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Luxury Swiss ski holidays at the new Chedi Andermatt

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Andermatt, an eco-chic Swiss resort high in the Ursern Valley and foothills of the Oberalp Pass saw the opening of the highly anticipated luxury Chedi Andermatt hotel today. 

Andermatt is a quaint Swiss village that is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts, especially freeriders. The village operates a progressive energy policy and has its own wind turbine, which was erected at Gütsch – a pioneering effort in this high Alpine location.

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The opening of The Chedi Andermatt today marks a milestone in the development of the Andermatt Swiss Alps resort. The luxury Swiss hotel is in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Reached within 10 minutes from the Autobahn and 90 minutes from Zurich.

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Andermatt had been a popular year-round holiday and wellness resort for the last 100 years, complete with a very friendly local population. In the summer months the destination is a paradise for hikers, bikers, nature lovers and those seeking relaxation. Classic car enthusiasts can be seen on the weekends driving on the famous passes around Andermatt. From the summer of 2014, avid golfers will find an 18-hole golf course, designed by Kurt Rossknecht, just minutes from The Chedi Andermatt. Embedded perfectly into the high alpine landscape, this course will offer stunning views and the added value of high altitude, making golf balls fly further naturally.

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Architect Jean-Michel Gathy was responsible for the signature style of the luxury Swiss hotel, which carefully balances tradition with nature. Alpine chic meets Asian nuances throughout the five-star hotel. In the 104 appointed rooms and suites Gathy achieves this cohesion by using local elements with a keen attention to detail – large fireplaces, wood panelling, and terraces allowing the indoor and outdoor spaces to blend seamlessly together. Local materials are used throughout the hotel in keeping with traditional GHM style.

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The lobby is the place to see and be seen, surrounded by the bar, the spa and the pool area. There are two fireplaces creating a warm atmosphere in this central space. A light menu of small dishes will be served here, in addition to the hotel’s variant of afternoon tea – ‘the Chedi afternoon tea’. 

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The hotel restaurants were designed by Spin Design Studio from Japan. The signature outlet, The Restaurant, showcases four open kitchens specialising in cold cuts, desserts, Western and Asian cuisine. Here executive chef German-Iranian Mansour Memarian will be visible to guests while he works on his culinary excellence.

Getting to Andermatt from Zurich Airport takes 90 minutes by car, from Milan airport two hours, and from Buochs private airfield, at the disposal of private planes, 45 minutes.

To get to Andermatt by train it takes two hours from Zurich and three-and-a-half hours from Milan.

The Chedi Andermatt, Gotthardstrasse 4, CH-6490, Andermatt, Switzerland, chediandermatt.com

Images courtesy of the resort and Andermatt Tourismus

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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December 20, 2013 | Andermatt Europe Switzerland Travel Western Europe | View comments

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