Designed with an imposing fusion of traditional Swiss hospitality and Asian grandeur,
The Chedi Andermatt is this season's star entry for luxury. With a direct view of the 35-metre swimming pool, glass-covered for year-round enjoyment, the Chedi spa dominates the hotel's grand lobby. There are 10 private treatment suites where you can try Oriental beauty therapies, aided by jade or hot stones. Hidden in the lower hydrotherapy area are hotpools set at three different temperatures, plus dry and wet saunas, and rainshowers, covering an area equally impressive. Relax, forget the weather outside.
Rooted in oriental philosophy, the spa features three brands: REN, ila, and Alpienne containing oils from plants and fruits found in the Andermatt region. Try the ila Tibetan Ku Nye, 90 minutes of stretching and lymph drainage (CHF 300).
I was left alone to enjoy plunge pools, hammam, or the outdoor lap pool. They also offer manicures, pedicures, and hair styling. Active guests work out on a full line of Technogym equipment with the Visio Web line, Kinesis wall, Power Plates, and Pilates machines.
Standing by is your sport butler, with Head bikes. In the future, this feature will be expanded to cater to ski enthusiasts. Surrounded by the Swiss Alps, the valley offers ideal snowy conditions, with a cable car taking skiers and snowboarders up Gemsstock Mountain to nearly 3,000 metres.
Dinner at the hotel’s massive restaurants is different. Separate menus from Asian and European kitchens are available, plus sushi and Japanese specialties in season. And a walk-in cheese room offering tastings from huge wheels of unpasteurized milk produced in the canton of Uri. The Chedi Menu comprised Shanghai spring rolls or Maine lobster, tandoor-marinated monkfish, saddle of local veal with Alpine cheese yak tart, and dessert of Guanaja chocolate with caramelized cherries – for CHF 125.
Tempted to linger at firepits for conversation, I headed for my room and soaking tub in front of the TV.
Designed to blend Alpine chic with Asian zen, these rooms exert calm. Heated stone floors, separate rain shower and toilet, and a wall fitted for storage of a winter wardrobe are features. Finished with leather, natural wood furnishings and a wall-size ski mural enhance the feeling of an upscale ski chalet.
The first Chedi in Europe, the luxury hotel group General Hotel Management Ltd. (GHM) set high standards in design and hospitality. The unusual design by Jean-Michel Gathy, chief architect at Denniston International in Kuala Lumpur, and restaurants by SPIN Design Studio in Tokyo, assured a one-off place to relax and rejuvenate.