SWITZERLAND - For the first time in its history, Grand Hotel Kronenhof – established in 1848 – is to have one season, rather than the traditional two (summer and winter). This means that when the property re-opens on 23 June, it will remain open until early April 2023, allowing visitors to enjoy the Engadine Autumn in all its glory from October through to December.
October and November are magical months in the Engadine, as the stunning golden larches provide a colourful foil to the white of the freshly snow-capped peaks. With early season skiing at Diavolezza starting from late October/early November, it is possible to ski on Grand Hotel Kronenhof’s “home slope” (just a 10-minute transfer away) in the morning and hike through the surrounding area or simply relax in the extensive Kronenhof Spa after lingering over lunch.
Walks in the Swiss National Park, just over a half drive from the hotel, are particularly breath-taking; part of the worldwide UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, it is home to stunning panoramas with regular sightings of ibexes, chamois, marmots, bearded vultures and golden eagles, among other fauna. For those who prefer to stay closer to home, the routes that pass through the heavily-wooded valley, beside lakes with their own unique character or along the mountain ridges with a bird’s eye view of the Engadine are well worth walking too. Especially at this time of year, when visitor numbers are down.
After the busy summer season, Autumn is also a good time to reset and recharge the batteries ahead of winter. The Kronenhof Spa, with its indoor swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, multiple saunas and steam rooms, a Kneipp path and relaxation room with water beds on which to dream while gazing at the flickering flames of the fire or the majestic mountains, provides the perfect space for guests to completely switch off and re-balance before the nights draw in.