The restaurant's impressive mix of exquisite pan-Asian and Swiss cuisine
Stunning, state-of-the-art 25,800-square-foot spa with a beautiful lap pool and up-to-the-minute gym
Exemplary service with an international flavor; the Chedi seems to be staffed by mind-readers
What To Know
Andermatt is an under-the-radar destination with a traditional village scene most of the year
Not everyone will love the transparent shower and toilet doors in the guestrooms
This is Switzerland, so prices at the spa may sting a little
Parking on site
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In an under-the-radar Swiss ski resort, the Chedi's first European outpost is part luxe chalet, part Asian temple
East-meets-West in central Switzerland on a grand scale, thanks to designer Jean-Michel Gathy. The ground-floor common areas, with generous couches, beautiful lighting and fireplaces, are a temple to contemporary luxury, with a cozy ambience throughout. The clever use of natural materials such as local wood and stone, and the play of natural light transform this chalet-style cathedral of chic into a warm and harmonious space, filled with Asian decorative touches and talking points.
Bed and Bath
Generously proportioned Deluxe Rooms and Suites are flooded with natural light and feature dreamy pillowtop beds, lush fabric details (there are plentiful scatter cushions), traditional wood and stone walls and floors, mural-style artwork and spacious balconies. Nifty gadgets include iPad-controlled blinds and indoor-outdoor gas fireplaces. Thoughtfully stocked minibars (soft drinks and water are free), Amici coffee machines, free WiFi and Bose sound systems mean you may have trouble coming up with reasons to venture outside. The views encompass the Urseren Valley, the mountains Gemsstock and Nätschen and Schöllenen Gorge. The bathrooms are stunning, with deep, pristine white tubs and high-ceilinged, granite-walled rain showers. Acqua di Parma toiletries add the final, fragrant touch. Towels are thick and thirsty, bathrobes are the softest chenille.
Dining at the restaurant is akin to a theatrical experience, thanks to the 16-foot-high walk-in cheese and wine store that takes center stage and the four open kitchens that allow diners to take in "dinner and a show." Ask to be seated at one of the Chef's Tables in the heart of the action. Impeccable service and an excellent Swiss and international wine list enhance the imaginative menu, which features beautifully done pan-Asian favorites (such as dim sum platters) and novel reinventions of traditional Swiss cuisine. You can also dine in the 40-seat Japanese restaurant, the wine and cigar library, the lobby, the bar and living room, the courtyard and by the pool. The 25,800-square-foot spa offers a range of holistic treatments using Ren, Ilá and Alpienne products. The high-tech gym has the latest TechnoGym equipment and plenty of natural light, and the indoor lap pool features a glass ceiling that lets the outdoors in. In the warmer months hit the 40-foot outdoor pool.
In the Area
Goethe's beloved Urseren Valley is dominated by rugged mountains and some famous mountain passes (the Furka Pass was featured in Goldfinger). The skiing and snowboarding are excellent and under-the-radar compared with other well-known Swiss resorts. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular here, as is hiking in summer. And starting in 2014 there's high-altitude golf, at Andermatt Golf Course. Two of Switzerland's most famous rail journeys, the Glacier Express (connecting Andermatt with St. Moritz and Zermatt) and the Furka Steam Railway (summer only) are worth going on. The town itself has chocolate-box-pretty traditional wooden buildings.