Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
Switzerland, Graubunden, Rhine Valley, Chur
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Bad Ragaz enjoys a pleasant alpine setting, lying against the first wooded slopes of a wide valley carved by the Rhine river, at the heart of the holiday destination Heidiland. Switzerland's leading Wellbeing & Medical Health Resort, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz nestles in a majestic park on the bank of the river, a unique oasis combining wellness world, luxury accommodation, culinary sophistication and championship golf.
Facilities at this exclusive resort include the "Leading Hotels of the World", five star Grand Hotel Quellenhof and Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz, seven restaurants boasting 1 Michelin star and totalling 58 GaultMillau points, the "Leading Spas of the World" 36.5º Wellbeing & Thermal Spa, the Medical Health Centre - host to the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre, the Tamina Therme spa, the Casino, the Kursaal Business & Event Centre, a PGA Championship Course, regular stop of the European PGA Seniors Tour, a 9 hole Course and a Golf Academy.
Switzerland's golf Mecca for over 100 years, Bad Ragaz was founded in 1905 and originally laid out as a 9 hole course but its present design is due to British and Swiss based architect Don Harradine. This PGA Championship Course, host to the Swiss Seniors Open, makes the most of its majestic parkland surroundings and unwinds amidst mature stand of trees and natural water hazards, with the dramatic background of the Alps. The 9 hole Heidiland Executive Course & Golf Academy nicely complement the PGA Course to shape on of Europe's finest golf destination.
Gran Hotels Quellenhof & Hof Ragaz
Facilities at this exclusive resort include the "Leading Hotels of the World", five star Grand Hotel Quellenhof and Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz, the "Leading Spas of the World" Wellbeing & Thermal Spa, the Medical Health Centre - host to the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre, the Tamina Therme spa, the Casino, the Kursaal Business & Event Centre.
Built in 1869 and rebuilt in 1995, Grand Hotel Quellenhof is an all-suite five star hotel where each guestroom has a balcony enjoying wonderful views over the park, the golf course and the mountains. Its sister property Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz incorporates a listed palatial residence dating back to the 18th C. This wing includes the Prince's Suite and the award winning gourmet restaurant. The culinary offer at the resort comprises seven restaurants boasting 1 Michelin star and totalling 58 GaultMillau points, ranging from Swiss and Japanese cuisine to gastronomic and casual venues, distributed between the two hotels, casino and clubhouse.
The Tamina spring was discovered as long ago as the Middle Ages and its hot thermal waters at 36.5º C have been piped to Bad Ragaz since 1840. There is a public bath facility at Tamina Therme, but the resort boast its own private wellness facilities, the reputed 36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa. This unique oasis of wellness features a complete thermal water world and fitness centre, while offering a full range of traditional and innovative signature spa treatments. These are complemented by a Medical Health Centre of international repute, its services ranging from health and fitness check-ups to preventive and rehabilitation treatments.
Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites
5 Star Leading Hotels of the World
• Grand Hotel Quellenhof
The Grand Hotel Quellenhof embodies the classic, luxurious elegance of a Swiss Grand Hotel, where fine materials are blended with opulent spaciousness and state of the art facilities. The Quellenhof with its Junior Suites (some adjoining), Corner Junior Suites and the 200 m2 Royal Suite offers a stylish home away from home. Elegant Italian granite bathrooms and sunny balconies with breathtaking views over the surrounding alpine panorama round off experience.
• Spa Suites
Set amidst the fascinating foothills of the Alps, savour the deluxe atmosphere and the stunning view over the surrounding vineyards, the Alps and the resort from the spacious balcony or the exclusive 36cinq Lounge of the Spa Suites building. These modern suites boast the ultimate level in comfort and attention to detail: Noble walnut parquet flooring, the finest silks and organzas, and exclusive bed linen in oversized beds with adjustable AirTouch® sleeping system for relaxing and ergonomic sleep. High-end technology by B&O provides for acoustic and visual highlights while air conditioning, Wi-fi and a private bar with free non-alcoholic drinks and a Nespresso machine add to a feeling of wellbeing.
Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz
5 Star Leading Hotels of the World
The Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz consists of the listed Palais building and the newer Hof Ragaz and bears testimony to Bad Ragaz developing into a spa town with worldwide renown. It was here that the Ragazer thermal water from the newly built water pipes first bubbled to the surface in 1840.
A stylish, traditional atmosphere awaits guests, in keeping with the hotel’s rich history and following meticulous, extensive restoration work which was concluded in April 2009. The rooms and suites have been lovingly designed, and provide a cosy atmosphere as well as stunning views from their balconies. In the listed Palais building, dating back to the 18th century, rooms and suites are without balconies but decorated in grand historical elegance and with individual charm.
The culinary delights served at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz will take you to a culinary journey of discovery from Switzerland to the Far East. Every day guests can enjoy a new tasting experiences in each on of the seven restaurants, bistro and café, boasting 1 Michelin star and totalling 58 GaultMillau points while providing a huge range of culinary diversity:
- IGNIV by Andreas Caminada (19 GaultMillau) : 1 Michelin star Culinary creativity
- Bel-Air (15 GaultMillau) : International cuisine, Japanese specialities and Cuisine Équilibrée
- Olives d’Or : A celebration of Mediterranean cuisine
- Namun : Pure InspirAsian, also light and healthy
- Zollstube : Typical Swiss cuisine in a traditional and cosy atmosphere
- Schloss Wartenstein : Regional , fresh market cuisine with a spectacular view
- Gladys (14 GaultMillau) : New clubhouse restaurant (see “Golf” for more details)
Smokers are invited to enjoy a cigarette or cigar on the terraces or in the Salon Davidoff.
36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa
The Bad Ragaz thermal water’s soothing powers meet every guest’s needs at the 36.5° Wellbeing & Thermal Spa. The facilities include: Thermal Spa, Private Spa, Bathing Programmes, Tamina Therme, Day Spa, Sauna World, Wellbeing Treatments, Beauty Treatments, La Prairie Boutique.
The 36.5°C Ragazer thermal water
Originating in the Tamina gorge and discover in the early Middle Ages (1242), the Tamina is the source of the healing thermal water, which flows at a perfect 36.5°C (body temperature). In the sixteenth century, the physician and alchemist Paracelsus praised the healing effects of the water. In the early days, the first spa guests were lowered into the gorge on ropes. Since 1840, a four kilometres long pipe has brought the water to Bad Ragaz Resort. This laid the foundation for the area to gain a worldwide reputation as a bathing and spa resort, attracting notable guests such as Rainer Maria Rilke, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Thomas Mann and Victor Hugo. Since 1872, Bad Ragaz has been recognised as one of the most prominent spa resorts in the world.
Medical Health Centre | Clinic Bad Ragaz
The centre of excellence at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is a facility that enjoys an outstanding reputation all over Europe, where a highly specialised team of doctors and therapists cares for patients whatever their needs. “Everything under one roof” - Because health is based on many pillars, a wide range of treatments is offered to encompass every need from preventive care through to aftercare:
Ragazer Weight Loss, Sheer beauty in Bad Ragaz, Dental Care Bad Ragaz, Swiss Olympic Medical Centre, Ragazer work-IT-out, Klinik Professor Sailer (aesthetic surgery), MediQi Bad Ragaz (Chinese medicine), Clinic Bad Ragaz (18 modern suites for in-patient rehabilitation)
Kursaal Meetings & Events
The splendid location, the scenic mountain view and the experienced event team combine to make an event at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz something quite unique. In the atmospheric Kursaal Meetings & Events hall as well as in eight different restaurants, the resort offers a wide variety of culinary options, room size and furniture arrangements for all kind of private and corporate celebrations.
Bad Ragaz Golf
• Championship Course
Donald Harradine (1905 + 1958) 18 holes - 6,218 yds - Par 70
Host to the Swiss Seniors Open
Like so many Swiss courses, Bad Ragaz was designed by Donald Harradine, a classical architect who willingly let nature keep the upper hand in the design. The front nine is rather tight, its fairways lined by mature trees, and calls for accurate shots to avoid the trees and dense undergrowth. The back nine is laid out through openland and will allow big hitters to open their shoulders. Bar Ragaz is rather short but well balanced, providing a fair and accessible round of golf for all handicaps. Nearly totally flat, the course does not require major physical effort and buggies are only available with a medical certificate. A striking change to most American resort courses !
Buggies with medical certificate only
Driving range (2 level covered tees), Putting, Pitching & Chipping Greens
Indoor practice (Mastergolf Swing Analyser), PGA Pros
Clubhouse, restaurant & Proshop
• Heidiland Course
Peter Harradine (2005) 9 holes - 1819 m. - Par 31
Driving Range (50 grass tees + 21 covered bays)
Golf Academy ( PGA Pros, Putting, Pitching & Chipping Greens)
Clubhouse, restaurant & Proshop
The 9-hole-course, built by the famous golf architect Peter Harradine, is embedded in an even landscape and offers both beginners and advanced golfers a course not to be underestimated. A generous training course with 21 covered and roughly 50 lawn tee-offs complete the offering of this course.
• Bad Ragaz Clubhouse
The brand new clubhouse offers a full range of facilities and first class dining.
Along with a new look, the Golf Restaurant now also has a new name – Gladys, after Miss Gladys Thomson, winner of the Ladies Challenge Cup in 1908 and 1909. The name is both a tribute to the history of this prestigious club, founded in 1905, and a symbol of how golf has evolved – there were far fewer women golfers in the early 20th century than today!
Chef Robert Hubmann and his motivated team boast 14 GaultMillau points and marries old and new to create fresh, seasonal dishes with fruit, wild garlic and morels in season picked on the very edge of the fairways ! In addition to excellent wines, the Gladys Bar & Lounge also offers a varied cocktail menu and a smokers' lounge with an exceptional cigar list. Meals and drinks can be enjoyed on the expanded sun terrace in season.
• Domat/Ems Golf Club (1995) John Chilvers-Stainer
With 6.200 m, this course ranks among the longest courses in Switzerland. Covering an area of 90 ha of great beauty and considered a ""landscape of national importance", the course runs between wooded hills which have a strong optical influence on the entire course. 20 km. from Bad Ragaz.
• Zürich Golf & Country Club (1929) Donald Harradine
As Zurich Airport will probably be your gateway, some 60 miles away, take the opportunity to play the excellent vintage layout at Zurich Golf Club
Located in Zumikon, in the wooded outskirts of the city, Zurich Golf & Country Club was inaugurated in 1929 and is one of the longest established and most exclusive course in Switzerland. Although not a regular stop of the European PGA Tour, there is no national tournament that this club has not hosted, including the Swiss Open in 1938, now called the European Masters and held at Crans Montana.
Laid out by Donald Harradine, who designed several courses in Switzerland, including the nearby Breitenloo and Schönenberg, the layout has been refreshed in 1978. Laid out amidst mixed woodlands, this is a classic design course, fair to play and enjoyable for all golfers as the hazards are strategically placed to bother good players rather than the average golfer. Green keeping is excellent and the automatic watering system provides excellent playing conditions. The most elegant clubhouse includes an excellent restaurant and a bar with a terrace providing excellent views on several of the fairways.
• Engadin Golf Club (founded 1893)
Mario Verdieri (St. Moritz course) + Less Furber (Zuoz course)
Established more than a century ago, in 1893, the Engadin Golf Club is the Switzerland oldest course and at 1.795 meters (6,000 ft.), it is also the highest course in Europe. Set at the heart of the Engadin region, near the world famous resort of St. Moritz, the course enjoys a glorious location at the bottom of a glacier valley dominated by the snow capped Piz Bernina summit, culminating at over 4,000 meters (13,300 ft.). The Engadin Golf Club is formed by two courses: The original Samedam course and the new Zuoz course, inaugurated in 2003 and located some fifteen kilometres away down the Inn valley.
St. Moritz is a two hour rail journey from Chur on the scenic Bernina Express railway (see Sightseeing for more details)
The thermal resort of Bad Ragaz is located halfway between Vaduz, the capital of the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, and Chur, the regional capital of Graubünden, both a twenty five kilometres drive away.
Occupying a strategical position in the Rhine valley, Chur has been a powerful ecclesiastical centre since the fourth century. It is celebrated as the oldest city north of the Alps, with archaeological finds dating back to 3000 BC. Founded by the Roman as Curia Rhaetorium, it would soon become the capital of the Rheatia Prima province, today know as Graubünden, one of the Swiss federal states. Chur stands at the gateway of Alpine valleys leading to such famous winter resorts as Davos or Arosa.
Chur boasts a charming Old Town, which has been lovingly preserved and restored. Cobblestone pavements, mediaeval buildings and historical fountains give Chur its incomparable ambience. Visitors can explore Chur’s most important sights by following a city map or audio guide during a leisurely stroll through the car-free Old Town. Highights include the Gothic old town dating from the 15th and 16th century, where the influences of neighbouring countries remain visible and attest to the skills of the Italian master builders, and the cathedral with its wonderful, three-sided carved altar dating from the 15th century. Visits to the Raetian Museum with its cultural-historical and folk art collection, as well as the Art Museum with its Grisons’ paintings and sculptures from the 18th – 20th century, are particularly rewarding.
Principality of Liechtenstein
Squeezed between Switzerland and Austria in the upper Rhine Valley, bounded by the river to the west and by the Alps to the east, the landlocked tiny Principality of Liechtenstein enjoys a reputation far above its size - it covers an area of only 62 square miles and has just over 30.000 inhabitants ! This constitutional monarchy was established within the Holy Roman Empire in 1719 and became independent in 1866, after having been a member of the German Confederation since 1815.
Liechtenstein’s population might not be numerous but it is one of the world’s most prosperous. Traditionally agricultural, Liechtenstein has been progressively industrialised and tourism is an increasingly important trade. But much of the country’s revenue derives from the minimal taxed imposed on international corporations and 75,000 thousand of them have established their headquarters in the country. The stable political environment and the secrecy of its financial institutions also contribute to its worldwide reputation as a banking centre and “tax haven”.
Vaduz, Liechtenstein’s capital, lies upstream from Lake Constance (Bodensee) in the Rhine Valley. Surrounded by vineyards and nestling at the foot of the Royal family’s mediaeval castle, this picturesque little town of scarcely 5000 inhabitants was destroyed in 1499 during the war between the Swiss and the Holy Roman Empire, and rebuilt in the early 16th century. The tourist and financial centre of the principality, Vaduz is also worth the trip for its exceptional art collection displayed in the Kunstmuseum fine arts museum, including several painting of Rubens.
One of the most spectacular and highest railway across the Alps: the Bernina Express travels from Chur to St. Moritz and Tirano (Italy), climbing up to the glistening glaciers before descending to the palms of Italy far below. Enjoying a UNESCO World Heritage status, the railway is unique, blending seamlessly into the alpine landscapes and negotiating 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and steep inclines, reaching its highest point at 2,253 m. (7,400 ft.), at the historic Ospizio Bernina, to dive down over 6,000 feet to Tirano in less than 30 miles ! Modern panoramic cars afford unrestricted views of the unspoilt Alpine panorama. The whole trip last about 4 hours but can done in stages.
Address & Map
Grand Hotels Bad Ragaz
7310 Bad Ragaz
Rhine Valley, 20 km. S of Chur + 20 km. N of Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
Zurich Kloten Airport (ZRH) 100 km.
Milan Linate Airport (LIN) Italy, 230 km.
Munich Airport (MUC) Germany, 250 km.
Hotels (All year)
Golf (Mar to Nov + Wintergreens)
Alpine, with cold winters and warm summers