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The Chedi Andermatt to open 6 December 2013

General Hotel Management (GHM) is launching The Chedi Andermatt, the luxury hotel group’s first property in Europe and Switzerland this December. Situated at the crossroads of three mountain passes in Urserntal, The Chedi Andermatt is in the heart of the Swiss Alps. It is accessible via three Alpine passes: the Oberlap Pass to the east, the St. Gotthard Pass in the south and the Furka Pass in the west, while the Schöllenenschlucht gorge is in the north. Goethe once famously said of Andermatt, "Of all the places I know, this is the dearest and most interesting to me".

The opening of The Chedi Andermatt on 6 December 2013 marks a milestone in the development of the Andermatt Swiss Alps resort, a year-round resort featuring apartments, chalets, hotels and leisure facilities.

With the opening of The Chedi Andermatt, the GHM group, established in 1992, will set a new standard in design and hospitality in Switzerland. Jean-Michel Gathy, Chief designer and advisor for Denniston International Architects & Planners Ltd., from Kuala Lampur, is responsible for the signature style of the hotel, which carefully balances tradition with nature. Alpine chic meets Asian nuances throughout the 5-star hotel. In the 106 appointed rooms and suites (from 52 sq metres to 134 sq metres) Gathy achieves this cohesion by using local elements with a keen attention to detail - large fireplaces, wood panelling, and terraces allowing the indoor and outdoor spaces to blend seamlessly together. Local materials are used throughout the hotel in keeping with traditional GHM style.

The hotel restaurants were designed by SPIN Design Studio from Japan.

Anyone who has been a guest at a Chedi hotel is aware of the luxury hotel group’s culinary excellence; The Chedi Andermatt offers nothing short of this standard. The signature outlet, The Restaurant, will showcase four open kitchens specializing in cold cuts, desserts, Western and Asian cuisine. Here the chefs are visible to guests while they work on their creations. The Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Unique to the Swiss Alps will be The Japanese Restaurant, serving authentic Japanese delicacies prepared at a tempura and sushi bar. A selection of special Japanese sake and beer will be available, in addition to expertly paired wine and champagne to complete the offer.

The Wine & Cigar Library invites guests to enjoy views of The Courtyard in this walk-in humidor, which also offers some of the finest wines by the glass. In the winter months a cosy fire is lit, creating the perfect alpine setting.

The Lobby is the place to see and be seen, surrounded by The Bar, The Spa, The Pool Area and The Wine & Cigar Library. There are two fireplaces creating a warm atmosphere in this central space. A light menu of small dishes will be served here, in addition to the hotel’s variant of Afternoon Tea – The Chedi Afternoon Tea.

After a full day on the slopes or the golf course guests can meet and relax at The Bar and Living Room. Here the Ski Butler’s can make guests’ arrangements for the next day on the slopes, and tee-offs can be organised for golfers. Small dishes of local snacks are served here, alongside a selection of wine and beer.

The Courtyard is the perfect place to unwind in the winter and summer months alike. Featuring a terrace and large pond, guests are treated to a breath-taking view of the Gemsstock Mountain. A small bar serves refreshing drinks in warm weather, and mulled wine in the chilly months.

The Pool Area offers guests not only a 35-metre indoor pool, but also an outdoor swimming pool, complete with bath towels, sun creams, beauty products, magazines and newspapers, and light refreshments.

The Spa at The Chedi Andermatt extends to 2,400 square metres. In addition to a 35 metre indoor pool and 12 metre outdoor pool, it features a variety of smaller pools, a Finnish sauna and hammam and ten spa suites offering treatments using natural products from ila, REN and Alpienne. The Health Club is equipped with the latest Technogym equipment and personal trainers are on hand to create customised programmes for guests that can easily be put into daily practice after leaving the hotel. Training can extend beyond the Health Club as guests can enjoy yoga, hiking, mountain biking and skiing within the hotel’s natural alpine surroundings.

Gemsstock Mountain welcomes all winter sports enthusiasts – from its Eldorado for freeriders to families enjoying the sunny slopes of Andermatt. The Sedrun Andermatt Sports AG is currently in development with renowned Swedish ski resort operators, AB Andermatt-Sedrun, to connect the Sedrun ski domain to the Andermatt resort. By 2016, 120 unique slopes will be available to visitors.

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