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 …

Heyday: Facials for All Without the Fuss

Taking care of your skin becomes more accessible and convenient at the new forward-thinking shop in NoMad

The word “facial” contains layers of unnecessary trepidation and intimidation—especially as you never know exactly what to expect behind those closed doors. New Yorkers can finally experience a quality facial without hassle, guilt or generic New Age flute soundtracks. Newcomer Heyday opened its doors this month in the increasingly busy NoMad neighborhood (already home to the Ace and NoMad hotels and—close by—the New York EDITION), …