A quick drive from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze ski area is the surprisingly cool Das Kranzbach spa resort. The original building—inspired by the British arts and crafts movement—now has a sleek wood spa, 90 rooms, and all sorts of nooks that offer dramatic views. From $179. 49/(0) 88-2392-8000, daskranzbach.de
This appeared in the November/December 2011 issue.