Seeing in the New Year from a mountain sounds like a magical idea. Offering adrenalin-filled winter sports, ultra relaxing spas and crisp, fresh air, there’s a lot to love about high-altitude holidays.
Luckily there are many brilliant Europe winter getaways to experience the mountains for yourself. Here, we round up seven of the best Europe winter getaways to inspire you. Which destination would you choose?
1. Kakslauttanen, Finland
Have you ever dreamed of spending a night under the stars in a glass igloo? Now imagine if that night came complete with a warm, cosy room and the opportunity to admire the Northern Lights without even getting out of bed. Sounds pretty amazing, right?
This wonderful resort is located in north Finland in Lapland, so it also comes with attractions like safaris on sleighs, pulled by huskies or reindeer, as well as snowmobile rides. If you like to sleep in the dark, you can stay in a charming wooden cabin with a sauna and fireplace instead.
2. San Luis, Italy
If you love nature, then this hotel is perfect for you because it’s located in the trees. You can choose a villa by the artificial lake or in the branches of trees. Whichever you opt for, luxuriously designed spaces in a palette of sophisticated greys, stunning views of the Dolomites, a spa, pool and five-star restaurant await you. Tempted to pack your bags right now?
3. Aqua Dome, Austria
This modern and romantic hotel is adjacent to the largest water park in Tyrol! Besides great rooms and restaurants, stay here and you can enjoy a spa complex with saunas, baths, three large indoor pools, an ice cave, waterfall and salt cave. Outside the complex are two large flow pools and three shell-shaped pools – a spring pool, sulphide pool and brine pool. Even better, the entire place is surrounded by the ultra pretty Alpine landscape, so Aqua Dome gets a big tick from us.
4. Alpaga, France
Located in Megeve, a village in the French Alps, this stylish hotel offers 22 rooms with a breathtaking view that includes Mont Blanc’s peak! Relax at the spa, where you can enjoy beauty treatments, a Turkish steam bath or body wraps, then nourish your body further with food. Dine at Alpaga and you’ll taste the flavours of a restaurant decorated with Michelin stars! This is the perfect Europe winter getaway for both mind and body.
5. Arctic Treehouse Hotel, Finland
Think you’ve grown out of the legend of Santa Claus? Think again! Head to Lapland and you can still visit Santa Park! Besides many attractions at this theme park, you can also spend a night in a wonderful Arctic Treehouse Hotel. Located in the park with 32 Arctic Treehouse Suites and five Arctic Glass Houses, this accommodation is convenient and oh-so chic, decorated in a Scandinavian style. Visit in winter and you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights!
Find more tips to see and do more on your next weekend away to Europe here.
6. Hotel Villa Honegg, Switzerland
An infinity pool overlooking the impressive Swiss Alps… where do we sign up? This luxury hotel used to be a villa that was built on the Bürgenstock mountain in a beautiful area near Ennetbürgen, 914m above sea level. It was comprehensively renovated in 2011, and the interiors are wonderfully elegant as a result. Each room has a stunning lake view from a huge balcony, as well as a TV and beautiful bath to enjoy morning and night. By day, the adventurous can head out hiking, canoeing or even book a helicopter ride!
7. Riffelhaus 1853, Switzerland
Direct access to the ski slopes, a traditional restaurant, spa and open-air hot tub with a view of Matterhorn are just a few reasons to visit Riffelhaus but, believe it or not, the list does go on… This historic hotel was built in 1853, renovated in 2014, and has beautiful suites decorated in a traditional style. Guests can relax using the steam room, spa salon and bubbling warmth of the Jacuzzi. Head outdoors and the hotel offers skiing and cycling for those who enjoy an active holiday. The building’s breathtaking location can only be reached by mountain rail from Zermatt, which takes 23 minutes.
Which of these Europe winter getaways has caught your eye?
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