With Valentine’s day right around the corner, I’m sure we’re all eagerly awaiting the romantic weekend that our better half will have orchestrated for us. If you’re that other half, however, you’re most surely in the throes of panic, wondering what you can possibly do to meet the expectations of your needy significant other. Why not consider a weekend of skiing for two in the Alps? You can’t possibly go wrong with mountain views, steamy jacuzzis and a delicious, aphrodisiac cheese fondue. Without further ado, here are six hotels to get you daydreaming.
Stay in a hotel that looks like a castle at Davos. A long-time health mecca, at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Belvédère historical accents pave the way for modern amenities and a beautiful wellness area. Indulge in a classic Swiss cheese fondue at the Romeo & Julia fondue tavern, then treat your loved one to a show of Art on Ice at the nearby Vaillant Arena. If you book quickly, rates start at 271 CHF for the month of February, or consult the hotel webpage for more deals.
If you’re looking for luxury right on the slopes, you can’t do much better than the Aspen Alpin Lifestyle Hotel at Grindelwald. This gorgeous hotel offers stunning views of the Eiger North Face from the restaurant terrace, and direct access from the pistes right into the outdoor whirlpool. For a little more privacy, indulge in the sauna, herbal steam bath or brine steam baths. Rates start at 300 CHF.
Photo courtesy of Aspen Alpin Lifestyle Hotel
Ok, this wins the “coolest hotel” award, hands-down. Whitepod is not at a ski resort, strictly speaking, but it offers its own private pistes and lifts for your skiing pleasure. Not only that, but each room is actually an eco-friendly “pod,” totally cut off from the neighbours for the ultimate privacy and comfort and offering stunning views of the mountains outside. Somehow, this hotel installed in the middle of nowhere also manages to offer a sauna and a daily high tea, included with each booking. Prices vary according to season and availability; keep in mind that the price of your lift ticket will be included with the hotel booking.
Photo courtesy of Whitepod
Relaxed sun terrace and displayer of ice sculptures by day, the White Lounge at Mayrhofen ski resort turns into a secluded igloo village by night. After an evening exploring Mayrhofen after dark and enjoying a hearty fondue dinner at the nearby Freiraum Bistro, snuggle up to your sweetheart in a cosy sleeping bag at 2000m altitude. Rates start at 139 EUR per person.
Photo courtesy of Mayrhofen-Hippach
A cluster of stone chalets nestled in a Walser hamlet dating back to 1323, the Hotellerie de Mascognaz is an alpine paradise, the ideal place to rejuvenate and reconnect with your loved one. If the rooms breathe 14th-century tradition, the spa is certainly not outdated, offering a hydro massage pool, a hammam and ultra-modern spa treatments. Situated 3km from the Champoluc ski resort, the hotel offers a snowmobile transfer service around the region. Prices for rooms start at 79 EUR.
Photo courtesy of the Hotellerie De Mascognaz
For those looking for a more down-to-earth experience, the Hôtel Vacances Bleues Les Chalets du Prariand offers rooms in a traditional Savoie chalet. There is a free shuttle to the nearby Megève old town, where you can take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage or skate on the outdoor ice rink. Rooms offer balcony vistas of Mont Blanc. After a day of skiing at the Evasion Mont Blanc, come back and unwind at the full spa that offers a steam bath, a hammam and a jacuzzi. Prices start at 90 EUR per person for the month of February but check the website for deals.
Don't miss this opportunity to orchestrate the most romantic Valentine's Day ever for your sweetheart! If you're still in need of more inspiration, check out Snowplaza's section on booking accommodation in the Alps.
Born and raised in the ski paradise of Vancouver, Canada, I learned to ski before I can remember, balancing precariously on my parents’ skis as they sailed down the hill. I started snowboarding in my teens and am now delighted to be exploring everything Europe’s ski scene has to offer!
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