A stunning two-and-a-half hour train journey from Zurich is Andermatt, a charming alpine town nestled against a breathtaking backdrop of mountainous landscape. Unlike some of Switzerland’s more established ski resorts, the former military village has only recently come into its own as a luxury tourist destination, thanks to a billion-pound resuscitation plan that saw the construction of an award-winning 18-hole golf course, new ski infrastructure, restaurants, a classical music concert hall, 500 apartments and six hotels.
At the centre of the reinvigorated town is the jewel of its crown: the Chedi Andermatt, a five-star haven of luxury that has the pleasure seeking jet set flocking in droves. Designed by renowned Kuala-Lumpur-based architect Jean Michel Gathy, the 123-room hotel fuses traditional Alpine style with Asian influences to create a zen-like environment where comfort and relaxation are the primary objectives. High vaulted ceilings and expansive open-plan common areas generate a great sense of space, but there’s a simultaneous warmth, achieved through the use of dark woods, soft lighting and an abundance of fireplaces. The peaceful atmosphere extends to the bedrooms, designed to inspire true tranquility and blissful rest, with ultra-comfortable Hästens beds, cashmere throws and plush fur cushions, all adhering to a deep, earthy colour palette. Bathrooms are enormous and spa-like, with freestanding bathtubs, heated floors and delishly scented Acqua di Parma products. Luxurious feels like an understatement.