Four years ago The Chedi Andermatt opened its doors, wowing a tiny town located at the crossroads of three mountain passes in the picturesque Swiss Alps. The hotel’s Egyptian owner, Samih Sawiris, invested over $2 billion into the redevelopment of Andermatt, quickly transforming a quaint village into a world-class destination.
Andermatt has been a popular year-round holiday destination for the last 100 years. In the summer months it is a paradise for hikers, bikers, and nature lovers. Classic car enthusiasts can be seen on weekends driving along the regions famous passes while avid golfers can enjoy a round of 18-holes at a nearby course designed by Kurt Rossknecht. The looming Gemsstock Mountain welcomes winter sports enthusiasts who need only skip outside of the hotel’s front doors to easily access over 120km of pretty powder-topped slopes.
The jaw-dropping luxury hotel was designed by Kuala Lumpur’s Jean-Michel Gathy, who brilliantly balances a redefined Alpine chic aesthetic with Asian nuances. The inspiration for the architecture are the Swiss chalets and grand hotels of the past, offering a modern take on a style that Switzerland is well known.
Guests can choose from from 123 spacious rooms and suites, each interior inspired by Alpine chic meets Asian zen: dark Alpine wood, soft leather chairs, panoramic windows and open fireplaces bring the surrounding mountain-scape into the comfort of the hotel.
Some rooms features include murals created by the European Master, Peter Paul Rubens; 17th century wood panelling; and bronze lamps. Another highlight are the fireplaces, which are shared between the rooms’ interiors and the outdoor terrace. The bathrooms feature large bathtubs, heated stone floors and separate rain showers.
The Chedi’s poshest pad is the Furka Suite, a 330 square metre space featuring three spacious bedrooms, living and dining area outfitted with an eye-catching wood fireplace, and an out-of-this-world private spa featuring cozy lounge, oversized hot tub, Swedish sauna, and eucalyptus steam room.
Those looking for a slice of R&R will find happiness at The Chedi’s luxurious 2,400 square metre spa. A team of expert therapists and personal trainers advise guests on treatments and tailor programmes based on individual needs. The spa has its origins rooted in oriental philosophy, based on Buddhist healing traditions. The Asian-inspired treatments use natural products from ila, REN and Alpienne which have been especially adapted for The Chedi. Wellness seekers will find a range of baths and saunas, including bio and Finnish saunas, a scented salt steam bath, an outdoor pool, hot and cold plunge pools, hammam, ice fountain and flower bath.
If you’e keen to quench you thirst watch expert mixologist’s shimmy and shake in The Bar and Living Room. The sky-high space offers direct access from the outdoors, as guests can walk or ski straight in. After a chilly day on the slopes warm up by a booming fire and treat yourself to a sip and nibble. Highlights include a gruyere, onion, and ham topped Flammekueche (crispy Alsatian pizza), and a hot and cold craft cocktail duo featuring soothing Tarte Tatin (Appleton Rum, caramel Liqueur, apple juice, whipped vanilla cream, dried apple) and ice muddled Dark Negroni (Plum Eaux de Vie, Vermouth, Cynar, blood orange espuma, saffron).
At The Japanese Restaurant, executive chef Dietmar Sawyere and his sushi masters tempt guests with top-flight authentic Japanese dishes. The 1 Michelin Star restaurant features a sushi and sashimi bar as well as lively tempura and teppanyaki counter. The modern five- to ten-course Kaiseki menus, a speciality of the restaurant, ensure an authentic experience. Sake fans will be wide-eyed with glee while running their finger through the drinks list as the selection is the most extensive in Switzerland.
The hotel’s simply titled The Restaurant is the property’s flagship elegant eatery featuring four stylish open kitchens serving Asian and European fare. In the evening the dining room glows as a choir of candle-lit oversized chandeliers dangle above white orchids and ice cold bottles of champagne that eagerly wait for a popping.
Upon arrival guests are greeted by The Restaurant’s focal point, a jaw-dropping 5-metre tall wine and cheese cellar. The glass covered space is a popular stop when hungry guests are doing their rounds at breakfast. The Restaurant’s Swiss cheese selection is one of the finest in the country, offering fromage fans a selection of hard to find cheeses made by local small batch producers.
Return in the evening for a romantic feast and you’ll whisk your way through a menu which equally celebrates Swiss haute classics with exotic inspirations from Asia. Servers encourage guests to mix and mingle dishes from both menus so you’re likely to find yourself giggling with glee as you snatch up steaming dim sum with chopsticks and fork through a juicy veal medallion topped with chanterelles, slathered in creamy summer truffle veloute.
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