Opened in 2013, the Chedi Andermatt enjoys a unique location in the charming village of Andermatt in the Urseren Valley. Designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the luxurious aesthetic draws on both Alpine and Asian influences and spans traditional styles and materials (oakwood paneling, local stone, murals by Rubens) as well as contemporary elements like soft leather chairs. Rooms are full of light thanks to the panoramic windows (which also afford views of the Swiss Alps, Andermatt Village, or Schöllenen Gorge), but they’re also cozy at night thanks to open fireplaces. The plush bathrooms feature large tubs, heated stone floors, and rain showers. The hotel has all the perks you could dream of, from an indoor lap pool and relaxation lounge with eight fireplaces to seven dining outlets, a cheese cellar, and a walk-in cigar humidor. This is one of those places that’s almost impossible to leave.
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Its location at the intersection of three mountain passes (the Oberalp Pass to the east, the St. Gotthard Pass in the south, and the Furka Pass in the west) makes the Chedi Andermatt an ideal skiing location. The Chedi Ski Butlers are on hand to show you where the best powder is, procure your tickets, and rent ski equipment. It’s also a great spot for mountain bike rides and hikes as well as fishing in the mountain streams. For a scenic adventure, try the famous Glacier Express, a pretty train ride to St. Moritz.
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Rooms: 100 room and suites. From $550. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The resort’s stylish restaurants, designed by Japan’s SPIN Design Studio, include The Restaurant, which specializes in Swiss-inspired and Asian cuisine, and The Japanese Restaurant, where Hide Yamamoto helms an intimate, open sushi, sashimi, and tempura bar. The Wine & Cigar Library is essentially a walk-in humidor with views onto the hotel courtyard (itself a great place in summer) and a killer wine list. For more drink options, take your pick from the bar and living room or the spa and pool area. Spa and gym details: The resort’s spa spans an impressive 2,400 square meters. The pool area offers a 35-meter indoor pool (covered by a glass roof) and a 12-meter outdoor pool (as well as some smaller plunge pools), a Finnish sauna and hammam, and 10 spa suites. The Asian-themed treatments use natural products from cosmetic brands like Ila, REN, and Alpienne, and there’s also a state-of-the-art health and fitness club. Personal trainers are available, as are group classes in yoga and Pilates.
Who it's for: Luxury lifestyle travelers who want to experience unspoiled nature; weekend jet-setters wanting to recharge their batteries; snow-lovers; hikers and families. Our favorite rooms: The Gemsstock Suite has killer views of the eponymous mountain, while the Furka Suite—over twice the size—has dining and kitchen facilities and a private spa. At the cheaper end, the Grand Deluxe rooms offer excellent views of the historic village or the surrounding mountains. Explore in style: Rent the hotel’s classic car and follow in the tracks of James Bond. The famous Furka Pass, where 007 himself enjoyed the ride in Goldfinger, is right around the corner from the hotel and passes by the Rhône Glacier, source of the famous river.