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Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, SWITZERLAND
BEST FOR PHYSICAL PAIN AND INJURIES
“WE’RE SENDING YOU TO SWITZERLAND.”
I’ll be honest, it wasn’t what I had in mind when Red’s beauty director had offered to book me in for a long weekend of R&R. Given the choice, I’d be soaking up the rays on a beach somewhere, book in one hand, something ice cold in the other. That said, I do have a longstanding knee complaint that’s not going to be solved by propping up a beach bar. So
Grand Resort Bad
Ragaz, one of Europe’s leading wellbeing and medical health centres, could be the place for me.
My train journey to the foot of the Alps reveals mirror-clear lakes, azure skies and the faintest hint of winter snow in the distance. Cowbells tinkle on the wind and the air is the cleanest my lungs have ever experienced. Bad Ragaz has enjoyed a reputation as a destination for revitalisation since warm, healing waters were discovered in a nearby gorge. This water now runs through the resort itself – if you hear the hotel staff proudly referring to their “blue gold”, this is what they mean.
My pristine white, mountainview room is the epitome of modern luxury. Everything is controlled by the push of a button, including a whirlpool bath with mood lighting and a state-of-the-art mattress that can be inflated to suit my exact needs. It also benefits from its own private sauna, just big enough for two (I now need one of these permanently in my life). There’s also a huge spa,
offering everything from pedicures to injectables, as well as a private suite, where my wife and I enjoy an outstanding aromatherapy massage. And as relaxation in all its forms
(as well as medical attention) is the order of the day at Ragaz, we’re treated to a tour of the local vineyard (complete with tasting, of course). By the time I visit the medical centre on day two, I’m feeling totally serene. Senior consultant Dr Sieber examines my knee and reveals what nobody in the UK has previously put their finger on – that the cause of my knee pain is probably a compromised calf muscle. He recommends an MRI scan once back home, and I’m immediately referred to the on-site physio who shows me some exercises to do in the meantime, as well as how to support my calf with stretchy Kinesiology tape when the issue flares up. These revelations alone made the weekend worth the trip. All without a grain of sand in sight. MERRICK CASSANOVA
The view from Grand Resort Bad Ragaz; healing waters of a nearby gorge Rituals Winter Protection Face & Lips SPF 30, £12.50 Bikini top and bottoms, £17 each, COS Pyjamas, £385, Morpho + Luna Rooms come with state-ofthe-art beds and a private sauna, below