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
Attracted by the Alila brand name to come here. A place of Zen really good for relaxation, Enjoy very good privacy because the whole area is spacious and tranquil. Like their hiking and archery good to do some excising. Oh yes, Spa, wonderful. Although it is quite far, it all worth it in conclusion.
Had a wonderful stay here while we ran our corporate event. The beautiful surroundings both relaxed and inspired us. The cooking class was excellent. Food was good with some help on the menu. Service was great and very friendly despite the language barrier. Ming was especially helpful and was always available to respond to our questions. He made our stay enjoyable and seamless and spoke excellent English. Thank you Ming. Would highly recommend this resort.
To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we were recommended by friends to choose this place. Experience was exceptional. Service and amenities were top notch. We were upgrade on our second day to a villa residence so we were able to see two different viewpoints and experiences for our day. The attention to details were very good.
The views were breathtaking from the room. The Spa was amazing. We enjoyed the trek close by and the serenity of the bamboo forest.
We drove from Shanghai for 4 hours to get to the resort but it’s worth the trip. Especially for a special occasion.
My partner and I had a great relaxing time at Alila Anji. We spent 4 days at the property and took occassional "sports events" such as hiking in the hills nearby and bike riding around the lake. The hotel General Manager Jack has been most friendly and he offerred us good tips. The hotel staff are local people, although the service is not perfect, they are very friendly and you could see their geniune attitude and kindness. As Black members, we got an upgrade to Lakeview Villa. This is a dream house coming true. Don't miss this when you are in Anji!
This is my first stay at Alila Anji Resort and I have to say its one of the very best luxury resort I've stayed in China. The resort is beautifully surrounded by bamboo forest and my spacious villa was facing beautiful reservoir with magnificent view. Yes, there is no better place to sit at the outside courtyard with glass of Champagne just enjoy the calmness and nature beauty which we are missing in the big smoke. I will definitely come back.