Monday, February 10, 2014

SKIING IN SWITZERLAND, part 1, The Chedi Andermatt

Neil Bedford our product manager is a connoisseur of luxury, and an enthusiastic skier who brings English determination and a spirit of adventure to the mysteries of Alpine activity. After a ski weekend at the Chedi Andermatt, opened in December 2013, he introduces us warmly to a new hotel that fits well with its maxim “Alpine chic meets Asian sleek”. 

Neil snaps some action above Andermatt.
He finds the hotel is a fantastic mix of modern design and local touches, with huge fireplaces, fur cushions, soft leathers and dark wooden floors offsetting clean and sleek granite, stone walls and minimalist theme.  He also finds that that the ski area has something for everyone, both beginners and experts…

Cosy relax areas at The Chedi Andermatt

Where?

The Chedi Andermatt lies in the heart of the village of Andermatt, only 25m from the train station and 150m from the nearest ski lift. The village is small but it does have some good restaurants for those who want to step out of the luxurious environment that cocoons you within The Chedi.


Andermatt station just opposite The Chedi

Rooms

Very impressive size, design and style – and views. 


What a view!


Our favourite rooms are south facing to Gemsstock Mountain though all 104 do have views of the surrounding mountains.  



Gemsstock suite

Dark wood floors contrast with indulgent soft leathers, fur cushions and cosy sofas.  Cuddle in cashmere blankets on your private balcony while also warmed by the fireplace which sits very stylishly in a glass wall between room and balcony. The bathroom features double vanity, large deep soaking tub, separate rain shower, where you luxuriate with Acqua di Parma toiletries. All features (including fireplace) are controlled by iPad remote. 


Deluxe room - 52 sqm.

Added Value

Bottle of wine and fruits in the room on arrival. Complimentary upgrade, early checkin and late checkout if space is available.

Spa

Stunning 2400 sqm spa and wellness centre on two floors. In the spa (age 16 and up) there are 3 hydrotherapy pools of different temperatures with water jets/Jacuzzi, sauna, 2 x steam rooms, plunge pool. In keeping with GHM style, it is very Asian themed – from staff to treatment menu to style. In  addition to the spa a 35m indoor lap pool enclosed by glass roof and walls gives amazing views of the Alps.

This is the absolute perfect set up after a day on the slopes or even if you want a day off the slopes completely! 


Main pool - swim a length if you need more than skiing 

F&B

Some of the most beautifully presented food I have seen in the Alps. 


Fine fine-dining

More fine dining

Breakfast and all day dining at The Restaurant features European and Asian cuisine with open kitchens and a stunning 5 metre high glass cheese cellar.

Breakfast room
In the Japanese Restaurant (winter season only, tasting menu from 80 CHF) take a table or have front row seats at one of the two bars for sushi/sashimi or tempura. Plus you can retreat to a wine&cigar library.

Japanese restaurant

Chedi afternoon tea happens by roaring fires in the lobby/relax areas;  tapas at the main pool; snacks, live music, fire, furs and cocktails in the superb après ski (and late into the night) bar. 

Ski service

There is a ski room in the hotel., and it offers excellent service and equipment to buy or hire. It costs around 40 CHF per day for skis, boots and helmet while the ever helpful  concierge will arrange your lift pass, 50 CHF per day. You can arrange everything on arrival, no need to book in advance.

Getting there

Train

The train takes 2 hrs from Zurich airport to Göschenen, followed by complimentary 10 mins car transfer to the hotel. If you are travelling to/from another ski destination in Swtizerland, as I did, then you should certainly take the Glacier Express to/from Andermatt station - this train goes between Zermatt and St Moritz (8 hrs) with stops along the way and incredible views from its panoramic windows throughout. 

Car

Zurich Airport 90mins 
Milan Malpensa 2hrs 


Ski slopes

You enjoy 120 km of pistes and ‘guaranteed’ snowfall. One side of the valley is ideal for advanced and off piste, the other for all standards. In 2015/16 Andermatt should also be connected to Sedrun ski area accessing  another 130km of pistes.

Access:
Nätschen Mountain. It is 150m walk from the hotel to the lift (or they can drop you off), then take a mixture of train and lifts to connect with other slopes. Or take the train from Andermatt station (every hour) for a 15min journey winding up the mountains to the central ski area. Ideal for families, slopes offer runs of all levels including beginners.

Gemstock Mountain. It is 5min drive (complimentary pick up/drop off from hotel on request) to cable car for a two stage ascent up to 3000m for challenging red and black runs as well as superb off piste.


Apres ski/lunch on the mountains is a mix of simple shacks to larger restaurants, all boasting memorable views and hearty Swiss fare. 


Ski hut high on the slopes







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