7 Things I Loved About the Tschuggen Grand Hotel in Arosa, Switzerland

I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to the Swiss Alps, including the village of Arosa, which I hadn't heard of before this trip. In Arosa, we stayed at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, one of those hotels that I really hated to leave. I woke up early on the day we left, just so I could have more time on my balcony, to sink into the cashmere-covered chairs in the lobby, and to linger over the breakfast buffet. Let's meet there next time...I already miss it!

1. My room view

2. These Hermès chairs that could double as pieces of art in the lobby.

3. My hand-painted blue door. Each floor had a different color scheme, with hand-painted hallways and doors. So beautiful!

4. This pasta at La Collina (one of five restaurants) for lunch - Tagliatelle with lime sauce, fried shrimps and young spinach

5. Sledging down the mountain!! The hotel has a private railway, the Tschuggen Express, which zips you up the mountain in less than three minutes. So awesome.

6. BOWLING ALLEY! You can't come to Switzerland without indulging in fondue at least once. On the bottom floor of the hotel is Bündnerstube. And after inhaling way too many chunks of bread dipped in cheese, you can shuffle over to the mini bowling alley (it's IN the restaurant!).

7. The spectacular spa designed by Mario Botta!

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass And The Best Massage Ever

View from my roomI got the best massage of my life at Aji Spa (meaning "Sanctuary" in the Pima language) at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass in Arizona. Already, I've had three friends go see this therapist because of my experience and they say the same thing. At the spa, I met Jason, he put his hand on my back, and started asking questions about my trip and what I was doing at Wild Horse Pass. I later learned that's his first indication of how tense someone is, by how their back tightens. I was coming off of two months of air travel all over the world and my back was killing me. He told me he works with a lot of football players so he'd take it down a couple of notches for me on the Gila River Rock Massage. I don't know how he did it, but I never had to say a word - he knew where every painful knot, and chronic tight muscle was and made them disappear.

Aji Spa Pool

Waiting Area in Aji SpaI also met with Belen Stoneman, an extremely gifted Native American woman specializing in therapeutic massage and healing techniques - the type of person that calms you and inspires simply by being in the same room.

Where we met with Belen at Aji Spa

Healthy Spa FoodI had been invited on this trip with Visit Phoenix with a fabulous group of travel and digital superstars that became friends by the end. Staying at a hotel in my hometown was a little bit strange at first. But Wild Horse Pass reminded me what I love most about my home state - the mountain ranges that are wise, the cacti that reflect home to me, the great food and wine from Arizona.

Room Balcony View

Lobby at night"Friend, Welcome to my house. It is good to see you. The creator be with you."We went horseback riding through the Koli Equestrian Center on property and came across a group of wild horses with their babies. We were quiet, privileged to be there, watching, on the edge of what is their land, not ours.

Wild Horses

On My Horse! Our Wonderful GroupAlso, we didn't go on this trip but I love take first-time Arizona visitors to Rawhide, right next to Wild Horse Pass. It's designed to look like an 1880's Western town, with a steakhouse & saloon and gold panning, burro rides, and a petting zoo for kids. Oh, and a mechanical bull. You get in for free, and then just pay for the attractions you want. 

Yum - gorgeous smoothies from breakfast - a welcome treat after so much rich (yes, delicious but I miss making my own stuff!) food on the road.

Breakfast Smoothie Shots

Haven Spa in SoHo

I first heard of Haven Spa when my friend told me she had just gotten a Peach Smoothie treatment. A what? One of those treatments you have to experience to understand and it's definitely ladies only. 

Then I realized I was walking by Haven every time I walked to my gym.  After a few grueling weeks of road warrior travel and a major neck kink, I decided to book a massage.  Haven is true to its name and is an oasis in the middle of the city.  The locker room is co-ed (though there are private bathrooms that you can change in) and it's not a full luxury spa like you'll find at the great hotels in New York.  But the prices are much more accessible ($90 for a 45-minute massage, $115 for an hour).  And the wonderful Lara worked every last stubborn kink out.