Whether you’re a new couple on your first holiday together or are rekindling the flame of a seasoned romance, there’s no better choice for a romantic break than a winter ski holiday. The idyllic views of the mountains, fine dining opportunities and flexibility of self-catered or catered ski chalets provide the perfect environment to relax and unwind together. Let’s take an in-depth look at some of the world’s most romantic resorts.
Whilst it might be famous for the Hahnenkamm, – one of the most gruelling and dangerous downhill races on the World Cup circuit – Kitzbühel also has a softer side. As an established community, and not just a commercial resort, this medieval town is brimming with Tirolean charm. Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the pedestrianised town centre, where the brightly painted buildings are framed by soaring church spires. Pop in to one of the cosy restaurants for a warming Glühwein, and your romantic walk will be complete.
On the Italian side of Mont Blanc, this traditional Italian village is bustling with activity. The Via Roma in the centre of the village is lined with shops, restaurants and bars. Eating and partying are some of the main attractions in Cormayeur – in fact, many Italians come here for that purpose alone. For everyone else, this means calm and quiet slopes to enjoy.
And, if you’re looking for something slightly different, what could be more romantic than seeing Mont Blanc by cable car? The Skyway Monte Bianco takes you practically to the summit of Europe’s highest peak, from where you’ll get some of the very finest views of the Alps.
This rustic village of wooden chalets could come right out of The Sound of Music. Whilst the village itself might be small, it is linked to twelve resorts in the interconnected Portes du Soleil area, so you won’t miss out on any access to the slopes.
One of the most dramatic features of Champéry is its skyline. Wherever you are in the village, you’ll look up to see the rocky peaks of the Dents du Midi. With its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, you’ll be greeted by the locals like an old friend. It’s the perfect scenic setting for a romantic holiday for two.
Last but by no means least is the resort of Chamonix. Perhaps the most romantic ski destination in Europe, Chamonix offers activities to charm every couple. Its panoramic views of Mont Blanc set the scene for a truly romantic setting.
For anyone who enjoys good food, the secluded 250-year-old farmhouse Les Vieilles Luges is the perfect destination for a starry-eyed dining experience. Soak up the atmosphere of the building’s wooden beams and real log fire, sample some delicious alpine cuisine and truly reconnect with your partner. If you’re looking for a quick break from the slopes, dog sledding is the ideal couple’s activity. Either sit down in the sled and enjoy the ride, or impress your loved one by trying your hand at leading the pack!
After a day of action-packed adventures, why not unwind in one of Chamonix’s self-catered or catered ski chalets? Alternatively, you could chill in the ice grotto, sweat it out in the sauna or enjoy one of the many luxury couples’ treatments on offer.
And voilà: these resorts are sure to enchant you and your special someone. From cuddling in your catered ski chalet to exploring the magically snowy surroundings, you’re in for a holiday that’ll revolutionise your definition of romance.
Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has been helping avid skiers craft their perfect winter holiday for over a quarter of a century. If you're looking for the best catered ski chalet accommodation in the Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is the go-to company for winter sports fans searching for the holiday of a lifetime.