4.5
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What We Love

  • Most rooms have private outdoor jet or plunge pools, well heated even during the snowiest Himalayan days
  • The exceptional setting in the shadow of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is believed by locals to hold magical powers
  • Naxi architectural details, like the upturned phoenix roof and high-walled courtyards, create an authentic, romantic ambience
  • The hotel’s drivers know exactly where to bring guests for the most photogenic vistas of Tiger Leaping Gorge and the surrounding Naxi villages, lakes and mountains

What To Know

  • Book two nights in a Two Bedroom Mountain View Duplex, a Two Bedroom Mountain View Jet Pool Villa, a Three Bedroom Mountain View Jet Pool Vill or a Three Bedroom Mountain View Pool Villa and receive RMB 1000 in hotel credits to spend on food and beverages, at the spa or on transportation. Valid for stays through December 31 2016. Book by December 30 2015
  • A 10 percent per night hotel service charge will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
  • There are plans to add an indoor heated pool, a larger gym and a new Chinese restaurant with private dining rooms
  • The hotel is near the grim, congested, modern city of Lijiang
  • Travelers planning to explore higher into the Himalayas should acclimate here at the still-breathable altitude of 7,900 feet above sea level
  • In winter the Chinese expression tai leng lets the smiling but not always bilingual staff know you’re too cold

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

At the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, in the grassy fields outside Lijiang in Yunnan Province, in the southwest of China, this 122-room compound is like a city unto itself. A high stone wall made of local pink stone and gray brick and fringed by bamboo stalks surrounds the collection of suites, villas and townhouses, the undulating roofs of which rise in the phoenix-tipped curves of Naxi architecture.

A series of interconnected courtyards and a network of canals lead to a central pavilion where an exquisite three-tier wooden pagoda, intricately carved under round Naxi tiles, is surrounded by weeping willows hung with bold red lanterns.

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At dinner guests can mingle with local dignitaries at Bai Yun, a refined Chinese restaurant that serves healthy steamed dishes that appeal to travelers (like me) who are eager to avoid MSG and heavy sauces. The property’s second, more casual eatery, Ming Yue, serves the usual array of Italian and American fare and has an impressive breakfast spread. In the winter the Wen Hai bar becomes a central attraction thanks to a big fireplace with plenty of cozy couches.

My favorite meal was a private Naxi hot pot dinner in the central pagoda. My friends and I lounged on canopied daybeds while the restaurant team went to work. It was one of our trip’s most romantic memories, and the best food I ate during my stay here.

How to Get There

Banyan Tree Lijiang
Yuerong Road, Shuhe
Lijiang, 674100 China

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1139 Reviews
Paradise!
Reviewed 1 week ago

EXCEPTIONAL
Setting with Fabulous views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Watch sunrise from the hotel.

GREAT VARIETY
Breakfast spread was great with many different sections and most importantly the food was very tasty. 5 different kinds of fresh fruit juice, milkshakes and free-flowing Sparkling Wine was a bonus!

MASSIVE
Stayed in a 2-bedroom Villa with 2 bedrooms, living, dining, sitting and study rooms. Open the doors to a Courtyard with a heated pool and a view to die for, just below the Mountain range.

LOCATION
Walking distance to a characterful little village called Shuhe Town and a short taxi ride to Lijiang Old Town.

CONCLUSION
Probably the best hotel in Lijiang!

Beautiful campus and location
Reviewed 1 month ago

The hotel has a wonderful view of Snow Mountain and is located away from the crowds close to Shuhe. The grounds and rooms are extremely well maintained . We were warmly greeted on arrival and upgraded to a grand villa with a garden and Jacuzzi. Breakfast in the hotel was very extensive with both Chinese and Western buffet options. Dinner in the chic Chinese restaurant was mixed. The food and ambience were great, but the service on the first of two occasions was sorely lacking. Colin the F&B manager was most apologetic, but that was after we complained. The front desk staff were excellent, especially Lili Wu . Overall we were pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the rooms and the friendly staff and happily recommend this hotel.

Outstanding
Reviewed 2 months ago

We stayed for two nights and our stay was faultless from the moment we arrived and charming reception staff booked us in, and arranged for a buggy to take us and our luggage to a mountain view suite through well kept gardens. The room was perfect - large king bed, large wardrobes, separate sitting are with large TV coffee making facilities and a large balcony with views of the mountains. The en-suite was large and fully equipped with both bath and shower and all the usual accoutrements.
The main centre for the hotel features reception, two restaurants and s gallery/shop, as well as a carp filled lake and pagoda.
Breakfast buffet was very large with everything you might expect and more. We had room service one night and tried the cantonese restaurant one night and were delighted with the food on both occasions.
Service throughout was excellent, friendly and efficient and no troubles for a non-Chinese speaking visitor.

What you see advertised is not what you get, this is not what you expect from a resort hotel
Reviewed 3 months ago

They seem to be basking in brand reputation and are over looking careful upkeep. Our blinds in the shower stall had black mildew, the drains drained slowly, and overall there was a "tired" feeling in the room. The slippers looked like they had been used by the previous guests. In addition, there were no tea bags or sugar or creamers --there was a water boiler and a container of stale instant coffee. Surely not what you expect from a "resort." The breakfast buffet had under-ripe melon. The only highlight of the breakfast was the freshly made juice.

Familiy Holiday
Reviewed 5 months ago

Not good for families with young children.
1) Had paint peeling and mold on one of the walls inside living room
2) Fridge was not functioning properly. Milk for my baby went bad overnight. Informed staff and nothing was done but still charged me for glass of milk as replacement
3) Kids playroom was very dirty, lots of dead insects on floor and unsupervised
4) No family friendly restaurant at night
5) Poor gym facilities and no pool
6) Clean staff walked straight into our room with wet and dirty boots