Newport Travel Guide
Andermatt is truly the hidden gem of the Swiss Alps! A picturesque alpine hamlet brimming with top-notch yet understated luxury. Andermatt is nestled in the Uri Valley, famous for its beautiful mountains, vast ski areas and historical villages and towns. And foremost among them is Andermatt, which has earned itself a reputation as a favourite destination for the rich and famous, who appreciate its private and exclusive atmosphere.
TOTAL MAKE OVER
In 2005, the Egyptian visionary and billionaire Samih Sawiri visited the Urseren Valley and saw Andermatt’s potential. He wanted to awaken the village from its slumber by updating the ski area and building more hotels and flats, thus creating many new jobs. His ambition to make Andermatt a tourist destination was well on its way to becoming a reality. In 2009 a groundbreaking ceremony for the Chedi Andermatt hotel was held. It was to be built on the same site as the legendary Grand Hotel Bellevue once stood.
Andermatt is located a full 1444 metres above sea level and is known for having the most snowfall in all of Switzerland. Due to its high altitude, the village receives snow from all four directions. Many visitors are affected by the altitude, and some become giddy or dizzy. Still, that does little to dissuade the world’s freeride enthusiasts. Andermatt is a mecca for off-piste skiers on the hunt for their next shot of adrenaline; the surrounding area has over 100 gorgeous, piste-free slopes. The summit of Gemsstock Mountain is a great favourite among many visitors looking for a world-class ski experience.
5 STAR HOTEL
By the time the five-star hotel The Chedi opened its doors in December 2013, the Andermatt improvement project had been underway for four years. The Chedi is now one of the most luxurious hotel and time-share accommodations in the Alps, with 123 hotel rooms and suites, 106 residences and 13 penthouses. It is a large and lavish jewel where luxury meets Eastern asceticism, with amenities ranging from a stunning spa to numerous restaurants, over 200 open fireplaces, and much more. The entire hotel is a case study in how to style and decorate an extravagant home in the Alps.
WORLD LUXURY HOTELS
The World Luxury Hotel Awards are considered to be the most prestigious competition in the hotel industry. Every year over 300,000 international guests, travellers and industry players from all over the world vote for the winners. In 2021, The Chedi Andermatt won the award for the Best Luxury Mountain Hotel in Europe, and The Chedi Spa & Health Club won in the Luxury Mountain Resort Spa category. These honours are proof-positive that the hotel truly lives up to its reputation as one of the hottest hotels in the Alps.
14 GAULT & MILLAU
On the ground floor of the five-star hotel The Chedi you will find The Restaurant. Its unique ambiance, design and delicious food has earned it 14 Gault Millau points. Guests can watch their meals be prepared in five different “kitchen studios”. A highlight of The Restaurant is its wine and cheese cellar, which attracts connoisseurs from every corner of the globe.
Its location directly adjacent to cross-country skiing track makes the Swiss House restaurant, which is part of Andermatt’s golf club, a popular place in the winter months. The pleasant and spacious terrace boasts views of the surrounding mountains, making the restaurant an ideal spot to sit back, relax, and enjoy a tasty bite. The Swiss House serves traditional dishes, fresh and crispy salads, and much more.
The Piz Calmot mountain guesthouse is situated at the top of the Oberalp Pass, a full 2,048 metres above sea level and just a stone’s throw from the Rhine Falls. The large, sunny terrace offers breathtaking, panoramic views of the mountains. The restaurant serves scrumptious schnitzels and a selection of daily prix fixe menus.
Most visitors to Andermatt fly to Zürich and continue their journey with a two-hour train ride. But it is actually possible to travel all the way from Sweden by rail, should you be so inclined. The connection from Stockholm to Andermatt runs through Denmark and Germany.