Europe – Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Swiss Alps Spa Getaway fit for a Queen

Greeted at the Carlton Hotel St. Moritz with a bottle of Roederer champagne, followed by a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the beautiful snow-covered Engadine and into the wild and romantic Roseg Valley, guests will experience a weekend getaway fit for a queen!   Included in the new “Snow Queen” experience, guests will indulge […]

High Season

A century and a half after inventing winter tourism, the elite retreats of the Swiss Alps are perfecting it.   “Guten Tag,” I say to my driver.  “Ciao,” he says back.  It has been nearly two weeks since I arrived in the Swiss Alps, and my language choices continue to be challenged on a daily […]

FrontRunners September 2014: TRAVEL

A Star is Born Even without its Hollywood connections, the Brando (www.thebrando.com) would be generating plenty of buzz. Set within French Polynesia’s Tetiaroa atoll—which the actor Marlon Brando purchased in 1967 after filming Mutiny on the Bounty in the area—the private-island retreat opened in July as the region’s most luxurious new resort, with 35 thatched […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Journeys | Vacation Homes: Chedi Andermatt

The mountain town of Andermatt has long lived in the shadow of its stylish ski-resort neighbors in the Swiss Alps. The new Andermatt Swiss Alps—a $2 billion mixed-use development located halfway between Zermatt and St. Moritz—is aiming to change that. The development is home to the Chedi Andermatt hotel (+41.43.344.62.52, http://www.thechedi-andermatt.com) and its exclusive collection […]

Skin Peaks

Known for its decadent chocolates and fine timepieces, Geneva recently added to its arsenal of indulgences with the debut of the world’s first Spa Mont Blanc. The 30,000-square-foot facility—which opened in October within a two-story, glass-enclosed rooftop space at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva—looks out to the Jura Mountains and the spa’s namesake […]

Sneak Peek: Le Grand Bellevue, Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad’s oldest palace hotel reemerges as Le Grand Bellevue for a new generation of luxury travelers. Why Go: “Imaginative and spoiling” and “room for innovation and a dash of sassiness” are words the new owners of the 57-room Le Grand Bellevue used to describe their vision for the 101-year-old property. A friendly, neighborhood spirit now […]

FrontRunners: Skiing Safari

Agustina Lagos Marmol, the founder of the Italian adventure-travel company Dolomite Mountains, created the new Luxury Three-Country Ski Safari (www.dolomitemountains.com) as the ultimate way to explore her favorite European ski destinations. The customizable journey travels by helicopter from Italy’s Dolomiti Superski—a collection of resorts with nearly 750 miles of slopes—to Saint Moritz in Switzerland and […]

Sneak Peek: Waldorf Astoria, Berlin

The new Waldorf Astoria in Berlin combines the city’s stylish Art Deco influence with contemporary design in a property that reflects the personality of Germany’s most important city. The hotel has 232 rooms and suites within the Zoofenster skyscraper, which was designed by the architect and professor Christoph Mäckler and offers sweeping views of Berlin’s […]

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