I did. It was January 2012 a few days after New Years Eve. I was in the beautiful snowy mountains of Val Thorens on a ski trip with my beloved. It should have been perfect…. It wasn’t.
We’d both had food poisoning and the week wasn’t quite panning out how we’d planned. After a few days we began to feel better, started thinking about skiing the next day and even eating again. Sod it we thought, we’ve had a terrible week, let’s go to a top spa and treat ourselves – we deserve it. So, that evening, we booked two massages at one of the top places – Nohem Spa at L’Oxalys Residence. The restaurant was fully booked, but they had a fab cocktail bar and boy, did we fancy a drink. We were going to TREAT ourselves!
The snow had started to fall, no great surprise in a ski resort, it wasn’t going to put us off. We peered out at the swirling snow and decided to put head to toe ski gear on – after all, what could go wrong on a 5 minute walk….We dressed in full ski gear and even wore our goggles, ever the optimist I packed a small bag with a little black dress, heels and a bikini.
The spa was literally 5 minutes around the corner, a walk we had done many, many times. We had, however, never undertaken this walk, during the biggest storm to hit the area for 30 years.
We left the shelter of the doorway. The snow was driving so hard, even with our ski goggles it was hard to see. We hung on to each other and walked the familiar road, covered in unfamiliar giant drifts of snow. We both stepped to the side of the road to let a heavily snow chained bus pass and ended up buried up to our necks in a snow drift. We dug each other out, by now we were nearer to the spa than home, so we decided it was safer to press on. Next there was a giant roar and a snow plough lurched out of the blizzard, there was no way it could see us. We both dived out of the way in opposite directions. It was long and frightening few minutes before we found each other again, each sure the other had been squashed into a snowball. Undaunted we pressed on to the spa. We had to clear a path through waist deep snow to get to the door. They were somewhat surprised to see us and we were (Ahem) warmly welcomed.
Our sodden clothing was taken away for drying, we were wrapped in big fluffy robes and brought hot chocolate and tea. We had our perfectly executed aromatherapy massages that helped to restore, mind, body and soul and a float in the private spa pool below. We were thoroughly spoilt.
Thus restored, the heels and cocktail dress were deployed after all. The cocktails were divine and, as a reward, for having made it through the storm, we were given champagne and a table at Michelin star restaurant ran by chef Jean Sulpice. It truly was a night to remember!
Photo’s courtesy of Tripadvisor, I can’t find our photo’s of the actual meal. It looked alot like this though!
We even made it home in one piece! Hope your next spa visit is more relaxing…
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