Next to the Bellecote piste in Courchevel 1850, this hotel is ski-in, ski-out with an easy green run to the main ski lift station linking the resort with the Three Valleys ski area. It’s a short walk to the resort centre with its top-brand shops and pricey nightlife.
This chateau-style hotel reopened its doors after an ambitious and extensive project to dig out two additional underground levels, but the interiors of the lounges and public areas retain the same, discreet and cosy atmosphere. Parquet and grey-stone flooring on lower levels combine with solid, rustic-style oak framing Saint-Juste hand-blown glass panels in the lounges, which also have large fireplaces and armchairs. Picture windows overlook stone terraces with fire pits, though they were smothered deep in snow when we visited. A spectacularly knarled and twisted, 100-year-old Bonsai tree creates a focus in the lobby. Staircases and corridors on higher levels have an anonymous and discrete aura, no pictures, fawn carpets and lighter timber finishes.
November through April
Courchevel Altiport (CVF): 10mins / 4km
Chambery (CMF): 1h 45m / 110km
Grenoble (GNB):1h 50m / 130km
Geneva (GVA): 2h 30m / 190km
Lyon (LYS): 2h 30m / 190km
There are 31 rooms in 11 categories ranging from the rather compact Chambres Nords to large top-level suites. Most have views over the Bellecote piste, a couple with large private terraces containing hot tubs. The separate living area in the Village View rooms makes a good chilling zone for after a day on the slopes or for when the weather turns in. Subtle lighting, soothing colours and natural woods combine with oriental touches (orchids, screens, fruit bowls) in signature Aman style. Bathrooms in marble are large, though there are a handful of smaller exceptions – check when booking.
Combining Alpine style with consummate comfort, Aman Le Mélézin’s Chambre Junior offer 22 square metres (237 square feet) of living space. The rooms are comprised twin-beds with the addition of a large dressing room and elegant bathroom with large shower and vanity. Ideal for guests seeking space to retreat after a day in the mountains, the rooms can also be connected to a Chambre Melezin, creating the perfect set up for families travelling with children.
With 29 square metres (280 square feet) of living space, Aman Le Mélézin’s Chambre Nord offer spectacular mountain views for up to two guests. The ideal place to seek solace after a day exploring the slopes, guests can choose from king-sized or twin beds for a restful night’s sleep, while a dressing area and bathroom with shower and twin vanity provide both space and comfort. Making the most of the picture-postcard vistas, large windows flood each room with light, while furnishings and wall panelling in Oak wood are inspired by the Alpine surrounds.
At 38 square metres (387 square feet) in size, Aman Le Mélézin’s Chambre Village rooms are ideal for those seeking a little more space, with a large bedroom and living room separated by double doors. Bringing the outdoors in, the rooms have large picture-windows framing views of the slopes and Courchevel 1850, while a daybed, king-sized or twin beds and separate dressing area balance space, privacy and comfort. The rooms also feature a bathroom with deep-soaking bathtub, perfect for a moment of calm after a day in the mountains. This room can also connect to the Suite Le Mélézin, offering a spacious two bedroom suite on a request basis.
Chambre Ski Piste
Aman Le Mélézin’s ten Chambre Ski Piste rooms range in size from 42-44 square metres (452-472 square feet) and can be configured with a king-size bed or twin beds, ideal for couples or friends travelling together. Each features a private south-facing balcony capturing the sunshine over the Bellecôte Piste, with large windows to bring in light and the fresh mountain air. For those seeking a comfortable yet contemporary retreat, a large dressing room and bathroom with deep-soaking bathtub create an inviting space, where Oak wooden furnishings reflect the natural beauty of the Alpine surrounds
Chambre Ski Piste with Hot Tub
Aman Le Mélézin’s two Chambre Ski Piste with Hot Tub rooms are 42-44 square metres (452-472 square feet) in size and feature a large private terrace with a Norwegian hot tub, overlooking the beautiful Bellecôte Piste. Inside, a choice of twin or king-sized beds are accompanied by a large dressing room and bathroom with deep-soaking bathtub, twin vanities and a separate shower. Ideal for après-ski relaxation, the south facing terrace invites guests to make the most of the mountain air, and is perfect for couples and families alike, with the option of linking the room to a Chambe Ski Piste.
Aman Le Mélézin’s two-bedroom Family Apartment connects one Chambre Melezin with a twin-bed Chambre Junior to create the perfect layout for families travelling with children. An additional bed or cot can be added in the Chamber Melezin to sleep up to five guests, providing 67 square metres (721 square feet) of space. Each room has its own en suite bathroom and dressing area, ensuring ample privacy, while the Chambe Melezin’s balconies with views of the pistes and village below can be enjoyed by all the family.
Suite Ski Piste
Overlooking the pristine Bellecôte Piste, the 61 square metre (699 square feet) Suite Ski Piste offers a living room, bedroom, and south-facing balcony, ideal for couples seeking a little more space. The room has been designed to frame the stunning landscapes that surround, with Oak and Alpine-inspired furnishings accompanied by large windows which flood the room with natural light. The bathroom – designed as a retreat for guests after spending time outdoors – features a deep-soaking bathtub, alongside twin vanities, and a large dressing room to ensure a comfortable stay.
Suite Ski Piste with Hot Tub
A large outdoor terrace with a private Norwegian Hot Tub makes the Suite Ski Piste with Hot Tub one of Aman Le Mélézin’s most impressive rooms. Overlooking the Bellecôte Piste, the 65 square metre (699 square feet) space offers a private living room, bedroom with king-sized bed, large dressing room and bathroom with twin vanities and a bathtub. Accessed through terrace doors that fill the room with natural light, the south-facing outside space is ideal for nights spent admiring the view, or simply retreating after a day of exploration.
Suite La Vanoise
Aman Le Mélézin’s second-largest suite at 75 square metres (861 square feet), the Suite La Vanoise is a warm and inviting space, which opens onto a south-facing balcony and features spectacular views of the Vanoise mountain range. Designed to balance elegance and Alpine inspiration, the suite’s living area features Oak wooden panelling and a fireplace for cosy evenings indoors, while the king-sized bed, bathroom with bathtub, separate shower and large dressing area ensure space, privacy and comfort. Large windows bring the outside-in, making the most of the dramatic surrounding views.
Suite Le Mélézin
Providing exceptional piste and village views from its south-facing balcony, Suite Le Mélézin is the resort’s largest, and features its own private living room with a fireplace and daybed, alongside a guest shower room. The king-sized bedroom has a large en suite, with a bathtub and separate shower. On entering, the suite’s private hallway has ample storage for ski-gear, and leads into a spacious living area, elegantly decorated with Oak-wood panelling and featuring a fireplace for evenings spent sharing stories of the day-gone-by. This suite can also connect to a Chambre Village, offering a spacious two bedroom suite on a request basis.
New for the season is a Japanese-themed menu in the dining room. The idea is mix and match with sharing plates which includes a wide range of excellent starters: Gomaae, miso soup and sushi and so on, followed by more limited selection of main courses, including delicate Yasai Tempura or Token Wagyu sirloin. It may feel odd to be eating Japanese in a French ski resort, but the quality of cooking is hard to fault.
Breakfast is a selection of pastries, yoghurt, fruit, smoked salmon, cheese platters plus hot dishes (porridge, three-egg omelettes).
The new piste-side ski room is wonderfully spacious staffed by a knowledgeable, uniformed team who offer an efficient service, helping you on and off with your boots and setting your skis out ready on the edge of the piste. Hot drinks and fresh cakes are available before and after you set out.
The new, Japanese-inspired and coolly minimalist Aman Spa has five double treatment rooms. A tranquil, bamboo-floored yoga room, fitness area and children’s playroom can be found on the same level as the long pool with hot tubs, hammam and sauna. Service seemed a little unsure but staff were having to cope with a few days of unfinished building work.
Access for guests with disabilities
There are two adapted rooms with showers which can be accessed by lifts
Family suites and inter-connecting rooms are available. Also, there’s a newly opened children’s room, but overall the atmosphere is more adult than family.