The Chedi Andermatt
The Chedi Andermatt, opened in December 2013 and is part of the General Hotel Management group (GHM). It is the group’s first resort in Europe and is situated in the Urseren Valley in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
Encapsulating the vision of the Andermatt Swiss Alps Resort development, The Chedi Andermatt is a ground breaking transformation of a historic resort into an internationally sought-after destination succinctly marrying tradition with modernity. The hotel opening set new standards in design in Switzerland and Denniston International Architects and Planners Ltd. from Kuala Lumpur, is responsible for its innovative style which combines alpine chic with Asian features.
Denniston is arguably recognised as one of the world's leading hospitality design firms and is behind some of the most renowned luxury hotels built over the last two decades. The "living legend" of hotel design and often referred to as "design guru", Jean-Michel Gathy is their principal designer. Denniston style of design is clever and classy. They use geometry and layered interiors to ensure the results are aesthetically pleasing. Interestingly, Jean-Michel designs everything by hand rather than computer - an art and architectural mastery that is rare today.
The inspiration for the pioneering architecture of The Chedi Andermatt was the chalets and grand hotels of the past, which shape the image of Switzerland. This was important to Jean-Michel Gathy to create a connection between the hotel and its location. The architecture and materials of the surrounding region inspire the avant-garde building, design, materials and colours. Gathy gave his own personal touch by creating the symmetrical lines and the balanced design he is well known for, where he mixes tradition and modernity. The front of the five star hotel mirrors a traditional wooden chalet, complete with subtle injections of modern features.
The cutting edge design is about Alpine chic meets Asian zen: dark Alpine wood, soft leather chairs and sofas, panoramic windows and open fireplaces bring the prominent Andermatt mountain landscapes into the hotel.
An inventive reference to nature and refined detail is apparent across the entire hotel, and are especially visible in the hotel's 105 original rooms and suites. The Chedi Andermatt's fine dining options include Western and Asian cuisine in The Restaurant and The Japanese Restaurant by Hide Yamamoto. Snacks, drinks, cigars, wines and small dishes are available in The Wine & Cigar Library, The Lobby, The Courtyard, The Pool and The Bar and Living Room. A further highlight is the spectacular 2,400 square metre Spa.