Word of Mouth: Sintra, Portugal

Laid-back but luxurious, this seaside town offers some of the best views, food and pampering in the country

Staring out across the Atlantic from the westernmost point of Europe is a surreal experience only situationists can appreciate. Inspired by philosopher Guy Debord’s 1950s artistic movement drive, we set off for a three-day escape in Portugals verdant, moody and culinarily phenomenal Sintra region. Removed from city life, Sintra-Cascais national park is a granite massif of enchanted forests dotted with castles, palaces and country estates …

HigherDOSE at 11 Howard, NYC

Rather than go the traditional spa route, the boutique hotel transforms 5 of its rooms into infrared saunas

While the science is still indeterminate on whether you can really sweat out toxins, spending 25+ minutes in an infrared sauna—where infrared light waves heat up the body, rather than the air, making it easier to stay inside longer—can often feel, well, euphoric. It’s our go-to move when coming off of an international flight, when muscles are especially sore, or when you’re just in need …

Pontresina, Switzerland’s Grand Hotel Kronenhof

A quiet gateway to the Engadine Valley's illustrious snow sports

A collection of time-tested attributes unite behind the words “Grand Hotel.” Some allude to a palatial structure, others reference five-star service and even more address historic international clientele. All of this can be found at Pontresina, Switzerland’s Grand Hotel Kronenhofand yet it’s all conveyed with a quiet elegance. From the stunning 19th Century faade (and its contemporary jewel-box pool and spa addition) to a fireside …

Hotel Cosijo, Oaxaca

A labyrinth-like oasis off the beaten path in the central Mexican valleys

by Max La Frenais It’s hard to imagine that the luxury Hotel Cosijo actually exists in the small town of San Jerónimo Tlacochahuaya, which although home to a stunning 16th century convent (with accompanying 16th organ) is most definitely off the well-beaten tourist routes of the central valleys of Oaxaca in Mexico. The unassuming facade of the hotel blends in perfectly with the colonial architecture …

Asaba Ryokan

Japanese tradition, mid-centruy modernism and healing hot springs

A 90-minute train ride to the south west of Tokyo on the Izu peninsula, in a small village called Shuzenji, is Asaba, a 500-year-old ryokan that, since our recent visit, has become the sole destination of our continued daydreams. Known for Wasabi farms and the oldest hot spring in Izu, Shuzenji, is a destination for national tourists that’s not as often frequented by Westerners. The …