24 hours at The Chedi Andermatt
Photography by Moritz Lips. Written by Oliver Lips.
10.09h The train departs from the Zurich main station. It is the beginning of a wonderful, first spring day in Zurich, but while riding towards Göschenen and Andermatt the clouds get thicker and the sun unfortunately disappears.
12.04h Next stop: Andermatt. The first view we get as soon as we step out of the train is The Chedi Andermatt. It kind of looks like a chalet-fortress from outside. Upon arrival at the hotel our luggage is taken care of and we are being greeted with a hot towel, a cup of The Chedi tea and a brownie. At first I'm not sure if it's their soothing tactic since our room isn't ready for another two hours or if it's something everyone gets, either way it is delicious!
All worries aside on how to kill time as soon as we enter the lobby lounge. The comfortable and cozy day beds, sofas and chairs invite to relax, have a drink, and in our case, finish an episode of Scrubs. We also take our time to shoot the first pictures and make sure our social media channels are up to date.
14.30h Our room is all set and ready and with one foot in the room I already feel at home. This 55 sqm deluxe room not only offers a lounge, bathtub and rain shower, walk-in closet and complimentary non-alcoholic drinks from the mini bar, but also a built-in fireplace that you can enjoy from inside as well as the balcony. Oh and the best thing about it is that the entire technology is accessible from a tablet (lights, sound, blinds and fireplace).
15.04h After unpacking I change into the look we're shooting today while Moritz sets up the camera gear.
15.50h Done and done. We put our swimming trucks on and wrap up in those fluffy bathrobes, ready for a trip to The Spa. As soon as we sit down in one of those comfortable sofa-booth right next to the 35m long indoor pool we are being welcomed with a refreshing smoothie and some dried pineapple, mango and apple pieces. We head over to the heated outdoor salt-water pool and enjoy a nice swim. I think to myself that it would be awesome if it would snow right now, but unfortunately the temperatures are already too high for that, even in Andermatt. After some more relaxing we wander to the hydrotherapy-area of The Spa where you'll find the hydrotherapy pool, a Finnish sauna and hammam, steam rooms, a plunge pool and treatment rooms.
18.12h Upstairs in our room again we get ready for dinner.
19.20h But before heading to The Restaurant we stop by The Bar for two Vesper Martini (my favourite go-to drink) and enjoy these in front of the fireplace. A tiny bit tipsy we then make our way to The Restaurant (one of two restaurants at The Chedi, the other one is a Japanese restaurant, but it was unfortunately closed that day). Over the course of some hours I enjoy a delicious three-course meal consisting of a scallop carpaccio, seafood pasta and fillet of beef with asparagus and polenta.
22.42h We bring the evening to an end with a glass of whiskey in front of the fireplace.
The next day. We get up a bit earlier to enjoy a last swim in the indoor and outdoor pool before heading to the vast breakfast-buffet that leaves no wishes unfulfilled.
After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to The Chedi Andermatt and we get back into the train towards Zurich. Sometimes it takes no more than 24 hours to relax from the past week and refill your energy for the coming week, even though we wouldn't have mind to stay another night, or week.