Planning your dream international honeymoon: snow escapes

Planning your honeymoon needn’t be as stressful as planning a wedding can be. Your honeymoon should be a special time when you and your partner get to celebrate your marriage and relax.

Here we share some top snow honeymoon inspiration to help you plan your dream international honeymoon.

For some sun honeymoon inspiration, check out last week’s story.

Snow escapes

France

Food, champagne, Alpine skiing, and so much more await you on a honeymoon in the French Alps. France boasts great ski runs, and gourmand delights so why not choose it as the location for your winter honeymoon?

The sheer majesty of the Alps is an attraction all on its own; these high marvels of nature provide a home for many species and amazing views for almost anyone in the Alpine regions. While mountains such as Mont Blanc in the Alps fall within three countries – France, Italy, and Switzerland – other parts of this range reside solely in France. The entire Alpine range exists within eight European countries.

Beautiful views from Club Med Val Thorens Sensations

In Valmorel, in the Tarentaise valley, honeymooners will find a popular ski resort of the same name. This French hamlet is a great place for honeymooners. The centre is car-free meaning couples can enjoy a romantic walk exploring French architecture and the boutique shops.

The Savoy region, where Valmorel is located, is known for its delicious cheeses (and cheese-filled dishes) and sausages making it a great culinary destination for foodies and adventurous eaters. Fondue is a French and Swiss melted cheese dish served with bread that you use to dip into the pot of tasty, hot, melted cheese. This is a must-try but be warned that you may find yourselves finishing a whole pot. Another great dish to try is tartiflette, a warm, baked dish comprised of potatoes, Reblochon cheese, and onion. Depending on the chef’s recipe, you may taste bacon, cream, and white wine in there, too.

Club Med offers you over 10 resorts to choose from in the French Alps. The popular villages (aka resorts) among South Africans are Club Med Valmorel, Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, and Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon. The new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama, in the Arcs 1600 ski resort, is also one to consider with its excellent wellness area featuring a Cinq Mondes spa, heated indoor pool, Turkish bath, and more.

Switzerland

Home to the Swiss Alps, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate, amazing watches, the UN headquarters, and a range of natural attractions is Switzerland. This central European country is a wonderful place for honeymooners because, among other things, it offers snow activities as well as the opportunity to purchase internationally-renown items from the source.

Swiss climate changes depending on which part of the country you are in. You can be sure that there are four distinctive seasons with cold, snowy winters and more moderate summers.

A winter honeymoon in Switzerland allows honeymooners to ski, enjoy a refreshing winter walk, and cuddle up beside a fireplace. Besides skiing, nature lovers will enjoy exploring the country’s mountains and lakes.

Travelling through the country is a fascinating experience in itself; while most Swiss also speak English, each region has a distinct dominant language which could be French, German, Italian, or Romansh. This is a great opportunity to learn a new language, or two or three, all in one country.

The canton of Vaud, which borders France, is a must-visit. In the city of Lausanne you can visit the Olympic museum where you will learn about the history of the Olympic Games and about Olympism, in general. It features multimedia and interactive exhibits making it easy for couples to explore the museum at their own pace. Guided tours are also available.

Skiing in Switzerland with Club Med Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil

St Moritz, in the Grisons ski area in Haute Engadine, is a great place to anchor yourselves. Located in the Swiss canton of Graubünden in eastern Switzerland, St Moritz is an upscale resort town and two-time Olympic host. Explore over 300 km of ski runs and stay at the 4-trident Club Med St Moritz-Roi Soleil for the best Swiss honeymoon.

The Club Med resort offers après ski in the form of pool time, bars, and more. If you would like to spend the day exploring the snow without skiing, consider Nordic walking or snowboarding.

Italy

When some of us think of great coffee, a rich history, and divine food we think of Italy. Why not think of all of these things along with an excellent snow honeymoon in the Italian Alps?

Known for spectacular views of the Matterhorn (known as Montagna Cervino in Italy) and excellent skiing down the mountainside, Breuil-Cervinia sits at an altitude of over 2 000m with the top lift station located even higher than this. It is one of the largest ski resorts in the Alps.

The resort offers great cross-country skiing, a snow park, and a long ski season with snow from top to bottom. It is a great resort for beginner and intermediate skiiers with reliable snow and good après-ski options.

The Blue Lake, named because it is a brilliant blue, is another impressive natural attraction. It is fed by springs which keep the water and the reflection of the majestic Mount Cervino in its blue waters clear.

Delicious pasta and fabulous views with Club med Cervinia

Being Italy, you can almost guarantee some of the best fresh pasta you will ever eat. Imagine yourselves working up a sweat and an appetite on the slopes of Mount Cervino then warming up in a village restaurant with warm, fragrant, fresh pasta.

Club Med offers honeymooners two villages in the Italian Alps.

Accommodation at Club Med Pragelato Vialattea enhances this theme of connection; honeymooners can stay in private chalets. The duplex suites offer an upstairs bedroom and downstairs living room for quiet time away from other visitors to the region.

Club Med also offers accommodation in Cervinia at Club Med Cervinia where accommodation is available in one of two interconnected buildings. Rooms are decorated in natural tones giving them a cosy feel – the perfect place to cuddle up on your honeymoon.

Your honeymoon is special because the two of you get to spend quality time together…alone. Some people choose to go on honeymoon directly after the wedding and some choose to go at a later stage. Whenever you choose to go on honeymoon, do it with Club Med for a hassle-free and romantic time.