THE prestigious Relais & Chateaux group has released its Taste of the World directory, featuring a wish-list of 530 member accommodation and restaurants across 86 destinations, from riad in Morocco to ryokan in Japan, and culinary meccas such as Tetsuya’s in Sydney and Hentley Farm Restaurant, housed in converted stables at a wine estate in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. “Hospitality in unique places” is the key and it’s encouraging to see Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing region, with the rollcall including Huka Lodge (pictured) on New Zealand’s North Island and Qualia on Hamilton Island, Queensland. According to director general Jean-Francois Ferret, accommodation members have an average of 28 guestrooms and “there are 330 Michelin stars across the portfolio”. R&C, which celebrates its 61st anniversary this year, has also devised “20 commitments for cuisine and hospitality” incorporating UNESCO goals of environmental awareness and sustainability. There’s been a subtle shift from a Euro-centric image to a more global feel; newcomer destinations include Hong Kong, the Maldives, Hawaii and Costa Rica. More: 1300 121 341; relaischateaux.com.