Distinctive Destinations

Local culture, natural beauty, and original experiences are the elements that define a destination. They’re also the factors that make it alluring. From regional recipes to epic mountains, the more character and texture a place has to offer, the more powerful its draw. Looking for those places with a real sense of identity, The Leading Hotels of the World has found properties around the globe that channel their surroundings, whether it’s blending unobtrusively into a wild landscape or celebrating local ingredients. These Distinctive Destinations haven’t polished away the jagged edges, dialed down the spice, or forgotten their roots. From the peaks of the Swiss Alps to the busy markets of Morocco and the rustic countryside of Uruguay, these stylish properties reflect local culture in authentic  and inventive ways.

Explore Distinctive Destinations with curated selections from The Leading Hotels of the World, Remarkably Uncommon.

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Andermatt, Switzerland

Set in the pristine landscape of the Urseren Valley surrounded by forests and mountains, the Andermatt Swiss Alps development embraces contemporary design and Swiss culture, which is the ultimate melting pot. While, for more than a century, savvy skiers and hikers have been heading to Andermatt for its under-the-radar mountains and quiet vibe, this new project looks to foster its year-round offerings with new facilities and expanded services. At its core, the five-star Chedi Andermatt is a crowning example of this drive to preserve the local lifestyle, while bringing new energy to the region, and employing a staff from 35 different nationalities. Looking to the future, the new ecologically developed, 18-hole Andermatt Swiss Alps Golf Course, which just opened for hotel guests and property owners this year will go public in 2016. Likewise, the group has also been spearheading wellness programs, including swimming and fitness training.