What could be more romantic for a secluded getaway ‘a deux’ than a private chalet, tucked away in the high Alpine passes with only nature for company…well, and perhaps a professional chef! Spending your evenings cooking with your beloved may sound idyllic but, after a day of fresh air and exercise, relaxing with a glass of wine while someone else prepares a gourmet meal for you might be a much more attractive option!
Unique Villas has a range of luxury chalets in exclusive Alpine resorts. You can choose a fully catered chalet, serviced by discreet, professional staff or, if you really want to be totally alone together, you can opt for self-catering or, in some areas, meals can be delivered.
You needn’t be entirely secluded, if you don’t want to be. If you stay in one of the livelier resorts, such as Val D’Isere and Chamonix, in the French Alps, you’ll find a wealth of restaurants and bars, so you can decide to while away the evening in a crowd or just head back to the chalet to cuddle by the fire, whenever you choose.
The important thing about a romantic getaway is that every couple has a different idea of what that entails, and every couple should be able to tailor their holiday to suit themselves. Whether you would be happy with a simple hot tub and roaring fire or would prefer a state-of-the-art modern cinema and entertainment system, Unique Villas can find you the perfect chalet for your Alpine holiday.
If you both enjoy winter sports, then a chalet holiday in the Alps is an obvious choice for both of you and you can both enjoy the exhilaration of the slopes. What if only one of you is a skier or snowboarder though? Does that mean that you need to holiday separately in the winter? Certainly not – Chamonix, for example, has many options to keep non-skiers busy while their partners are gliding downhill…although some of them might make the skiers so jealous that they abandon the slopes.
Pre-book a helicopter tour over the mountains of the Mont Blanc Massif – it is weather dependent, so you’ll need to be willing to change your booking times if necessary. If you’d like to get out into the fresh air without having to slide downhill, perhaps a guided snow-shoe hike or a husky sledging trip would suit you? You should definitely take a trip on the little antique train that carries passengers up to the famous ‘Mer de Glace’, France’s largest glacier. The ‘ice grotto’, sculpted each year with depictions of mountain life, is the beautiful, if other-worldly passage into the heart of the glacier itself.
If you’d rather stay in town, Chamonix has museums, shops and excellent live music venues. Of course, all of these are also open in the warmer months and there’s no rule that says you should only visit the Alps in the winter – far from it. In fact, hiking and trail running in the summer months are becoming increasingly popular. The scenery of the area is stunning, whether then predominant colour is white or green and the towns and villages of the region are just as welcoming to warm weather visitors. Of course, you don’t have the same excuse to cuddle by an open fire but then, who needs an excuse?