The Chedi Andermatt:
Swiss Alpine Luxury And Asian Zen
Photo credit Chris Garside
As a multi award winning hotel and a member of the “Leading Hotels of the World” and “Swiss Deluxe Hotels” group, we knew that The Chedi Andermatt was going to be very special. However, what we didn’t expect is to feel so wonderfully at home. The hotel is warm and welcoming yet discreet, with the air of a cosy chalet and a touch of Asian zen; a remarkable mix of local and international, of warmth and unadulterated luxury.
Luxurious Yet Cosy
The 123 room hotel built in 2013 was designed by Kuala Lumpur-based designer Jean-Michel Gathy and it certainly takes centre stage in the small Alpine village of Andermatt in the heart of the beautiful Swiss countryside of Canton Uri. Located directly opposite the train station, it is just a two hour (extremely scenic) journey from Zurich, and slightly less by car.
The interior is a mix of traditional chalet features and modern touches. It’s very spacious, with lots of wood, plenty of glass and local stone. The foyer has high ceilings, and is decorated with an abundance of fireplaces (there are more than 200 in the hotel altogether), comfy cushions and beautiful alcoves. It’s luxurious and plush, yet cosy at the same time and a world away from those anonymously large echoey hotel lobbies you sometimes find in top hotels.
The hotel is not small, but not too large either. It’s easy to get from your room to the spa or to the restaurant without getting lost. Everything is spacious and wide, from the corridors to the hotel bedrooms to the changing rooms and bathrooms.
After a friendly and efficient welcome, we were greeted with hot tea and a small brownie before being taken to our room. We were staying in a deluxe suite which was gorgeous. Super spacious, modern and beautiful it offered so much space we could have held a party!
Downstairs, a really lovely feature of The Chedi’s numerous lounges and alcoves, is its extensive book collection. They even have a separate library/fumoir – the perfect place to sit down after dinner, with a drink or a cigar, and chat to your companions or tuck into a new book.
The Chedi also offers dog friendly rooms and additional services for guests who would like to stay with their dog.
The Spacious Bedrooms
In the bedrooms, everything from the temperature, air-conditioning, blinds and even the fireplace, is operated by room’s iPad. We had a lounge area with comfortable distressed leather armchairs, a long dining table with plenty of seating, a fridge full of drinks (all non-alcoholic drinks were complimentary), a coffee machine and a fireplace. The bathroom was spacious and equipped with a free standing tub and a large shower room with a powerful shower. A writing desk and a low table with cushions and a super luxurious bed from the Swedish company Hästens completed the look.
A relaxed, ambient feel is created with low lighting and a colour scheme of muted tones of browns, greys and golds. The bathroom is exquisite with beautiful stone and wood and lovely Aqua di Parma toiletries offering a pop of colour.
It’s all super relaxing and restful. It’s just as well that the views from the bedroom across the mountains are so stunning they beckon us to get out of bed to visit the ski butlers and hit the slopes.
If you’re a large family or a group of friends the Furka Suite (below) is almost like a self contained chalet with the hotel. It offers generous and luxurious accommodation with three double rooms, a kitchen and a private spa and is situated across two floors.
The Ski Butlers and Skiing at the Chedi
We had sent our details ahead of our stay and the Ski Butlers had prepared the latest Head boots and skis all ready for us. It was just a question of trying on the boots to check the fit and off we went. The ski passes are very reasonable here in comparison to many ski resorts and The Chedi’s Ski Butlers prepared our passes and whisked us off in their bus to the Gemstock gondola to take us up the mountain where we spent the whole afternoon.
Despite arriving at a time of huge snowfall (nearby resort Zermatt was closed due to the extreme conditions) we enjoyed a fabulous afternoon on the well groomed slopes.
We stopped off at a local restaurant close to the gondola station for a late lunch of soup and salad before ending in time to enjoy the spa facilities back at the hotel.
By the way don’t be put off by the black run back onto the village – though steep in parts it was wide and enjoyable with great views of the village of Andermatt in the valley below.
The Spa and Wellness
Inside The Spa it was warm and blissful. The 2,400-square-metre wellness area is sleek and stunning with turquoise blue waters. What I really enjoyed was the ability to swim both inside and outside with the lovely views of the mountains and the snow.
After a quick swim and a long lounge on the super comfy day beds around the pool with complimentary nibbles and juices, we decided to head for the adults only Hydrotherapy pools. Here you’ll find an assortment of pools from 38 degrees down to a plunge pool of just 18 degrees.
There’s a Finnish sauna, a brine sauna and a steam room as well. A range of first class massages and treatments can be booked if you’re feeling indulgent or you could head to the gym for a work out on the range of state of the art equipment. The ambient temperature around these pools is really warm so it’s the perfect place to read or simply lie down and relax.
We were so relaxed after our visit to The Spa that we changed our dinner reservation at The Restaurant to a little later than planned and enjoyed a fabulous meal. Modern and open in design with stunning chandeliers and views out to the snow clad garden outside, there is a variety of cuisine on offer.
The restaurant staff were efficient (without being obsequious) and very friendly, as they helpfully explained all the different options on the menu to us. We plumped for some of the Asian inspired dishes – a soft shelled crab dish which transported us straight back to Singapore and marinated hamachi for starters and Yam Nuea and an Angus steak for mains.
All were delicious but the Asian inspired options really stole our heart.
There is even a 5 metre glass cheese tower with over 40 local cheeses situated in the centre of the restaurant from which you can choose a cheese course or opt as we did for one of the tempting desserts.
If you’re planning a private meal or celebration they also have a private dining room available .
Michelin Starred Japanese Restaurant
Another draw at The Chedi is The Japanese Restaurant (one of only 2 Japanese restaurants in the whole of Switzerland to have been awarded a Michelin star) which is very authentic and which seats 46 people. Make sure to reserve in advance if you fancy eating here as it is always very popular.
In the morning you can have breakfast anytime between 7am and 11am. There are so many options on offer there is something for everyone and the choice and quality is fantastic. There is a range of fully cooked breakfast items with oodles of choice – then cold meats, cheese from the cheese tower, as well as fresh fruit, home made muesli, warm pastries, breads, pancakes and homemade jams.
The Chedi Andermatt
Address: Gotthardstrasse 4, CH-6490, Andermatt, Switzerland.
Tel: +41 41 888 74 77 or
You can visit their The Chedi Andermatt Website here for more information.
The Chedi Andermatt was named Hotel of the Year 2017 by GaultMillau. You might also be interested to know that next to the hotel are The Chedi Residences where a variety of ownership options are available.
Mountain Bootcamps for 2018
The Chedi Andermatt is running three 5 day mountain boot camps with the intensive training and wellbeing specialist TOP HILL Retreats. The Mountain Bootcamps cost from CHF 2’920 per person and are taking place from 18th to 23rd March 2018, 8th to 13th July 2018 and 14th to 19th October 2018. For more information see here.
All photos by NewInZurich except for the top photo by The Chedi Andermatt and the snowboard photo by Chris Garside
We stayed as guests of The Chedi Andermatt but all opinions and views are totally our own.
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