Soak away pre-wedding stress under Swiss blue skies…
First Impressions: The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is one wow resort. Set in its own grounds surrounded by mountains, blue skies and topaz-coloured pools, it offers a choice of accommodation styles – from old school luxe to modern city chic – and is a great destination for pre-wedding chilling (take mum and do some mother-daughter bonding). It’s never been so much fun to swim outdoors in water that’s permanently 36.5°c, that’s how it comes out of the ground, and the views are so quaint it’s no wonder the locals call the area Heidi Land.
Room for Romance: The bedrooms all come with balconies and are enormous (I have lived in smaller houses) and so are the bathrooms, with tons of fluffy white towels, divine dressing gowns, a fruit basket (for when you’re feeling virtuous) and chocolate (when you’re not).
Wine and Dine: Eating is taken seriously here, with a wide choice of local and organic ingredients. If you fancy something spicy, there’s Thai and Chinese food at Namun, or for a more Mediterranean feel, try Olives d’Or. There are even menus for the calorie conscious too, but the bread is so good I’d say go for it and calories be damned! My favourite was cheese fondue at Swiss restaurant Zollstube. Who knew bread and hot cheese could be so entertaining? And if you go for a long weekend, leave plenty of time to really enjoy breakfast/brunch at the Bel-Air Restaurant.
Or take a dip in the grand elegance of the indoor pool.
We love… The huge spa – and don’t under estimate the word huge – where you can have everything from a facial to a full health check, or take a bus trip up the mountains to see the source of the Spa Water, then walk back down, by which time you’re ready to eat again. You can even borrow a Harley Davidson and go for a ride in the mountains! But if you crave gentler pastimes, at the pretty local village two minutes walk away, international artists use the whole town as an outdoor gallery.
We don’t love… Coming home to slow, grubby trains. The Swiss ones are so fab.
Go there: Healing Holidays offers two-nights at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz from £845pp sharing, including economy flights, private transfers, accommodation and daily breakfast. Call 020 7843 3597 or visit healingholidays.co.uk
Nightly rates at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz from 490 Swiss Francs (approx £330) staying in a double room, including breakfast, welcome aperitif, use of Wellbeing & Spa area and Tamina Therme, fresh fruit and Ragaz water each day and daily fitness and relaxation lessons. Fly BA from City Airport to Zurich (britishairways.com), then get on the fabulous Swiss railway.
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, CH-7310 Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, +41 (0)81 303 30 30, firstname.lastname@example.org