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  • Writer's pictureStephanie Williamson

Advisor Stephanie Williamson Just Back From Switzerland


Destination

Graubünden region of Switzerland - specifically Bad Ragaz, Arosa, and Davos.


Accommodations and/or DMC/On Site*-Grand Resort Bad Ragaz (repped by MJL Select) - Tschüggen Grand Hotel (repped by tourism board, Visit Graubünden) - AlpenGold Hotel (repped by tourism board, Visit Graubünden)


How to get to

Nonstop flights from many US east coast cities to Zürich - the area is then either a car ride or train ride away (approx. 2 hours depending on destination) - I personally recommend the train.


Recommended For (families, couples, corporate, celebrations, etc)

This area and these properties are suitable for anyone. All are pet-friendly as well.


Not-to-be-Missed Experience or Activity

Bad Ragaz - there are too many options to choose from, but the main draw/attraction are the namesake of the town and resort - the thermal baths (Bad means "bath" in German). Grand Hotel Bad Ragaz has harnessed this natural resource into a full-on spa and wellness clinic/center. Soaking in the thermal water will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in no time!

Tschuggen Grand Hotel - do not miss the Tschuggen Express! This is a private gondola up to the top of the mountain, for exclusive guest use. Suitable for skiers and non-skiers alike, these two cars seat 6 each and is perhaps the most comfortable gondola ride I've ever personally experienced. Their seats are wrapped in Ferrari leather and the windows offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains. AlpenGold Hotel - Igludorf - a real igloo in which you can have a delicious fondue lunch. It's off-property, up on the mountain - but is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for those interested.


Favorite culinary aspect of the hotel or region

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz - 6 Michelin Stars throughout the restaurants on property, making it the hotel in Europe with the most Michelin stars on site (beating out Paris' Hotel Georges V by 1 star) - all of the dining is incredible, but my personal favorite is a little more authentic with no Michelin stars. Their on-site authentic Swiss restaurant called Zollstube. Raclette or fondue are a must here.

Tschuggen Grand Hotel - Moving Mountains plant-based menu, served at the Grand Restaurant. This can be included with your stay depending on how you book, but this menu changes daily (and there is a version with meat for the carnivores out there). The principle of Tschuggen's "Moving Mountains" is to provide nutrient-dense, delicious food that is locally sourced, and which will promote well-being and a good night's sleep. Of course, they have have a 2-Michelin Star option on property as well for those who would prefer to indulge a bit.

AlpenGold Hotel - Nuts & Co bar/lounge is a casual spot to grab a delicious (and filling) lunch before heading out into town to explore or heading up into the mountains for a hike or skiing. They have you covered for dinner at well and while I truly don't believe there's a bad option on property (everything I personally tasted was incredible and unique), La Muna is their Japanese-Peruvian option located on the top floor. Delicious cocktails and inspired food in a really cool setting are guaranteed.


Favorite Wellness aspect of the hotel or region

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz - the thermal water, used within the spa and baths, as well as the drinking water. La Prairie skincare is also available here - which is a serious privilege!

Tschuggen Grand Hotel - their spa has an incredible indoor/outdoor pool. Swimming from the indoor area into the outdoor area is a cool experience, especially in the winter when you're greeted with cold air and the view of snowy peaks.

AlpenGold Grand Hotel - their massages are everything you didn't even know you needed. A little goes a long way and this is definitely a must after a day of cross-country skiing or hiking.


Favorite amenity

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz - La Prairie skincare (I'm personally obsessed). Tschuggen Grand Hotel - the bowling alley located in their downstairs/casual restaurant, The Basement. Such a fun way to end a dinner with friends! Also, the onsite ski rental and lockers make it easy to get in/out. AlpenGold Hotel - kids' club is very cute, complete with a climbing wall and plenty of activities for kids. There's also a "teen lounge" with foosball, video games, couches, etc.


Kudos to: *refers to a guide, chef, member of hotel team, etc. that went out of their way

Everyone. The staff at all three properties was great. Everyone was very kind, helpful, and a pleasure to be around.


Please list the Virtuoso amenities and any other special touches they add for our clients

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is Virtuoso, as is the AlpenGold Hotel Davos.


To plan a trip to London, contact Stephanie@travellustre.com


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