Romantic Winter Escapes

05 Jan

January and February are the ideal months to cosy up on a European city getaway or a weekend on the slopes, along with evenings perfecting your fireside après ski skills.

couple cuddling on the couch

The trick is to watch the weather reports and be spontaneous, no need to be romantically frozen, let it go and surprise your partner with your creative travel élan.


If the snow is falling, then you’ll need to travel to somewhere that can cope with the weather and not delay your precious time in transit. Chamonix is one of the best options with numerous flights to Geneva whose airport is bristling with Swiss efficiency. With a good driver and no traffic delays, you could be at your hotel in 50 minutes from the airport. Hotels can organise your ski gear and lift passes to maximise your down time. Book an instructor/guide and you can let them show you the mountain, jump the lift queues and improve your skiing in one hit.

Where you could stay in Chamonix:

Michelin Starry Pad

Fireside Cosy Pad

Chalet Central Pad


Amsterdam is a terrific short flight getaway that works beautifully in winter with multiple airline and airport options to get you there quick. If you’ve already been, there are new and hip things to explore with the object of your affection. For example, taking refuge from the chill inside the modern eclectic cool of Go Gallery, or the traditional but newly revamped Rijksmuseum for some Dutch Masters. Get your caffeine fix at CT Coffee & Coconuts where you can plonk down in a bean bag. Do dinner at Choux or Ron Gastro Bar Oriental and then pop in for speakeasy style cocktails to Porem.

A selection of Amsterdam pads to check out :

Canal Mansion Pad

Poetic Cool Pad

Design Gem Pad


With the exception of private jets, Eurostar in Premier Class offers one of the last vestiges of civilised international travel left. In a streamlined 2 hours and ten minutes you are centre of London to Gare du Nord. While the French scoff at the idea of Paris, everyone else falls hopelessly for the Parisian cliché. For the clandestine getaway you can’t beat the city of lights. Two museums to savour are The Picasso Museum and the Musée Rodin with a pit stop for coffee and people watching at Café de Varrenes. Lunch at Alain Ducasse helmed Café Allard in St Germain, it’s like stepping onto the set of film set in 1940’s Paris. Book for dinner at Le Grand Colbert, which is magical.

Some Parisian digs to have a look at:

Pied-à-terre Pad

Love Nest Pad

Luxury Pad


With multiple airlines and frequent flights, Copenhagen is just a quick and easy hop away for a stylish Scandinavian weekend. For enthusiastic foodies this is the place to go with 18 Michelin stars blazing the restaurant sky. The idea is to try something local so make sure you have reservations for lunch or dinner at Noma, Restaurant AOC, or Kokkeriet. To experience some Danish design head for Gammel Kongevej area and dip into Georg Jensen for silver and Black for local ceramics. The Meatpacking district of Kodbyen is now dotted with fabulous galleries like V1. After dinner drop into Lidkoeb and sit fire side with a lush cocktail. Wonderful Copenhagen is not to be missed.

Some Copenhagen accommodation delights:

Palace Pad

Arty Hipster Pad

Maritime Pad


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