Banyan Tree Chongqing
What We Love
- A beautiful nature escape, including your very own hot-springs dipping pool and breakfastMunching on your complimentary daily breakfast
- Staying in the foothills of the Jinyun Mountain Natural Reserve
- Swimming in the hot-springs pool in your lovely retreat
- Relaxing on the beach or at the spa
We’re strong advocates of the occasional indulgence in luxury – and if that means a good-for-you getaway to a therapeutic retreat, well, where’s the guilt in that? The Chongqing outpost of the prestigious Banyan Tree group is one of their most comprehensive spa resorts to date, featuring an array of nurturing facilities and treatments to send your spirits soaring.
The choice of location is not incidental. This south-western pocket of China is famed for its mineral-rich natural springs: little oases amid the mist-shrouded mountains and dramatic gorges. Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei offers guests the opportunity to take in the scenery and bathe in the curative waters, with seven temperate pools fed directly from source, as well as private in-room dipping pools.
But it’s not all about soaking the days away. With three restaurants, two of which lean towards the local taste for fiery Sichuan flavours, plus a whisky and cigar lounge, a Banyan Tree boutique and a surrounding landscape begging to be hiked in. After all, if you’re going to give your calves a workout, this is exactly the kind of sanctuary you’ll want to circle back to.
How to Get There
Domestic holidays get pretty predictable in China once you've been here for a while. The journey, the celebrations, the rituals, the noise, the food, the return. The money. I can picture most of my past experiences as I type this, hah!
While in middle of a long visit to Chongqing, we decided to visit The Banyan Tree in Beibei. I wasn't too sure of using the last few days of our trip to Chongqing to do this, but to my delight, the long drive from downtown didn't disappoint! What a gorgeous experience we had. Leon, the GM was very attentive with us and gave us a tour of the complex while they were preparing our villa, and then he explained all the hard work that goes into keeping the property to always give guests a strong sense of privacy, comfort, and quietness. What a mindful guy! He felt like a good old friend, rather than someone trying to make us feel welcome. It's a small nuance that I remember like it happened this morning. :)
Their villas are very spacious and have very good amenities. They feature top-line Bose sound systems, and Bang & Olufsen TVs, as well as very well equipped mini bars and bathroom amenities. All details are considered, as you would expect in a Banyan Tree property. There is craftmanship in the construction of the villas in every corner you look, from the balconies in the villas, to the ceiling inside the master bedroom, to the lighting at night in the swimming pool. Their SPA experience is fantastic! We had a 90-minute body massage followed up by a foot massage. We spent probably the entire afternoon in horizontal position. Best thing ever.
The property is very far away from pretty much everything, so you're stuck with what they have. This would typically make me a bit anxious, but all their food offerings (We tried 2 restaurants on site) and cocktails were very decent! The complex is so large that they even have a little animals zoo where you can feed all sort of tiny friends. From rabbits to peacocks.
The journey to Beibei was worth it. The celebrations we had while on site were delightful and memorable, the rituals with the locals having a big BBQ at night, the noise of celebrations for the anniversary of a couple at the dinning table, the food we experienced both in the restaurants and our villa, and the return to the noisy city of Chongqing, made us realize how important it is for big cities to have places like The Banyan Tree.
The only sad part of this is that we live in Shanghai, and unfortunately we might not be able to come back for a long time. However, if for any reason we end up near Chongqing again, we'll definitely make the trip.
went to stay on a SAT night in april when the weather was dull and rainy.
very slow check-in, getting no miles even I was paying more than rmb 2200, the reception clerk asked me for Accor Card, which i still don't have one. from the dampened outdoor to the "cozy" lobby, spotted there wasn't a matt to remove extra moisture. usually i call this "wet-market settings". quite surprised to find that at BT.
was assigned a villa graced with a hot spa. the room (or villa) is of approx 130 sqm (too big as i was staying alone). things seemed ok at the beginning when I checked in after-lunch.
then upon returning to the villa after dark, the near-zero light from the villa gate to the bedroom was "swampy" and there was simply no way to avoid those "water mines" on the ground. it could have been better if there were proper lighting for the short path from the villa gate to the bedroom. guess, someone has been saving money or it was technologically challenging to do it.
so guess everything has been formulated around the idea of get "soaked" and nothing else. the work desk has electric-powered phone which showed the wrong time and requiring special button-pressing to take or end a call. chinese menu wasn't available (guess most of the guests are english-speaking).
the side of the desk has 2 power sockets which were "preoccupied" with the lamp and phone power cables. so i had to unplug one of them in order to find way to power up my laptop (guess only me was unhappy about this). i wonder if people go there just get soaked, get laid and nothing else.
really funny setup, even though the price tag exhibits its positioning of deluxe lodging. unfortunately the software and many amenities are dampers to the original service pledge.
Had a good 3 day stay here. Nothing has changed really from last year. Well, the hotel is falling apart a little bit more than last year. But that's expected under the zero-maintenance regime.
Stayed in a hotel room this time and actually enjoyed it more than the villa. For convenience. And even the hotel room has the hot spring pool on the terrace so what else do you want.
The public hot spring area was in a more dilapidated state than a year earlier. Wonder what's it gonna be like in a year or two. Actually, in a way I'm waiting for Banyan Tree to back out of this property. It really doesn't meet the standard. Feels like the entire place is rusting away.
Food is not bad. Chinese restaurant, the hotpot and the breakfast buffet. You gotta have the Dan Dan mian from the noodle stall. Wow.