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Asian Simplicity in the Alps
Exploring a Swiss Village
Alpine High Life
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Chedi Andermatt
Asian Simplicity in the Alps
Exploring a Swiss Village
Alpine High Life
Chedi Andermatt
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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Neighborhood Vibe
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.
Need to Know
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.
Insider Tips
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.
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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Exploring a Swiss Village
During our May trip to Switzerland, we stayed at the Chedi Andermatt, a glamorous ski chalet fit for James Bond. Just 90 minutes by train from Zurich, Andermatt is a quaint village in the Urseren Valley in the Swiss Alps. It was once declared by Goethe as the "most interesting and dear region" (in 1779). Not a whole lot has changed since then, as evidenced by the age of the local church and the historic homes. Using the town as a homebase, travelers can board the charming Glacier Express railway, which connects Zermatt to St. Moritz. Film buffs will recognize Andermatt from a cameo appearance in Goldfinger.
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Alpine High Life
When architect Jean-Michael Gathy designed The Chedi Andermatt, located 90 minutes from Zurich in the Urseren Valley, he gave the Swiss chalet style a contemporary edge. Some elements, however, remain decidedly traditional—the warm woods, natural stone walls, and, the nearly 200 fireplaces that provide perfect spots to warm up after a day skiing. Find a seat by one inside for a front-row view on the lobby scene or head to one of the outdoor firepits, like the one seen here. Bundle up with one of the cashmere blankets or fur throws provided by the hotel, and enjoy an evening in the shadow of the Alps with a warm drink in hand. To experience the Chedi Andermatt, visit http://bit.ly/1yARSZf
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