Switzerland’s rugged, lesser-explored Lepontine Alps, 70 miles south of Zürich, is home to a new ski resort that’s adding a much-needed dose of style to the former military town of Andermatt. The first European property for Singapore-based GHM Hotels blends Asian touches such as onsen-style baths with modernist surfaces made of petrified wood and marble.
Andermatt nestles below the magnificent Gemstock peak of the Useren valley, in an eminently central location for travel routes across Europe and worldwide. By road, Andermatt sits within close proximity of major Swiss Alpine transit routes crossing East-West and North-South. Andermatt can be reached from Stuttgart or Munich in four hours, from Milan in two hours, and from Lucerne and Zurich in just 90 minutes. The town itself has chocolate-box-pretty traditional wooden buildings.
Generously proportioned Deluxe Rooms and Suites are flooded with natural light and feature dreamy pillowtop beds, lush fabric details, traditional wood and stone walls and floors, mural-style artwork and spacious balconies. Nifty gadgets include iPad-controlled blinds and indoor-outdoor gas fireplaces. Thoughtfully stocked minibars (soft drinks and water are complimentary), Amici coffee machines, free WiFi and Bose sound systems mean you may have trouble coming up with reasons to venture outside. The bathrooms are stunning, with deep, pristine white tubs and high-ceilinged, granite-walled rain showers. Acqua di Parma toiletries add the final, fragrant touch.
Dining at the restaurant is akin to a theatrical experience, thanks to the 16-foot-high walk-in cheese and wine store that takes center stage and the four open kitchens that allow diners to take in "dinner and a show.". You can also dine in the 40-seat Japanese restaurant, the wine and cigar library, the lobby, the bar and living room, the courtyard and by the pool. The 25,800-square-foot spa offers a range of holistic treatments using Ren, Ilá and Alpienne products. The high-tech gym has the latest TechnoGym equipment and plenty of natural light, and the indoor lap pool features a glass ceiling that lets the outdoors in. In the warmer months hit the 40-foot outdoor pool.
From December to March
Ask to be seated at one of the Chef's Tables in the heart of the action to enjoy the impeccable service and an excellent Swiss and international wine list which enhance the imaginative menu, which features beautifully done pan-Asian favorites (such as dim sum platters) and novel reinventions of traditional Swiss cuisine.
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