The expansive hotel compound features a lake but no swimming pool
UNESCO-listed Lijiang Old Town is a cab ride away
Some villas feature an outdoor hot tub; all have underfloor heating
Parking on site
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Stylish sanctuary with showstopper views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain on the outskirts of Lijiang, the Venice of the East
Set in tranquil gardens, this low-rise resort cleverly incorporates a central lake, a pagoda and canals – and a showstopper view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The rooms and villas all feature private courtyards and reflection pools, and this luxe sanctuary cleverly mixes Naxi architecture with contemporary Chinese elements.
Bed and Bath
Gargantuan slate wall tiles, designer tubs and generous windows (which allow the light to flood in while still granting privacy) make the villa bathrooms a place you’ll want to linger. The bedrooms also feature large windows behind the bed (along with decorative lattice screens and a shade to allow lazy lie-ins).
Traditional Naxi and regional dishes are served at Zun Chinese restaurant, or you can tuck into international fare at the Xi Western restaurant. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from the lengthy list. Treatments at the starkly beautiful Mandara Spa take on local flavor, with options such as a Yunnan coffee body contour and Lijiang tea body scrub.
In the Area
Lijiang has been dubbed the Venice of the East. Wander among its pretty, flower-lined canals by day and, if you dare, wobble across the timber footbridges into the heaving bars at night (where minimum drink purchases and zany, good-natured drinking games apply). Borrow a bicycle from the hotel to pedal to nearby Baisha Old Town. Tours can take you to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (10 miles away) or to Tiger Leaping Gorge (50 miles), where, if you don’t feel like taking on the steep steps, you can hire a sedan chair and be carried aloft like an adventurer from yesteryear.