January 2020 – Val d ‘Isère welcomed its latest luxury property with the opening of the much-anticipated Airelles Val d ’Isère, Mademoiselle just before Christmas. Perfectly located at an altitude of 1,850m, Mademoiselle is home to 41 keys, including nine suites and five private penthouses, each complete with their own dedicated butler. Guests can look forward to a spoiling Guerlain Spa, enchanting Kid’s Kingdom, prestigious boutiques, hair salon by Christophe Nicolas Biot, inviting bar and three stand-out restaurants including Le Carnotzet, La Grande Ourse and Le JÒIA from internationally-acclaimed chef Hélène Darroze.
Architecture and design
Inspired by Savoyard history, Mademoiselle is an architectural gem boasting striking features such as a Saracen tower, vaulted windows and balconies. Highly revered French architect and interior designer and long term partner of Airelles, Christophe Tollemer has meticulously recreated warm Haute Epoque décor throughout using stone, wood, velvet and aged-oak parquet flooring, most of which have been sourced locally to create rich elegant interiors. Tollemer transports guests back in time through the generous fireplaces, wide staircases, pewter chandeliers and Italian frescoes whilst retaining a cosy alpine feel. Each room features a private balcony or terrace with views of the slopes or village and is individually appointed with antique furniture and authenticated artwork from a collection of over 4,000 specially selected pieces; seamlessly blending modernity with tradition throughout.
Guests can kick-back and sooth tired muscles in the spacious 1,200-sqm Spa, the largest in Val d’Isère which has been created in partnership with the prestigious skincare and cosmetic brand Guerlain. Facilities include a 20-metre-long swimming pool, Hammam, sauna, jacuzzi, sensory showers, a healthy bar inspired by a traditional French Echoppe and a fitness centre complete with its own personal trainer. The Spa offers six spacious treatment rooms, including “Le Boudoir”, a space designed specifically for manicures and pedicures. Restorative treatments include the signature Kingdom of Snow experience which is an uplifting face and body massage using an ancient wooden tool that is believed to have spiritual properties and promotes muscle relaxation (€220 for 90 mins). There are also specially adapted treatments for younger guests aged
Food and Drink
Airelles has partnered with Hélène Darroze this season who brings her highly successful JÒIA dining concept, based on a fusion of southwestern French and Basque country comfort foods, to an alpine setting. Weather-permitting, diners will be able to enjoy the picturesque terrace during lunchtime whilst tucking into a delicious selection of soups, salads and hearty cooking pots including Allaiton simmered lamb shoulder, taggiasche olives and candied lemons. Whist in the evening, guests can enjoy dishes such as JÒIA’s famous Angus short rib, La Landes foie-gras stuffed chicken and an exquisite buffet of desserts including Matcha tea mille crepes and yuzu cream.
Further culinary delights can be found in Le Carnotzet, specialising in Savoyard regional specialities in a cosy alpine style restaurant, and La Grande Ourse, offering elegant brasserie-style dishes. Ideal for après ski indulgence or post dinner-drinks, Le Bar serves a selection of expertly-crafted cocktails, rare alcohol, fine wines and an exceptional Champagne menu, all of which can be enjoyed beside the cosy open fire place.
As with all Airelles properties, children of all ages will receive the warmest of welcomes in Mademoiselle’s Kid’s Kingdom; a recreation of the enchanted Broceliande forest, inspired by Merlin. A truly magical space with four colourful murals adorning the walls, created by French artist Laurent Tardy featuring animals, fairy tale castles and giant toadstools. Water babies will love the chance to splash around in the dedicated children’s pool modelled on the Lascaux caves designed by Atelier Kikapami, who were also behind some of the Harry Potter film sets. During the school holidays a full programme of activities is organised including visiting magicians, dog-sled rides, ice skating and quad biking. The Kid’s Kingdom is open daily from 9am to 10pm and even offers assistance in the Ski Room, helping to prepare little ones for a day on the slopes. Babysitting is also available from €30 per hour.
Mademoiselle is also home to a gallery of boutiques, offering the latest in fashion from iconic brands Moncler and Brunello Cucinelli, as well as hair styling courtesy of Christophe Nicolas Biot. The Bernard Orcel Ski Salon, equipped with the newest equipment for guests to rent or buy, ensures getting mountain ready is easier than ever – and returning back to the hotel even more delightful, with a selection of warming drinks and homemade cakes and cookies.
Mademoiselle is the only luxury hotel in the area to offer ski in ski out access and is the latest opening for the luxury hotel collection which already includes Les Airelles in Courchevel and La Bastide in Gordes.
Rates at Mademoiselle start from €850 for a Deluxe Room on a Half Board basis.
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