Double antique doors welcome guests into an ambience of warmth and tranquility.
The sumptuous living area centres on the original stone fireplace, the only source of heat in 1682 when the Monastery was built.
Supplementary underfloor heating beneath the hand cut elm floorboards adds comfort to the living room where you can relax with champagne, traditional mulled wine or any number of cocktails, from the classic to the exotic.
A hidden Home Cinema system with a giant drop-down HD screen transforms the living room into your own private movie-theatre or sports arena.
Sliding doors with engraved snowflakes on marble plaques open into a chandeliered dining room with hand-carved dining table and chairs upholstered with luxury designer shearling fur.
The dining room extends beyond curtains to open onto the James-Bond style red-marble pool, kept secret under solid grey marble tiles. The pool can also convert to become a delicate colourful water feature. The view is enhanced by the private courtyard with pretty stone arches which light up at sundown.
There are 4 suites in Chalet Himalaya to sleep up to 8 guests:
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 warmth of the elm floor is complemented by walls 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. Discreet reading lamps are artfully concealed when not in use.
The bath and twin vanities are hand-sculpted from individual whole marble slabs. The spacious bath is carved out of a solid 800 kilo piece and flanked by marble walls and glass. The walls are adorned with a variety of 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, comfortably seating up to 4 or more persons.
In addition, each room also features a leather-covered day bed strewn with fur cushions and “hugs”, complete with sunken ice bucket and multi-mode sockets. Also included are full length mirrors , bathrobes, room service trays, shelves and drawers with hanging space, and a generous number of angora throws and cushions. A stone-surround metal fireplace with real flames which can be modulated adds to the ambience in each room. The suites also offer a security safe, and high-tech comforts such as HD TV, wireless access and an electronically-controlled heated lavatory seat, with sophisticated multiple hygiene functions.
All toiletries are organic products. 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 enhance furnishings and artwork, which are unique to the individual suite.
Rich Italian metal-and-marble dust-infused paint cover the walls to create a magical cave for your pampering treatment by candlelight.
The chalet is equipped with a Sauna made of Russian fir. Each of the 4 suites boasts its own steam room.
Partly indoor and partly outdoor, the pool is a ‘James Bond’ feature. The hidden pool with sophisticated underwater lighting is revealed by a secret floor moving mechanism. Pool depth can be adjusted to suit guests’ requirements (ideal for children). Water temperature is maintained at 32 degrees centigrade.
The Pool is available for use until midnight each day. The outdoor section is within a private walled courtyard in Chalet Himalaya with romantically lit arches which were converted from what was the monks’ underground cheese dome of the original monastery. Enjoy an unforgettable experience of ‘swimming under the stars’.
The custom-designed glass and marble red cigar room resembles a jewel box humidor and comes complete with humidifier, extractor, and soft leather sofas offering privacy for guests to savour a smoke with the finest brandies and whiskies.
A dedicated ski room is equipped with a boot cupboard housing individual boot heaters; and all the ‘little things’ that make a day’s ski perfect – suntan lotion, munchies, ski-map, bottled water, lip balm. Staff are always on hand to help get those boots off!