Christmas has passed, and it’s back to work for you and your partner. Perhaps you’re craving some time alone, just the two of you. Maybe you’ve got an anniversary approaching, and you’d rather splash out on an unforgettable shared experience rather than just another gift you can wrap up.
Maybe your loved one deserves an extra special treat this Valentine’s Day (though remember the day itself falls during half term so think carefully about when you want to travel).
At the words ‘romantic getaway’, most people’s minds jump to white sand beaches or a city break to the famously romantic Venice or Paris. But we reckon there are few places more intimate and likely to relight the flame than the mountains. There’s something about the Alps that inspires the romantic inside of us all.
Picture yourself snuggled up with your loved one, relaxing by a wood-burning fire in a cosy Alpine chalet. A mug of hot spiced wine in hand (or in my case a negroni or some fabulous alpine wine) and a yummy platter of local specialities to indulge in as you admire the snow-capped scenery through the window will be sure to help you unwind.
It doesn’t get much better than strolling hand-in-hand through the crunchy snow to enjoy a candlelit dinner for two (foodies, check out Some of Our Favourite Mountain Restaurants in the Alps) for some inspiration.
So I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite (tried and tested by our experienced team as well as our customers) romantic resorts in the Alps.
There are plenty of cosy mountain huts with delicious (and affordable) cuisine, beautiful scenery, and the general vibe is extremely calm and tranquil.
St Christoph, Austria
St Cristoph is a truly hidden gem – another idyllic traditional mountain village with a noticeable absence of crowds of Brits.
It shares the ski area with better-known St Anton (and, from this winter, with Lech and Zürs) so there’s a brilliantly extensive ski area for you and your loved one to explore.
There are plenty of exclusive, luxury hotels within very short proximity to the lifts, where you’ll be able to soothe your aching muscles before a gourmet dinner. My top pick is the Arlberg Hospiz hotel – the perfect combination of elegance and cosiness with roaring fires, a cracking spa and attentive staff.
The Tirolean town of Kitzbühel is sure to put a smile on your loved one’s face with all its lovely four and five star hotels.
Stay in the pedestrianised Medieval centre to ensure you are close to all the best eateries. This resort is truly beautiful, and you’ll love its ancient streets inside the old city walls, lined with boutiques and romantic hotels.
Treat yourself to a stay at Hotel Zur Tenne – opt for a room with a fireplace and canopy bed and warm up together after a day of fresh powder. Breakfast in the winter garden is another gorgeously romantic touch.
The tranquillity of this perfect mountain village is ideal for a couple wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of UK life.
Rich with historic buildings, luxurious restaurants and of course the majestic Matterhorn, this resort will be sure to reignite the romance in your relationship. Whether you’re an expert or a bit wobbly in your ski boots, there’s something for everyone here. Take a deep breath, relish the fresh air and reconnect with nature and each other in this authentic Swiss resort.
For the best view in town, I recommend the Schonegg. For an equally magical experience, stay in a Cervo chalet, indulging in spa treatments and relaxing with your other half in an intimate Alpine setting.
Check out the Omnia for a unique couple’s experience. Situated on a rock, tucked away from the noise of the town centre, this place boasts private balconies above the other roofs of Zermatt. Lap up this beautiful, peaceful and unspoilt spot for your romantic weekend away!
The ski area at Megeve is extensive and the village is lovely, with a central square complete with enticing shops and horse-drawn carriages.
What could be more romantic than a ride through the snowy cobbled streets of this Medieval town?
Rich with plenty of designer chalets, hotels and some of the best restaurants in the Alps, Megeve has lots to offer a couple in search of a bit of self-indulgence. The Fermes de Marie is a rustic-chic hotel with a hugely romantic ambience and one of the best spas in the Alps – you’re guaranteed a high quality and lavish experience here!
They say Italy is the land of love for a reason. But I urge you to ditch the clichéd lovers’ escape to Rome or Venice (crowds of tourists with selfie-sticks may kill the vibe ever so slightly..) and head to the lively town of Courmayeur for a week of luxury and pampering.
If you’re not desperate to ski first to last lift, and relaxing cruising with delicious culinary experience sounds more up your street, then this is your place.
Courmayeur is full of charming places to stay, oozing with Italian sophistication. I absolutely love Auberge de la Maison – a gorgeous wood and stone hotel with an incredible view of Mont Blanc and a wonderful spa. Coeur des Neiges is another stylish hotel experience – the blooming gardens are stunning for an idyllic après-ski walk.
San Cassiano, Italy
Though San Cassiano isn/t actually in the Alps, but instead nestled amidst the Dolomites in the Alta Badia area, we couldn’t miss out this delightful village as a dreamy spot to spend your romantic experience.
Surround yourself with powder white snow and unwind at the Rosa Alpina, a quietly glamorous haven complete with a Michelin-starred restaurant. If you’re seeking pure relaxation and striving to reconnect with your loved one, or simply relish their company, this elegant village is more than fitting.
Watch Out For Half Term
Hopefully the idea of unwinding in Alpine lavishness has taken your fancy, and you now have a better idea of where to head as that special occasion approaches.
One tip is to watch out for school half term – Valentine’s day falls during one of the busiest weeks of the season so it’s best to book your romantic getaway either before or after this. Gaggles of over-excited children can be endearing in the right time and place, but not the key to an intimate and peaceful lovers’ retreat!
You Deserve It (Or He/She Does At Least)…
There’s something to be said about being alone together, watching the sunset over the Alps, with the scent of pine trees and the feel of the fresh mountain air.
You absolutely deserve it, or at least your partner does. You’ll return home feeling rejuvenated and more refreshed than ever after an experience you won’t want to forget in a hurry… Get in touch to chat about how we can start planning your tailor-made ski break.