Germany’s preparation for UEFA EURO 2016 will be no picnic – on the 26th of March they will face England in a “friendly” match in Berlin – but Joachim Löw and his players keep an ace up their sleeves before they hit the road to France come June.
That ace is called Giardino Ascona. A 5 star spa resort ideally located by the calm waters of Lake Maggiore where they will be isolated from the world and pampered with top services that will help them prepare physically and mentally.
For starters, in between gruelling training sessions, the squad–which includes stars Andre Schürrle, Julian Draxler and Thomas Müller–will be well-fed at the 2 Michelin starred Ristorante Ecco.
Ristorante Aphrodite will also delight them with healthy and hearty Mediterranean recipes; a must to help an athlete recover!
When burning muscles and lungs become unbearable, an inviting outdoor pool with sun loungers will be the perfect place to unwind, while an elegant indoor pool with a spa cascade will surely become the preferred retreat for goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and Bernd Leno to relieve overstretched bodies.
Players with pains and minor niggles will be able to recover and perform light exercises in a well-equipped fitness room.
With most players over their mid-20s, age has been pointed out as one of the weakest points of the national team, but the cutting edge Dipiu Spa with its anti-oxidant and revitalising treatments using benefitting Merlot grapes from Ticino will surely make veterans like Mario Gómez and Sami Khedira feel rejuvenated and fresh!
More moments of self-indulgence await in the lavish rooms and suites furnished with a contemporary style where lively colours will make them see the brighter side of each day.
However in order to forget about football for a while–and the other Group C competitors: Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland–Bastian Schweinsteiger and other golf enthusiasts will be able to practise their swing at the nearby Golf Club Patriziale Ascona.
And who knows, they may be even allowed to jump on board the hotel’s exclusive 909 Benaco yacht to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle of the Alps and the Mediterranean flair of Southern Switzerland to its fullest!