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Peak Interest

Stephanie Davis Smith | December 13, 2017 | Story Travel

The skier—bundled in a tufted jacket and knit hat atop two carbon-fiber skis—looks to the base of the French Alps, ready to swoop into the waiting fortress-like structure. Just as it has greeted guests for 25 years, Aman Le Mélézin in the heart of Les Trois Vallées reopens Dec. 17 for the Alpine ski season in Courchevel, France.

Although it stands like a medieval garrison surrounded by swirling white snow, inside, the avid skier will discover a newly bowed shrine to yoga, quiet respites, spa moments and wellness experiences. In 2016, the luxury property refurbished all guest rooms and suites. Now, for its quarter-century anniversary, the hotel ups its game by opening a holistic two-story spa.

“Without getting too technical, [the construction] was a very remarkable feat of engineering to watch, particularly how the construction team navigated large rock formations and excavation of the existing building to create the two-level spa,” says General Manager Tim Weiland.

Debuting will be a Thai massage suite, yoga studio (think pre-ski stretch sessions and après-ski tension relievers), cold plunge pool and a Capri-stone hammam where Turkish wellness experiences will be on tap. Also to mark the milestone anniversary, Aman Le Mélézin unveils Nama, a Japanese restaurant concept from master chef Keiji Matoba based on washoku—an experience that translates to harmony in food.

“Personally, I am really looking forward to the ramen menu—hearty and flavorful soups, which make for a perfect lunch or afternoon snack on a cold winter’s day,” Weiland divulges. Room rates from $1,235 per night, 310 Rue de Bellecôte

Originally published in the November/December issue of Silicon Valley
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