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
Truly a mesmerizing experience at Alila Anji with picturesque views and bespoke services. The location is fabulous with the beautiful mountains and lakes, hiking tracks, bamboo forests and so much more. You can retreat to the spacious room to chill, relax and lost in your own world with lots of privacy. You can venture to the indoors in the hotel with its F&B restaurants to pamper to your gastronomic delights. With a billiard table, karaoke system, chess playing facilities, there is much to do for everyone! Overall service level is very good, from the front desk to the staff who came to make the rooms. They are all attentive to the details and eager to make sure all guests are pampered. Thanks to GM, Jack and his fabulous team without which the experience would be less magnificent, and because of all of you, we will come again!!
We stayed at Alila for 2 nights and truly enjoyed our time in Anji. Special kudos to GM Jack, Marketing Director Wendy, Kenny and Jeffrey for being available 24/7!
They genuinely take care of the guests and provide world class personalized service.
Godiva Afternoon Tea Set is a must-try!
A great 3 night stay at the Anji Alila, with great service! Even the Executive Chef came to chat with us to ask us how the food was etc. The food at the chinese resturant was excellent. We also had pleasant surprises everyday when we went back to our room!
The scenery was magnificant and it was a really good place to chill!. We went to the bamboo forest walk and also Taichi lessons. Our Taichi instructor was very friendly and told us what each step was for and adapted his lessons to our ability.
Thank you, Jack ( the GM), Kenny and the whole team at Anji Alila for making our holiday a memorable and an enjoyable one!!
Great getaway from busy city life in Shanghai with a good friend. What makes this place excellent is the serene surroundings and the lovely staff.
Jeffrey at the front desk was fantastic and very helpful. Lisa at the spa went above and beyond. She saw that I had a cold and made me local tea. I got a massage which was very nice. Great with details. Superb staff service. Breakfast was very generous, Chinese hot pot was a wonderful dinner during winter. We also did the walk/hike around the lake which was nice.
Rooms are spacious, the location needs a little touch up as some of the exterior walls are cracking, our door lock was a little loose too. Also, parts of the hotel common areas were a little cold.
Our 3 generation family spent 5 glorious nights a Alila Anji. The surrounding is pristine and so beautiful but the best part of our stay was definitely the Alila team. The staff immediately took to our 8 and 6 year old girls and went above and beyond to make the kids' experience an unforgettable one. While the official kids' club was more suited to much younger kids, our kids were sufficiently entertained daily with tailored kids' activities like cake decorating, learning to make rooms with housekeeping, mocktail making, learning massage with a spa therapist, and even digging for winter bamboos. The list keeps going.But that's not to say that the resort is a kids only focused hotel. Quite the opposite. The serene surroundings and spectacular scenery, coupled with facilities at the hotel are very suited for adults looking for a relaxing getaway to an exotic locale. Although the hotel is located in a remote mountain area, this is exactly the charm of the place. We stayed the entire time on property and didn't feel trapped or bored. In fact, we were quite sad when it was time to leave.I think to say the staff went above and beyond for us may be an understatement. We are completely blown away by all the personal touches and the warm service and genuine smiles each and every day. Highly recommended and definitely one of the best resort experiences and family trips we've had.