The village of Andermatt, currently a sleepy Swiss mountain resort well-known for its off piste skiing, is set to be developed into one of the most impressive resorts in the Alps. From a small location located at the crossroads between north, south, east and west Switzerland, and connected by three Alpine passes – the Oberalp Pass, the St Gotthard Pass and the Furka Pass – Andermatt has been well loved for years and lies on one of the most important routes in the Alps.
The village, which was previously much given over to the manoeuvres of the Swiss Army, has many good restaurants and bars already and some very sweet hotels, but all this will be sent into a new realm with the project currently underway.
The new project aims to expand both the ski area and the summer activities available in this gem of a place, as well as building new accommodation in the form of hotels, apartments and 25 select luxury villas.
There is to be a new golf course in the Ursern Valley, consiting of an 18-hole golf course and a 6-hole training course, a driving range and a club restaurant, all in a sensational setting; apparently golf balls fly 10% further 1,400m above sea level – this is set to be one of the most attractive golf courses in the Alps. In addition to golf, summer visitors will be able to enjoy hiking, mountain biking and climbing in the stunning setting, as well as fishing, tennis and handgliding.
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The ski area at Andermatt will also be linked with the nearby area of Sedrun to create an overall area of over 130km of piste. A state of the art sports centre is also planned for the heart of the village, including a spa.
Six new hotels are to be built in the 4* and 5* sector, including the flagship hotel, the Chedi Andermatt, in total providing 844 hotel rooms and 490 apartments in 42 buildings, as well as the 25 private villas. There will be additional retail space for new shops and restaurants and new sports and leisure facilities. A number of very well regarded architects, all with deffering styles within the Alpine feel have been selected to work on the project to ensure Andermatt continues to keep the atmosphere of a local village with a blend of modern and traditional architecture.
‘The properties available to buy at The Chedi Andermatt consist of 106 apartments (with one or two bedrooms), seven lofts, and one master suite. There are also four apartment houses in Andermatt Swiss Alps offering 1 to 4 bed apartments; Murmeltier’, ‘Steinbock’, ‘Steinadler’ and ‘Hirsch’. Completion dates start in 2013 for the Chedi and the golf course – construction began at the end of last year.
Andermatt is best reached from Zurich and Milan, from where there are trains to the village, or it is a two hour drive by car.
Prices vary depending on the type of property and where it’s situated, but to find out more please visit www.andermatt-swissalps.ch.