Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Serene riverfront setting on a bend of the Luosuo River
- The opportunity to try indigenous cultural experiences such as tea picking with local Jinuo tribe members
- In typical Anantara style, the service is top-notch
What To Know
- A 15 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- The resort setting and the tropical climate means mosquitoes and other bugs can be a problem; bring repellent
- A variety of activities, including cooking classes and excursions, are available at an additional cost
- There's a kids club for children three to 12
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Surrounded by lush banana plantations on a bend of the Luosuo River, the Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa is the first destination resort in China’s Yunnan Province. Entering the grand hall will make you catch your breath: The flowing open space reveals views of the serene river and the misty mountains rising in the distance. The decor is inspired by local Dai art, in which natural wood and clay are seamlessly alternated. The peaked teak ceilings of the pavilions and the massive columns are also an homage to indigenous architecture.
Bed and Bath
The resort is made up of 80 Deluxe Rooms and 23 one-, two- and three-bedroom Pool Villas. Villas are a short buggy ride from the lobby; each has a wooden gate that gives way to a path leading directly to the extensive living area, where a welcome fruit basket and local pastries await. Teak-paneled walls, carved wooden furniture, artwork from local villages and wonderful rugs create a very cozy feel. The living area opens onto a private pool area with loungers and a barbecue grill (a personal chef is on call for a dinner in the privacy of your villa). The bedrooms are equally comfy, with kingsize beds covered in traditional fabrics and wood paneling dotted with splashes of red and gold. The stunning marble and wood bathrooms have lemongrass-scented Anantara amenities, spacious rain showers and stand-alone bath tubs. There are also outdoor showers by the pool area.
On the dining front, the Mekong restaurant overlooks the river and serves Indo-Chinese fusion cuisine and local Dai specialities. Breakfast offers a wide variety of dishes, from traditional Chinese dim sum to indulgent pancakes and waffles. High tea, as in most parts of Asia, is a must; delectable treats such as coconut layer cake and passion fruit macarons are served in the Luosuo Lounge. If lolling by the infinity pool isn’t relaxing enough, head to the Anantara Spa for a signature Banna treatment, including a pu-erh tea scrub and body wrap.
In the Area
The region’s most famous attraction is the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, 2,700 acres of tropical rain forest with more than 10,000 species of plant. Animal lovers will enjoy a visit to the Wild Elephant Valley, a natural reserve where 70 to 100 elephants roam free. The park is dotted with viewing platforms; elephants are easiest to spot at dusk or dawn. And don’t miss a visit to a traditional Dai village, home to Buddhist temples and Manfeilong White Pagodas.
How to Get There
Nice ambiance and atmosphere. Nature Bali style suite (we are staying in one room suite, there are 2 rooms suite and deluxe room) with outdoor own pool and indoor bathtub, depending on individual interest. The SPA service is good, with individual steam room (for those who prefer privacy).
There are 2 restaurants, one western that serves breakfast & lunch and another one is Chinese that open only for dinner. Anyway you can request for Western menu.
Next to this resort is Botanical Garden. You can spend one day in the Garden. Otherwise in this Anantara XiShuangbanna resort they have their own small garden. You can have a nice walk to enjoy the nature good atmosphere.
You should try this hotel , very nice ! It is highly recommended to stay in the hotel. The facilities are nice. The cooking class is interesting and teach me how to choose different vegetables and cook Thai dishes.
We have long wanted to visit Xishuangbanna, a section of Southern Yunna province that is famed for producing one of the iconic teas of the world' Pu'er Cha.
Getting there required a domestic flight to Jinhong Airport which is the largest city in the region.
It is still an hour from Jinhong airport to the resort.
The resort is built back to back with the Xishuangbanna Botanical Gardens which must be one of the largest in the country. It is literally a stroll out the back gate and into the Botanical Gardens. This garden has miles and miles of trails and one can easily spend a whole day exploring the gardens.
To our surprise we do not see Pu'er tea trees anywhere we looked. We learnt that they only grow well at much higher altitudes, above 1600m and were confined to several "mountains" where they thrived.
The hotel arranged a day drive to one such mountain which was 90 mins by car away.
We had a very good time in the village there. Surprisingly, these trees are mostly grown almost haphazardly, springing from the ground in no particular order. Many are hundreds of years old. And they are not giants. Far from it. A 1000 year old tree was barely 15m tall!
And don't bother to go to Pu'er City. It just takes its name from the plant and is a big city with no Pu'er trees!
Of the resort, it is a grand resort with large villas.Some are with pools. Weather in October onwards is pleasantly cool at nights and in the mornings. We ahd a lovely barbecue by our pool with all the trimmings. Many staff don't speak english too well but are trying very hard to please. The Spa is also worth visiting.