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Francesca Harding

These European resorts are firm-favourites with snow-bunnies across the world, so prime piste is a given here. Luxury hotels, the allure of après-ski and powder-soft snow all factor, but I share my own personal highlights from the trip.

Taking full advantage of the enormous spa at The Chedi.

It is massive! I had a wonderful massage which I did not want to end. The Chedi is situated in the village of Andermatt in the Urseren Valley, surrounded by the beautiful Swiss Alps.

I was surprised to learn that Andermatt has had a moment of movie fame - it served as the stunning backdrop to James Bond hit Goldfinger back in 1964.

 

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Chedi Andermatt Spa
Andermatt

Taking the Swiss rail from Geneva over to Andermatt.

It was the most beautiful journey I had ever taken. Travel time was around five hours in total but I was so entranced by the beautiful views that it felt much shorter.

Huge glass windows allow you to see full views of the mountains - mostly covered with snow and in contrast in some parts bright green archers of land.

 

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Enjoying my first ever experience of eating 'fondue'.

This proved to be, by far, my favourite meal of the trip - which really surprised me! It was delicious, and the ambiance was just right, we ate in a in a local restaurant in Andermatt which was endearing, really traditional and homely.

 

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Andermatt village
Les Barmes de l'Ours

Our A-list approved accommodation

When staying in the quirky, almost penthouse-like, chalet in Les Barmes de l'Ours, we discovered we were staying right next door to a chalet belonging to a former Formula One driver.

He has impeccable taste; the chalets were really impressive, boasting a contemporary alpine feel. One evening, we booked a delicious four-course dinner from the comfort of the chalet; I can recommend the coq au vin.

 

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