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Romantic honeymoon hotels for cold winter nights

Dream honeymoons (and romantic trips not reserved exclusively for newlyweds) come in all shapes and sizes: beach breaks in Cancun, backpacking in Thailand or even island hopping in the Philippines.

But if you’d rather surround yourself with crisp white snow than golden sand, check out our dream winter honeymoon hotels.

From Germany to Italy, these hotels are ideal for couples who like cosying up in front of a log fire, exploring winter wonderlands or who simply want a good excuse to not leave their hotel. So why not spend your honeymoon – or anniversary, birthday or any other special occasion – in a Finnish igloo, gazing up at the Aurora Borealis, or head to a luxurious winter oasis tucked away in the French Alps?

And be sure to read to the very bottom for some expert top tips from our favourite bridal experts…

A romantic honeymoon hotel with glass igloos

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For newlyweds looking to shirk a typical honeymoon, it doesn’t get more unique than staying in your own private igloo. Located in the village of Saariselka in the centre of Lapland, Igloo Village Kakslauttanen offers several options for a romantic winter break. The Wedding Chamber is a traditional Earth lodge made of wood and topped with a turf roof (and of course snow), offering couples a cosy love nest, while Queen Suites are spacious log cabins, equipped with a private sauna and heated outdoor Jacuzzi.

However, the piece de resistance has to be the hotel’s range of glass igloos, which offer the best views of the Northern Lights. Here, couples can view the spectacle without leaving the comfort of the bed. Constructed with special thermal glass, the igloo remains warm even in sub-zero temperatures. The main hotel also organises weddings.

Igloo Village Kakslauttanen

Saariselkä, 10.8 km to Ski Saariselkä
7.6 Good (485 reviews)
Excellent Rooms 8.5 / 10
Car park
Pets allowed
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A romantic honeymoon hotel overlooking the lake

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For winter-lovers who prefer mountains to forests, Romantikhotel could be the ideal choice. Located in the centre of picturesque Zell am See in the Austrian Alps, the lakefront hotel specialises in romantic getaways. Here, couples looking to honeymoon in the alps can combine a day of skiing with an evening of indulgent treatments, such as the Romeo and Juliet spa package, which comes complete with sparkling wine, an oil massage and a luxurious double bathtub with floating gold leaves.

The hotel can also organise horse-drawn sleigh rides through the snow – giving couples the chance to experience Austria’s breath-taking winter landscape. Weddings onsite are another option, with several packages to choose from.

Romantikhotel Zell Am See

Top rated
Zell am See, 0.5 km to Bahnhof Zell am See
8.7 Excellent (474 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
WiFi in rooms
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Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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A romantic castle hotel perfect for honeymooners

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For newlyweds looking for a fairy-tale winter honeymoon, Palazzo Viviani Castello di Montegridolfo is a hotel situated – quite literally – above the clouds. Despite dating back to the medieval times, the castle hotel’s rooms have been fully updated to offer comfortable and stylish modern furnishings. Guests can choose from a variety of elegant rooms and suites – but couples may want to take advantage of the romantic Casa del Pittore double rooms, offering unparalleled panoramic views to the sea.

The hotel offers a “Rose and Silk” package designed especially for two, featuring rose oil massages and unlimited use of their beauty and wellness centre.

Castello di Montegridolfo Spa Resort

8.3 Very good (477 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.8 / 10
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Pets allowed
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A romantic honeymoon hotel with a heated outdoor rooftop pool

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A perfect romantic winter break for skiers, the four-star Cambrian hotel is situated in the Swiss village of Adelboden, at the foothills of the Sierra Wildstrubel. Each of the 71 rooms are decorated with both designer and locally-made furniture, as well as state-of-the-art technology for the ultimate in style and comfort. Couples may want to take advantage of one of the spacious suites, featuring balconies with romantic mountain views.

In addition, while the slopes at Bernese Oberland offer some of the best skiing in the area for a honeymoon in the alps, alternatively guests can relax in the award-winning spa – or even unwind with a spot of fine dining. The heated outdoor rooftop pool is the highlight of this hotel, offering couples unsurpassed alpine panoramas.

The Cambrian Adelboden

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (1488 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
WiFi in rooms
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Pets allowed
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A romantic honeymoon hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant

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Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg is a baroque castle hotel in Germany, offering unique views across the picturesque Rhine Valley, perfect for instagramming your romantic winter break. This grand building houses 120 rooms and suites and boasts a royal ambience, thanks to its regal furnishings, traditional paintings and coats of arms.

Schloss Bensberg offers a selection of romantic packages, including a special Gourmet Package. Ideal for foodies, the deal includes two nights in a luxurious double room, a seven-course meal in the three-time Michelin-starred Vendrome restaurant, champagne on arrival and a culinary gift on departure.

Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg

Top rated
Bergisch Gladbach, 3.5 km to Bürgerhaus Bergischer Löwe
9.0 Excellent (1811 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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A romantic honeymoon hotel that's only accessible via cable car

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Accessible only via cable car from the village of Lana, Vigilius Mountain Resort offers romance and seclusion at 5,000 feet (well, 4,921 ft above sea level to be expect). Overlooking the Italian Dolomites, the five-star hotel is built entirely from environmentally-friendly materials and uses only sustainable and renewable resources, perfectly in keeping with its alpine environment.

The rooms are decorated in warm colours to create an intimate atmosphere, and the large windows offer spectacular views. The hotel offers a daily buffet breakfast of fresh, local produce, as well as yoga and pilates three times a day for the ultimate in wellbeing. In addition, the resort has a serene spa in which couples can unwind after a day of hiking through the snow-capped mountains.

vigilius mountain resort

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (239 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
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Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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A romantic honeymoon hotel with Jacuzzi suites

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Nestled in the picturesque French Alps, Les Grands Montets is the perfect setting for a winter honeymoon. Found in the popular ski resort of Argentière, the hotel features cosy wood panelling and stylish furnishings to give a distinct alpine ambience to the intimate rooms and suites. Couples may want to select one of the suites, boasting stunning views of Mont Blanc and an open plan Jacuzzi bath.

Active guests can spend the day skiing or snowboarding, whilst guests seeking a more leisurely stay may choose to take a chairlift up to the top of the 4,000-metre Aiguille Verte. Either way, spending the evening relaxing with a cocktail in front of the open fire in the perfect way to end your day.

Hotel Les Grands Montets

Top rated
8.7 Excellent (391 reviews)
Excellent Service 9 / 10
WiFi in rooms
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Pets allowed
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A romantic honeymoon hotel with an ice cathedral

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The magnificent Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden promises visitors a winter honeymoon won’t forget. A hotel and art exhibition made from natural ice and snow from Lapland, the hotel is built anew each winter and melts in spring, with different designers brought in each year to create unique artwork for the hotel – ensuring no two visits are ever the same.

The hotel provides single or double sleeping bags and a complimentary morning sauna to those who choose to brave the cold in an ice room. Be sure to check out the breathtaking ice cathedral – where approximately 150 couples a year tie the knot in freezing temperatures.

Icehotel

Top rated
Jukkasjärvi, 0.1 km to Ishotellet
8.7 Excellent (557 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9 / 10
WiFi in rooms
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Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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A romantic honeymoon hotel with an idyllic spa

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Found in the small alpine village of Megeve in the French Alps, the secluded oasis of Les Fermes de Marie can be reached via a short walk through the snow-covered pines. The design of this hotel is luxurious and intimate, designed to offer newlyweds privacy on their romantic winter break as it’s all within five acres of beautiful snowy scenery.

The range of rustic guestrooms on offer all feature authentic wood furnishings, a separate bathroom with tub and balconies, while the Mont Blanc chalet also includes a log fireplace, three bedrooms and an individual dressing room and an outdoor terrace – perfect for enjoying the crisp alpine air. More active couples can enjoy skiing, snow golf or snow polo, before warming up in front of a cosy fire, or relaxing in the idyllic spa.

Les Fermes de Marie

9.0 Excellent (373 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.3 / 10
WiFi in rooms
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Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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A romantic honeymoon hotel in the Alps

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Another wintry retreat found high in the Alps, the Schwarzer Adler in Austria perfectly combines the rugged mountainous landscape with high-end design in its contemporary interiors. The hotel’s range of rooms and suites feature imposing grey walls reminiscent of the rocky surrounds, coupled with splashes of vivid colour and comfortable furnishings. Couples may want to opt for the Junior Suite with a private sauna, or the Deluxe Studio with a freestanding bathtub and stunning panoramic mountain views.

The resort offers a variety of ski options for outdoor adventurers of all levels. Alternatively, guests can take refuge from the outdoor temperatures by heading to the Schwarzer Adler’s extensive luxury spa.

Schwarzer Adler Kitzbühel Hotel & Spa

Kitzbuehel, 0.4 km to Aquarena
8.4 Very good (552 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.2 / 10
Car park
Wellness centre / Spa
Gym
Indoor swimming pool
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Wherever you choose to go on your winter honeymoon, here are some top tips from the bridal experts at Confetti

Do your research – weather can be unpredictable so in the lead up to your honeymoon make sure you’re checking the local weather so you can pack accordingly.

Pack sensibly – all a beach honeymoon really needs is your swimwear and flip-flops, but winter honeymoons demand a little more thought. Do you need thermals? Don’t forget lip balm, and if you’re out on the snow you’ll need sunblock too.

Plan ahead – if you’re planning on indulging in lots of fun winter activities like skiing or snowboarding for the first time, book in some lessons for when you arrive or before you set off – don’t just turn up and hope for the best!

Zoe Burke – Group Content Editor of Confetti.co.uk