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Preventive health care relies on diagnostics, follow ups and treatments that nurture aging cells to support their natural protective system.


Good nutrition promotes healthy aging by reinforcing your immune system, by protecting your brain, by playing a role in building your muscles, and by feeding your skin, joints and vessels.


Keeping moving helps lower stress levels, increases cognitive and mental abilities, and reverses age-related muscle loss of strength and power.


Relax and recharge to reduce stress. It will protect your cells, renew your energy and give space to your brain to focus properly.

Dr. Adrian Heini, a Specialist in Internal & Preventative Medicine and Resident Medical Expert at Switzerland’s world-renowned Clinique La Prairie, shares some important tips for staying fit and well during Ramadan.


Don’t forget to drink

Fasting for hours can result in mild dehydration, fatigue or headaches, so try to remain hydrated between Iftar and Suhoor to nourish your body and eliminate toxins. Some of the best things to drink include smoothies, fresh fruity drinks jam-packed with vitamins or soups made with fresh vegetables. The pros at Clinique La Prairie recommend drinking a herbal green tea after Iftar and before your Suhoor meal every morning to keep your body purified in a healthy and natural way, while boosting your metabolism. By doing this, you will also feel less hungry during the day.


Do eat a balanced meal

Instead of breaking your fast with a feast, munch on some dates, an excellent way to start your fast as the sweet fruit is rich in natural sugars and is a good source of fibre. Your Iftar meals should ideally consist of only one carbohydrate, with protein-rich foods to counteract lean muscle loss. And if you eat a combination of whole-grain carbohydrates with lean protein for Suhoor, you can delay those hunger pangs and provide longer sustenance.

Do try these exercises

Working out is one of the best ways to remain healthy during the Holy Month as it helps you stay in shape and keeps you revitalised. However, during Ramadan it is best to postpone working out until after the fasting hours to avoid dehydration. Try to avoid very strenuous activities and take a shot at exercises like aqua gym, swimming, pilates and yoga, which work on the elasticity of your body and have a calming effect on your mind.

Don’t overload on spicy food and salt

Attempt not to reach for foods that are piquant or high in salt, like canned goods, ready-made sauces and ready-to-eat meals. Since spicy food weakens digestive strength, opt for mint, infusions of fennel, basil, chamomile and cardamom instead. These are easier to digest. Plant-based proteins like legumes also keep you sated for longer.

Do control your sleep cycle

Taking long naps, not exercising and eating heavy meals just before bedtime can be pretty disastrous, especially for your sleep cycle. If you do end up consuming a substantial meal later in the evening, then it’s better for you to wait one or two hours before going to bed. Additionally, stay away from caffeinated beverages before bedtime as they can keep you alert, making it difficult to sleep. An infusion of verbena, chamomile and hot milk is what you should be sipping on for a good night’s sleep.

No Gatherings For Iftar Or Suhoor

Social distancing is playing a major role in deterring the spread of the rampant virus and people and this especially means avoiding contact with the elderly and people who suffer from chronic diseases. Gatherings (whether large or small) are strongly advised against and so people may have to break bread in self-isolation after their evening prayer to keep yourself and others safe. Family gatherings and iftars will be minimized to people who are quarantined together (i.e. small families and couples).


No Eid Travels

With many people looking to the Eid break for an escape or getaway every year, they may also have to break the tradition of doing so this year as countries have closed their entry points to tourists and non-residents. Until the world sees and end to the coronavirus – we don’t think it’s wise to book tickets abroad.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any question regarding travels to Switzerland after Ramadan. There is a risk of becoming infected with the new coronavirus in almost all parts of the world. Increasing numbers of countries are introducing measures such as border closures. Expect travel restrictions on international journeys.

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Credit: Clinique La Prairie, About Her, Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert, April 2020


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Flying with SWISS from Zürich to San Francisco takes approx. 12 hours and I recommend to book Business Class because you can relax (maybe also sleep) and work above the clouds. The Business Class Swiss Lounge E in Zürich offers several newspapers and magazines. You can help yourself from the cold buffet or have a warm meal from the front cooking station where chefs prepare hot food right before your eyes and a coffee/tea island offers any kind of coffee from espresso to latte. I experienced once more that SWISS offers quality and hospitality on a high level with service-oriented and friendly people. If you wish to work, they offer separate working areas with all the necessary connections and free high-speed Internet.



After I landed in San Francisco I was out quickly of the plane and after the passport control my luggage came first as it was marked “priority”.


As I was invited by my close friend who lives in California we shared most of the time. I got an insight to the American daily life once more again. Excursions to San Francisco, Sonoma and Santa Barbara were on our itinerary. I am thankful for all what I experienced during my visit. I was in good hands and couldn’t have been happier during my visit in California.


SAN FRANCISCO It was my 4th visit to California and also this time I enjoyed every minute. San Francisco has a lot to offer and is one of my favorite cities in America because there is so much to do and to see. With 883’305 residents, it is the 15th most populous city in the United States and the 4th most populous in California.

Visiting the Golden Gate Park Japanese Tea Garden was a great start into the New Year on the 1st of January 2020. Here you find serenity, tranquility and harmony. The garden is the oldest continuously maintained Japanese public garden outside of Japan, attracting visitors since 1894! Some of the trees in this garden are more than one hundred years old. It is made of rock sculptures, Zen gardens, Japanese architectural structures and waterfalls. The front gate at the point of entry was crafted without the use of nails and is a masterpiece of architecture. Strolling through the garden you will see the five-story-tall pagoda, the Lantern of Peace, the Half-Moon Bridge, a big Buddha statue, waterfalls and koi pond are some highlights. After strolling through the Garden, we had tea and small snacks. I do recommend the green matcha tea and the green matcha cheese cake as well as the cookies. They also have a gift shop with beautiful glazed ceramic sets, traditional Japanese dolls and collectibles for any well-traveled visitor.


Located next to the Japanese Tea Garden is the de Young Museum. The museum was re-opened in 2015. It is an excellent museum with a large collection of art. I particularly loved the upper level (2). The works of art in the Museum go from the present day all the way back to the beginnings of human history. What not everyone knows is that the observation tower is free and you can go up to the 9th floor by elevator and enjoy a spectacular panoramic 360 view and that it was designed by the renowned Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron and Fong & Chan Architects in San Francisco. The Museum has also a gift shop and a café.


SONOMA Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, we drove to Sonoma, also known as the “Valley of the Moon”. Sonoma is just 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and is the birthplace of California’s wine industry. More about Sonoma Valley you can read here. The city of Sonoma is home to Sonoma State Historic Park – site of California’s northernmost Franciscan mission and birthplace of the state’s Bear Flag. Don’t miss La Casa Grande of General Vallejo, a beautiful Gothic-style American-Victorian house. The house was manufactured in the northeast and shipped round Cape Horn!


SANTA BARBARA From Palo Alto we drove down to Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara is a beautiful town near the southern coast of California. With its restaurants, shops, museums, cultural activities all year round and the good weather, it offers the perfect tourist experience and is great to visit anytime. We stayed at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara, where Theriault’s celebrated its 50th Anniversary with the legendary doll collection of American heiress Huguette Clark to benefit The Bellosguardo Foundation. The Clark’s historical property will in the future be a museum for art, music, history and culture. More about the 104-year-old daughter of copper baron W.A. Clark you can read in the book Empty Mansions, by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr. It was a once in a lifetime event and a highlight for every collector of antique dolls. Thanks to my friend in California I had the opportunity to join this 3-day event and write about the stunning natural beauty and relaxed luxury at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara.



THE RITZ-CARLTON BACARA, SANTA BARBARA An escape to the American Riviera with a touch of glamour and heritage The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara is a hidden jewel. It was love at first sight! Located at the beachfront of the Pacific Ocean and only a 20-minute drive from Santa Barbara this 78 acres of oceanfront property has 358 rooms and suites, 5 culinary venues, 3 outdoor pools and a 42’000 sqm luxury SPA with 36 treatment rooms, a salon and a fitness center!

My 79 sqm suite was located in the villa 19 on the 3rd floor. The spacious one bedroom suite had a large four-poster bed, a fireplace with two comfortable chairs and a coffee table, TV and a Nespresso coffee machine, a writing desk, a living room with a sofa bed, and two marble bathrooms with extra showers, a deep soaking tub in master bath and luxury Asprey bath amenities. The bath towels and robe were soft and white. Suite no. 19.303 comes with an extra-large balcony with views of the resort gardens.


Dining We had our daily breakfast at the Le Bistro. Everything was fresh and following the Mediterranean traditions it offers freshly omelets prepared to your choice with mushrooms, paprika or cheese. You can enjoy a breakfast buffet or order à la carte. The buffet has a bagel bar, a selection of bread, hummus, carrots, a yogurt bar, a hot buffet, omelets, scrambled eggs, Swiss and French cheeses, smoked turkey, pancakes, waffles and French Toast and much more.

At the Le Bistro they serve also Lunch and Dinner. The Angel Oak is a modern Steakhouse Restaurant with private rooms, outdoor dining and ocean views. You can choose from Appetizers, Soups & Salads, Sides, Fishes, one Vegetarian entrée and Broiled Dishes. The waiter brought us the menu card and let us know the dishes of the day. To start I ordered an un-spirited Cranberry Mule as an Apéro and for the main course a dish of the day: Lemon ricotta tortellini with pumpkin squash puree and pear date chutney topped with ras al hanout spiced pear, candied pecans and beurre noisette. And as dessert a Valrhona Dark Chocolate Soufflé with Grand Marnier Crème Anglaise and Crème Chantilly. The dish of the day was delicious and made it a very special experience I never wanted to miss. The dessert was a dream, rich and creamy and was the crowning end of the meal.

From morning to early evening, Blend offers a selection of coffee, espresso and tea beverages, smoothies, fresh pastries and gelato accompanied by breakfast and lunch dishes. It is located in the piazza. Located adjacent to the lobby in the main building, The “O” Bar and Kitchen combines rustic California cuisine and premium beverages for a casual yet refined dining experience overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean. The Pool Bar is open from 11am – 6pm and offers the ideal menu for a day in the sun. Beverages include signature cocktails and frozen drinks, which can be enjoyed alone or with a fresh salad, chips and guacamole, pizza or fish tacos. At the bar, HD televisions, lounge seating and fire pits invite lingering long after the sun has set. For an elevated pool experience, cabanas are available for rental. If you book The Penthouse Suite or The Ritz-Cartlon Villa you will get automatically access to the Club Lounge. Enjoy these special inclusions: • Delightful culinary offerings throughout the day including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, hors d’ oeuvres, and desserts • A Club Lounge Concierge that assists in your travel experience • Complimentary garment pressing • Fine selection of California wines, liqueurs, beers, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages

SPA Massage, Body, Facial, Beauty and Enhancements Swimming pool, redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, fireside lunges, rooftop terrace, and hair and nail salon. A 24-hour fitness center, four tennis courts and a full range of fitness classes, meditation and nature walks are available! Kids are welcome! Very family friendly hotel! The Ritz-Kids is one-of-a-kind program specifically created to provide children an engaging, educational experience to make their visit one they will remember for a lifetime. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Working with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Future Society, they have created a fun, immersive program that invites adults and kids to explore four areas of our world: water, land, culture and environmental responsibility. The coastline there is pretty unique on the planet. On our private afternoon excursion with our personal Ambassador of the Environment we learned all about the natural life of the coastal environment including kelp forest.

Summary of The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara

• 5* Hotel resort on the beach

• Member of Marriott Luxury Collection

• 358 rooms, suites and residences

• Private balconies with scenic ocean views

• Family friendly – Ritz Kid’s club

• 3 outdoor pools

• Restaurants, Bar and Lounge

• Award-winning SPA

• 24h fitness center

• 4 outdoor tennis courts

• Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassador of the Environment activities

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara

Address:

8301 Hollister Avenue

Santa Barbara, California 93117 United States

Contact number: +1 (805) 968 0100

Website: https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/santa-barbara

LINKS SWISS ESTA Visit California

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara in Santa Barbara San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara Matterhorn Restaurant and Bakery San Francisco: This family friendly Restaurant offers Swiss dishes. Zaytoon Restaurant in Santa Barbara: A Lebanese restaurant serving fresh and high-quality dishes. Their hidden oasis is situated on a large outdoor garden patio in downtown Santa Barbara. Matcha Tea Lewis & Clark antiques and fine things in Santa Barbara is my favorite shop. It is located downtown in the La Arcada Court, 1116 State Street in Santa Barbara. Another hidden jewel we do recommend in Santa Barbara: The Ysidro Ranch – entering in a world of tales… 41 cottages

We do recommend The Stonehouse Restaurant Member of The Leading Hotels of the World Address: 900 San Ysidro Lane, Santa Barbara, California

Website: www.sanysidroranch.com


We are happy to help with any reservation and help you to design a personalized itinerary.

Contact: reservations@pearlsofswitzerland.com


Text and photos copyright by Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert, Switzerland, Feb. 2020.

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Allegra!


AROSA is a summer and winter season destination in Graubünden the largest canton of Switzerland. It borders with Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein and is the only officially trilingual canton and the only canton where the Romansh language has official status. When you want to say assalamu alaikum or hello then say “Allegra!” and you will earn a big smile!


Arosa from Chur (capital and largest town of the canton) is around a 1h train ride away and is a final destination in the Valley of Schanfigg located at 1800 meters above sea level. There are 365 curves in the road from Chur to the charming little mountain village Arosa. If you don’t like curves I recommend to take the train, especially during the Winter season. From Chur it departs every hour and in Winter season it is the best option to take. The Arosa Line climbs 1000 metres in 26 kilometres. The Landquart designer outlet is just 10 minutes away from Chur. It offers over 160 designer brands in a beautiful village centre, and is also open on Sundays.


But thanks to its location it is not only a Winter holiday paradise but also a Summer destination with long sunshine days. The climate in Summer is not too hot and nature is amazing. With two lakes, different shops and modern infrastructure it has become one of the top destinations in Europe. Summer or winter, Arosa has a lot to offer for everyone! And, Landquart Fashion Outlet is only 1h by car.


GOOD TO KNOW

Schengen Visa Application Form for short-term stays in the Schengen area of up to three months in a six months period for tourist purposes, visits, etc.

Forms to download and fill out online

The Tschuggen Grand Hotel 5* Superior


I took the train from Chur to Arosa and was picked-up on my arrival at the train station by the Chauffeur of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel. He was holding a board with my name, welcomed me friendly and after a short drive we reached the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, which is located less than five minutes away and a little bid elevated from the centre of the village.


I felt genuine hospitality from the very first step entering into the lobby. The staff members and Mr. Stefan Noll, the General Manager, smiled and welcomed me friendly. After my check-in a hotel staff escorted me to my suite no. 806 and the porter brought my luggage to my room. The suites are all located in the 7th or 8th floor. This spacious and bright suite (85sqm) has two balconies and a bedroom with an all-white comfortable extra-large and extra-length double bed (2 x 100cm x 210cm), floor-to-ceiling wardrobes (you will not have a storage problem), a separate relaxion area including a double sofa bed, a round table with chairs and two bathrooms with heated floors, one with bathtub and both with a luxury rainforest shower and bath towel heater. The view from the suite is spectacular and light and space create the right atmosphere to make sure you feel you are arrived at the right place! The General Manager, also put a handwritten note on the table with some welcome goodies. The suite has all what you need to make you feel home away from home: A Nespresso coffee machine, a minibar, complimentary water bottles, two LCD satellite TV, a safe, free Wi-Fi, and different luxury magazines.

They do have four restaurants, one bar with daily live music in the main hall, a cosy Cigar Lounge and a Spa Lounge.


The Restaurants are:

· Grand Restaurant daily changing menus served in an elegant setting

· La Vetta award winning fine dining (1 Michelin star and 16 Gault-Millau points)

· The Basement fine fast food restaurant

· La Collina day time restaurant with sun terrace


I was welcomed by the waiter and he suggested me a table with a nice view. I had a look at the Menu and discovered Foccacia & Wraps. My choice was a pulled venison wrap with red cabbage salad, pumpkin, rocket and mountain cranberry sour cream.

The wrap was served in under 15 minutes. It was cut in half at a 45-degree angle on a plate decorated with some green salad leaves and made a tasty lunch.





Later in the afternoon I got to know closer the room and suite types, the Bergoase Spa by Mario Botta and leisure facilities and services they offer at the award-winning Tschuggen Grand Hotel.


After the tour I was invited by the General Manager for dinner at The Basement. Here they serve fast fine food and the ambiente is typically Swiss with all the nice wood but has also an American touch. The Menu ranges from the best burgers in Arosa and steaks to fresh salads and the famous local cheesecake. Fish & chips and meals for vegetarians are also listed on the menu.


The Basement is great for families and children as the Junior Club is located directly opposite. This is the paradise for the youngest guests because there they will have everything they could wish for. It is open daily and is for children 3 years and up. But it is also a great location if you have a team event and wish to build up a group dynamic. From 9pm you also play bowling.

Every Tuesday night, traditional Swiss dishes Fondue & Raclette will be served at the Restaurant.



Returning to Suite 806 I noticed that during my absence they put everything in place again, folded my clothes and my nightdress was also awaiting me on my bed with a card wishing me unique moments, a little box with a chocolate and the breakfast room service menu “every morning starts with a good breakfast“. I decided to have my breakfast in my room and placed my order on the outside doorknob.



I slept heavenly and woke up next morning well relaxed.

At 8:30am the breakfast was delivered to my room on a rolling table with perfect settings.



At 10 am I was booked for a 50 min. facial treatment in the award-winning Bergoase Spa by Mario Botta. Then on my agenda was an excursion to the skiing and hiking area of Arosa Lenzerheide with the private mountain railway the Tschuggen Express.


About the Spa

The Spa is a highlight and won several awards. The Bergoase by Mario Botta is an architectural art work.

You will find the Spa on the 2nd floor and have to cross a bridge before you are at the Bergoase reception. In addition to their cosmetic and massage treatments, they offer also a selection of wellness baths and do have also a gym. Two private Spa Suites are also available (Muscida 70sqm and Polaris 100sqm).

Read here about my 50 min. facial treatment experience:

I was punctually welcomed by the friendly professional cosmetician at the SPA reception. First, I had to fill out a questionnaire to make sure I don’t have any allergies and get the right treatment.

Then the cosmetician and I went to the treatment room and she asked me, if I feel comfortable and started to analyse my skin. She told me what she will do during the next 50 minutes and what products she will use. I got a Clarins aromatic treatment and felt the gentle touch of tender hands. A beneficial facial massage was the most pleasant way to relax my soul. The result was a smooth and soft, well-hydrated skin.

Clarins is internationally well-known by the production of smells and of skin care products.

I highly recommend the Bergoase SPA - it is a real oasis for body and soul. Have a look at the Spa Menu.



About the Tschuggen Express

This is a private mountain railway for the exclusive use of guests of the Tschuggen Grand Hotel! In less than four minutes you reach the skiing and hiking area Arosa Lenzerheide with a push of a button and without standing in line. Two round panorama cabins with level regulation can accommodate 12 people per ride. Lean back and enjoy the breath-taking mountain panorama in the comfortable leather seats. The Tschuggen Express covers a distance of 528 metres and an altitude difference of 155 metres.



After my return to the Tschuggen Grand Hotel it was time to say goodbye. I am back home with many wonderful memories from Arosa!


Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert was invited by the Tschuggen Hotel Group. The Family-run Tschuggen Hotel Group offers superlative hotel experiences.


I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all Tschuggen Grand Hotel staff members for their dedication and professionalism.


The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is a very service-oriented hotel. Be prepared to be pampered!


Summary of Tschuggen Grand Hotel Wellness & Luxury Hotel in Arosa

5* Superior Hotel, Member of Leading Hotels of the World & Swiss Deluxe Hotels

94 Rooms and 34 Suites

4 Restaurants (incl. a Michelin-starred Restaurant) and 2 bars

Cigar Lounge

Daily live music

Junior club for children 3 years and up

5000sqm SPA - Tschuggen Bergoase by Mario Botta

Private mountain railway

The Tschuggen Express 1 internet corner with two computers and one printer Open for summer and winter season (closed from May - June and September - October)


Tschuggen Grand Hotel Address: Tschuggentorweg 1, CH-7050 Arosa Contact number: +41 81 378 99 99 Email: info@tschuggen.ch Website: https://tschuggen.ch/en


photo credit Stefan Noll

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