Switzerland has always been known for its beautiful mountains and picturesque scenery, together with the luxury that comes in the form of high end resorts and hotels. As you can imagine, HER ETIQUETTE has seen more than our fair share of highly acclaimed international hospitality establishments not just in Switzerland, but worldwide, however The Chedi Andermatt still shines through brighter than the sun reflected by the purest mountain snow.
Being the GHM’s first Swiss property, The Chedi Andermatt is a vision of elegance and architectural excellence nested amongst the ski chalets of Andermatt. GHM, the Asian brand synonymous with style, service and serenity, chose renewed architect Jean-Michel Gathy to design all of the hotel’s 123 guest rooms and suites. And what a result it has achieved. From the outside, The Chedi Andermatt is perfectly tucked in the Swiss Alps with a backdrop of snowy slopes and tall pine trees. Glass and traditional materials such as warm woods and natural stone are heavily used throughout the establishment to create an intimate yet visually striking effect. Upon entering the building, the flow of the carefully designed space is immediately noticeable. Although there is no visible divides between the bar, the lounge, the lobby and even the main restaurant, the subtle difference in decorations and the clever positions of pillars, ornamental objects and even paintings all contribute to the seamless separation of the areas.
The guest rooms are more than spacious by any standard and the design theme of seamless separation also continued here, with the restroom area delicately attached to the bedroom, only separated by Asian style wooden shutters if the guests prefer. Every guest room comes with its own terrace, and the view is simply breathtaking. Standing on the terrace at night and looking out to the ice rink in the courtyard or the mountains afar can make you feel like you are wrapped in your own self-contained world. I do not remember the last time I have gone to a hotel with a simple aim to just rest. However this time at The Chedi, I had my best two nights of sleep in a long time. The rooms are perfectly dark, the surroundings perfectly silent, and the Hästen beds perfectly cloud-like and huggable – I continued to dream about these best-slept-nights long after my return from Andermatt.
Of course my lush experience at The Chedi Andermatt did not stop there. The extensive facilities include fine restaurants and cosy lounges, a ski-in living room with sports boutique, comprehensive spa and wellness centre with a tranquil retreat of hydrothermal baths and a duo of swimming pools (indoor and outdoor) against the stunning outdoor Alpine landscape.
I couldn’t recommend the spa and the hydrothermal baths enough, for I had such a deeply relaxing day pampering myself that all the daily city-life stress seemed to have all faded away. Buried in the hot spring water scented with the most comforting herbal essences, looking out to the snowy nature on the other side of the floor to ceiling glass, was a moment I am keen to have on repeat over and over again.
Of course, no greatness is completed without the culinary excellence. Truffle champagne fondue in the Club House, Swiss delicacy and Asian influenced dishes at the main restaurant, fresh seafood and sushi at the stylish Japanese eatery, Chedi has it all, completed with a high-tech cheese room and wine cellar.
Tip from HER ETIQUETTE: during 30 March and 2 April this year, Swiss chef André Jaeger will join Chedi Andermatt to represent their guests with four nights of exclusive dining experience at the intimate Japanese restaurant. André’s famous ‘Cuisine du Bonheur’, which perfectly combines the local culinary flair with the Asian gastronomic culture, will be on offer.
More about The Chedi Andermatt: www.chediandermatt.com
Credits: Courtesy of The Chedi Andermatt/GHM Hotels