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
Parking on site
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Serene riverfront retreat in China's Yunnan Province with an infinity pool, afternoon tea lounge and sublime spa
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.
Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort
Menglun Town, Mengla, Xishuangbanna
How to Get There
Flights are available to Xishuangbanna Gasa International Airport (JHG) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from JHG, about 43 miles away, are approximately $98 to $115, each way, in a private car (three to seven passengers) and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from JHG are approximately $57, each way.