Ski tour operator Powder White highlights where to go for ultimate Alpine romance
There’s something eternally romantic about skiing; the combination of crisp snow, twinkling lights and cosy fires is enough to thaw even the iciest of hearts. Take a leaf out of Prince William, Mr Darcy and Jay Z’s book, this Valentine’s Day, and whisk your loved one away to the snowy slopes for the ultimate romantic break. Powder White, an independent ski tour operator, has rounded up the best breaks for those seeking ultimate Alpine romance this Valentine’s Day.
Eternal Romantics – Les Grandes Alpes – Courchevel 1850Courchevel 1850 is home to the luxurious Les Grandes Alpes hotel. The ultimate for hopeless romantics, the hotel comes complete with roaring fires and a pianist serenading guests each evening. Embrace the romantic atmosphere after a long day skiing by heading to thenewly renovated Bellini’s Bar and spend the night sipping vintage champagne. Alternatively, an evening meal at Le Cloche in Courchevel is ideal for couples thanks to its cosy atmosphere and traditional menu.
Food Fanatics – W Hotel – VerbierIf the way to your partner’s heart is through their stomach, then the W Hotel in Verbier is a must. The stylish hotel is home to the two Michelin star Arola, as well as five other restaurants and bars, leaving food fanatics spoilt for choice. Bag a suite where stunning panoramic views of snow-capped mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for a romantic stay.
Family Affair - Hotel Le K2 – Courchevel 1850Who says romance goes out the window once children come along? Guests can still enjoy the best of both worlds by staying at the Hotel Le K2 in Courchevel 1850, which offers pure luxury for adults and great entertainment for children. Adults can enjoy the stunning views of the mountain massifs from the piste-side location, visit the bar and cigar lounge, or dine in the two Michelin starred Le Kintessence. The hotel offers a dedicated space just for children, which includesarcade games, simulators, a recording studio and even an interactive dance floor.
Two’s Company – Petite Marmotte Lodge – Courchevel 1650Courchevel 1650 is home to the Petite Marmotte Lodge, the Alps’ only chalet à deux. Formerly a hay barn, it has recently been converted into a rustic, romantic retreat with magical mountain views from its outdoor hot tub. Set in the cluster of Portetta Mountain Lodges – owned by the clever hoteliers behind Lime Wood and The Pig in the UK – Petite Marmotte is made for lovers with its inviting sheepskin rugs and roaring log fires. Dine together at Le Portetta or have the Michelin- starred Chabichou restaurant deliver a delicious dinner direct to your own private chalet.
Dazzling Duo – Avenue Lodge Hotel– Val d’lsereFor those couples that secretly make everyone else envious with their perfect style and flawless Instagram shots, Avenue Lodge in Val d’Isere is the perfect setting for a weekend away. With 54 rooms designed by French interior designer Jean Philippe Nuel, all the rooms are sophisticated and chic.. Keeping up appearances is easy thanks to the luxe spa with indoor pool, jacuzzi, hair salon and beauty parlour. The hotel’s location in the heart of Val d’Isere is mere minutes from the ski lifts, with the old village and the 300km of slopes of the Espace Killy just metres from the door of the hotel. In the evenings guests can watch the ski instructors on a torch-lit descent down Olympic black run, La Face, whilst sipping on a vinchaud before enjoying the spectacular fireworks display.
To find the perfect romantic break whatever your taste in ski resort (or partner) visit Powder White.