A villa at an exceptional hideaway in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon county, with breakfastStaying in a luxury villa with a private terrace and teahouse, rarified country design and a luxury bathtub with glorious views
Creating a custom spa journey with the guidance of expert therapists
Views of the cinematic natural scenery from every angle of the resort
What To Know
There are tons of activities, including tai chi sessions, river-rafting, cooking classes and free bicycles to explore the area
Three hours from Shanghai, the hotel sits on 148,000 acres of land (picture: bamboo groves and tea plantations)
An ultra-luxurious mountain retreat in Anji County, with breathtaking views – includes an optional dinner
Despite featuring heavily in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, astonishingly scenic Anji County remains relatively under the radar. And though the newest addition to the fashionable Alila collection has collected awards from National Geographic Traveler, Condé Nast Traveler, Elle China, Lifestyle Asia (we could go on…) since opening in 2016, this unique property is a pleasingly well-kept secret among luxury travelers.
Within three hours of Shanghai and Suzhou, Alila Anji offers a dramatic contrast to urban living. Its setting is 148,263 acres of dense bamboo groves and tea plantations, where the delicate Anji Bai Cha tea is harvested. If clean air and clean living are on your agenda, you could do much worse than point your compass in the direction of this revitalizing region, the first "eco-county" in China. And of course, the luxe mountain-view spa makes relaxation hard to avoid.
Start your days with a tai chi session, or borrow a bicycle for a peddle amid the the plum trees. All manner of activities can be arranged by the resort, from river-rafting in summer to fishing on Tian Fu lake to bird-watching and cooking classes led by the expert chefs of Alila Anji’s Hidden Dragon restaurant. You won’t even need to leave your villa to absorb your surroundings, if you don’t want to, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass and a substantial private terrace with your own teahouse and garden perched at around 5,200 feet high. No wonder so many guests have left with their head in the clouds.