TRAVEL

Palace of Pampering


Henri Chenot’s quirky little mountain spa was a secret refuge. Now oligarchs and emirs are checking in. Onetime regular Joan Juliet Buck gets reinitiated.

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Dominique and Henri Chenot at the entry of the spa.

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The pool at the Palace Chenot Merano-Espace Henri Chenot spa. Photo by Simon Watson.

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Detail in the spa’s garden. Photo by Simon Watson.

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The spa pool. Photo by Simon Watson.

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The spa’s pool.

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The town of Merano, 2004. Photo by Newscom.

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The hills of Merano. Photo by Getty Images.

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Merano in 1938, dominated by the peaks of Cima Rosa. Photo by AP Images.

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Dominique Chenot with Candido and Carla Fendi and German Condé Nast’s Anna Riva (from left), 1986. Photo courtesy of Graziella Vigo.