Winter honeymoons aren’t always the easiest to plan. You could simply head south, but perhaps you'd prefer ski runs and mountains instead of tropical beaches and fruity cocktails. For couples seeking a romanic winter honeymoon locale, Combloux, in the heart of the French Alps, is the ideal option. Sitting in the shadow of famed Mont Blanc, this French ski resort town has a history that dates back to 1284.
Combloux didn’t make a name for itself until it was one of the host towns for the 1924 Winter Olympics. With the Geneva airport just an hour away, Combloux provides the convenience newly married couples seek on their honeymoon getaway. Pack your skis, scarves and boots and find out why this small mountain town is France's best winter honeymoon spot.
What To Do
Because it is a ski resort, Combloux is usually considered a place to come in the winter. Alpine skiing is the main activity, and skiers can take advantage of 470 kilometers (about 290 miles) of runs on the alps that surround the town. If you aren’t into skiing, a winter adventure in Combloux can consist of hiking, snowshoeing, dogsled rides and snowmobiling.
In addition to skiing, visitors to Combloux can ride the fabulous mountain railways. The Tramway du Mont Blanc is one of the most popular of these high altitude trains. As France’s highest cogwheel railway, the tramway gives riders amazing panoramic views. The Aiguille du Midi Cable Car, near Chamonix, is also worth the nail-biting journey. From the highest point on this trip, you can see into three countries: France, Switzerland and Italy. Aiguille du Midi has a glass floor, so you can literally see the view in every direction... including straight down.
Combloux is a rather quiet village, but honeymooners seeking more action can find it in some of the neighboring towns. Combloux sits close to Megéve, an authentic Savoyard village. Just four kilometers away, Megéve boasts a medieval-style main square, historic buildings and plenty of narrow streets to wander down. Chamonix is also close to Combloux. It is the oldest and biggest of French winter sport resort towns. The historic capital of alpine skiing was the site of the first Winter Olympics. The star attraction in any town in the Combloux area is always Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain at 15,531 feet.
Where To Stay
Most of the accommodations in Combloux are of the ski-rental variety: chalets you can hole up in for weeks on end if you want. If you have decided to honeymoon in Combloux, you can find plenty of privacy and romance at Chalet One Oak. The chalet sits right in Combloux. Guests are treated to amazing views of the famed Mont Blanc throughout the six-suite residence. For honeymooners, Chalet One Oak proves ideal with its rich interiors comprised of timbered beams, a fireplace and a designer kitchen. While the chalet can accommodate 10 to 12 guests, couples can easily rent out this property. Then, they can appreciate the master bedroom with its in-room Jacuzzi and private balcony overlooking the mountain.
In addition to providing amazing views of Mont Blanc, One Oak has all the amenities a couple could ever want. The chalet is fully staffed and wine and champagne are included in the rate. The location could not be more perfect: guests are five minutes from the lifts of the famous Megéve Ski Resort. At the same time, the property resides just outside of the main resort area, so couples can have plenty of privacy after they retreat from the slopes.
What To Eat
Combloux and its surrounding towns are filled with fine restaurants. Most of the cuisine you will encounter here sticks to Savoyard traditions. Restaurants featuring local cuisines generally serve up a staple menu of cheeses, potatoes and dried meats (the type of dishes that stick to your ribs after a long day of skiing). Honeymooners won’t be hard pressed to find traditional favorites like fondues, raclettes and other familiar cheese dishes on the menu.
Combloux is surprisingly easy to access directly from surrounding towns by train or bus. You can reach the ski resort town from Sallanches using both a train and bus. Combloux is also easy to reach by car. It sits just two hours from Lyon and an hour from Geneva. The ride from Paris takes roughly 5.5 hours.
Would you honeymoon in Combloux and the Mont Blanc area? Share your favorite aspect to honeymooning in this mountainous corner of France with us in the comments below.