Here at Investors in Property, we’re in a romantic kind of mood. A colleague will be getting married this weekend, and in honour of the happy couple we’re taking a look at the five most romantic Alpine destinations.
When it comes to ski resorts, romance can be pretty difficult to pin down, and often we confuse it with the type of five star glamour that goes hand in hand with Europe’s top ski resorts. Genuinely romantic resorts are harder to find, and they are often a little off the beaten track. So without further ado, here are our top romantic ski resorts.
The name might sound like something from a Harry Potter book, but Grindelwald at the foot of the infamous Eiger Mountain is a charming Swiss village in a breath-taking setting. With an unmistakable backdrop, a lively atmosphere and a range of luxury chalets, Grindelwald appeals whether you want to spend evenings curled up together or exploring the bars and restaurants.
One of the highest resorts in the Alps, Saas Fee is well known as a miniature Zermatt. It has a similar rustic character with a range of bars and restaurants, and offers the sort of traditional car-free Alpine setting that draws couples to bustling Zermatt. The narrow streets and old chalets lend it the sort of charm that is slowly disappearing from the Alps as ski resorts become increasingly popular.
Usually called the original purpose built ski resort, this classic French resort is famed for its medieval centre. The beautiful square offers sleigh rides, and the pretty mountainside sees most chalets boast private, peaceful settings. More than any other, this resort is a year round home rather than a holiday destination, and it is this that makes it such a great romantic destination.
The Val d’Anniviers has become well known in recent years for having excellent powder skiing and a charming, traditional atmosphere that is almost untouched by the modern world. Couples who choose to holiday in Grimentz can get away from reality in a mountain retreat that really does feel like another world. This peaceful setting is perfect for couples looking for a secluded Alpine getaway.
Courchevel Le Praz
You might be surprised by this inclusion, if only because it isn’t one of the better known resorts. Le Praz can match the traditional French Alpine charm of St Martin de Belleville, and offers easy access to the skiing in Courchevel and the Three Valleys beyond. The resort has a few cute, low key, and generally excellent restaurants and great views across the valley.