Swiss Alps HotelChedi Andermatt – Alpine Pioneer
Some hotel chains won’t jump on the bandwagon until a destination is hot. Others put destinations on the map – much like the Four Seasons did for Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo or Aman is doing for Montenegro. These pioneering souls see potential and run with it. Luxe hotel brand GHM could have set up shop in Verbier or Gstaad, but they chose the slope less traveled and opened the new The Chedi Andermatt, which is just a quick 90-minute train ride from Zurich and Lucerne, and two hours from Munich.
For the 104-room hotel – the first five star the sleepy Swiss village has ever seen – they tapped the man who knows luxury inside and out: Jean-Michel Gathy. You might not recognize the name, but we think you’ll recognize his work. Amanyara and The Setai sound familiar? For The Chedi Andermatt, he combined the warmth of alpine design (rich woods and sumptuous leather) with the sleekness of Asian styling (natural stone and soaking tubs) – and of course took advantage of the breathtaking setting. Each room features a private balcony or oversized picture windows that face the surrounding valley, Schöllenen Gorge and Gemsstock and Nätschen Mountains. We also love that he added built-in fireplaces with sliding doors on both sides so you can enjoy the cozy glow from either the comfort of your room or terrace. Really, there wasn’t a single detail overlooked.
And then there’s the après scene – a ski-in living room, a wine and cigar library with a walk-in humidor, a temperature-controlled indoor/outdoor pool with cushy daybeds surrounded by fireplaces and a 25,000-square-foot spa. Speaking of the spa, after a day on the slopes (or even a day in front of the fire… we won’t tell), hit up the Finnish sauna and organic steam bath before indulging in an Alpienne Mountain Massage to soothe any aches and pains.
When it comes to food, there’s the aptly named The Restaurant and The Japanese Restaurant. No beating around the bush here. The former offers typical Swiss and European dishes plus some Far East specialties (to highlight The Chedi’s Asian heritage). There’s also a 16-foot-high cheese cellar because, well, it’s Switzerland. Meanwhile, the intimate Japanese Restaurant seats just 40 and boasts the freshest fish and most extensive sake selection around.
So go ahead, jump onboard and you can say you remember Andermatt when…
(Photos courtesy of The Chedi Andermatt)