allergic to seafood and also not partial to fish. We were brought into the breathtaking dining room where we had a table looking out over the garden. We were served another amuse-bouche that was my favorite of all three. A small cup of a chilled melange of vegetables in puree over roasted eggplant. Formidable! The wine offerings were all tops and delicious. Montrachet-puligny to start, a fuller bodied beaujolais and a gem of a Gevrey-Chambertin with the main course. I honestly could not finish the dessert wine! The 5 course meal was exquisite. A starter of a vegetable tart done over a local cheese mixed in a slight gel. Fresh tiny versions of vegetables on the top. the texture and taste sensation was amazing. I then had the signature breast of duck that had been smoked and slightly glazed with a mixture of honey and lavender with the most delicious vegetables and new potatoes I had ever had the pleasure to taste. Flavor exploding in your mouth as you tasted the Chambertin which complimented the dish. My partners second entree was lake trout and mine was a simple lamb shank braised in a light juice to perfection. I love Epoisse cheese and the town of 'Epoisse' is very close. When I saw a plate of Epoisse at perfect temperature with more of the homemade breads that made M. Loiseau so famous, I was in heaven. We had a tasting of desserts and by that point....we managed to finish it off because the combination of small fondants and salted caramel sauce over fruits soaked in a very mild juice that had a touch of cognac...well...it was extraordinary. Oh.....a petit soufle was the special of the tastings that night. We took our tea in another room which is the wine tasting area. The modern oneotephique(?) (oneoteca (in italian)..big wine storage vault with the ability to pour from more than a thousand bottles) was incredible to regard and the sommelier gave us a short tour of how it worked which was fascinating. What a perfect evening. Breakfast was in the original dining room from the 1900's and it was also wonderful. 4 different preserves made very recently from fresh fruit and breads made that morning. Fresh orange juice, muffins, cheeses, eggs (if wished), a speciality of the maison a morning light 'rice pudding', baguettes, yogurt and...all brought to your table. No buffet at this establishment. We left after noon very, very content in knowing we had put our big night in the right hotel/restaurant 5* and beyond. We will remember the experience for many years but hopefully...we will be able to return very soon to enjoy this very special Temple to Gastronomy and 'the sense of well being' that a guest should experience at a place of this caliber.
Bravo to the Famille Loiseau.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel belongs to the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network of independent hotels and offers luxurious accommodation in delightful surroundings.Relais Bernard Loiseau features 32 spacious and luxurious rooms and suites, a library room with a chimney for quiet and peaceful evenings in the wintertime, a billiard room with French billiard, an outdoor swimming pool and a spa in order to make your stay as relaxing as possible.Enjoy the hotel’s privileged location to discover a region with a tremendous cultural and culinary heritage. In June 2017, the current seminar rooms will be complemented by the seminar space "LA VILLA LOISEAU DES SENS" (the new 1,500m² wellness complex on 3 levels that will host a range of water activities) that can accommodate up to 80 persons. "The Villa Loiseau des Sens" will also welcome a new restaurant to meet all budgets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Relais Bernard Loiseau Hotel Saulieu
- Le Relais Bernard Loiseau Saulieu