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Marrakech, the Med, and Love in a Cold Climate

by Elba Slamecka

Our Best Homes for a Couples’ Retreat

Between Valentine’s Day, school holidays or simply feeling a little stir-crazy, February supplies plenty of excuses for a vacation. So celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th – now you know!) by booking a getaway to one of these gorgeous luxury villas. There’s something to attract every discerning traveller; from romantic Riads in Marrakech to sea-front homes in the Mediterranean. And they’re perfect for couples – with, or without, friends and family in tow.

Chalet F’Net – Saint-Gervais-les-Bains

Southern Europe’s recent wave of cold weather is truly a cloud with silver lining. If you’re looking for an old-school mountain retreat, Chalet F’Net is ideally located for complete privacy – and for powder skiing. And if you’re not feeling quite so adventurous, Les Houches Ski Area is directly accessible from the chalet (snow permitting). 

A short drive will also take you to the buzzing centres of Megève and Saint-Gervais, France’s third largest ski resort. 

Cold hands, warm heart

This intimate two-bedroom chalet tucked away in the forest is perfect for a romantic escape. Cosy interiors balance a traditional Alpine style with glitzy modern touches, including furs, quirky fabrics, an outdoor hot tub and heated floors. 

The magical, white-topped landscape is the perfect setting for a couple’s retreat. And you don’t have to venture out if you don’t want to – the chalet’s guardian can arrange transport and meals for you in advance. Enjoy the snow from the comfort of Chalet F’Net – you won’t get cabin fever here.

Chalet F’Net

Trullo Ulmo – Puglia

Soak up some winter sun from your very own trullo – one of Italy’s most distinctive architectural curiosities. Renovated with locally sourced materials to preserve its otherworldly charm, here centuries-old tradition meets modern minimalist perfection. 

Accommodating up to five guests in two double ensuite bedrooms, clean lines lead seamlessly from the meticulously designed interior to various outdoor areas. You can dine al fresco under the pergola, or relax in the gazebo, on the patio or by the infinity pool. 

Sun Salutations

Catch your breath while the dedicated concierge service takes care of private chef hire, sightseeing itineraries and wellness services. Ramp up the Zen with at-home yoga classes and Spa treatments, or make the most of the peaceful season by exploring Puglia’s treasures.

Trullo Ulmo

My Blue Haven Cottage by the Sea – Sicily

Nestled in a 12,000 square metre estate inside a nature reserve, this colourful cottage distils Sicily’s vibrant scenery and culture. Featuring two bedrooms each with its own entrance and bathroom, the cottage offers both an idyllic escape for couples and plenty of family-friendly fun.

Down to Earth

With breathtaking views across the Mediterranean, forest trails, and hamper with local produce to greet you on arrival, staying Blue Haven Cottage you will truly be at one with nature. The premises are completely plastic-free, and invite guests to reconnect with the surrounding natural beauty. 

In life, as in love, it’s all about the little things. Couples shouldn’t miss the sunset and stargazing, which can be enjoyed from the day bed, loungers, hammock, and all-natural pool. 

Comfort zone

At My Blue Haven Cottage by the Sea, rustic living does not mean compromising on comfort. With the cottage’s 24-hour concierge service, you can book anything from massages and meals to activities for children and movie nights under the stars. 

Drive to the quaint nearby towns Cefalù and Sant’Ambrogio, or make use of guest access to a private beach club.

My Blue Heaven Cottage By The Sea

Riad Dar Housnia – Marrakech

Located inside Marrakech’s bustling Medina, this 6-bedroom Riad for up to 12 guests is the culture-seeking couple’s destination of choice. The city’s world-famous bazaars are at your doorstep, and the cultural experience continues indoors with your own private chef.

Best of both worlds

Immerse yourself in this tranquil Riad, where modern amenities marry perfectly with beautifully-preserved architecture, with splashes of traditional colours.

The Riad boasts four Junior Suites, each with a living room, fireplace and roof terrace, and a further two bedrooms in the Douria (guest house).

Riad Dar Housnia offers luxury experiences with local flavours, whether you’re looking to explore or to retreat to an oasis of peace. Concierge services are available to book sightseeing excursions, but with a pool, Hammam and massage room, we won’t blame you if you’d rather stay in.

Riad Dar Housnia

Feeling inspired? Enquire now or browse our collection of luxury villa rentals perfect for couples.