Amazing and very rare 1682 old monastery, mix of 2 very comfortable chalets, ski-in/ski-out access, landmark in Val d’Isère, 8 superb suites, amazing indoor/outdoor swimming pool, private chef, wine cellar, sauna, jacuzzi
The monastery itself (original name and religious calling unknown) has survived centuries of avalanches, tough weather conditions and heavy snow fall. Boasting a total built-in space of over 700 square metres, spread over 5 floors, the monastery, after renovation, is now divided into two self-contained chalets.
The original walls of the building are 1 metre thick at its thinnest points, and the building backs into the mountain, nestling in it for two of its five levels.
In seeking to make the chalets the most luxurious mountain haven, even the smallest design detail was conceptualised with both beauty and comfort in mind, without compromise to the respectful spirit and quality of the original monument. The result is a re-incarnation of the dignified representation of wealth which cocooned 17th century visitors in peaceful contentment when they arrived at the monastery to seek tranquillity.
Chalet Weigela is situated in a chic hameau on the popular La Daille slope and is impeccably sited for ski-in/ski-out access.
Indeed, the chalet enjoys, indisputably, the best possible location in any ski resort, as the La Daille slope is woody, rolling and the most scenic ‘category green’ slope in Val d’Isère. (‘green’ – categorised as easy for all intermediate skiers and accessible with caution for beginners).
Safe at the start of the day, and as well, easy on tired legs at the end of the day, this slope allows a direct beeline on skis from either chalet to a choice of 3 lifts - the fast funicular train to ski heaven, the bubble cars with direct access to the famous Folies Douce restaurant halfway up the mountaintop and an open chair lift which sails almost over the chalet. Close by, there is also a nursery slope with drag lift for novices.
The 8 suites:
Named after the Castenz Pyramid in Indonesia (which is the highest summit in Australia/Oceania) this suite is decorated in rich tones of green and gold, with a touch of Islamic culture.
Sunny hues reflecting the colours of Australia mix with earthy cast iron and aboriginal craftwork in Suite Koscisuko. Mount Kosciusko standing at 2,228 metres above sea-level is in fact less than half as high as the Castenz Pyramid, but vies favourably with Castenz in the official list of Seven Summits as Australia is indisputably a continent, whereas Oceania is strictly speaking, not one.
Grand Suite Everest:
Highest of all the Seven Summits is Mount Everest in Asia. In this Grand Suite, on display are hand-woven ethnic tapestries and specially commissioned mandalas. The result is an exotic explosion of colours, which pays homage to Tibetan culture.
Grand Suite Denali:
Denali, also known as Mount McKinley, is in Alaska, where night sky viewing under the Northern Lights is a compelling and unforgettable experience. This Grand Suite draws inspiration from the stark breathtaking beauty of the dramatic Alaska night sky and landscape.
Mount Elbrus is located in Europe high up in the Caucasus, where legend persists that Zeus chained Prometheus here to punish him for stealing fire from the Gods to give to man. Superstition and mysticism thrive in the harsh conditions of this unforgiving mountain. This Suite is decorated with flashing lamps, fur hides and animal carvings, embracing the spirit of Caucasian shamanic ecstasy.
Suite Vinson Massif:
Antarctica is the coldest continent in the world, containing over 90% of the world’s ice. Glass and mirrors in this Suite evoke the prismatic and refractive qualities of ice crystals which famously create the spectacularly colourful dawns and sunsets in the Ellesworth Mountain Range. Vinson Massif towers over the range at its highest point.
Grand Suite Kibo:
Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa has 3 volcanic peaks of which Kibo is the highest. Exceptionally, every climate type on earth is encountered on any ascent up to Kibo, due to its equatorial location and high altitude. The décor of Grand Suite Kibo is like a journey up to Kibo with a multitude of colours as seen in the layers of volcanic strata, the variety of which is matched only by the fauna and flora of these mountains.
Grand Suite Aconcagua:
Aconcagua is the highest mountain peak outside Asia and is located in the Andes Mountain Range in South America. Here in this ‘black and red’ suite, the rich history traceable to the indigenous races can be seen in ceramics basketry and knitting and the region’s significant Spanish influences are both evident, with elaborate floral motifs in strong reds and dark-coloured woodwork and tapestry.
All meals are fresh, nutritional, refined and inventive, and are prepared in-house by a Chef-in-Residence.
By request at time of booking, expert chefs specialising in other culinary styles can be installed to cater to guests’ particular cultural or health requirements.
Dining in the two chalets is an important part of a holiday and it is not only the chefs who are carefully selected to ensure guests dine and wine in perfect harmony.
Above the dining tables, chandeliers of coloured glass complement a stylish mix of antique mirrors and candelabras. The specially commissioned black and gold dining tables are accompanied by ornate hand-made chairs, each covered with individually patterned shearling fur.
The chalets boast an enviable private collection of champagnes and wines; and a recommended selection to accompany dinners at the chalets is kept on site in each wine-cave.
Guests are welcome to visit the cave to choose their own bottles before each dinner.
The dining rooms of the two chalets can be interconnected for banquets serving up to 40 persons, and for special gastronomic events presented by visiting celebrity chefs invited by the owners and Anton Mosimann.
Both chalets offer warm relaxing fires by which to enjoy anything from a goblet of traditional mulled wine to the most exotic cocktail. In Chalet Weigela, the original stone fireplace has been restored and renewed, and guests can delight in roasting marshmallows or basting the occasional roast, while sipping champagne. The modern designer glass fireplace on the other hand stands tall and significant between the hall and the living room while the completely see-through effect of the dual glass faces allow the flickering flames to provide entertainment on both sides. Leather and furs combine to provide comfortable seating all around the living rooms, with games and books available to cater for a variety of interests.
Settle into the cosy marble and glass cigar rooms, each with built-in humidor and banquette seating to savour a cigar or a cognac, or music or all three. The warm red colours of the marble are enriched by inviting thick fur cushions, which guests can sink lazily into to light up in peace, without disturbance from or to other guests.
Enjoy the views of the mountains from within. Sit on antique armchairs among colourful Tibetan mountain rugs and indulge in afternoon tea après ski or a big English breakfast before skiing. Book a group ‘foot-massage’ session, to add to the après ski experience – and enjoy total relaxation as the sun sets outside.
A real Russian sauna in each chalet, made with imported authentic Siberian pine, can warm your muscles up quickly after a day’s exercise on the pistes.
The state-of-the-art swimming pool in each chalet offers you a real-life James Bond experience.. The pools are finished in red marble and disappear at the touch of a button under a grey marble floor. The underwater colours change to suit your mood and the depth of the pools can be varied to suit different swimming abilities and purposes. Both pools have Jacuzzis and wave-machines and with an indoor and an outdoor section, guests can choose to bask in hot water under the stars, while snow gently falls caressing faces, bare shoulders and melting in champagne.
The skirooms of the chalets both have direct access to outside. The skirooms are fully equipped with electric boot-warmers, blow heaters and ski-racks.
Health Treatment and Facilities
Massages can be enjoyed, by appointment, in the bedroom suites or in the massage room, which is equipped with its own shower and wash facilities.
Excellent sports therapeutic massage treatments are available from fully qualified therapists by arrangement with the chalets. Also on offer are holistic treatments using aromatherapy products with Asian techniques for a group booking daily massages for a week’s stay.
In addition to the Sauna in each chalet, every bedroom suite is equipped with its own steam-room and cooling rain-shower.
Wireless broadband connections are available free-of-charge in all public areas and in bedroom suites
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Reservation conditions- Guarantee deposit charged by Villanovo upon reservation : 25 %
Cancellation policy and cancellation fees- Any booking modification or cancellation must be sent to us by email