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
We stayed here late July.
Even with having a guide to help, check-in was slightly frustrating. Finally taken to our room, there was no hand over, no shown this is how everything works. Maybe because of the of the language barrier, but there are ways around this.
We were surprised that with having tours booked with the hotel that no itinerary was given to us until I requested one, including confirmation on everything. Arrived in the afternoon and tours booked the next day.
We requested a room on the bottom floor and it was lovely. (A little on the dark side which can be frustrating when you do need light to do something) A very comfortable bed. Great showers, though they did take a little getting to use to ‘how to turn them on’. The ‘outdoor garden’ part is not much and much smaller than we thought.
I had to daily request extra water, the 2 bottles were not nearly enough.
There is a language barrier, but the staff are friendly and try, with a translator you get there in the end.
The square & Wok Mee Shack is a great little place to stop, some items are reasonable priced, others not so.
Breakfast, the staff here were a delight and really tried. The young lady who greeted us every morning, we chatted all the way down to the entrance. There were also a couple of male staff inside that made the morning breakfast routine happy. The food was lovely, and it was great being able to try local food.
We tried, the Moon Bar, Sala Thai, Farm2Fork and Zi Qi Yuan Chinese Restaurant. All the meals were lovely, we especially liked the Farm2fork meals.
We had tours booked every day. After an issue with the first guide and a discussion with Jack, he then understood what we were after and ensured the rest of tours we were happy. Jack is very knowledgeable and loved sharing his knowledge and didn’t mind the hundreds of questions we asked him. Being close to the heritage sites is a big bonus.
Overall, the hotel is lovely, with some tweaking, it would be wonderful.
Thanks to Vanilla we had the best stay. Excellent employee and thanks for all your help!! The Hotel has an amazing Spa and a lovely crew, everyone was so helpful! We will for sure come back and this is to recommend this place to all other guests!
Six senses is the best place to stay in Qingcheng Mountain, which is a peaceful, relaxing resort. Chinese restaurant was good, Thai one was excellent especially the stream fish.
My wife and I spend 3 days here, every day was perfect. Especially thanks to Ms. Vanilla who was our guide. She ran the excursion amazing and led all the tours with perfection and were above expectations.she was so helpful and knowledgeable.
we also thanks for all the other hints and services.
We very much enjoyed the tours, panda valley is a very good place to see pandas and we also saw a red panda just on the way. Qing back mountain is so gorgeous, so gorgeous!! And also the night tour, the dinner was very good. I love spice food, I love Sichuan food so much.
Thanks a lot
we will back again