Escape to the Grand Hotel Kronenhof, south-east Switzerland

New England may be famous for its autumn foliage, but it’s not essential to cross the Atlantic to enjoy this annual phenomenon.  Head instead to the Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, which is located in the heavily wooded Upper Engadine Valley in south-east Switzerland.

Visits to the Engadine at this time of year are particularly popular among hikers and artists because the light in the valley is so magical. But for those who want to get out on the road and explore, guests of Grand Hotel Kronenhof can take out the hotel’s brand new Audi A3 convertible, which is available for all to use free of charge; the hotel simply asks that guests re-fill the car’s tank prior to return.

Want to hibernate indoors? The Grand Hotel Kronenhof's spa is one of the hotel’s highlights and has been described as “the best Alpine spa”.  Facilities include a 20m indoor infinity pool with counter-current system, a floatation pool with underwater music, a wide range of saunas and steam rooms, a luxurious private suite for couples to enjoy wraps and massages together, and a crackling log fire in the relaxation room.
Gourmet cuisine is also a speciality at the Grand Hotel Kronenhof. Awarded the title of GaultMillau Hotel of the Year in 2009, it has four restaurants - the formal Grand dining room in an elegant Rococo vaulted room, Kronenstübli with 16 GaultMillau points serving local Engadine specialities, the traditional bowling lanes where Swiss raclette is served and an informal pavilion for light lunches.

Grand Hotel Kronenhof’s autumn foliage package, offered between 1 September and 15 October, includes dinner, bed and breakfast, complimentary use of the hotel’s stunning spa facilities, a 10% discount on spa treatments and unlimited use of all the mountain railways in the Engadine/St Moritz area.  Prices start from £315 per night for two people sharing a beautiful double room; guests must stay a minimum of two nights.

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