A former Alpine military base, the whimsical wood-clad town of Andermatt has swooped onto the ski scene by adding two new lifts in the past five years alongside a headline hotel, The Chedi. The whole town has been the project of Egyptian billionaire Samih Sawiris who has put this tiny ski town on the map while staying true to its Alpine roots.
Just two hours from Zurich, on trains and funicular railways that take you past crystalline glacial waters and past wooden chocolate-box toy towns.
Sitting at the resort’s heart, the “Swiss mountain hut meets Malaysian temple” aesthetic, designed by big-name Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy, makes you feel as if you’re staying in a Bond villain’s mountainside lair – all moody chocolate-hued interiors, sleek glass-covered fireplaces and a steaming outdoor onsen.
A windswept chic international crowd ready to hit the slopes.
Rooms are as high-tech as they come: you won’t find light switches here, instead everything is activated with the swipe of an iPad, and there are incense burners beside deep, free-standing, bath tubs. Dine on black cod in miso at the Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant, or spend hours in the two-storey spa, hopping between ice-cold and steamy plunge pools. Just what you need after tearing up the slopes. This month, the hotel is launching a brand new Japanese restaurant at Mount Gütsch 2,300m above sea level.
A discreet, ultra-modern winter sports temple that feels far from the showy mainstream ski crowds.