Top 5 Romantic Retreats in the Alps
Issue 27 / 03 January 2020

Top 5 Romantic Retreats in the Alps

Five mountain retreats perfect for a romantic holiday for two.

Serena Norton

We may be biased but is there a better way to spend a romantic holiday for two than in the mountains? The setting is the perfect place to get away from it all and spend time together. With crisp mountain air, snowy surroundings and inviting chalets to cosy up in, not to mention gourmet food and an abundance of activities to try both on and off the slopes, a mountain holiday is sure to spark a little romance. We have a fantastic selection of luxury honeymoon chalets to choose from but here are a few of our favourite romantic retreats.

Backstage Mountain Cottage, Zermatt

Located high above Zermatt, this truly is the ultimate couple’s hideaway. Accessible only on foot, sledge or skis, this 300-year-old mountain cottage offers total privacy and peace and quiet. To access the cottage, you need to catch the funicular up the mountain to Sunnegga. From here it is a 20-minute walk or just a short ski away in winter.

Transformed by renowned architect Heinz Julen, the one-bedroom cottage offers magnificent views of the Matterhorn. Breakfast is served at Chez Vrony restaurant which is just 100 metres from the chalet giving you the chance to take a romantic morning stroll together before hitting the slopes or hiking some of the beautiful trails.

Zermatt itself has some excellent restaurants and it’s chocolate box car-free streets are lined with designer shops and boutiques - the perfect excuse to buy a special present or two.

Place Blanche 2, Verbier

At the opposite end of the scale, Place Blanche 2 is perfect for couples who want to be part of the action. Just steps away from the Medran piste and lift station, this chic apartment is conveniently located close to all the shops, bars and restaurants that Verbier has to offer.

Curl up in front of the fire together in the open plan living area or enjoy the inspiring mountain views from the south-facing terrace. The bedrooms are beautifully furnished but we particularly love the en-suite bathrooms. With an innovative glass roof in one bathroom, enjoy a spot of stargazing whilst you relax in the free-standing tub.

Place Blanche 2 comes fully serviced with a 24-hour in-resort chauffeur service, private chef and host.

Gemsstock Suite, Andermatt

Part of The Chedi, Gemsstock Suite is perfect for extravagant couples looking to enjoy the service and facilities of a five-star hotel whilst having the privacy and independence of their own 134 m² apartment.

The living room is separated from the bathroom by a stunning double-sided fireplace with a flat screen TV mounted above. Doors open onto a balcony with wonderful views of the surrounding peaks.

Perfect for relaxing, couples can enjoy a dip in the 35-metre indoor swimming pool, work up a sweat in the gym and rejuvenate in the sauna or Tibetan Relaxation lounge. There are also several exquisite restaurants to sample including a Michelin-star Japanese restaurant with a sushi and sashimi bar and tempura and teppanyaki counter. In winter months the Chedi has its own ice rink so get practising those pirouettes.

Chalet Little Zebra, Meribel

Just a short stroll from the centre of Meribel, this free-standing chalet is perfect for stylish couples looking for a chic mountain retreat. Admire the views from the sink-in sofa through floor-to-ceiling sliding doors which open onto a terrace, cook meals in the well-equipped kitchen and enjoy candlelit dinners for two around the elegant dining table. To top it all off, at the end of the day soak away in the delightful outdoor hot tub featuring incredible mountain views.

Mi Chalet, Alta Badia

This totally unique couples retreat was built in 2018 and is nestled in the heart of the Dolomites. With spectacular panoramic windows, the chalet is bathed in sunlight and is the perfect spot from which to admire the mesmerizing sunsets the Dolomites are renowned for.

Curl up beside the feature fireplace in winter or in summer take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool.

Alta Badia is a fantastic destination in both summer and winter. Linked to the Sella Ronda you can enjoy one of the most famous ski tours in Italy whilst in summer there is fantastic hiking and biking on offer, plus several Michelin-star restaurants are on hand to fuel your days on the mountain.

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