The Chedi Andermatt
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Asian Simplicity in the Alps
The Chedi Andermatt, designed by minimalist architect extraordinaire Jean-Michel Gathy and part of the elite GHM group of hotels, is one of the most distinctive and dramatic properties I've ever experienced. Designed with a Zen-like Asian simplicity, the hotel also has a modern chalet feel and a sensual emphasis on natural materials like wood and stone. You can't do après ski in a better place than The Chedi—they even have a ski-in living room. The spa and wellness center has hydrothermal baths and two swimming pools where you can float in bliss with the Alps as a backdrop. The all-day Restaurant (yes, that's the name) features both a traditional and an Asian kitchen, both open for exhibition cooking and to create an inviting ambience. There's also an evening "Japanese Restaurant" (yes, that's the official name again—the Chedi is serious about keeping things simple) where the Zen-like serenity of the decór suits the elegantly presented sushi. We loved the hotel's incredible cheese tasting room, where you can sample some great Swiss (and other) cheeses with your wines and get fascinating explanations of everything you are sampling from the first-rate staff. Ready to embark on your own Swiss adventure? Check out the itineraries that have been created by the members of AFAR’s Travel Advisory Council and other specialists at AFAR Journeys.
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