Your honeymoon represents an important step in your life, marking the beginning of a new chapter. You’ll want to start it with something really special but it can be difficult to decide what kind of holiday to take. You’ll want to relax after all that wedding planning but you’ll also want to have fun together too. Chamonix in southern France is an excellent choice for a honeymoon destination and here are five reasons why.
5 reasons a ski trip to Chamonix makes for the perfect honeymoon:
Skiing for two
Whether you both already know how to ski or if you are complete beginners and want to accomplish a new challenge together, skiing is a great adventure for a honeymoon activity. If you want the experience to be more private, you can always book private lessons just for the two of you. If you’re happy to mingle, there are lots of group lessons and ski schools available too. The Chamonix valley is one of the largest ski areas in the world. In the shadow of Mont-Blanc, it has five ski areas with plenty of runs to suit all abilities. One of the best runs is the ski area of Brevent to Flegere, but you’ll need to be experienced to try this one.
Many tour operators will include everything you need for a ski holiday within a bookable package to make planning much easier. For example, Alpine Elements offer packages including ski lift passes and other activities so you don’t have to worry about booking things separately before your trip. This means you have more time to dream about the other things you want to do on your honeymoon.
Hiking mountain trails
Exploring the great outdoors together in the Alps will make for a holiday you will never forget. The spectacular scenery, the romantic lakes and snow-capped mountains – you’ll feel a world away from real life. Wrap up warm to fend off the cold and set off on a hiking trail into the wilderness.
A winter walk in Chamonix gives you the chance to see the countryside cloaked in beautiful snowfall and experience a very different atmosphere than you would encounter in the summer months. To discover some more remote parts of the mountainside, it is advised to use the services of a local guide to ensure your safety and benefit from their knowledge and experience. However, if you wish to wander on your own, you can do this too. Sticking to well-known paths and trails, you’ll take in beautiful views and feels the benefits of the fresh mountain air.
What could be more romantic than spending your honeymoon in a beautiful and luxurious mountain chalet? Splurge for a room with a view across the terrain to make the experience all the more romantic. After a long day on the slopes, sit back and enjoy a drink in front of your very own log fire or even relax in the chalet hot tub.
You could also choose a luxury hotel which will have all of the facilities you might need on your honeymoon break. Indulge in room service when you don’t want to get out of bed (and don’t feel guilty)! Amazing five-star hotels in Chamonix include Hotel Hameau Albert Premier with facilities including a jacuzzi, sauna and swimming pool; the recently renovated Hotel Mont-Blanc which also has a gym; and the pretty Auberge du Bois Prin which has a cosy, romantic feel with terraces and balconies offering lovely views.
There are plenty of accommodation choices in Chamonix and you’re sure to feel well looked after if you choose to splurge on a little luxury on your honeymoon (and why shouldn’t you).
Chamonix boasts many restaurants which serve food ranging from hearty local to upscale international cuisines. The whole Savoie Mont Blanc area boasts a whopping total of 32 Michelin-starred restaurants, which range from one to three stars. One of these restaurants, Albert Premier, is located within Chamonix, however the other restaurants are not too far away if you wish to try one of them.
Albert Premier is a two Michelin-starred restaurant that you can find on the Route du Bouchet, near Chamonix station. It’s an elegant place where you are expected to dress to impress and the food will not disappoint. You’ll find modernised French cuisine influenced by Mont-Blanc and the nearby Piedmont region of Italy. Book in advance and enjoy a wonderful evening of food and wine on your honeymoon.
Spas and relaxation
Not only do you want to have fun on your honeymoon trip, you’ll want to relax and rejuvenate yourselves too. Well, you’ll be happy to know that there are quite a few top-notch facilities in and around Chamonix to help you unwind and feel well and truly rested. If you are working hard during the day on the slopes, you may need a massage to relax those aching muscles or just to ease away that wedding stress.
Great places to try in Chamonix include the spa of the Grand Hotel des Alpes which offers relaxing beauty and body treatments, a wave swimming pool with hydro massage, a hammam, sauna and jacuzzi. Or you could try Résidence & Spa Vallorcine Mont-Blanc with its international beauty rituals and rejuvenating steam room. For exceptional luxury there’s Spa Le Bachal, part of the Albert Premier hotel. Here you will find amazing spa packages and a Mont Blanc-facing swimming pool.
With all that Chamonix offers, there’s little more you could ask for on your honeymoon. A ski break is definitely an excellent alternative to that regular beach resort which seems to have become the norm. Nowadays an exciting honeymoon can be a once in a lifetime experience for newlyweds to share together before there are more commitments in their lives than holidays.
In Chamonix, you can mix wonderful mountain scenery, exciting winter sports, delicious fine dining and relaxing spa experiences. All whilst staying in a luxury hotel – an excellent honeymoon choice if you ask me!
Dreaming of a winter holiday? Read these posts next:
- A Survival Guide for First-Time Skiers: How to Have a Better Trip
- Travelling to Europe in Winter? Here’s 10 Things You Should Know
- The Best Places to See the Northern Lights Around the World
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