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Alpine Fusion

Alpine and oriental luxuries merge at the Swiss Alps’ brand-new luxury hotel, the Chedi Andermatt, writes Madeline Hoskin.

Ski-lovers who have waited in eager anticipation for the Chedi Andermatt — it’s time to exhale. The new complex of rich wood slats and pitched chalet roofs that mirror the peaks of its mountainous backdrop has now opened after four years under construction. Here is a hotel so suited to its Swiss surrounds you’ll forget the Chedi name is one typically synonymous with its Bali or Oman offerings. However, Andermatt’s connection to these far-flung branches is not lost amid the snow; rather it is embraced, creating an outstanding convergence of Asian and Alpine design that echoes through the lobby, suites, facilities and surrounds.

Indeed, the first snow offering from GHM has pulled out all stops to live up to the hospitality management group’s quality reputation, with the final project expected to see over $375 million invested. No expense has been spared from the choice of a tranquil nook in the Urseren Valley, to the enlisted help of Belgian designer Jean-Michel Gathy who concocted the hotel’s 104 spacious rooms and suites.

At an altitude of 1440 metres, this once-esoteric resort destination enjoys some of the best snow in the Alps. Until its undeniable Swiss charm captured the curiosity of Andermatt funder, Egyptian billionaire Samih Sawiris, the decommissioned army base was destined to fall into obscurity and ruin. Its new opening as a luxury resort marks a grand milestone in the revitalisation of this ski haven.

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And a grand milestone it is. Already inducted into the 400-strong Leading Hotels of the World collection, visitors can expect this hotel to offer the highest in luxury standards, from warm woods, stone designs and entrancing views across the white-washed Alps, to ultra plush furnishings and Asian-inspired flourishes.

The marriage of Swiss and Oriental extends from design into dining, with alpine selections complemented with a five-metre-high cheese cellar at The Restaurant, or quality sushi, sashimi and tempura at The Japanese Restaurant. One can also soak up the respective ambiences of The Wine and Cigar Library, The Bar and Living Room, The Lobby, The Courtyard or The Pool.

All ski resorts need their spa retreat, and the European nuances throughout Andermatt’s 2400-square-metre health spa will revitalise body, mind and soul. The facility offers indoor and outdoor pools, yoga classes, Finnish saunas, organic sol steam baths, state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, as well as a team of highly trained therapists providing all methods of pampering.

The Chedi is just the first stage in a much larger development in the Andermatt Swiss Alps. The area is soon to boast several hotels and apartment buildings, designer shops, luxury golfing in summer, and an innovative new lift system that is set to make these slopes the greenest place to ski in the Alps.

This expansive alpine playground is sure to lure many a lover of luxury, mountains, snow and slopes.


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Getting there
Swiss Air flies into Milan, Lucerne and Zurich, all less than two hours away by car. Private aircraft can land in Buochs, 45 minutes away.
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Buochs Airport