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 …