Our wellness travel specialist, Ian, recently visited the esteemed Clinique La Prairie, where he gained first hand experience of their world leading treatments and expertise. Read on to discover more about this renowned medical spa as well as details of Ian’s stay.
A pioneer in the world of medical wellness, Clinique La Prairie sits just outside Montreux on the Swiss Riviera, with enviable views over Lake Leman. Over 90 years of expertise have culminated in it being one of the most exclusive destinations for a health retreat, backed by a team of 50 of the world’s finest medical experts. There are nine medical and wellness programmes to choose from, each lasting five to six days, and ranging from detox and weight management to anti-ageing stem cells.
Getting to Clinique La Prairie
My journey started in the comfort of a Mercedes with a 55 minute transfer from Geneva airport, although the train to Montreux is just as easy, and offers views of Lake Geneva. The journey was smooth and made even better on approach to the hotel where the Grande de Naye Mountains stare impressively at you, with snow-dusted peaks for an authentic winter feel.
Once you pass the main entrance of Clinique la Prairie, the resort’s magnificent garden signifies to you that you’re in the perfect place to relax and disconnect.
Rooms and Suites at Clinique La Prairie
After a tour of the property, we were shown to our rooms. I had the deluxe room with lake views and a terrace. At over 50 square metres, the room is spacious, with a healthy mini bar, iPad and desk for your convenience. The bathroom is gold plated and the rain shower offers welcome refreshment before enveloping yourself in the delightfully comfortable dressing gowns, which were as soft as I’ve found anywhere.
Guests have the option to stay in the Château; a convenient yet luxurious option which houses both the spa and dining area, or directly in the medical building, which has a selection of rooms and suites on the 1st and 5th floors.
Wellness Treatments at Clinique La Prairie
I sampled a range of treatments, including cryotherapy, a signature massage, infrared sauna, facial, body composition analysis and personal training. Each treatment was explained thoroughly, with the benefits given and carried out with expert precision. While the treatments were all impressive, and I felt their impact even over a short space of time, by far the most impressive element of Clinique La Prairie is their staff and delivery. The medical centre on site ensures that all of their guests receive tangible results within a 6 night stay, setting the resort apart from the competition.
Food and diet at Clinique La Prairie
Food at Clinique La Prairie is a thing of beauty. There are no calorie restrictions here for those not on a weight loss programme, so your choice of eggs, avocado, fresh fruit and yoghurts at breakfast is a welcome relief compared to other medical spas who restrict your calorific intake. A plant based and white meat protein diet gives flavours of the kind found at Michelin Star restaurants. The colours, flavours and service give you a wonderful impression of how much they care, not only about what goes in your body, but about the dining experience itself.
Overall my expectations were met and exceeded. I found everything I was looking for at Clinique La Prairie: a unique combination of exceptional healthcare and wellness, a fabulous spa, an excellent skincare product line, an innovative dietetic gourmet restaurant, and on the top of that a service of 5 star hotel!