Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain
What We Love
- The organic garden, mushroom cultivation huts, and rice fields that supply the Farm2Fork restaurant—even the water is bottled on site
- Locally inspired treatments, like cupping, at the holistic spa
- Airport pickup in a Tesla Model S, a sign of the resort’s dedication to sustainability
- The resort is big enough to bike around (on a complimentary bicycle)
What To Know
- Most guests come on weekends, so mid-week stays are significantly cheaper
- Communication with staff and the concierge is through a message tube
- There’s an on-site movie theater showing kid-friendly movies all day
- The TV, air-conditioning, and lights are all controlled with a single cellphone
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
Nestled under Qing Cheng Mountain near the Chinese city of Chengdu, this Six Senses could pass for a serene, verdant, and luxurious village. Its 62 lush hectares house 113 villas and suites that are interspersed with courtyards, carefully tended gardens, ponds and pagodas, as well as the spectacular background of Qing Cheng Mountain. The design, by Thai architecture firm Habita, is Asian minimalist, where airy suites are furnished with wood furniture, oversized beds, and not much more (though each benefits from either courtyard access or a private balcony). There are three full-service restaurants, plus the romantically lit Moon Bar, which serves creative cocktails, and several snack bars where guests can sample dim sum, dumplings, egg tarts, and ice cream throughout the day. The hotel’s proximity to breathtaking sights is unbeatable, but the peaceful atmosphere of the resort (plus the world-class treatments at the enormous spa and the swimming pool) encourages a delightful inertia.
In the Area
Many visitors come to this area for the giant panda reserves. Panda Valley, a verdant valley where 100 giant pandas (5% of the entire world population) roam around in their natural habitat, is just a ten-minute drive from the resort. Also within a few minutes is the entrance to Qing Cheng Mountain, a UNESCO heritage site that’s dotted with Taoist temples. The hotel runs guided tours to the main temple on top of the mountain, where guests can take a Tai Chi class in front of the panoramic scenery—a unique experience. Two ancient towns, Dujiangyan and Jiezi, are nearby; Dujiangyan is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts stunning traditional architecture. More modern offerings can be found in Chengdu City, a 30-minute drive.
How to Get There
If you have stayed in other Six Senses properties in the world. You really should lower your Six Senses fantasy for this one.
The check-in process was so inefficient partly because there were about ten people checking at the same time and the front desk totally messed up.
The bed in our room was OK but other details were really frustrating.
First was the bed light. It couldn't be more annoying at night when getting out of the bed. It is impossible not to disturb the other person's sleep with that poor design.
The shower was also a nerve-racking device to figure out. I almost caught a cold while adjusting the water temperature.
Last was the jaw-dropping shampoo and soap provided in the shower. You wouldn't believe it is Six Senses you are actually staying.
Six Senses Qing Cheng is the most incredible place we have EVER stayed. We had a villa with 2 king bedrooms. It had a courtyard garden in the middle, surrounded by the 2 king rooms and a tea room, as well as an upstairs tea room. Everything about it is perfect from the rooms, bedding, amenities, pool, world class dining (I have been to Thailand 3 times and this resort had the best Thai food I have ever had). The service everywhere in the resort is impeccable, even by Western standards. My daughter has food allergies and we greatly appreciated allergy info on every dish printed right in the menu. Excellent lattes (hard to find in China). Truly a dream trip of a lifetime. Panda volunteer program was well worth the money, and only 10 minutes away.
I’ve just returned from Sunday lunch here with friends. It’s seemingly a million miles away from the public car park a few hundred metres down the road with its overcrowded car park full of buses, cars trucks and a sea of people crowding the tourist shops.
This is a slice of tranquil heaven and that’s hard to find in Sichuan from my experience.
The staff are impeccable and courteous and the service equally faultless. We had lunch in the Thai restaurant and it’s the best International cuisine I’ve had in all my trips to China. Exquisite flavour fusion and worthy of a visit.
A couple of issues for me were that the chicken in the curry were a bit scraggy and cheap. There was no succulent chunks of chicken breasts to be found and the Lapsang Souchong tea wasn’t anything I have ever tasted before...and I’ve drunk it daily for 3 decades...but the staff were having none of my protestations...
Anyway...I will be returning and next time we’ll say for a few nights too in their gorgeous villas.
The hotel ground and rooms are tastefully decorated. The ground is especially atmospheric when the paths are lighted up at night - it blends very well with the rainy and misty Qing Cheng mountain area. Location is fantastic: Qing Cheng mountain is right behind the hotel to explore, two panda stations are within half an hour distance by car, and the Unesco World Heritage listed Dujiangyan irrigation system is about an hour by car. We stayed during a major local holiday season so the hotel was fully occupied during our stay, so service was a bit of a hit and miss with the restaurant staffs. The Thai restaurant staff couldn't find our dinner reservation one evening, but after complaining they managed to accommodate our wish.
We took two tours arranged from the hotel: to Dujiangyan irrigation system for an afternoon and to Wolong Panda Station plus some hiking in the mountain as a full day excursion. Jack from the experience management team arranged our tour and he took us personally to the Wolong Panda Station and did some hiking with us. If you want to see pandas in their most natural habitat, skip all other panda stations nearby the city and go to Wolong. The scenery surrounding the panda station is magnificent! The hiking afterwards was not an easy stroll with our 3 year old, but it was very rewarding at the end. Jack is very knowledgeable about pandas and he is so friendly and pleasant. He speaks fluent English and is definitely a gem for Six Sense team.
As it was also our wedding anniversary during our stay, Jack also suggested us to try out their secret dining option which turned out to be very unusual. The hotel was so generous to arrange a bottle of wine and cake for our special day!
Thank you to Six Sense team and especially to Jack for making our Chengdu holiday so special!
Absolutely stunning resort in a stunning area. Highly recommend to explore this part of China, the panda base and irrigation area as well as QC mountain are spectacular. Very unique two bedroom villa, with outdoor showers. Very beautiful grounds, magical at night time when lit up, and lush in daytime. The bath salts and toiletries were heavenly, but strangely not for sale even at the spa or store. That seems to be an oversight. I like how they have full size toiletries in ceramic containers rather than tiny disposable plastic like most hotels, as that is much better for the environment. We stayed here so that we could get a early start on the nearby panda base. The pandas are most active early in the morning. Do the volunteer experience, just book directly at the panda base. It starts early FYI. Nice surprise was that this whole region is spectacular. Make sure to do a tour of the mountain and nearby irrigation system area. You need to do a tour to get a appreciation of the spectacular history and engineering marvel, but even just enjoying the fresh air and amazing scenery and photography is worthwhile. We had Johnson Wang at China Discovery arrange this, excellent service and a fraction of the price hotel wanted.
Less positive- I was surprised that a resort that caters to foreigners had such limited English speaking staff. It was particularly disappointing that the front staff had zero knowledge of the nearby ancient town, which is even posted on the large cartoon poster of the handful of local major sites in the area in their hallway. That town is pretty disappointing by the way so I’d skip it if I were you. We arranged for the taxis to take us there and wait for us, and this is a good idea if you still decide Go because taxis seem to be few and far between. The price point is extremely high, like double, compared to five star hotel chains such as the Saint Regis, Fairmont etc in nearby Chengdu. Similarly, the spa and restaurants were nosebleed prices, even compared to the US where in general hotel prices are about 3 to 4 times higher than in central China. I wonder if that is why the common areas has seemed strangely empty. The Booking.com website had said that there was a washer and dryer, but there isn’t. Only expensive laundry service. We also had a strange infestation of flying ants in our villa, which were promptly taken care of. Of course, this may be expected in a tropical and lush resort, especially one that is supposed to be more environmental. We ate at the farm to fork restaurant. It was pretty disappointing. Tiny portions for insanely high prices. Not particularly tasty. Only two restaurants were open the two nights we were there.Breakfast was very plentiful and diverse. It was pretty good, but not remarkable.