The Furka Suite
There are luxury ski chalets, and then there are properties that quite simply take your breath away. The Furka Suite at the Chedi Hotel is one of the latter. Much more than just a high-end place to lay your head while you enjoy a luxury ski...
Destination Guide: Andermatt
Once a spa destination (back in the 1870s), the beauty of this town went unadmired for many years, following the building of the Gotthard Tunnel in 1882, which made the area into one of Europe’s biggest transport hubs. But Andermatt is enjoying a brand new heyday. In fact, the only surprise is that no one spotted its potential before now. The pretty Alpine town, encircled by trees and then snowy mountains, has the look of a village in a snow globe viewed from above – you can’t quite believe it’s real. It’s not chocolate box beautiful in the way many ski resort towns are, but its stunning location is its real charm, and it has an atmosphere all its own.
At the heart of the new Andermatt is the Chedi, a stunning five-star hotel laid out around what becomes an ice-rink in winter. The arrival of this and other new luxury hotels and chalets is quickly changing the face of Andermatt, but lots of the traditional old haunts are still here, and the skiing is as good as it has ever been, with deeper powder than you’ll find in many Swiss resorts and the awesome and enormous Gemsstock mountain overlooking it all, ideal for die-hard skiers, with acres of off-piste space.
There’s something for every age and ability here though, with the Natschen Mountain, perfect for families and beginners, as well as the Winterhorn, which is great for off-piste skiing for intermediates.
And in summer the town is transformed into a pretty, pastoral idyll, where you can enjoy golfing, hiking and mountain biking.
The closest airport to Andermatt is Zurich, 1.5hrs drive away. Milan airport is 2hrs away. The Glacier Express Railway which connects Zermatt and St Moritz also stops here.
Best places to eat and drink in Andermatt
The new star of the show in Andermatt has to be The Chedi Hotel, which has some wonderful eateries to include ‘The Restaurant’ serving authentic Swiss and European dishes with a modern twist, and ‘The Japanese Restaurant by Hide Yamamoto’, serving spectacular sushi, sashimi and tempura, among other things.
Also worth a visit for local fayre, is the Restaurant River House on Gotthardstrasse. And if you’ve had your fill of fondue and its ilk, Baeren is a lovely Italian restaurant that does great seafood and pasta.
Andermatt’s mountain eateries aren’t quite as good as those in the town but you’ll find somewhere to stop for lunch easily enough.
For drinking, a must-do is The Chedi’s private wine tasting, with gourmet snacks in its private wine dining room, which can be hired for up to eight people at a time. And it would be impolite not to stop for a cocktail in front of The Chedi’s roaring fire in the bar on the way out.
Best time to visit Andermatt
Outdoor-enthusiasts will find something to do here at any time of year. In summer, the golf, hiking and mountain biking opportunities are great. If you’re coming for the snow, however, snow is guaranteed in winter and Andermatt’s slopes are open for business from the start of December to mid-to-late April.
What we love about Andermatt
We love the fact that Andermatt is still a hidden gem, escaping from the mass of crowds allowing you to enjoy Andermatt's exquisite natural setting.
Ski area: Gotthard Oberalp
Altitude of resort: 1,444m
Highest lift: 2,963m
Total pistes: 125km
Total lifts: 21
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