What if your health was your true wealth? That’s the question the Simone Gibertoni, CEO of world famous Clinique La Prairie, wants you to ask yourself before you decide in which direction to take your personal wellbeing. With a background in consulting for luxury business and cosmetics, Gibertoni knows the level of service that his guests expect but he doesn’t just want to deliver the medical side, he is keen to educate the visitors to the Clinique about various levels of true health.
“The four pillars of Clinique La Prairie are medical, spa which relates to the mind, nutrition for longevity and then movement. Knowledge is fundamental and the application of that knowledge, that’s why we have psychologists.’ He adds, ‘We want to create value for the customer. Health is the real true wealth. For some holistic concept it’s hard to understand, but it’s important they understand it for the whole quality of life. We want more people to come from the Middle East and teach them our principle.”
Founded in 1931 by Professor Niehans, a pioneer in the development of cell therapy, Clinique La Prairie has over the years established an international reputation as a world-renowned medical clinic and wellness destination and has hosted everyone from Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, a number of oligarchs and several rock stars. Thanks to ongoing scientific research, Clinique La Prairie is regarded as a leading light in preventative medicine due to its unique Revitalisation programme, designed to promote vitality, enhance the immune system, and slow down the ageing process.
As the clinic evolved, it also anticipated the needs of its global clientele adding specialised consultations, an operating theatre and a medical spa. A medical team of some 50 leading specialists, all under one roof, assure exceptional diagnostic precision and subsequent treatment. Equipped with the latest technology, Clinique La Prairie now offers a holistic approach to healthcare and wellbeing in a tranquil and sophisticated environment.
No other spa offers such a wide range of expertise, although Switzerland’s Bad Ragaz and, in Germany, the new medi-spa in Baden Baden, Villa Stephanie, are snapping at La Prairie’s heel.
‘I don’t consider La Prairie absolute, in our niche of business we are number one but the only thing that can happen to being first is being second so our challenge is to reinvent ourselves,’ says Gibertoni. ‘Innovation is waking up in the morning and saying, ‘what can I do better today’. The challenge is to push the people in the company to do something better than the previous day.’
One of the most popular treatments is the 7-Day Master Detox Program that involves personalised nutrition programs, beauty and spa sessions and is ideal for flushing out toxins, leaving you feeling re-energised in a peaceful environment.
Offering a balanced environment of both a luxury retreat with medical professionalism, how can visitors continue to apply what they learnt once they leave the picturesque setting? It has become a key focus for Gibertoni to have the philosophy of the clinic easily available, something like an app on your phone perhaps?
“One of our projects is to make something that is more than a simple app,’ he says. ‘We need more time but everything needs to be together so it works.”
Clinique La Prairie is not only a leader in delivering ground breaking health solutions, it helps create a state of mind in every customer installing the right frame of mind and a deeper understanding of what wellbeing means. We are all different, but one thing we have in common is our aim to live a long and healthy life and if there is one place that can improve our bodies and mind, it is located in Montreux on the shores of Lake Leman.
By Diana Bell-Heather