The phenomenon of change in the travel industry since the start of the pandemic seems never ending. There are many different trends, ideas and tendencies that happened and develop during a time when traveling is almost impossible.
A travel to Asia or far abroad is something most of us in Europe did not do in times of Corona and staying in your own country or a country that can be reached by car seems to be a secure option for many.
This is how I encountered The Chedi in Andermatt. Only a four-hour drive by car from Munich. A hotel concept which almost took me to another continent.
The Chedi group is known for its typical Asian features, architecture, interior and cuisine. And all this can be found very close by.
The moment you enter the lobby covered in white orchids (as it is the favourite flower of the owner’s wife, Mrs. Sawiris) you feel the Asian kindness and hospitality.
All rooms have a fireplace and typical Asian interior features like low tables and seating cushions on the floor as well as comfortable lounge chairs to enjoy a tea in front of your fireplace.
The architecture of Jean-Michel Gathy, who also built some Aman resorts, blends in perfectly with the Swiss landscape with wood and stone from the region.
Actually, the hotel fits in well with the Ursern Valley, although it stands like an island in itself and doesn’t necessarily appear to be embedded in the village of Andermatt. But this is a different story.
When you come to The Chedi Andermatt, you come for the flair, the rooms, the restaurants and of course the spa with its extensive hydrotherapy area and award-winning treatments.
Skiing in winter is a good option, especially if you’re having lunch at the hotel’s Chedi Andermatt Japanese restaurant high up on Gütsch’s local mountain. The Chedi has many outstanding features, like a perfect Ski Storage room in collaboration with HEAD Skis where you can rent their latest skis.
In summer you can go on endless hikes, go cycling or play golf. And when you come back, the best you can do for your mind and body is to visit the spa.
A sundowner at the CHEDI bar, run by Marie Gerber, who has won many awards for her cocktail creations.
Also the spa has many award-winning treatments and a 35 meters indoor and a 12 meters heated outdoor pool.
A weekend at the Chedi is a perfect alternative to an Asian getaway. Bon voyage!