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Asia meets Alps in the Chedi Andermatt, the first of a slew of new luxury hotels aimed at turning Andermatt from a sleepy (albeit brilliant) resort in to a genuine rival to St Moritz.
Harriet is here to help give you the inside track.
The Asian aesthetic is in evidence in the dark wood floors and stone and wood interiors throughout the hotel - designed by architect Jean-Michel Gathy - and its 123 rooms and suites, which start at 560 sq ft. The Grand Deluxe Suites in the Chedi Residences wing feel like chalets and all have their own balconies offering views of the famous Gemsstock and Natschen (also known, confusingly, as Gutsch near the summit) mountains.
The east meets west schtick continues in the very choice of restaurants for guests, with the imaginatively named The Restaurant serving European (especially Swiss, naturally) and Asian fusion cuisine complemented by a fine (and fine) wine list. There are no gold stars for guessing what The Japanese Restaurant specialises in, but the sushi, sashimi and tempura are all uniformly excellent. Meanwhile, The Chalet is a cosy spot in which to enjoy Alpine classics like fondue and raclette in a dining room with pine panelled walls and checked table cloths for added authenticity. For a romantic dinner or lunch, the Chedi team can also drive you to the nearby Club House, as it sounds the hub for Andermatt's golf course and somewhere to sample high quality international cuisine.
Elsewhere the Courtyard is the place for a selection of coffees and hot punches in winter, and in summer for an extensive array of cocktails beside the 36ft lap pool. Speaking of swimming, the main - indoor - pool is 110ft long and somewhere besides which to enjoy more cocktails and tapas style lighter meals. Finally, the Bar & Living room is the place to relax with a warming winter drink beside the conical fireplaces, and for the ultimate old school indulgence the Wine & Cigar Library contains a wide range of exceptional vintage wines (many available by the glass) and a walk-in humidor well stocked with Cuban cigars, whiskies and cognacs.
Healthier habits are catered for in the huge Spa & Wellness centre, home to the main pool mentioned earlier as well as ten treatment rooms, a gym, a yoga room, saunas, steam bath and beauty salon.
Why we love it
The Chedi Andermatt's Ski Butler Service team can help kit out guests with the latest HEAD skis and snowboards or cross country skis and even toboggans for younger guests. (And for older ones too. We won't tell).
Victoria, Original Traveller