Experience the Swiss Alps a little differently at the wonderful Chedi Andermatt, a stunning 5-star hotel that offers a luxury mountain escape with a strong Asian influence, which shines through in the hotel’s extraordinary style, outstanding hospitality, and incredible spa and wellness offering.
This location works well even if you only have a long weekend for your ski holiday, as it’s an hour and a half from Zurich - perfect for maximising on skiing time - and you can take the most lovely train ride direct from Zurich airport train station. The journey through the mountains is beautiful.
I would have no concerns about recommending the lead-in rooms at The Chedi Andermatt, as they are so enormous that you can happily stay in them and feel utterly spoilt.
There are also beautiful residences and lots of private apartments to choose from, all serviced by the hotel with access to the restaurants and spa. I love the blend of traditional alpine style with Asian features, and find the ambience to be sophisticated and very relaxed. The interiors feature lots of dark wood panelling, bronze lamps, modern leather sofas, with every space beautifully lit, and the bathrooms are fitted with huge bathtubs and underfloor heating. Just want you wish for on return from the slopes.
The resort is so sweet, and very picturesque with huddles of traditional ski chalets at the foot of majestic snow-covered peaks, with great skiing for all levels. The Chedi Andermatt ski butler service is highly efficient, with an excellent team kitting you out with all the latest equipment, and delivering it or collecting it from the slopes, whilst also providing their insider tips on where to ski based on the weather and snow conditions, and arranging transport to other local skiing areas should you wish to explore further afield.
I particularly recommend The Chedi Andermatt for its restaurants and spa, which are reasons to stay here in their own right.
I love being able to watch the chefs at work in the open-kitchen at ‘The Restaurant’, run by head chef Armin Egli, serving dishes of both Asian and European influence. ‘The Japanese Restaurant’ by Dietmar Sawyere serves some of the best sushi I have ever tasted, and ‘The Japanese Restaurant by Chedi Antermatt’ is a new high-end restaurant on the slopes, serving authentic Japanese cuisine.
I personally love cosying up in the wine and cigar library, or sitting out in the courtyard enjoying the view to Gemsstock Mountain, or indulging in delicious food and wine in the rustic Swiss Chalet.
Along with a wonderful dining experience to enhance a skiing holiday, the luxurious spa and health club is truly amazing, with a lovely relaxation space, vast indoor and outdoor pools, extensive menu of Asian inspired treatments, and a fabulous team of personal trainers, who particularly help with any aches and pains after an intense day of skiing.
DID YOU KNOW?! Andermatt is famously the location of a scene in James Bond film, Goldfinger, where 007 pulls up at the Andermatt petrol station in his ultra-cool Aston Martin... Just another reason why Andermatt should be on the list for your next holiday!
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