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our history

The flagship Cristal Spa opened in 2010 at the same time as the first and still the only 5 star hotel in the Aravis,
Au Cœur du Village***** Relais & Châteaux in La Clusaz.

but why cristal spa ?

Cristals are a powerful reminder to Gaston Pollet-Villard, head of the family and the PVG Group of his first job as a sales man then importer of minerals.

The story goes, that as a youngster under the amused eye of his father Charles, he would gather stones in the Aravis and then attach figures of Chamois goats on them to sell to souvenir shops. His little business quickly gathered momentum and he soon began importing quartz, cristals and amethists from Brazil and Madagascar while developing his own network around France.

He then turned his ambitions to construction work, followed by the hotel industry and restaurants.

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The birth of a brand

The opening of the Group’s 4th hotel marked a turning point for the family business but also the resort of La Clusaz with the sheer size of the project.

Gaston Pollet-Villard wished to leave his mark on the Au Coeur de Village hotel***** by telling a little of his personal history and incorporating a reminder of his previous activity, creating a signature rock cristal grotto for the hammam.What other name could be given to this distinctive space than the Cristal Spa?

While the future spa in the Imperial Palace**** was in construction, many names were put forward and it was then, that the idea of creating a brand was developed.It made perfect sense while developing an exceptional space for existing establishments, to do the same for future establishments.