For many years Tamina Therme in Bad Ragaz has been a beacon in the wellness branch and an important component of the health resort. The “Cathedral of Bathing” is now being developed. To mark its tenth anniversary in 2019 the offering focusing on relaxation and regeneration will be expanded by 1,000 sq metres in the thermal bath and sauna areas.
Since its opening in 2009 Tamina Therme with its white pine architecture sat very well with the overall layout of the place and within Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. It continues the almost thousand-year-old history of the healing waters at the Tamina spring giving it a modern aspect. «We can only hold our market position by continuous improvement and high quality», Daniel Grünenfelder, Managing Director of Tamina Therme, is convinced. That is why three million Swiss Francs are being invested in the development.
The bathing area will be expanded by a 47 sq metre authentic Finnish Sauna experience where swimwear can be worn. «With the new development we want to enable guests who may be uncomfortable in the naked areas to experience the health-giving benefits of sweating», says Annette Fink, Head of Operations at the thermal bath. In addition, there will also be innovative wellness rituals in the thermal waters using herbs, salts and minerals. «We want to better appreciate the unique quality of water and honour nature’s gifts with this new bathing experience», adds Fink.
The sauna area will be expanded by log built in kelo pine wood. The silver-grey wood comes from the dried out Arctic pines from woods in North Scandinavia and Russia. It is ideal for building saunas because of its robust nature and insulating qualities. At the heart of the extension will be an approximately 90 sq metre new sauna, offering guests plenty of room to relax – and guaranteeing the ideal set up for sauna experts to conduct their ceremonial pouring of water over the stones. By adding a relaxing quiet room and natural pond with ample space for lounging, the ideal conditions are created for guests to experience the change from heat, to cooling down to resting, all in a very relaxed way.
«These innovations are catered to exactly what our guests have asked us for – and fitting with the zeitgeist», emphasises Managing Director Daniel Grünenfelder. So the offering for guests in the sauna area is being developed with guests’ needs in mind. The ground floor of the «Hermitage», one of the oldest buildings on site at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, will become the relaxation lounge with integrated Sauna Bar.
«This project is very special because the Hermitage is a listed building», says Grünenfelder. «The architects had to match the complete surroundings and even the pond to the Art Nouveau building, after consulting with the conservation authorities», he explains.
The centuries old tradition of a spa in Bad Ragaz will be continued with the renovation and expansion. The opening of the new areas is set for February 2019. Tamina Therme will remain open for normal service during the building work.
About Tamina Therme:
The Ragaz thermal water bubbles up from the source at a temperature of 36.5° C after trickling through the Alps for some fourteen years. The source with the most water in Europe was discovered 800 years ago. None other than Paracelsus himself acknowledged its healing effects when he visited the source in 1535. The thermal water is the core, central focus, origin and purpose of the business. Tamina Therme is an architectural master work – embedded in Grand Resort Bad Ragaz as Europe’s leading wellbeing & medical health resort – and a one-of-a-kind wellness oasis for the relaxation and regeneration of mind, body and soul. The thermal water in its purest form, celebrated sauna culture and Tamina wellness offering all create an intensive experience of wellbeing in an atmospheric and light flooded ambience.
Further information: www.taminatherme.ch