Enter as the monks did, through the doorway and under an original beam from 1632 but there the difference ends. A chandeliered entrance hall encased in white marble with a fireplace opens into a second hallway via a pair of imposing antique hammered iron doors. Shielding the second hallway from the living room is a common wall made with ceiling-height slabs of marble carved with the Royal Family of Savoie’s favourite chain motif which continue and follow the wall round on both sides. A designer dual-face fireplace in cast iron and glass keeps the white chandeliered entrance hall teasingly in view from the fur-covered sofas which line the room. The austerity of the 1.5 metre stone walls of the original monastery is lightened by warm colours of antique furniture sourced worldwide but strictly from mountainous regions. From here, you can be transported into your own private movie-theatre or sports arena by the Home Cinema system, which is discreetly hidden until activated by remote control to reveal a giant drop-down HD screen with SKY HD access. Snacks and a selection of drinks are set up on the antique side-boards of this sunny and friendly room for guests to enjoy on a ‘help yourself’ basis all day between breakfast and dinner. Staff are on hand to provide personal service if preferred and also to prepare hot drinks or even hot snacks from the 24 hour service menu. On request, a traditional samovar can also be set up for fragrant tea to be available all day. Guests have the option of Breakfast or Apres-ski Tea served informally in this room, buffet style or as sit-down meals in the dining room. Alternatively this room can be dedicated to the service and meals of our ‘young’ guests. This room connects to one of the 2 swimming pools. The Dining Room seats up to 20 persons under a crystal chandelier and around the extended hand-carved dining table. Chairs are luxuriously upholstered with designer shearling fur and each chair is unique. Dinner is served here on fine china. Formal breakfast and/or High tea will also be served here at guests’ discretion. The Dining room extends into a relaxation wellness area around one of the two red-marble swimming pools which are kept out-of-sight underfloor unless in use. At night, the arches in the private courtyard are lit and the pool can be used as a water-and-light feature to complement dining by candle-light. All bedrooms can accommodate twin or double beds. There is also the option to welcome additional guests upon request in the Grand Suites. All bedroom suites are underfloor heated with independent controls, and include separate sleeping and relaxation areas. The floor is of Elmwood and the walls are decorated with beautiful back-lit carved wood panels. The exquisitely comfortable hand-made hardwood king size (or twin) beds are enhanced with antique carvings which frame the bevelled mirror features, artfully concealing discreet reading lamps when not in use. The bath and twin vanities are hand-sculpted from individual slabs of marble, with the spacious bath carved out of a solid 800 kilo piece and flanked by marble walls and glass. The marble walls of the bath are adorned with delicately engraved snowflakes, while the floor of each bath is subtly heated. The bath, of such impressive proportions that it is classified under French building rules as a ‘swimming pool’, also commands a rain shower and converts into a steam room easily seating up to 4 or more persons, with remote-controlled lights. Each room also features a fur AND leather-covered day bed to lounge on, complete with sunken ice bucket multi-mode sockets. Also included are a mini bar, full length mirrors, bathrobes, room service trays, fur rugs, shelves and drawer with hanging space, and a generous number of angora throws and cushions. A stone-surround metal fireplace with real flames that can be modulated by remote control adds to the ambience in each room. Each suite also offers a security safe, and high-tech comforts such as HD TV, wireless access and electronically-controlled sanitary washlets with heated lavatory seat and multiple choice of sophisticated hygiene functions. All toiletries are organic products and pillows, duvets and cushions are hypo-allergenic and natural, filled only with silk, organic buckwheat and silkworm extracts. Natural furs and quality leather mingle with artefacts and antiques all of which enjoy charming thematic or sentimental connections. Each suite’s mood lighting is carefully structured to complement furnishings and artwork, which are unique to the individual suite. Both spa therapy rooms are decorated with plush Italian wall-coverings, sophisticated and delicately luminescent with a mix of gold, metal and marble dust. The scent of aromatherapy oils in combination with the soft glow of natural non-toxic beeswax candles will relax you further after a our distinctive warming footbath and herbal tea ritual. Your treatment follows. There are 2 Saunas made of Russian fir, in addition to the steam-rooms in all the bedrooms. Both ‘secret’ swimming pools boast the same high-end ‘James Bond’ technology which reveals them dramatically from under solid floors. Each pool can be individually adjusted to be of varying depths, and water-colours. Temperature of the water is maintained at 33 degrees Centigrade. Both pools have indoor and outdoor sections . They are equipped with energizing wave-machines and relaxing Jacuzzis. The Pools are available for use at any time but the outdoor sections are open until midnight only each day. Guests are welcome to order their drinks from the pool, indoors or outdoors, while counting the stars and enjoying the Jacuzzis. The 2 Cigar Rooms made of glass and red marble are both furnished with deep-red leather and walls to resemble jewel-boxes. Sink into the soft seats and light up your cigar with a choice of drinks. The rooms come complete with humidifier. A choice of cigar rooms offers alternatives to cigarettes, cigars, conversation and views. Two dedicated ski rooms provide boot cupboards with individual boot heaters, along with all the ‘little things’ that make a day’s ski perfect – suntan lotion, munchies, ski-map, bottled water, lip balm. Staff on hand to help get those boots off!
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