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Clinique La Prairie

Montreux, Switzerland

Features

  • Adults Only
  • Day Spa
  • Detox
  • Going Solo
  • Medi Spa
  • Outdoors
  • Retreat
  • Wellness

Spa

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Medi-Spa
  • Pool
  • Thermal Facilities

To Do

  • Cycling
  • Gymnasium
  • Hiking/walks
  • Personal training
  • Pilates
  • Pool – Indoor
  • Yoga

Located in the stunningly serene and health-giving Swiss Riviera, Clinique La Prairie first opened its doors in 1931 as a result of the pioneering work of Dr. Paul Niehans in the anti-ageing field of cellular therapy.

To this day, the pioneering medical wellness retreat continues to combine scientific knowledge with holistic approaches in a luxurious, five-star Swiss hospitality environment.

Aiming to make guests ‘architects of their own vitality’, Clinique La Prairie’s award-winning medical spa offers a multi-sensorial experience designed to foster a new state of mind and enhance guests’ physical wellness.

Based on the four pillars of medical care, nutrition, movement and wellbeing, its longevity experts have curated more than 50 mind-body therapies that incorporate cutting-edge technologies and traditional healing practices to redress a wide range of conditions, from digestive disorders and insomnia to pain and fatigue.

The Spa

Hydrothermal facilities in Clinique La Prairie’s 1,500sqm wellness paradise include indoor and vitality pools, a hot tub, a hammam, a steam room and a traditional sauna, as well as a Kniepp path, sensory showers and an ice waterfall.

A manicure studio and beauty booths provide aesthetic pampering while further treatment facilities include 13 state-of-the-art treatment cabins, a Thai massage room and a VIP wellness suite with its own hammam and sauna. A fitness centre and cryotherapy booth complete the spa’s offering.

The spa offers a range of unique Clinique La Prairie experiences, including Neuro Wave Stimulation and Ayurveda-inspired rituals, as well as signature massages and a selection of healing therapies based on ancient philosophies designed to relax and heal the mind, body and soul.

A series of high-tech, non-invasive rejuvenative treatments includes facial lifting and body remodeling, while exclusive cellular skincare treatments from Swiss Perfection deliver tailored regenerative effects.

Offering a deep, results-orientated experience, Clinique La Prairie’s Advanced Signature Packages provide multiple targeted sessions to promote slimming and detoxification.

Spa Facilities

  • 17 treatment rooms
  • 11 aesthetic rooms
  • 1 junior suite
  • 1 VIP room for couples
  • Thai massage room
  • Fully equipped gym and training centre
  • Large swimming pool
  • Separate sex sauna and steam rooms
  • Relaxation zone
  • SPA Café
  • Extensive terraces and Swiss Perfection Lounge
  • Kniepp and hydrotherapy circuit

Spa Products

  • Swiss Perfection

To Stay

Accommodation at Clinique La Prairie is spread over three main buildings – in Le Château, La Résidence and the Medical Center.

Set on higher ground, Le Château includes 24 spacious rooms and suites in a classic style with balconies overlooking the magnificent Swiss Alps and the shores of Lake Léman.

Encapsulating the charm of early 20th century grand hotels, La Résidence looks out over a beautiful French garden and offers nine rooms and suites, including the Niehans Suite, named after the clinic’s founder, who used to live in the building.

Located on the upper floors of the Medical Center are 20 medically equipped post-op rooms and six suites that allow guests to recover and recuperate in modern luxury and comfort.

To Eat

With nutrition at the core of all its programmes, Clinique La Prairie’s Restaurant serves up flavourful and balanced dishes that are adapted by chef David Alessandri to satisfy the tastes and requirements of each individual guest.

Located at the top of the spa building, The Lobby Bar offers freshly made detox drinks as well as more indulgent treats, while the spa café provides further healthy fare including fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies, delicious salads and a variety of à la carte dishes.

Breakfast is served in-room and all guest menus are discussed and agreed with a nutritionist upon arrival.


Facilities and Activities

  • Excursions to local mountain villages, vineyards and Montreux
  • Walks along Lake Geneva

For the Kids

The medical clinic and spa is designed for adults. There are no treatments designed specially for children but they are welcome to accompany their parents or adult relations.


Getting There

Chemin de la Prairie 10, 1815 Clarens, Switzerland

Flights to Geneva are recommended at which point Clinique La Prairie organises limousine transport – just 40 minutes – directly to the clinic.

Geneva Airport

Lisa BrownBy Lisa Brown

Founded back in 1931 by Professor Niehans – a pioneer in the development of cell therapy – this legendary hideaway retreat on the shores of Lake Leman, Montreux has been a popular choice for European royalty and rock stars for decades – past guests are said to include Mick Jagger and Marlene Dietrich.

A serene and tranquil setting, The Medical Centre, Chateaux and Residences are scattered throughout manicured gardens and lush green lawns and set against a stunning mountain backdrop.

The iconic Swiss clinic has recently opened a brand spanking new state of the art spa with 18 treatment rooms, a private treatment suite, a hydrotherapy circuit and a thermal suite.

The Spa

The medical spa at Clinique La Prairie, awarded Best Medical Spa and Best Destination Spa, 2014 and 2015, has recently undergone a complete renovation to provide state-of-the-art technology and design.

Facilities at the spa include 17 treatment rooms, a spa suite with a private hammam and jacuzzi, a Kneipp and hydrotherapy circuit, ice fountains and sensorial showers

The Treatment

Facial Brightening is a combination of five non-invasive facial treatments performed throughout The Beauty Programme: one cellular brightening radiance facial treatment by Clinique La Prairies’ luxury skin brand Swiss Perfection, two high-tech redensifying facial treatments and two high-tech natural lifting facial treatments. Each treatment works to improve the texture of the skin and boost collagen renewal to achieve a smoother and brighter complexion.

Other Treatments

An endless list of high tech face and body treatments, ranging from LED, micro-needling to Thermage and targeted laser treatments. Holistic offerings include Ayurvedic massages, acupuncture and reflexology.

The Programme

Arriving late, but in style for my three day taster of the Beauty Programme – I was transported along the shores of Lake Geneva in a private limousine (all part and parcel of the glamorous package) – the clinic’s entrance provides an immediate wow factor. Aromatic floral creations of pink peonies, lilies and roses in huge glass display boxes gave an air of tranquility to the state of the art clinic.

On my morning tour of the vast clinic I was blown away by the extensive facilities and aesthetic and medical offerings – there’s everything from mental wellness, cardiology and neurology units to dental and orthopaedic surgeries. One of the most popular being the celebrated Menopause Centre headed up by Dr Thierry Pache. The space age spa area is a high-tech-meets-holistic haven, with 15 crisp white treatment rooms, swimming pool, a Kneipp pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, ice fountain and a relaxation room – extensive offerings range from acupuncture to micro-needling.

My Beauty Programme began with a consultation and general health check up, followed by meetings with a nutritionalist skin therapist and a personal trainer. The programme focuses on skin and body treatments, diet and fitness, so a bespoke plan incorporating these is designed. Though a choice of beauty treatments are included – the skin therapist will advise on the most beneficial for you – many guests choose recommended ‘add on’s’ – these can include everything from laser treatments to Thermage.

I stuck to the non-invasive machine-assisted treatments such as Body Contouring – a first for me, I found myself in a body suit come sleeping bag that tightens then releases in sequence on various parts for the body for an hour! It really did seem to tone my arms and legs noticeably. And I found the Facial Redensifying was to be as impressive as it’s sounds. My skin really did look incredible – noticeably fresher, firmer and brighter.

Fitness is also a big part of the programme – one session with a personal trainer is included and there are daily group fitness and aqua gym classes, I also made use of the pool with a daily morning and evening swim.

The diet on the programme is basically healthy – carb-light but plentiful – lots of fresh fish, vegetables and great salads. Wine is available at dinner but advised to be avoided!

My three days at CLP saw wondrous results so it’ll come as no surprise that the programme comes with a high price tag. At the time of writing the Beauty Programme will set you back around £10,000. Clinique La Prairie is cited as one of the best clinics in the world, and with good reason – aside from the space age spa, luxurious accommodation and idyllic setting – when it comes to cutting edge treatments, new technologies and DNA testing, they’re top of the game – therapists, doctors and nurses really do know their stuff and are some of the best you’ll find, staff are professional, friendly and welcoming – they make you feel safe. If you’re feeling a bit broken and weary but financially flushed, I’d definitely recommend you check in.

Other Programmes

The clinic is best known for anti-ageing, rejuvenation and weight loss programmes:

CLP’s renowned Revitalisation Programme is recommended from clients aged 40 plus and rejuvenation results are thought to last from 12 to 24 months.

The Weight Management Programme offers a multidisciplinary approach with the assistance of a nutritionist, dietician, personal fitness trainer, psychologist, massage therapist and aesthetician.

To Stay

Opulently and traditionally styled in contrast to the contemporary feel of the clinic, my room in ‘The Residence’ was spacious and airy with a seating/dining area, huge comfy bed and a luxurious marble bathroom with a generous supply of Swiss Perfection products.

On my first morning I was awoken bright and early by the sunlight – a nurse had appeared in my room and was opening my curtains – she wished me good morning, took my blood pressure and left me with a breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and herbal tea. This comforting morning regime would continue throughout my stay.