Banyan Tree Ringha
What We Love
- Experience the mystical harmony of Shangri-La at this luxury Tibetan farmhouse spa retreatWaking up to scenic, natural landscapes of the Himalayan highlands
- Dining on traditional Mongolian hot pot and barbecue in an authentic yurt
- A pampering spa treatment at the renowned Banyan Tree Spa
What To Know
- Guestrooms have authentic wooden tubs and balconies with views of the Himalayan highlands
- Though the hotel is in a remote area, Shangri-La city is only 20 minutes away
- Free WiFi
Amidst green, rolling hills of the Himalayan highlands sits Banyan Tree Ringha. The resort blends seamlessly into its surroundings, its quaint lodges mimicking the rustic appearance of traditional Tibetan farmhouses. Don’t be fooled by its simple appearance though. These accommodations offer an authentic Tibetan retreat experience with a touch of indulgence. The interiors are alive with colour, deep shades of red and yellow, bronze-fringed furnishings, seriously plush bedding and all the modern amenities you might need.
Soaking in the authentic wooden tub of your farmhouse-style room is definitely a must here, but don’t forget to check out the Banyan Tree Spa. Elements from Himalayan beliefs and sacred rituals play a role in elevating your spa experience from ordinary to exceptional.
Indulge in excursions around the breath-taking landscapes of Ringha valley. Here you can stroll past native yaks, follow the holy river and hike up mountains shrouded in a mild mist. You could also arrange to visit landmarks such as Tiger Leaping Gorge and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain before arranging to return to dine on warm, hearty Mongolian delicacies in a traditional yurt.
How to Get There
We were welcomed by Mrs Ama Sonam, who is in charge with Guests relationship, and thus responsible for ensuring that the guests enjoy their stay in Banyan Tree. She was amazing, she helped us check in and out, was always there for any question during our stay, ensuring that we enjoy a great stay at the hotel and advising on any place to visit in the area. Our room was amazing but we were 5 (2 adults and 3 children) and there was not enough beds for the kids in the room. So Ama immediately found a solution for us and upgraded us in a bigger room to accommodate all of us.
The breakfast was good (large choice of food) and dinners were very cosy with the kids in their spacious dining area.
I strongly recommend this place for the beauty of the rooms (big rooms, decorated in the Tibetan style), the location (a bit far from the city center but there are amazing hikes to do there) and the service.
As described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by James Hilton, Shangri-La.
This is the place where you found in
a mystical and harmonious valley.
The simply beauty of the resort is way beyond shown in the photos on the internet, you can only feel it by yourself when you are here. Regardless its quite location, the resort can be reached from airport & bus station (if you travel by bus from Lijiang) within 30 mins.
The resort and rooms are designed and built in charming Tibetan style. It is very touching.
The staff is very hospitalized in local culture way. As the resort embraced locals as their associates, so they might not be as good as English so be patient if they do not understand you well. However, you can make up with thier friendliness and willingness to help. Special thanks to the resort host who checked us in (we could not recall her name), she was aiming at her best to ensure that we got the guide to making our time in the resort and around destination utilized and memorable. Emma who put together day tour program for us and Jeef our young driver who took us around for 9 hrs., and assisted us in purchasing tickets.
Food is very good in terms of freshness, taste and quality. Tibatan Hot Pot is must try meal.
Resort service prices in general are value for money.
For next time, here we would have more time to stay still in the resort rather than being out. So, this means we will definitely be back :)
Very much impressed being here.
Big and spacious traditional lodge which take a bit of getting use to as it is quite dimly lit and alot of walking and climbing up and down between bath area and room.
Upon check in we were greeted by Ama who is professiinal and speaks good English. Overall restaurant and hotel service level 3.5 out of 5 and could be better if they display more warmth.
We used the couple room spa for an hour balinese message. I have been to other banyan tree spa in bangkok and bintan and they never missed any details. Here are some finer points Banyan Tree Ringha Spa could have given me a better experience: i showered prior to my massage. But the bath gel was running out.
At the start of massage, i could hear the heavy breathing of my therapist (due to high altitude one can get breathless). I could not relax easily. It is after what feels like 15mins later spa music was piped into the room. During the shoulder massage while facing up, i could feel the breath of the therapist on my face. At the end of massage the therapist helped me sit up on the bed, handed me the bath robe and asked if i want to wipe off the oil on my body. I said yes. And she tried to wipe for me while i am sitting on the bed. In the end I asked that i wipe it myself as i find it awkward for her to do that while i am sitting. In other banyan spa, they wipe while i am still lying down and they cover you a blanket to keep warm a little before you get out of bed. Used towels of my treatment and bath was strewn around.
There is no one outside the massage room to show us out to the resting area. I could hear staff making phone call with a child breaking the silence of the place.
Had 2 breakfast and 2 dinner at hotel. I must say the chef is good. Ivy is friendly and attentive. During the period i stayed it was not peak period. But the toilet at restaurant run out of toilet paper and tissue.
Overall is a good exclusive comfortable stay. Need better effort to raise service level would be perfect.