Grand Resort Bad Ragaz - My Inspiration in Luxury Hospitality
n eastern Switzerland, an hour from Zurich, my home town Mels sits next to the world renown village Bad Ragaz with its famous spa and hotel complex. Having grown up nearby, it was also the first time I had the chance to experience a luxury spa and restaurants with its outstanding service. This strongly influenced when the opportunity came to work for the luxury uniform company, Studio 104.
The Grand Resort Bad Ragaz sits on the edge of an alpine spa town against the backdrop of the Alps. Surrounded by vineyards and snow-capped mountains, the Village of Bad Ragaz has been a pilgrimage for wellness seekers since the 13th century, when the geothermally heated water (36.5°C ) at the Tamina Gorge was discovered.
Grand Resort Bad Ragaz
What started out as a single hotel in 1840 – now the Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz – has evolved into a cluster of interconnecting buildings to include the spa and medical facilities, two golf courses, thermal baths, a further two hotels and a clutch of bars and restaurants - including restaurants run by Michelin-star chefs. The resort’s mixture of architectural and design styles – from low-key minimalism to elaborate luxe – adds to its appeal, offering a little something for everyone.
The two hotels with vastly different styles, each offer something different: Hof Ragaz is traditional and cosy with earthy tones; the minimal-luxe Spa Suites are decked out in fresh cream tones with minimalist interior and marble-lined bathrooms that have the thermal water on tap. While the 150-year-old Grand Hotel Quellenhof has been elaborately spruced up with natural materials such as leather, timber, glass and stone, revealed through warm gold and silver-grey hues, adding a dose of sparkle to the resort’s offerings.
Among the resort’s sweep of 6 restaurants, a bistro, a cafe and three bars of Mediterranean, Swiss and Asian offerings, along with a fine-dining experiences such as the restaurant Memories by the Michelin star chef Sven Wassmer. An awareness of the produce, innovation and seasonality are deeply anchored in Sven Wassmer’s philosophy. At Memories (2 Michelin stars,18 Gault & Millau points), his signature restaurant, he consistently puts this into practice. The food is a celebration of contemporary Swiss alpine cuisine in a clear, pared-back style to create an authentic overall experience. Memories is a welcoming place with warm hospitality as a key ingredient. A mindful haven of peace that combines uncompromising quality and style with nature’s bounty.
Tamina Therme (Termal Baths)
Had it not been for the discovery of a hot spring in the Tamina Gorge in 1242, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz would not exist. So, it’s no surprise everyone comes here for the thermal waters – whether as part of the medical programme or just for general wellbeing. Today’s Tamina Therme baths is a stunningly designed space: crisp, white, with Hamptons-esque clapboard running up the walls and towering oval windows letting in bright daylight.
There are hot pools and icy cold pools, indoor and outdoor pools with a view of the mountains, saunas where you can keep your swimsuit on and saunas for the bare-bottomed. Also a part of the Tamina Therme is the Medical Center and Spa which has a team made up of over 70 different doctors and therapists; the outstanding spa offers a range of treatments from massages to alternative and holistic therapies like the Tibetan Singing Bowl treatment.
Here at Studio 104 we have created luxury uniforms for many resorts like the fabulous Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. Prized locations that encompass the world’s most desirable residences, restaurants, spas and leisure activities in one place. Clients include heritage legends like Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park and Gleneagles as well as modern superstars like Nobu Ibiza Bay and Mondrian Doha.
Head to our portfolio page to discover more of the luxury clients we have partnered and the incredible uniforms we have created for them.
Written by Stefanie Tschirky – Senior Designer
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