The ultimate insulation
Since the heating and cooling of buildings is one of the biggest causes of carbon emissions, ensuring a building is well insulated and windows properly glazed is one of the most efficient ways to reduce its footprint. When Aman Le Mélézin was fully renovated in 2016, the resort was able to add some significant efficiencies. Insulation is one of the most important aspects of minimising contribution to global emissions as demonstrated by the full insulation added to the exterior of the building and brand-new advanced glazing.
As with all Aman properties, Aman Le Mélézin has been switching to LED, replacing all incandescent and halogen bulbs. Movement sensors have also been placed in all public areas to allow for greater energy efficiency and smarter lighting systems. As the climate changes - and society looks to consider the balance of Europe's precious glacial bodies of ice - the resort will strive to keep reducing all emissions in line with tackling global warming.
All of Aman Le Mélézin’s basins and showers are equipped with low-flow systems, which result in water conservation. The resort also utilises TOTO Toilets to dramatically reduce water consumption, using only 3.8 litres of water per flush. The sanitaryware's superpowers also use a technology that replaces the need for traditional detergents, keeping the non-porous ceramic bowl to the highest hygiene standards without the need for harsh chemicals.
Smarter waste management
Plastic bottles are no longer used throughout our resort and in the spa, fitness and ski room, guests can enjoy LiLLii water; a brand of mineralised water bottled in recyclable vegetable-based packaging. All resort staff are also encouraged to use their own personalised refillable bottles, topped up with the clear tap water that the surrounding region is blessed with.
Lessening the laundry
As with all our hotels, Aman Le Mélézin is seeing increasing numbers of guests opting out of the daily changing of linens and towels due to climate conscience. To encourage the process, the team simply asks guests to place a small wooden pine tree on the bed to indicate their participation in the scheme, and in return a charity donation is made by the resort.
Members of Aman Le Mélézin's full-time team are given an allowance of a few days per year to volunteer. Thanks to the platform Vendredi, their time is matched to a project or initiative where their skills are put to use as a volunteer to support an important cause.
The Secours Populaire Français, or French Popular Relief, is dedicated to fighting poverty and the resort passes on all uniforms no longer needed by its team. ‘Giving bags’ are also placed in resort’s dressing rooms so that guests can donate any unwanted items at the end of their trip. Through this scheme, belongings such as ski gloves, socks and scarves have been donated to those in need.
Organic and plant-heavy menus
On Aman Le Mélézin's doorstep there are many celebrated small producers. Before each season starts, the culinary team re-establishes their connection with local suppliers who adhere to nature-friendly agricultural practices to offer the best organic ingredients. This is especially integral to sourcing the best fruit and vegetables for the resort’s climate-conscious guests and staff, as the demand for vegetarian and vegan dishes increases.
Located on the Bellecôte Piste, the resort honours biodiversity with their Hôtels à Instectes. Placed in the grounds among the pine trees, these small wooden ‘hotels’ provide habitats for lots of critical small-but-essential players in the region’s ecosystem.