Mountain, à la carte menu. Now that the snowfalls have officially begun, it's time to think about where to book to carve out a romantic getaway in contact with nature.
Even the stainless ones of the sea and sunny destinations in winter often capitulate and give in to the demands of their partner who is passionate about skiing and high altitudes, convincing themselves to leave for the mountains.
Generally, upon reaching the destination, thanks to the setting of fairytale villages, imposing peaks and whitewashed woods, the classic love at first sight occurs. And so the romantic weekend in the snow becomes a tradition to be maintained and celebrated in every cold season.
The ingredients for a romantic design weekend in winter
What can't be missing in an alpine break with a high rate of beauty, both from a naturalistic point of view and from that of the interior?
We need to understand if your couple is more attracted by worldliness or by the immaculate silence of nature. As well as if you prefer the rustic alpine style and traditional or a reinterpretation in a contemporary key, presumably more minimal.
Orient the search for the location on the basis of your tastes, without letting yourself be misled by what is trendy at the moment. If, for example, you want to switch off and immerse yourself in an atmosphere suspended in time, focus on the small villages that often surround the elite ski resorts.
In this case, you might consider going through Airbnb, treating yourself to an intimate domestic tete à tete that is as little touristy as possible. If, on the other hand, your idea of a romantic weekend does not exclude after-ski aperitifs, starred dinners and musical evenings, you prefer renowned alpine destinations, from Courmayeur to Sant Moritz, and opt for the grand hotel option, perhaps leaving tempted by some finely restored historic hotel structure (where you can practice vip watching).
The passion for wellness programs should also be considered. If you are a fan of treatments, saunas and swimming pools, select hotels with a hyper-equipped spa. Isn't immersing yourself in the warm water of the hydromassage close to your partner a super romantic experience?
Where to spend a romantic weekend in winter?
Choosing a destination involves answering a series of questions. The first: are you going to go skiing? In this case, among the unmissable Aosta Valley resorts for slopes and off-piste we must mention Courmayeur (very fashionable) and La Thuile (for real sports and nature enthusiasts).
Moving to the side of the Dolomites, a UNESCO heritage site to be admired at least once in a lifetime, one can opt for the Alpe di Siusi, sleeping in Castelrotto, Siusi or, why not?, directly on the slope, in one of those strategic hotels that allow you to go out on skis.
In Haute-Savoie, France, Megève is a paradise for snow sports, with over 445 km of slopes for all levels and a bijoux historic centre, all chalets in wood and stone and charming hotel.
If, on the other hand, you want to explore nature on foot or on snowshoes, you can book in a more secluded location such as the Val d'Ega, whose view of the Catinaccio and Latemar massifs is breathtakingly beautiful the breath.
4 hotels in the mountains where you can pamper yourself
- Crossing the Swiss border, the Engadine is the area that is worth a visit. It is no coincidence that it is here that Segantini painted some of the most fascinating paintings of him. Stop by the www.crestapalace.ch. Reopened last summer after a thorough restyling, it is an architectural icon of Celerina. Inaugurated in 1906, today it boasts a 1200 square meter spa, two gourmet restaurants, one of which is Italian and one is Asian. Not to forget the advantage of the slopes one step away, with direct access to the ski area Corviglia/St Moritz. Info: www.crestapalace.ch
2. In South Adige, Romantik Hotel Turm is the classic 'place to be' for lovers. Historic address in Fiè allo Sciliar, offers a surprise with its large suites and rooms with a modern design framed by thick alpine stone walls dating back to the 13th century. The owners are avid art collectors, so don't be surprised when you come across an original Picasso (among others). The experience of the hay bath in the spa is not to be missed, ancient and always valid for strengthening the body. Info: www.hotelturm.it
- In the landscape setting of the Stelvio National Park, at Bagni di Bormio, the presence of the Grand Hotel Bagni Nuovi di Bormio imposes itself in all its majesty. Complex renovated by QC Terme with great attention to the original architectural heritage, retaining the appearance of a luxurious Nouveau-style structure with a large adjoining spa. Ideal for couples who love wellness, but also outdoor sports, given that the Alta Valtellina area offers trails for walking and horse riding. Info: www.qcterme.com
4. The Alpina Dolomites Lodge & Spa is located on the largest plateau in Europe, the Alpe di Siusi. With a circular shape, the hotel houses 60 spacious rooms and suites, as well as an impressive spa. Part of the Leading Hotels of the World circuit, it was built to blend harmoniously with its surroundings. The facade in quartzite stone and wood, for example, is inspired by the rough and solemn beauty of the Dolomites and recalls the jagged peaks that surround the Lodge. Common thread in the interior choices: a palette of soft colors inspired by the alpine nature. Info: www.alpinadolomites.it