High-Altitude Renewal

Nira Montana, La Thuile, Italy

Still invigorated from the morning’s five-mile hike, you sink slowly into the pool’s soothing waters. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal an astonishing alpine landscape: snowcapped mountains streaked with dense emerald-green forests, rolling hills dappled with golden sunlight. After a steam and a sauna, you melt into a massage table as gentle hands work away months of stress and tension. Waves of calm envelop your body. You feel worlds away from the demands of everyday life: pure, refreshed, and completely relaxed.

“The greatest wealth is health.” Virgil

THE HOTEL — Set against the majestic grandeur of Mont Blanc, Nira Montana is a beacon of smart contemporary design in the Italian alpine idyll of La Thuile in the northwestern part of the breathtaking Aosta Valley. Local woods and stone fill the spacious interiors, where large windows offer endless views of the breathtaking mountain landscape, perfect for winter skiing or summer wandering. But the pièce de résistance is the Nira Spa—the finest in the area—where guests can swim, steam and unwind amid a serene setting of white walls and chocolate brown natural wood.

"I want to have a one-dimensional life... I’ve never drawn boundaries between work and play." Puri – Owner of Nira Hotels & Resorts

After four decades working for some of the world’s biggest hotel brands, such as Rosewood, Ritz-Carlton, Raffles, Fairmont, and Peninsula, Puri struck out on his own in 2008. But he was first drawn to the business when, as a young boy growing up in northern India near Delhi, he encountered the refined culture of India’s first-class hotels. The scion of a construction dynasty passed from his grandfather to his father, Puri attended Punjab University, then spent three years in Germany at a hotel management trainee program before beginning his career in hospitality.

Nira Montana, La Thuile, Italy

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