Top 5 romantic ice hotels around the world

Top 5 romantic ice hotels around the world

Embrace the chill this winter and snuggle up to your other half in one of these spectacular subzero hotels

1. The Ice-Hotel, Sweden

The largest of its kind in the world, the Ice-Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden has been carving up creative icy beds for 24 years. Each year artists and designers from around the world create one-of-a-kind art suites, using only frozen water from the nearby Torne River.

From pole-dancing polar bears to a London tube-inspired 'Mind the Gap' design, no two rooms are the same, meaning a stay in this crystalline ice palace is a truly unique experience. Guests even sleep on a bed of ice blocks - but don't worry you won't get frostbite; there are cosy thermal sleeping bags and a comfy mattress to keep you warm!

The Ice-Hotel has its own bar and church (weddings can be held here too) and it's also within easy distance of Abisko - one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights.

2. Hotel of Ice, Romania

Freezing temperatures, icy surroundings and some good thermal underwear. Sound romantic? Probably not, but the Hotel of Ice, nestled between the icy peaks of the Fagaras Mountains in central Romania, is a fairytale experience. Accessible only by cable car, the hotel is hand-carved by local craftsman each year, who have the job of dragging blocks of the icy Balea Lake to the location of the hotel.

This year's theme is 'Carnival' featuring 12 double rooms and three intimate igloos - perfect for warming each other up. While you're there sip a cool drink in the sub-zero Ice Bar, dine from plates of ice in the hotel restaurant or get out and enjoy the surrounding alpine area. If the ice gets too much, the nearby medieval towns of Brasov and Sibiu also make great romantic stays with their cobbled streets and resplendent architecture.

3. Hôtel de Glace, Canada

Despite being located just ten minutes from Quebec City centre, the Hôtel de Glace feels more like a remote Nordic adventure. Located inside the thick, snowy walls lie 44 intricately designed rooms, a sickly sweet Sugar Shack with maple syrup lollypops and a cavernous bar where you can dance the night away.

Open 5 January-23 March 2014, the hotel changes its theme each year - this year's will be announced in December - but past wintery delights include 'Journey to the Center of Winter' and an homage to the First Nations.

For the ultimate romantic experience stay in one of the hotel's Premium Deluxe suites, which boast crackling fireplaces and private spas - perfect for a winter honeymoon.

4. The Ice Cave, Japan

The Ice Cave on Japan's northern most island, Hokkaido, is a veritable icy paradise. Situated within the magical Alpha Resort Tomamu ski resort, the hotel has only one room so it's heaven for couples that want to escape from the world.

The resort itself is like one large glowing rainbow - everything from the ice-hewn igloos to the trees give off a soft light making it feel warm and romantic, despite the freezing temperatures. And freezing it is; everything from the plates to the glasses are carved from ice - you can even make your own ice goblet with an ice pick.

5. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway

With an intimate charm and glittering ice sculptures, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel in Norwegian Lapland has the perfect setting. Advantageously situated on the banks of the Alta River the hotel is also surrounded by the Finnmark plateau - a dazzling landscape of craggy mountains and lush, scented pine trees.

As well as having 20 rooms, ice lounges and galleries, the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel has one other major draw; it's a prime location for viewing one of nature's most incredible phenomena, the northern lights. When the skies are clear you can watch in awe as the darkness is taken over by dancing lights in different hues of pink, green and purple.

 

 

 

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