In the league of luxury hotels, Aman resorts sit at the top of the tree. This December, the brand’s only European ski outpost unveils its new look
There’s a reason the brand’s guests are referred to as ‘Aman junkies’. For once you visit an Aman hotel, the best of the world’s other top hideaways can often feel lacking.
The word Aman has earned cult status within the travel industry – the product of a fierce dedication to providing superlative service in breathtaking surroundings. It may be cliché, but the group’s resorts, each individually-managed, really do feel like super-lux home-from-homes. Luxury London has been fortunate enough to visit three of Aman’s properties: Amangiri in Utah, Sveti Stefan in Montengro, and Amanzoe in Porto Heli, Greece.
The group was established in 1988, when Adrian Zecha, an Indonesian hotelier, ventured to the west coast of Phuket, Thailand, in search of a holiday home. He found a property on a coconut plantation that made more sense as a shared plot with multiple homes. He built a series of villas and corralled his friends into investing. The first Aman resort took the name Amanpuri.
The word ‘aman’ means peaceful in Sanskrit, which is what each of the company’s 31 resorts, hotels and private residences aims to instil in its guests. Typically, each property has fewer than 55 rooms. Usually, each has three members of staff for every guest.
This December, Aman’s Courchevel-based outpost will re-open its doors after an eight-month refurbishment. Nestled in the heart of Les Trois Vallées, the Aman Le Mélézin sits 1,850 metres above sea-level, offering guests fantastic views over the Alps.
First opened in 1992, Aman Le Mélézin relaunches with 19 newly renovated rooms and suites – three of which have large terraces and private hot tubs – a new piste-facing bar, entrance, reception and restaurant. Design-wise, an alpine-inspired palette, featuring oak and light beige stone, makes for one of the most contemporary settings in the whole of Courchevel.
Of course, a holiday in the Alps wouldn’t be the same without a spot of après-ski – and here the hotel bar comes into its own, offering views across the slopes as the sun sets, while serving signature ‘Mélézin’ cocktails, which mix blueberries, violet flower extract and champagne. There’s also a cigar lounge.
Book your stay now. But be warned, you might become an Aman addict.