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 …