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Les Fermes de Marie

Marie Sibuet, the young and dynamic director, of the five-star hotel and spa shares with us her ideas about beauty and the French art de vivre.

After a long journey on my way to Chamonix – my plane being delayed by the storm – I found myself in need of a relaxing and warm massage at Spa Pure Altitude in the heart of the French Alps.
My destination: the Spa at the five-star hotel Les Fermes de Marie in Megève.

This elegant hotel built by the Sibuet family is a standard in the world of luxury destinations.
It is also known for its spa and a 15 year-old cosmetics line, Pure Altitude, inspired by the resilience of plant life in mountain regions.

Les Fermes de Marie was assembled from old wood barns gathered in other villages and restored in Megève by a passionate couple with a vision.
You can still see the pictures of this adventure on the walls of the hotel. It shows how tradition is as important as creativity and how the two can blend together in perfect harmony.

Years after that first vision, the hotel has become a magnificent place, offering a luxurious shelter for nature lovers. The wood is prominent and inviting. It feels like every corner offers a perfect spot to hide on a cozy chair near the fireplace with a good book.

The newly renovated Spa offers many special amenities for a relaxing day (Japanese baths, saunas, a relaxation area, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, pools, and much more) and of course a full list of massages and Spa services.
On the day of my appointment, the snow stopped falling and was shinning under the bright sun, under a clear and crisp sky. I was ready for some pampering with a massage.
The natural decor combined with the aromatic fragrances were already working their magic on my tired mind. Inside the treatment room, the light of candles and a warm massage bed were waiting for me.
For the next hour, my therapist applied natural oils from the candle as a soothing massage oil, using her relaxing touch to unravel tension and pain in my body.

After the massage, I was invited to use the Spa and relax with an herbal tea before meeting Marie Sibuet, the young and dynamic director of the hotel and Spa.
While enjoying a coffee together, she was delighted to express her ideas about beauty and the French art de vivre.

Today we use plants from our Alpine garden but we also use many other high quality herbs and plants from Peru, Himalaya and even Antarctica.

Can you tell us a little more about the history of the brand Pure Altitude?

My mother always had 2 passions, cosmetics and Spas. When my parents started the hotel, it was natural for her to create a Spa, even if at that time it wasn’t common. At first, she assembled a bath line formulated with Alpine plants.
Over time, we continued to expand and refine the product line. Today we use plants from our Alpine garden but we also use many other high quality herbs and plants from Peru, Himalaya and even Antarctica. Our main goal was to develop a natural, high-quality line of cosmetics recognized for their efficacy with great texture and scents.

Removing make up is one the most important rituals to start at an early age and the method is an important part of this routine. It’s similar to the Japanese conception of cleaning the skin by using a multi-steps routine and adding beauty into the process.

What do you recommend for women in their
20s?

Removing make up is one the most important rituals to start at an early age and the method is an important part of this routine. It’s similar to the Japanese conception of cleaning the skin by using a multi-steps routine and adding beauty into the process.
Many mothers come with their daughters to offer them their first facial. In our Spa, we suggest a light facial where the method is as important as the products we use.
To clean my face I use the Lait des Alpages, massaging it directly onto my face with my hands. Then I like to tone my skin using “Herb Water” with mint and Herb Melissa.

30s and 40s?

The first signs of aging are found in the complexion of the face and around the eyes.
I like to use light products and not begin using heavier products until necessary. I add a serum to my face moisturizer such as the ‘Sève de vie’, Macca or the tourmaline serums. They help stimulate the skin to regenerate and fight signs of stress and fatigue.
I also apply it when I travel on planes to keep my skin from getting dehydrated. I apply it around the eyes at night or in gel form to reduce puffiness in the morning.
To reduce the appearance of wrinkles for women in their forties, we recommend the LiftAlpes line, with herbs, plants and water all gathered directly from the Mont-Blanc mountain.

50s and beyond?

Today many women are looking for natural products that provide an immediate benefit. We recently began the process of creating a new mask especially for them.

For me, art de vivre is essential and can be found in every aspect of my work, from welcoming guests in our hotels, creating new services at our Spa, and incorporating nutrition into our menu.

You are helping to manage many hotels and Spas all over France, what’s next?

We have been working hard in France developing a reputable and high quality brand, maintaining our values and strong traditions. We’re now working on opening a location in Paris with treatment rooms and a retail store. We’re also expanding in Asia where our brand already works well. At one time we distributed our products in the U.S. We would love to come back!

For me, art de vivre is essential and can be found in every aspect of my work, from welcoming guests in our hotels, creating new services at our Spa, and incorporating nutrition into our menu.
For me the beauty is in all those aspects of my job.

photography: Les Fermes de Marie / L. Di Orio, MPM, T. Shu & DR

Anne-Sophie Devouassoux

Anne-Sophie is a French born adventurer who grew up skiing, dancing and cooking. She started making her own beauty products at age 17 and since then has been passionate about health, beauty and nature. She lives in New York City where she practices yoga and meditation and enjoys the eclectic restaurant scene of the city. As a teacher she is very curious and loves learning new skills.

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