Re­store, re­vive, re­pair

From the phys­i­cal aches and pains to the emo­tional ones, there is a place that can make you whole again

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From phys­i­cal pain to emo­tional stress, find the per­fect re­treat for you

Grand Re­sort Bad Ragaz, 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

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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

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