The Point, an 11-room Relais & Châteaux resort located in Saranac Lake, NY, is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation that is scheduled for completion this month. This is the first major renovation following the purchase of The Point in June 2016 by long-time regulars, Laurie and Pierre Lapeyre. All guestrooms and common spaces, including the Great Hall will be touched up, while The Boathouse (currently the property’s only accommodation not open year-round) will be winterized.
The entire property has been closed since April and is on schedule to reopen June 1. The renovations will pay homage to its Great Camp heritage with a comfortable atmosphere and rustic elegance. General manager Cameron Karger called the property “more original than it’s been in a very, very long time.”
Each of the guestrooms will receive new furnishings, fabrics, and finishes, and enhancements to showers and bathrooms. Several rooms will also be receiving new patios.
The largest renovation of any room will be The Boathouse, a 950-square-foot suite with a wraparound deck and views over Upper Saranac Lake. Formerly only available seasonally from May to October, The Boathouse will receive insulation in the floors and walls, radiant heat and new, period-specific windows. A foyer will be fashioned from the interior with a roof added above the entry. Upon completion, the room will be available year-round. Note: The Boathouse is The Point’s largest and most requested room.
The renovation will also touch upon the Great Hall with new fabrics, lighting and furniture. Good to know: The Point offers communal dining, and The Great Hall is where guests dine together. Executive Chef Loic Leperlier, a veteran of a three-Michelin-star restaurant and five-star resorts, leads the culinary team. Note: Formal black tie attire is suggested on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.
Good to know: Interesting in cooking? Chef Leperlier will be more than happy to find guests an apron and put them to work.
As the renovation will be complete in time for summer and fall 2017, guests at The Point can take part in a myriad of on-property activities including swimming, waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, picnicking, walking, hiking, croquet, boating, fishing, tennis and badminton. Guests can also enjoy captained adventures on a 33’ 1933 replica Hacker-Craft, a hand-constructed mahogany speedboat or aboard Elco, a glass-enclosed electric boat that serves cocktails in the evening.
An original Great Camp built by William Avery Rockefeller nearly a century ago as his family’s private residence, today The Point is an adults-only (except for buy-outs), all-inclusive resort—and New York’s only five-star property outside of New York City.