Winter is a great time to hunker down by the fireplace, but it also provides a perfect opportunity to get out of town and explore parts of the world with your significant other. Whether you’re looking to embrace the cold or relax by the water with a drink in hand, here is our list of six of the most unique couples getaways to consider for a winter escape.
1. Kakslauttanen, Finland
Nestled way up in northern Finland above the Arctic circle sits the Hotel Kakslauttanen, famous for its glass igloos. Why would anyone want to sleep in an igloo in the Arctic Circle? Two words: aurora borealis. This region of Finland is perfect for viewing the Northern Lights. With sparse tree cover and a total lack of light pollution, visitors are not only treated to the most epic stargazing on Earth, but it’s a prime place to watch the incredible show as the colors dance across the sky.
If that isn’t enough, head out on husky or reindeer safaris and snowmobile or snow tank tours. There’s cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowboarding, and downhill skiing, as well as nightly music, art, festivals, and an ice bar.
2. Camiguin, Philippines
Some people want to escape the dark and cold and hit the beach during the winter. If that’s the case, then couples should look no further than this quiet, volcanic island of Camiguin in the Philippines. This relatively small, secluded paradise is perfect for a romantic getaway, but there’s still plenty to do. The name means “Island Born of Fire,” and it’s home to more volcanoes per square kilometer than any other island on earth. You’ll find tall cinder cones, countless jungle waterfalls, both hot and cold springs, a sunken cemetery, and churches that are hundreds of years old. Of course, the diving and snorkeling are world-class, too. Definitely make a point to head out to White Island, a pristine, untouched sand bar that curves seemingly endlessly into the azure waters.
3. San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Want to really escape winter? Head to the southern hemisphere, where they’re enjoying summer. With temps in the 70s from December through April, the gorgeous forested lake town of San Carlos de Bariloche is Patagonia’s outdoor mecca. There’s hiking, camping, rock climbing, ziplining through the canopy, fishing, mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, paragliding, scuba diving, and horseback riding. And all of this takes place against a backdrop of lush, green foothills, crystal-clear water, and the dramatic, snow-capped Andes.
Romance and chocolate go hand-in-hand, and this region is known as “Little Switzerland” for its production of the country’s best chocolate. Bariloche’s picturesque downtown is lined with Swiss architecture and even has a street called “The Avenue of Chocolate Dreams.”
4. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole is a town of contrasts. The flat plains crash violently into the majestic Grand Tetons, Range Rovers park alongside beat-up pickups, and you’re just as likely to see people in mink coats walking alongside someone in a cowboy hat perusing the historic downtown. Stay in a luxury dude ranch and indulge in a steam spa, or sleep in a rustic cabin and hit the slopes of the Jackson Hole resort. If that’s not enough, there’s snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, mountain climbing, even dog sledding. How about taking a sleigh ride through thousands of elk at the National Elk Refuge?
The Caribbean has long been North America’s winter playground, which means that you often have to deal with crowds. Not so with Nevis. While December to April is considered the high season, Nevis is far less crowded than other islands in the Caribbean. This smaller sibling to St. Kitts is also good for people who don’t see themselves sipping drinks on the beach for the entire trip. No giant, all-inclusive hotels here—there isn’t even a stoplight on the island.
In addition to all the classic beach and water sports of a tropical island, there is a plethora of adventure to be had. Hike the majestic 3,232-foot Nevis Peak for unparalleled views of the island. The scenery, good roads, and low traffic make Nevis perfect for road cycling, and there is yachting and golfing as well. Visit in January for the craziness that is Carnival.
There’s nothing like a winter escape to recharge a relationship and make the doldrums of winter feel shorter. Whether it’s a second honeymoon, or just a week away, these destinations deliver fun, adventure, and a little bit of color to those cheeks.
Written by Shaine Smith for RootsRated Media in partnership with Royal Robbins.
Featured image provided by Caleb Ekeroth