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Andermatt

Switzerland

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This January, my family and I visited the recently opened Chedi Andermatt hotel, a magical resort nestled in the picturesque town of Andermatt. Compared to its more glamorous Alpine cousins, it had long been something of an overlooked destination until Chedi unveiled its latest European resort there in December. I fell in love with its modern take on traditional Swiss chalets and the grand hotels of the past. The architect Jean-Michel Gathy fused Alpine chic with Asian minimalism to create cozy interiors, featuring dark, warm woods; soft leather sofas; open fireplaces; and stacks of beautiful coffee-table books. The Chedi’s living room is also the perfect spot for afternoon tea or to meet with a ski butler to arrange for the next day’s outing on the slopes. Our spectacular guest room featured a fireplace that extended onto an outdoor terrace, as well as a spacious bathroom stocked with thick, luxurious terrycloth bathrobes.

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One evening, while having dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, we met the resort’s talented Tunisian and Iranian-German chefs who had worked at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab and the Jeddah Hilton, respectively. I also treated myself to the resort’s luxe spa, which includes a Finnish sauna, hammam, and ten spa suites offering Oriental treatments based on Asian healing traditions. My Eastern-inspired treatment with aesthetician Francie included custom organic products from Alpienne, which have been created for the Chedi Andermatt. Although the hotel boasts an outpost of Trois Pommes, the chic Zurich boutique that stocks Azzedine Alaïa and Mary Katrantzou, I decided instead to explore the small town of Andermatt for some retail therapy. Among my discoveries was a charming little store selling locally sourced furs, such as elk and fox, by the piece; perfect for reupholstering a prized piece of furniture.

For more information, visit http://www.thechedi-andermatt.com.

Photos: Courtesy of Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz

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