But it isn’t just in Oman that Gathy has left his fingerprints. In the most recent addition to the GHM portfolio, Gathy has also upped his game once more in sculpting what many praise as one of the best hotels in Europe, The Chedi Andermatt—a stunning Alpine property that sits quietly in the small central Swiss town of Andermatt. When asked about the design here, Gathy says that much of his inspiration came from luxury hotels of years past such as the Grand Bellevue that once called Andermatt home. The grande dames, as they are known, were what inspired Gathy to design and build The Chedi Andermatt in a way that was balanced, substantial, solid, without arrogance and featured a bevy of features that aren’t in your local Motel 6. Paying homage to the Alps, The Chedi Andermatt features dark woods, a healthy helping of stone, and a feeling that comes off as rustic-lux. Keeping with the GHM tradition of a local yet global approach, The Chedi Andermatt also features a dose of Asian inspiration, and a few other intricacies that have become a part of Gathy’s arsenal over years of travel and found inspiration.
Travel to the other side of the world where the weather is much warmer, and you will find just as equally inspiring work from a different perspective. Once the private retreat of Indonesian art collector, architect, and designer Hendra Hadiprana, The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah in the Balinese town of Ubud, is not only packed with hand-picked art, but is also designed in a way that evokes the traditional architecture that has become one of the hallmarks of the island. Such a concept also comes alive at The Legian Bali, where a Hadiprana-designed beachfront resort has been transformed by the late Jaya Ibrahim into a living, breathing art gallery complete with custom-made Balinese carvings and antiquities from around the world.
Regardless which property you find yourself spending a holiday in, it is this attention to detail, this small consistency throughout each of the properties in the portfolio that sees GHM striking the perfect balance between localized tradition and the idea of an ever-globalizing world.