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GHM Development of The Chedi Andermatt Begins in Swiss Alps

(Singapore, September 28, 2010) – Asia-based luxury hotel and resort operator GHM is pledging the “ultimate in bespoke luxury” in the picture postcard surroundings of the Swiss Alps with its latest development, The Chedi Andermatt. 

In the small town of Andermatt at the crossroads between southern, northern and eastern Switzerland, the year-round holiday destination is blessed with stunning natural scenery and an abundance of outdoor recreational pursuits. 

A groundbreaking on 31 August 2010 marked the beginning of construction on GHM’s first property in Switzerland, with opening scheduled for 2013. The luxury resort is being designed to set a new benchmark in Swiss hospitality and design with outstanding personalized service for the most discerning of guests.

The Chedi Andermatt will feature 50 hotel guest rooms, 64 apartments and six maisonette penthouses, all featuring large balconies and fireplaces.

Another 48 exclusive residences of one and two-bedroom apartments and lofts with their own private Club Lounge and Library will be available for purchase. 

The development will include two gourmet restaurants, a luxurious lounge, a wine and cigar room, and an après ski bar. There will also be an exclusive spa and state-of-the-art wellness centre. 

From skiing in winter to golfing in the summer, the hotel’s services and facilities and its spectacular surroundings will offer guests and apartment owners with unrivalled experiences. 

With access to a vast skiing area, additional facilities include a large indoor pool linked to an outdoor pool with sun terraces, a courtyard featuring a reflective pond which will be converted to an ice rink in the winter, a Ski Lounge for purchase or rental of ski equipment, and a boutique.

In winter, the nearby Gemsstock is a dream for skiers at almost 3,000 metres above sea level. Andermatt’s ski area is being linked to neighbouring Sedrun, which will create a total of 130 kilometers of piste.

In summer the region is perfect for hiking, climbing and mountain biking. Other attractions include horse riding, fishing, tennis and hand-gliding. A dozen golf courses are in the surrounding area, including a new ecologically developed 18-hole championship course adjoining the village.

Andermatt is four hours by road from Stuttgart or Munich, two hours from Milan and 90 minutes from Zurich.

About GHM

Established in 1992, GHM (General Hotels Management) is a market leader in conceptualising, developing and operating an exclusive group of hotels and resorts worldwide. With its expansive portfolio and several more in the pipeline, GHM prides itself in providing guests with a distinctive lifestyle experience that is unrivalled. 

Adrian Zecha – Director and Non Executive Chairman
Adrian Zecha is one of the world’s leading creators and operators of award-winning, distinctive luxury hotels and resorts. As the founder of world famous Amanresorts, the Director and Non-Executive Chairman of GHM is globally renowned as a design-oriented boutique resort developer. Zecha was born in 1933 to a family of Czech-Indonesian plantation owners but by his early 20s, he was living in New York working for Time magazine. In 1961, at the age of 27, he launched Asia magazine, the first regional newspaper colour supplement.

In the early 1970s, after working with U.S. hotelier Bill Marriott, Zecha teamed up with Robert Burns and George Rafael to establish Regent International Hotels, Asia's first five-star hotel network. After developing a prestigious chain of 12 hotels, he sold his stake in 1986 and moved into real estate. Zecha established Amanpuri, the first Amanresort in 1988, and in so doing reinvented the high-end holiday experience. His visionary philosophy was to create small elegant accommodation with a minimalist and environmentally sensitive approach, combining intimacy and style, with unrivalled service excellence. The formula has since been replicated at Amanresorts worldwide.

This same approach has been applied to his involvement with GHM since 1992 and has helped shape some of the most exclusive hotel and resort properties in the world.

Hans R Jenni – Director and President
Hans R Jenni founded GHM together with legendary hotelier Adrian Zecha in 1992. Since then, he has guided all aspects of the company, responsible for the development of a group of the world’s most stylish and individualistic hotel properties with a strong Asian design focus in exotic destinations around the world. His role includes initiating new projects and working with a team of the world’s most famous designers and architects to create the legendary “style to remember” for which GHM is famous. Hans Jenni, a Swiss national, started his hotel career in 1966 and is a graduate of the world famous Hotel and Management School in Lausanne, Switzerland. Mr Jenni later went on to gain valuable hotel management experience at some of the worlds leading

Each GHM resort and hotel is one of a kind, possessing distinctive concepts and design elements. The signature GHM style is best defined through “Asian-inspired designs with delicate details”.

GHM’s portfolio of properties includes:
•         The Setai South Beach, Miami, USA 
•         The Datai Langkawi, Malaysia 
•         The Legian Bali, Indonesia 
•         The Club at The Legian Bali, Indonesia 
•         The Nam Hai Hoi An, Vietnam 
•         The Strand Yangon, Myanmar 
•         The Ananti Kumgang Mountains, North Korea
•         The Ananti Club Seoul, South Korea
•         The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
•         The Chedi Muscat, Oman 
•         The Chedi Chiang Mai, Thailand

GHM properties currently under development include the following hotels and resorts worldwide:
•         The Nizuc Riviera Maya, Mexico 
•         The Malkai Barka, Oman 
•         The Chedi Club Cairo, Egypt 
•         The Chedi Amman, Jordan 
•         The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland 
•         The Chedi Tamouda Bay, Morocco 
•         The Chedi Taiping Lake, China 
•         The Chedi Club Suzhou, China
•         The Chedi Club & Residences Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 



Luci Pickett 
Tel: (852) 2810 0532

Also See: Redevelopement Costs of The Setai in Miami Beach Soar to $190 million / Sept 2002
Robert Burns, Georg Rafael and Adrian Zecha to Be Honored at the Upcoming 16th Annual Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific; The Three Created Regent International in Early 70's / June 2005


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