Swiss bliss in Andermatt

03 Jan 2018
3 min read
In a Swiss Alpine village once used as a filming location for James Bond’s Goldfinger, a new breed of luxury hotel has come to Europe, boasting a style that Bond himself would admire. With its authenticity, an unusual liaison of Alpine chic and Asian expression at the heart of the Swiss Alps, the exclusive Chedi Andermatt Hotel offers an unforgettable Swiss experience.

The Chedi Andermatt Hotel & Residences opened in 2013 and, in the words of Melanie Thiel, responsible for the sale of the luxurious properties belonging to the hotel: “It marks the European debut of the grand hotel for the 21st century. People come to The Chedi for the experience and you need to come now because in a few years everybody will be coming here.”

The Chedi is hot stuff – quite literally. As Melanie proudly points out, the property has over 200 fireplaces – “that’s more fireplaces than we have rooms and residences. We have them in every bedroom and every public space, and lots of outside fire pits. It makes the whole experience very romantic.” Within this stunning mountainside fusion of Asian and Swiss themes situated just one hour from Zurich and two from Milan, The Chedi Andermatt features an award-winning spa, outstanding restaurants and has recently been awarded “Gault Millau Hotel of the Year 2017”. Moreover, the hotel is open all year round so in the summer guests and residences owners can enjoy golf, hiking and cycling, in addition to the winter delights of skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and tobogganing.

While many luxury Swiss hotels are located in resorts such as Verbier, The Chedi Andermatt prides itself as being off the beaten track and therefore able to offer more than just 24-hour exposure to big- brand shopping. Instead, the experiences on offer are more authentic, being firmly entwined with the local land. “The hotel team can arrange packages so you can experience the local community,” says Melanie. “You can go hiking with the goat herds before you have a five-star barbeque in a meadow, or you can meet a dairy farmer, learn how he produces his cheese and have breakfast with him.”

Luxurious touches are on offer at the spa, which has saunas, steam baths, a state-of-the-art gym, an indoor pool beneath a glass ceiling and an outdoor pool, heated all year round. For dining, there’s a choice of four restaurants including a Japanese restaurant that employs Switzerland’s only sake sommelier, while the main restaurant boasts an excellent cheese cellar, filled with local hard and soft cheese with matching wine.

A ski butler will help guests and residence owners work off their dinners on the slopes – they become sports butlers in summer, providing similar guidance for everything from golf to angling. There’s a private ice rink in the courtyard, and the hotel rooms and residences are spacious and equipped for luxury.

If all of this sounds particularly appealing, The Chedi Andermatt offers the opportunity to purchase a residence within the luxury hotel for permanent use. You can then decide whether to keep this for yourself or return it to the rental pool. There are no restrictions for non-Swiss to purchase property freehold or to use the property as a holiday home. Either way, it provides owners with the chance to gain a permanent foothold in this gorgeous environment.

“We are a year-round destination,” says Melanie. “It’s the perfect luxury pit stop for when you want to explore one of the most beautiful areas in Europe.”

The Chedi Andermatt comprises 50 hotel rooms and 119 residences for sale of which 13 penthouses. The luxurious one- and two-bedroom residences, ranging from 95 to 240 square metres living space, are fully furnished. Penthouses range from 189 to 616 square metres living space and come unfurnished, allowing buyers to create their dream property in the Swiss Alps.

All residences are impeccably presented, combining the traditionally alpine with contemporary design. Prices start from CHF 1.69 Mio for a one-bedroom residence, from CHF 3.29 Mio for a two-bedroom residence and from CHF 4.12 Mio for a penthouse residence.

The Chedi Andermatt is the first landmark of the new Andermatt resort development, set to emerge over the next 10 years on a 1.4-million square metre land area. The development includes six 4- and 5-star hotels, 42 apartment buildings, 25 exclusive luxury villas, a shopping promenade with restaurants, an 18-hole championship golf course, a sports centre with wellness services, concert and event facilities, and underground car parks. The Andermatt ski facilities are currently being modernised and connected with the neighbouring ski area of Sedrun to create a first-class ski arena. This well-serviced facility with around 120 kilometres of superb slopes will keep skiers content and challenged in wintertime.