Spring is on its way and love is in the air. With snow hanging from the branches of the trees and picture-perfect, chocolate box chalets dotting the mountainside it’s hard to find a more romantic getaway than a ski holiday. From a chairlift made for two, to soaking-up the breath-taking vistas of a mountain sunset before a nigh-time ski ride, skiing affords a fantastic way to spend time with your loved one.
And afterwards? Why a candle-lit dinner in a rural mountain restaurant of course. Alternatively, a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a snowy paradise, or an afternoon spent in a luxury spa. Yes – we definitely think someone had romance in mind when they invented the ski holiday. But what are the most romantic ski destinations? With so many to choose from you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed about where to take your loved one this year. Luckily we’ve created this handy Insider’s Guide to the most romantic ski resorts.
1. Kitzbühel, Austria
Beautiful Kitzbühel with its delightful medieval town centre mixes romantic charm with world class skiing in the heart of the Salzburg Super Ski Area, Austria’s largest. A horse-drawn sleigh ride, down the valley in neighbouring St Johann, is an enchanting experience for any couple. And a must on a romantic ski holiday.
Where should we stay? The Hotel Schwarzer Adler, 4* Superior
Not only does this stylish hotel in the centre of Kitzbühel have award winning cuisine, ideal for a romantic evening meal, but the stunning heated rooftop pool offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
2. Mont Tremblant, Canada
With its charmingly designed buildings and cobbled streets, we think Tremblant village is easily the most romantic ski resort in North America. And our guests agree. The lovely couple Hayley Atkinson & Benjamin Jackson recently got engaged here during their Inghams holiday and we wish them so much happiness for their future together.
Where should we stay? The Hotel Fairmont Tremblant, 5*
The spacious deluxe rooms and one-bedroomed suites at the incredible Fairmont Tremblant are perfect for a luxury getaway for two. With its piste side location you can easily combine skiing with romance on your holiday.
3. Ortisei, Italy
The Italian Dolomites are possibly the most beautiful mountains in the Alps; and the charming village of Ortisei, with its ornate wooden architecture, high-class shops and incredible restaurants, easily matches the surrounding natural beauty. With superb connections to Selva and the famous Sella Ronda, you and your loved one will find world-class skiing on your doorstep when you visit Ortisei.
Where should we stay? The Hotel Adler, 5*
This luxurious hotel is ideally located in the centre of Ortisei, just 2 minutes from the lifts, but it is the stunning and extensive spa facilities that make this hotel an exceptional place to stay on a romantic ski break.
4. Serre Chevalier, France
From its romantic, tree-lined trails to skiing into the gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage site of Briançon, and the incredible open-air thermal baths at Monêtier it’s hard to think of a more appropriate destination for an enchanting ski getaway for two than Serre Chevalier.
Where should we stay? Le Grand Aigle Hotel and Spa, 4*
Situated in the idyllic hamlet of Le Bez the modern and stylish Grand Aigle Hotel and Spa combines stunning spa facilities with a superb and carefully restored mountain chalet. The lovely bar is perfect for unwinding after a day on the slopes or for having a quiet drink with your other half.
5. Zermatt, Switzerland
The breath-taking resort of Zermatt is one of the world’s top places to ski. And the picturesque, traffic-free village, its streets lined with elegant boutiques and fancy bars, is also one of the world’s most romantic ski resorts. Dominated by the iconic Matterhorn, the mountain scenery is truly spectacular and will provide a stunning backdrop for your romantic holiday.
Where should we stay? The Hotel Mirabeau, 4* Superior
For lovers of fine dining and excellent hospitality, the Hotel Mirabeau is ideally situated near the Gornergrat railway for ready access to the slopes. The excellent spa facilities mean you can spend your romantic holiday in luxury. But it is a window seat in the restaurant, with it’s fantastic view of the Matterhorn, which will make your romantic holiday extra special.
Hopefully our list has sparked your imagination on the perfect way to treat your partner. Which romantic destination will you take your loved one to this year?