It’s been a roller-coaster ride for sleepy Andermatt. The construction of the magnificent Chedi Andermatt plucked this small Central Switzerland village from absolute obscurity and sent it spinning on a faster-than-light trajectory to the summit of the world’s most in-vogue luxury ski resorts. And not just ski resorts; Andermatt was splashed over the news as one of the top travel destinations in the world. Of course, we had to see what the fuss was all about and we found that in this case the hype might well be justified.
Let’s rewind a bit. Early 2013, Andermatt – nestled in Adbula Alps’ Ursern Valley – is a charming little Alpine village, surrounded by pretty scenery that could be straight from the Sound of Music. It has plenty of history with 19th century underground railway tunnels and the legendary Devil’s Bridge rock formation. Secretly, it also has exceptional skiing with 80 miles of pristine and near-deserted terrain across the snowsure Nätschen and Gemsstock peaks. The trouble was – despite being just a 2-hour drive from Zurich – there was nowhere to stay.
This is where the Chedi Andermatt comes in. By the end of the year, this sleepy Alpine town would now boast one of the finest luxury ski retreats on the planet. And it is sumptuous. The Chedi is refined luxury at its best, there’s nothing flashy or showy about it, it’s meticulously designed with a subtle Asia-meets-Alpine feel and bestowed with peerless facilities. The little details make it: the roaring fires, cigar and wine cellars, the wooden minimalist rooms, the spectacular views from the balcony, the Japanese bath-inspire pool – this is a special, expertly made property. The only worry is you may never actually make the slopes.
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