What We Love
- 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)
- Free WiFi
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.
How to Get There
Given the secluded location of the hotel, Alila Anji provided a number of in-house activities which included Balinese/Thai style massages. At first we were a bit skeptical given it was not easy to book (the staff told us there was a shortage of masseuses on site each day) but once we managed to book and got into our session we were blown away with the masseuses’ skills and patience. Jenny and Lisa were both very caring and their techniques were top notch. They explained to us carefully about each steps and body areas they were going to work on. The session was concluded with some herbal tea and fruits. Overall it was an enjoyable and relaxing session, thanks again Jenny and Lisa!
We had a 2 day stay at this wonderful resort. The views are incredibly beautiful. The room(s) were spacious, and designed in good taste. The bed was fantastic. Tranquil, relaxed, amazing breakfast. We did the 3D dinner which was cute. The lunch at the farmers house was tasty, local vegetables and food, and overwhelming in amounts. We greatly enjoyed our stay. Very few Western tourists here. The staff (including manager Jack, and Amanda) were very helpful. A good gym, beautiful swimming pool.
Next time around we will definitely visit again
I totally enjoyed my stay at Alila Anji. The room I chose to stay is the lake view villa which certainly has a great view.The staffs are all very friendly and helpful and they serve great food at The Hidden Dragon. Looking forward to visit this nice hotel again in the near future.