Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

Set against a backdrop of craggy, forest-clad peaks, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is the quintessential alpine health resort Wednesday, 9 November 2016

By National Geographic Traveller The Collection

Set against a backdrop of craggy, forest-clad peaks, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is the quintessential alpine health resort, with its roots dating back to 1242 when a natural thermal spring was discovered there. Just an hour from Zurich, but enjoying all the unspoilt vistas of the Glarner Alps, the five-star resort is the perfect spot to take in the pure air — and those spectacular views.

Summer guests can hike, jog and bike along miles of pine-lined trails to Walensee Lake and through the rugged Churfirsten mountain range. Golfers can play a round either at the 18-hole PGA Championship Golf Course or a nine-hole alternative, both with lush greens weaving through mountain-rimmed landscapes.

Come winter, visitors can make a beeline for skiing hotspots Grisons, Glarus and St Gallen, where miles of sweeping downhill runs can be tackled on skis, carvers or snowboard. Post-piste, visitors can retreat to either the Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz or Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites, home to a total of 267 plush accomodations. With stunning countryside views, the new 300sqm presidential suite comes with a private butler and a whirlpool bath filled with the prized local water.

But it’s the 36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa that steals the show. A member of the Leading Spas of the World, the 13,000m2 spa is all soaring arches and marble columns. Thermal water — sourced from the nearby Tamina Gorge — feeds the Helenaba (34C) and Sportbad (28C) pools year round, as well as the Garden pool between May and September. The spa offers four types of sauna and a steam room — the Swarovski-studded herbal steam bath is not to be missed. Massage and beauty treatments include brands Sisley and Thalgo, and the world-famous La Prairie Caviar Lifting Facial is the treatment to book.

The Swiss Olympic Medical Centre offers preventative healthcare, therapies and rehabilitation programmes to help with everything from weight concerns to stress management.

Seven restaurants cover cuisine from around the world, including Swiss delicacies and Far Eastern dishes. IGNIV, by Michelin-starred chef Andreas Caminada, is the jewel in the resort’s crown.

Don’t miss

A dip in the spa’s thermal pool, followed by the fine-dining shared platter in top chef Andreas Caminada’s restaurant

Need to know

Key Facilities

• 2 hotels
• 36.5º Wellbeing & Thermal Spa
• Tamina Therme public thermal spa
• Medical health centre
• 2 golf courses
• 7 restaurants
• Kursaal Business & Events centre
• Casino

Contact Information

resortragaz.ch
T: +41 81 303 30 30
E: reservation@resortragaz.ch

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