Best Romantic Winter Getaways
Courtesy of Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen
Choose your romantic getaway for two, from an intimate, affordable nook up in the trees to a wilderness camp at the very end of the earth.
Of the 30-plus countries that Cathy Grey has visited, on
every continent save Antarctica, her greatest love affair has been with a
Berber village in Morocco.
“Getting to know the locals and riding mules into the
mountains is a fantastic way to bond,” reflects the New York–based veterinarian.
“The sleeping arrangements at high altitude, the kerosene lamps, fireplace, and
burrowing under 10,000 colorful blankets just feels extremely intimate.”
While everyone defines romance differently, travel is a
natural stimulant, and the most romantic getaways woo us with just this kind of
intimate, quality time to bond and discover. There’s always some place new to
experience together, and our partnerships should embolden us to push our
boundaries and travel more exotically. This year, why not skip your usual ski
resort in favor of backcountry trails past fumaroles and snow-covered birch
trees in northern Japan?
For those who like it hot, there are as many ways to flee
winter as to embrace it. You could learn to surf together along Mexico’s
Pacific Coast, or slip into a bungalow within Costa Rica’s cloud forest. Like
pursuing romance itself, reaching the honeymoon suite at Pacuare River Lodge
requires going out on a limb—it’s only accessible via a suspension bridge.
Dinner is served by candlelight along the mighty river, one of the best white
water rafting systems in Central America.
“I personally think that a little whitewater rafting is not
unlike the romantic relationship,” observes Grey, “There is the initial fear,
the immediate thrill and the afterglow of satisfaction.”
Of course, romance doesn’t always require such strenuous
efforts. Sometimes even the most active among us would rather just savor the
thrill of having nothing to do and nowhere else to be but nesting together—especially
when the setting is your own private treehouse or a fabulous Italian seaside
villa. Even getaways to romantic destinations like Paris that seem cliché can
prove alluring and fresh when done right.
So whether you tend to paddle or pamper, snowshoe or
snuggle, we’ve mapped out getaways that promise to add a little je ne sais
quoi to a winter romance with your mate.