Despite being a bit of a tomboy when I when was little I grew-up to be what most would call an indoor girl. Don’t get me wrong, I’m up for a mid-week game of netball in the Summer but you won’t see me hiking up a mountain anytime soon. That’s why most of my trips away are centred around sun-seeking, relaxing and the odd bit of sightseeing.
When I found out that my new job was taking us to Chamonix for a few days my first thought was holy fuck, how lucky am I? I then started to worry about the cold. I know it can get cold in England but it was forecast to get to minus 14 in Chamonix and I couldn’t begin to comprehend what that might feel like. Would tights under my jeans be enough? Would I need to buy a snowsuit? Would I even survive?
Apart from slipping on ice and cutting my bare arse on the floor while getting out of a hot tub at one in the morning (it was the ice, definitely not the copious glasses of wine), I actually had an amazing time. The cold wasn’t as bad as I anticipated but the alcohol certainly helped with that. Whatsmore is that it changed my opinion of what I enjoy in terms of holidays.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to run out and grab an ice axe or take up snowboarding but there was something rather magical about staying in a chalet, surrounded by little more than mountains and snow. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m no tree-hugger but even I started to feel at one with nature.
It also helped that I went with such great people. While I honestly couldn’t think of better people to have shared that experience with, Chamonix would also make for a wonderful couples trip.
There’s just something that’s so romantic about snuggling up in the cold. Not to mention that the shops in the streets looked almost animated, it was like something out of Disneyland. And even for a non-foodie like me, the food was pretty darn good. Especially, if you like to live off cheese and Macrons because let’s face it, who doesn’t?
To top it all off, we were also fortunate enough to go to the QC Spa and as far as spas go, this one was out of this world. I felt like a Kardashian although we looked more like kids in a sweet shop, running from the jacuzzi to the sauna to the rainforest waterfall like we’d never seen water before. If you’re visiting Chamonix, this is a must!
If you never been anywhere cold I would certainly recommend it. Especially if you’re looking for a romantic getaway but unless you’re massively into snow sports there isn’t a huge amount to do. It’s more one for spending quality time with people you love in front of an open fire with a nice glass (or bottle) of wine. Absolute bliss!