The Chedi Andermatt
On a smooth, quiet drive through Urserental valley in Uri, Switzerland, with the majestic Swiss Alps as the horizon, you will come across the breathtaking site of The Chedi Andermatt, an indulgent five-star hotel that is uniquely Alpine-meets-Asian, in more ways than one.
Situated at the intersection of three mountain passes, The Chedi Andermatt boasts an offering of “the most spectacular breakfast buffet in the Alps”. If breakfast is not your preferred meal of the day, you can treat yourself to a quality lunch or dinner at any of The Restaurant’s four kitchens, which serve a delightful range of Asian and European dishes. There is also The Japanese Restaurant, which was recently awarded a Michelin star for its sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, and tempura specialties.
The 123-room hotel opened its doors in December 2013, marking a milestone in the development of the resort. It was designed by renowned Belgian designer and architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the name behind iconic hotels and resorts such as The Chedi Muscat (Oman), The Setai (US), and The St. Regis Lhasa Resort (China), as well as One&Only and Cheval Blanc Randheli (Maldives).
The hotel has a Tibetan-inspired Spa and Health Club where you’ll find a 35 m indoor pool with views of Andermatt’s mountain scenery, making for a lavish experience for those seeking some respite. While the Alps are considered the ideal winter destination, the region is in fact a pleasing option for a summer vacation, and for those who visit during the warmer months, hiking, golfing, and fishing adventures await. Hikers may opt to be accompanied by a local guide, and skiers can simply call on one of the hotel’s designated ski butlers to arrange their activity, from organizing equipment and warming boots to preparing a warm beverage upon return. If skiing seems too challenging, one can go for a skate at the hotel’s ice rink.
Perhaps staying indoors seems more appealing, in which case guests can easily find a comfortable spot next to the almost 200 fireplaces in the hotel and read a book from the Wine & Cigar Library — which houses books supplied by the London Library — while enjoying a selection from the over 600 bottles available. There is also a 5 m glass box Cheese Room that showcases about 40 varieties.
In 2017, The Chedi Andermatt was named Hotel of the Year by leading restaurant guide Gault&Millau and was awarded Prime Traveller Awards’ Best Ski Hotel. The hotel was also among Traveller’s World Awards’ ‘Top 10 Best Spas worldwide’, and SonntagsZeitung ranked it ‘2nd Best “Best Holiday Hotel”: The 150 Best Hotels of Switzerland 2017’.
The Alps are Europe’s most popular mountain range and are spread across eight countries that form the Alpine region. The Chedi Andermatt is at the heart of Andermatt, a traditional Alpine village 90 minutes away from Zurich Airport and 45 minutes away from Buochs private airfield, for those coming in by private plane.