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    Thermal Spa- Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland

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    The Thermal Spa at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz redefines spa wellness as a place of holistic wellbeing. The 36.5°C healing spring water from the nearby Tamina gorge is deeply rooted in the tradition of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz.

    Encompassing 6,050 square metres, the site offers spa enthusiasts a diverse, exclusive and authentic range of services from the Thermal Water Collection, the nutritious and authentically created spa menu to exquisite and customized beauty treatments.

    The Thermal Spa unites the power of the water and the needs of the people into an ever-changing dynamic entity. You can feel the rejuvenation in the therapeutic, 34°C Ragazer thermal water in the stylish 19th century Helena pool. The healing effects of this water were confirmed by Paracelsus back in the 16th century.

    You can simply float along and feel the power of the water!

    Experience an award- winning expertise on wellbeing

    There is an additional sports pool and the garden pool both at 28°C, which add another dimension to the thermal water world. Several exercise classes are offered in the sports pool to get the body moving while also protecting the joints.

    Therapeutic relaxation is the first programme to act as a link between the outstanding expertise on complementary medicine and the award-winning expertise on wellbeing. The treatments in the new programme are more than just luxurious pampering and temporary extending to skin-deep relaxation by using therapeutic treatments, a sense of relaxation that positively affect the nervous system, calms the mind, body and soul and heals the energy field. From day one of the therapeutic relaxation for a little downtime to several days of deep relaxation, you will find your inner balance and unleash a new energy within you.

    The Spa Menu treatments use seven sources of holistic wellbeing with the same promise to deliver for the body, mind and soul:

    • Energy & Earthing
    • Rhythm & Flow
    • Cleanliness & Clarity
    • Relaxation & Balance
    • Inspiration & Vitality
    • Beauty & Care
    • Movement & Training

    Explore the tasteful menu curated at the restaurant IGNIV by Andreas Caminada at the resort. With 1 Michelin Star and 1 17 Gaultmillau points, it offers an amazing blend of gourmet cuisine and homely comfort crafted by the Head Chef Silvio Germann.

    In May 2018, the thermal water world was expanded with the resort’s new Family Spa. Here, children and their parents find their own world where splashing, swimming and having great fun is explicitly desired making it a perfect vacation destination. Varied activities like mermaid swimming classes, underwater treasure hunts a weekly kid’s party ensure happy faces.  The large sauna area in the Thermal Spa comprises a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, a samarium and a non-nude salt sauna.

    You can enjoy a glittering experience in the world’s first-ever herbal steam bath with Swarovski crystals, before cooling off in the colourful plunge pool. You can also sit back and relax with a plate of fresh fruit and a glass of spring water or a cup of tea as they take in the pleasant atmosphere of the winter garden lounge.

    For those with a penchant for extravagance and who do not like to be disturbed can enjoy the luxury of total privacy in the Private Spa. With a whirlpool bath, a sauna with champagne cooler, a steam bath, a hydromassage shower, a relaxation lounge, a home cinema, a special treatment and dining area and a garden terrace, the 100-square-metre area offers everything you desire.

    The cosmetologists in the Thermal Spa’s Beauty & Care department use premium-quality skincare ranges from La Prairie, Kanebo, Sisley, Niance, Carita and Ericson. Pamper yourself with treatments that include cleansing, exfoliation, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, eyebrow shaping, steam and deep pore cleansing, a massage, a facial, a hand massage, final skincare treatment and daytime make-up. Treatments such as the Soin Cinétic Lift Expert by Carita carefully and gently remove the outer skin cells and stimulate the skin’s natural regenerative processes for visibly younger-looking skin. Full-body massages by Ericson also use the deep and long-term effects of apparative cosmetics as a comparatively gentle alternative to cosmetic surgery.

    However, beauty and massage treatments are not just for women: as per the general trend nowadays, men are also making increasing use of the cosmetic services offered by the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. Swiss glacier water helps to stimulate male skin and is the main ingredient in products from Niance Men Switzerland, the brand that the Beauty & Care department uses for image-conscious guests. Guests can choose from a range of product brands for the treatment package.

    Children no longer have to miss out on the joys of pampering and spa treatments. The new Children’s Spa Menu immerses them in a world of beauty, relaxation and exercise. The range includes treatments such as Bling Bling Fingers, Funny Choco and Kids Yoga and is aimed at young guests aged 12 or under (accompanied by an adult).

    The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz takes guests on a culinary journey of discovery from Switzerland around the Mediterranean Sea to the Far East. The various restaurants offer exquisite culinary delights – even for calorie-conscious connoisseurs. Sommeliers in each of the restaurants provide advice on seven disciplines: wine, beer, coffee, tea, cheese, Cuisine Équilibrée and water. The seven restaurants in the resort offering a variety of culinary delights include:

    IGNIV by Andreas Caminada

    The name Andreas Caminada is synonymous with haute cuisine, vision and innovation. With 1 Michelin Star & 17 GaultMillau points, IGNIV is based on the idea of sharing, of coming together to enjoy and share exquisite cuisine, and thereby aims to create a more social experience. The restaurant is headed by Chef de Cuisine Silvio Germann was titled as ‘Discovery of the year in German speaking Switzerland.’ The beverages are managed by IGNIV’s sommelier and restaurant manager Francesco Benvenuto who is GaultMillau’s ‘Sommelier of the year 2018.’

    Restaurant Bel-Air                                                

    With 15 GaultMillau points, the Bel-Air was named ‘Restaurant of the Month’ in September 2014 by the travel guide of the same name. Renato Wüst serves typical international spa cuisine dishes along with authentic Japanese cooking. In summer with the wonderful covered sun terrace, you can take a little time to just sit back and relax. Legendary barbecues are held from May to September, wherein you are treated to the sounds of live music, while from November to April, the varied Sunday buffets with its exquisite delicacies will surely entice you into the stylish restaurant.

    Restaurant Namun

    Opened in 2009 and awarded 13 GaultMillau points, the Restaurant Namun offers an exciting menu packed with light, easily digestible and freshly prepared Thai and Chinese specialties with Asian fire. Executive Chef Renato Wüst’s inspiration for the restaurant came in part from Bangkok. Namun means ‘warm water’, playing on the idea of the spa resort’s thermal water. Moreover, you can get a fascinating insight into chefs’ life in the kitchen via the integrated webcam.

    Golf Restaurant Gladys

    Not only is the Gladys at the Golf Club Bad Ragaz the ideal place to end a successful day after a spirited round of golf, the spacious sun terrace also invites culinary connoisseurs to sit back and relax for a while over refreshing drinks and balanced cuisine. With 14 GaultMillau points, the restaurant surprises guests with its creative, seasonal dishes and outstanding wines. To give an example, Executive Chef Robert Hubmann serves a Tafelspitz beef fillet fol-lowed by Austrian delicacies for dessert. The wine list even includes special edition white and red wines independently bottled by the Golf Club.                                             

    Restaurant Olives d’Or

    Lovers of light Mediterranean cuisine should look no further than the Restaurant Olives d’Or. Ravioli, pasta, pizza – the restaurant serves everything that grows, thrives and is produced in and around the Mediterranean Sea. In 2014, the Michelin Guide included the restaurant in its 2014 Selection.

    Restaurant Zollstube

    The cosy, rustic-style Zollstube, also known as the ‘village pub’, gives you the Swiss German feel with traditional dishes such as Cheese Fondue, Chard Leaf Parcels, Vaud Sausage, cured pork chop, Viennese Sausages on Sauerkraut, and Buttered Potatoes with Fresh Herbs.

    Restaurant Schloss Wartenstein

    Dominic Tobler’s restaurant at Schloss Wartenstein offers a fresh, seasonal kitchen and a spectacular view on the Rhine Valley. By working closely with renowned doctors and nutritionists, Renato Wüst has also developed a range of healthy gourmet dishes as accodording to him, this offers guests a balanced diet to help them lose weight and give them a whole new sense of wellbeing.

    The on-site Tamina Therme expands the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz’s spa area to 13,350 square metres, making it one of the largest in Europe. Despite this, the focus is still on individuality and services that are specially tailored to guests’ needs. One of its kind experiences from specially curated menu to complete rejuvenation of mind, body and soul is what the Thermal Spa offers!

    Courtesy: Thermal Spa, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz