He was a cousin of Bhumipol, who was then King of Siam under the name of Rama IX. A special relationship was formed between the Swiss town of Glion and Thailand. Dr Suriyong carried out his duties until 1988. 


Celebrities from the artistic and political world flocked back to the clinic. It became a luxury “clinic-hotel” where people came to get back into shape or shed a few pounds, even serving as a hideaway to international stars fleeing the paparazzi and to writers in search of peace and quiet for their work, like Georges Simenon. In the 1980s, the heirs of the owner, Mr Cauvin, were in disagreement about the establishment’s future, debating whether it should be turned into a luxury hotel, a congress centre, or a plastic surgery centre. The clinic was finally sold to a Geneva consortium that undertook major renovation work at colossal expense, ultimately resulting in bankruptcy and an intermission in Valmont’s history. A large part of the archives was burned and thousands of valuable records were lost forever.


The clinic reopened and, in an innovative step, ventured into plastic surgery. It was the first Swiss clinic dedicated to cosmetic procedures.


Jacques Chessex published “La Trinité” (Grasset editions), a novel in which Clinique Valmont plays an important role.


Dr Saudan, followed by Dr. Diserens, introduced the clinic’s mission of neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation.


Clinique Valmont was acquired by Swiss Medical Network, its current owner.


The clinic was entirely refurbished, 101 years after its first opening, and restored to its charm of bygone days.

The Valmont adventure, for more than 100 years