|Photo by Aman Le Mélézin|
Aman Le Mélézin is reopening its doors following an eight-month refurbishment this winter, with a grand reopening date set for December 19 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Courchevel. The refurbishment included the renovations of 19 rooms and suites, three of which will each have a new large terrace and private hot tub. Also new to the hotel will be a piste-facing bar and reconfigured entrance, reception and restaurant areas.
Since its opening in 1922, the resort has aimed at providing guests with a refined and elegant home away from home, creating a calm and inviting atmosphere which will continue to be reflected through the resorts new renovations. The refurbishment presents 19 renovated Chambers and Suites that will enhance guest experience while maintaining the 25-year-old intentions of Ed Tuttle; including the spirit and charm of the traditional French chateau. Redone in the resort include new interiors from carpet to ceiling, customized furniture, an alpine-inspired palette featuring natural materials like oak and Avorio to bring the natural feel of the outdoors inside.
For added comfort within the guestrooms, underfloor heating and Japanese toilets have been installed in guestroom bathrooms. Additional renovations include two Chamber Ski Pistes and one Suite Ski Piste that will feature a large terrace and a red cedar wood hot tub, complete with views of the slopes of surrounding mountains.
Within the resort, guests will find the bar has been relocated to the west side of the hotel, now positioned for better views across the slopes at sunset. Larger windows will open out to the newly extended south-facing terrace, framing views of the piste. A cigar lounge will be located next to the bar, offering a selection of books, fine whiskeys, cognacs and leather club chairs. Tip: try Le Mélézin’s signature “Melezin Cocktail,” made with local blueberries, violet flower extract and a generous dose of champagne or a hand-rolled cigar from Aman Le Mélézin’s sister property Amanera, in the Dominican Republic.
Before hitting the slopes at Aman Le Mélézin, guests should visit the resort’s ski room. Stocked with the latest equipment for rental or purchase, the room provides guests with personal attendants who provide ski boots, water bottles and lay out skis onto the slopes.
Post-ski adventures, guests typically unwind at the Spa at Aman Le Mélézin. Equipped with an indoor pool, Jacuzzis, hammam and four treatment rooms, the spa offers treatments focusing on restoration and providing nourishment like heat and moisture to sooth aching muscles. Treatment options include massages, facials and specialized hand and foot therapies.
Additional onsite aspects of the refurbishment include an expansion of the restaurant and terrace. Guests will also find a reconfigured entrance, now with a new, long glass corridor enclosed by wood latticework that leads to the reception and concierge desks. Aged oak panels and sculptors designed by Roseline Granset will also be featured throughout the property.
Located on Bellecote Piste, a mile above sea level on the heart of Les Trois Vallees, the resorts location is one of the most desirable in Courchevel as it offers guests the advantages of ski-in, ski-out and views across the mountains. Good to know: the resorts closest airport is Chambery, which is about 90 minutes by car, followed by Geneva and Lyon airports which are roughly a two-hour-and-30-minute drive away.