The Honeymoon Conundrum – Part Three – Love on the piste
Posted 9th January 2019
Many couples are brought together through a mutual activity or sport. Others may meet under different circumstances and then discover a hobby together. In this month’s edition of The Honeymoon Conundrum, we’re picking out our favourite destinations for all the just married skiers out there. And, maybe, for those who want to live married life to its fullest from the very start and try something completely new (If this is you, please be careful out there!). A honeymoon is still a honeymoon though. You won’t want to be skiing from sunrise to sunset every day. You’ll certainly be keen to do…ya know…other stuff as well. With that in mind, we’ve quite literally gone off-piste with some of our selection criteria when making our top picks. So, if this is the sort of honeymoon you’re after, Get your helmets on and keep reading. Here are our top four honeymoon destinations for you frosty thrill seekers…
Amazon Creek, Chamonix, France
We said that it wouldn’t be all about the skiing and boy is this place suited for honeymooning skiers. If you imagine a typical ski resort chalet, you probably picture a place far too big for just the two of you to be rattling around in. Well if there’s one thing that Amazon Creek offers that suits newly-weds, it’s intimacy without compromising on luxury. If you look into staying here, it’s definitely the Chalet Baby Bear that you’re after. While it’s their smallest chalet, it still has a sauna and an outdoor hot tub. Also, during ski season, the cost of a weekly stay (starting at €4,980) includes airport transfers, which take about an hour each way from Geneva airport. What’s more, you have the choice of self-catering or your own dedicated chef! Now for the skiing. From Amazon Creek, you’ll have a choice of some of the Three Valleys’ most popular pistes. And there is opportunity for elite skiers, right the way down to absolute beginners to enjoy the slopes.
Nira Montana, Aosta Valley, Italy
If a hotel is more your thing, you’ll struggle to find many options better than this. Especially if you’re big foodies. For starters it’s a five-star hotel, so you’d expect the food to be up to scratch anyway. But at Nira Montana you’re tasting the region. All produce is not only exquisite but locally sourced too. The digs ain’t bad either. The décor of the deluxe rooms (which you can secure for under €200 per night) lend a chalet-like feel to your stay. As for getting out on the slopes, you may find that you spend as much time with your camera in your hands as you do with your ski poles. The surroundings are truly breathtaking. Add to that the freedom of a remarkable lack of big crowds, and this could be the one for you.
Hotel Tannenhof, St Anton, Austria
Definitely more of an option where money is less of an object. But wow, what a honeymoon you could have here. True thrill-seekers are afforded a unique opportunity: Heli-skiing. In case you’re not familiar with the term, this would involve launching yourself (accompanied by an instructor) out of an air born helicopter onto a mountain top. In terms of accommodation, you’re looking at quality over quantity with only seven suites available, starting at €1440 per night. And they’re well kitted out. One particular highlight is the digital wine cellar which you can use to order you’re favourite post piste tipple straight to your villa. Throw in the gourmet cuisine on offer for good measure and this had the makings of a honeymoon you’ll certainly never forget.
Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Perhaps you like the idea of breaking up all the time on the slopes with a little bit of exploring and stunning views of nature. If this sounds up your street, then maybe a trip stateside is for you. The natural surroundings and wildlife of the Amangani set it apart from most other resorts. It also offers delightful cuisine at three restaurants, a gym and spa and a heated outdoor infinity pool with simply unbelievable mountain views. When it’s time to get your skis on, you’re in for an absolute blast on the stunning slopes. On top of this, you’ll have access to the private lounge close to the trams waiting to take you the top.