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Feeding each other bonbons in bed is fine and all, but sometimes you want a little more action on your honeymoon (get your mind out of the gutter!). Newlyweds whose hearts quicken at the thought of hurtling down snowy slopes and mixing it up in a sophisticated apres-ski scene should consider booking a trip to one of these alpine charmers, handpicked by the boutique hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith.
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Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
This redwood-and-sandstone resort and its Teton setting have much in common: They’re both big, bold, and breathtaking. Some architects might have been scared to compete with the area’s natural splendor, but the team behind Amangani matched the mountains’ scale with the grandest lodge you ever did see. Its three stories house a restaurant that plates up rugged fare like elk chili and bison ribs, and a spa where you can get a rubdown after mastering the moguls. Ski fiends will relish the private lounge near the gondola and tram to get up the Rockies. It’s got free refreshments, a resident concierge who doles out ski tips, and attendants who’ll clean and pack your gear at the end of your session.
Room to book: The Grand Teton Suite is blessed with the most dramatic panoramas, but spacewise, the Sena Suite takes the cake with 725 square feet to play in.
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Alpaga, Rhone-Alps, France
Set oh-so-scenically above the picture-book village of Megeve, this contemporary boutique hotel ticks all the right boxes: attentive concierge, spoil-yourself spa, and gourmet grub (think calorific cheese crumbles and filet mignon). You’ll find the room decor luxuriously touchy-feely, with velvet, cashmere, and faux fur galore -- all the better to warm you with, my dears ... especially after full days of carving through the powder.
Room to book: Deluxe rooms strike a happy medium in terms of space and luxury at a decent price. Ask for one in the restaurant chalet (numbers 10 to 19) for the shortest trek come mealtime.
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Rio Hermoso, San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
At some hotels, you watch TV. At this Patagonia playground, you watch the river: It’s alive with silvery trout in spring, mirror-clear and swimmable in summer, and full and fast-moving in winter. Bleached-wood benches and outdoor sofas may tempt you to linger on its banks, but the nearby Chapelco mountains await with scenic runs for every level.
Room to book: Off the library-like landing, Room 1 has a terrace that’s the perfect spot for a lazy evening with a bottle of local Pinot Noir.
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Dunton Hot Springs, San Juan Mountains, Colorado
This onetime mining settlement in the rugged Rockies could easily have become just another Old West ghost town. But thanks to design-minded German entrepreneurs, it was brought back from the dead as a luxury log-cabin colony complete with a 19th-century, hot-spring-fed bathhouse. Many of the 12 miner-built bungalows are more than 150 years old, but inside, their "Little House on the Prairie" looks are complemented by mod-con comforts like heated slate floors (your tootsies will thank you). During winter, snow blankets the valley, and you can set off on a cross-country ski trail from the porch of the old Saloon or book a pulse-racing heli-ski excursion.
Room to book: We heart the Well House since it’s the only cabin build right on a spring, which means that piping-hot, mineral-rich water is delivered directly to your tub.
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The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland
You’ll come to this stately lodge for the skiing: The cable-car stations are a snowy stroll away, the front desk possesses a stash of ski passes, and the best apres-ski bar in town is right on site. But you’ll fall in love with the spectacular spa, heated outdoor pool, and location -- it’s hard to find a room that doesn’t have knockout vistas of the Bernese Oberland.
Room to book: Since rates are affordable, you can upgrade to a spacious Deluxe Room without going for broke. To score not one, but two, balconies, ask for a room with a number that ends in 14 -- these are the clutch corner accommodations.
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The Spire, Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is the adventure-sport capital of the southern hemisphere (if not the world), and during the cold months it morphs into a skier’s paradise. In the middle of town you’ll find this sleek sanctuary, which looks effortlessly cool in an ‘I just threw these pieces together’ kind of way, and which also happens to be perfectly proportioned with only 10 suites. And, oh yeah, it has the town’s only Champagne bar. In addition to straight-up skiing, the staff can arrange almost any adrenaline-fueled activity you fancy, including heli-skiing, snowboarding, bungee jumping, and jet boating.
Room to book: No. 6 for its pretty views of the 19th-century church that gives the hotel its name.
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Mavida Balance Hotel & Spa, Zell Am See, Austria
Finding your Zen is a cinch at this retreat -- just walk through the door. The clean lines and warm colors will immediately ease you into vacation mode. Nearby, the Kitzsteinhorn glacier provides epic year-round powder, but if one morning you wake in front of your fireplace thinking, "To ski or not to ski?" and decide on the latter, while away the hours at the spa instead. Book the private suite for two, and toast your union with a sparkling wine in the double bathtub.
Room to book: Panorama Suites have the biggest balconies and clear shots out to the snow-capped peaks.
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Le Portetta, Courchevel, France
This luxury lodge has everything you could ask for in a ski hotel. And then some. The basics: hearty food, an on-site shop, and swift, smart service. The extras: a Darphin Spa and the biggest dining terrace in town. From the outside, it looks like a giant gingerbread house, but you won’t need any breadcrumbs to guide you home since you can ski right up to the front door.
Room to book: Shell out for a Piste View every time -- they’re perfectly placed not only for mountain vistas, but also for spectacular sunrises, thanks to their perch on the sunniest patch of Courchevel.
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Lagacio Mountain Residence, South Tyrol, Italy
Suites in this chalet-chic escape have so much room you could walk around with your skis on (not that we condone it, especially if you’re climbing onto one of the sexy leather-upholstered beds). Additional feathers in the hotel’s cap include a ski room with boot dryer and an impressive spa with multiple saunas. Ski bums and bunnies will go gaga over the nearby Alta Badia resort, which boasts 95 slopes and 53 lifts.
Room to book: Marvel at the surrounding Dolomite mountain range from spacious terraces of the east-facing Bellerophon apartments.
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Cervo, Zermatt, Switzerland
This minimalist lodge wears its traditional furnishings like hipsters wear tweed and bow ties: playfully, with a hint of irony, and an eye for detail. Here, gingham is chic, oil paintings look retro rather than regal, and antlers are everywhere. A typical day will go a little something like this: heart-pumping runs down the Matterhorn (indeed, the one and only), sharing fondue in a cozy restaurant like Whymper-Stube, and then unwinding in one of the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.
Room to book: Even standard rooms have ample balconies. Pony up for a Junior Suite if you want a fireplace and the toastiness that comes with it.
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For more insider tips and to book your next trip, contact the travel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith (800-464-2040, mrandmrssmith.com).
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