13 January 2010

Snow & Sun

Relaxing in the infinity pool at the Kronenhof in Pontresina
In the early evening I like to taste a glass of excellent wine at Legrand Filles et Fils. The old-fashioned wine and food shop (1, rue de la Banque, 2ième arr., Paris) has opened a wine bar next to the shop. The atmosphere is wood-and-wicker warm with large glass windows looking onto the Galerie Vivienne, perhaps the most beautiful indoor shopping mall in Paris.

The best time for the Grand-Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina is in February when the days are longer and the sun is out almost every day. I always spend the last two weeks of the month at this wonderful hotel which still has the authentic charm of an old grand hotel with a modern twist and comfortable luxury.

I prefer the Spa Suites which are on the ground level with a lovely view over the snow-covered gardens and only a few steps away from one of the best spas in Switzerland. The spa treatments take place in private suites with fantastic views into the snow-white countryside. All products are by Alpienne, an organic beauty company which only uses ingredients from the Alps.

The slopes are nearby and St. Moritz only a ten-minute drive away, in case I feel like enjoying a hot chocolate at Hanselmann after some window shopping. But most of the time I love to stay in the tranquility of the hotel after a day on the slopes. After a swim in the infinity pool with underwater music I relax in front of a fireplace in one of the numerous halls near the lobby or meet with friends at the Kronenstübli (16 points at Gault Millau) for dinner.

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