April 10th 2015
Last week I attended the International Ski Travel Market hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel in Davos Klosters in Switzerland. As well as enjoying the Davos area including a horse and sleigh ride through the village of Klosters, it was a great opportunity to firm up relationships with some of the loveliest resorts and ski destinations in Europe plus I also got the opportunity to travel by train to Andermatt to enjoy one night at the gorgeous Chedi Andermatt.
Andermatt is in Central Switzerland and is on the up with more hotels and ski lifts due to open plus the addition of Europe’s first Asian style Hotel in a ski resort. You can fly into Zurich and it’s a 70 minute transfer time or 2 hours on the train. I got 2 connecting trains (Glacier Express) from Davos and the scenery was stunning! Incidentally, you are also close enough to Florence, Lauserne or Milan if you like the idea of a multi destination trip.
Cuisine: Local Swiss Fare and Japanese cooked by Japanese
Kids: Kids are given a teddy bear on arrival, Kids Club over school holidays, nannies available in the evening plus the hotel has it’s own ice rink.
Dress Code: Alpine chic.
Limelight Love: The Spa complete with thermal pools; indoor and outdoor.
Limelight Low: I struggled to find my way around at first particularly from the pool to the thermal room. #ChampagneProblems
You won’t find Designer stores in Andermatt but what you will find is an authentic village in the beautiful Swiss Alps. The Chedi organises limos every 2-5 minutes to take you to the ski lifts which can be seen from the front door of the hotel or you can take the train (using your ski pass) from the Station which is literally across the road to one of the other ski areas like Sedrun.
The hotel itself is gorgeous! Each room has a fireplace and a balcony, some even have a fireplace on the balcony! The room toilets are high tech and the beds are hand made and difficult to leave!
On arrival in my room, I was given an iPad which controlled the features of my room including the fireplace! The products are made by Acqua di Parma and there is also a wine cupboard in each room which can be filled with your favourite wines. The robes and slippers are a soft chenille that adds to the feeling of cosiness which permeates the hotel!
After having the features of my room explained, I headed straight to the spa. Asian spas are so good and this is no exception. I did get lost on the way but I can be quite dippy to be fair. Once I found it however, I wasn’t disappointed! The pool area can be seen from the lobby and is long enough to put in some decent lengths. The outdoor pool is hot and steamy and it’s such a nice sensation to swim beside the deep snow.
From the pool you go back through the changing room and downstairs where they have the gym, studio where you can do classes such as yoga and the room where they have 2 large thermal pools which melt away any muscle tension from your day of skiing or boarding. There is a steam room, cold pool, 2 saunas at 2 different temperatures and an ice machine. You can of course also book treatments from one of their therapists plus for the more romantic amongst you, they have a couples room too.
You can hire all your ski or snowboard equipment in the hotel from one of the ski butlers who can also give you advice about where to ski.
After a day’s skiing you can come back and chill in the bar or help yourself to one of the Apres Ski snacks in the lobby.
In the evening you can visit the hotel’s very own Cheese Humidor with a variety of swiss cheeses which mature in the ‘cheese tower’ All the cheeses are made on the mountain and the hotel chef has personally visited all the suppliers. You can also pare these with some fabulous bottles of wine.
After this you can have dinner in the hotel with a choice of Asian or Western cuisine. If you want to sample traditional Fondue dishes, Concierge can recommend some great local traditional restaurants in the area.
For a day on the slopes you need a good hearty breakfast and the Chedi doesn’t disappoint with an array of fruits, yoghurts and meats with international breakfast choices plus A La Carte options.
Andermatt might not have the most extensive or challenging of ski slopes but it’s a great destination and with the addition of the Chedi, the area offers a great all round holiday. I only had one night there, unfortunately but I can’t wait to go back, perhaps in the summer!
Happy Travelling :)
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