Banyan Tree, Lijiang, China

Banyan Tree – Lijiang

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Amandayan £££££

  • China
  • Boutique

Superbly located on Lion Hill, above the winding lanes of old town Lijiang. Amandayan is built in the traditional style of the Naxi people with accommodation arranged around tranquil courtyards across several dwellings. The 35 suites mix contemporary and Chinese styles with stone floors and wooden furniture, much of which is elaborately carved. Many have views over Lijiang towards the surrounding countryside and snow-capped mountains. Facilities include a spa, 20 metre outdoor heated swimming pool and two restaurants.

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Lux Tea Horse Road Benzilan £££££

  • China
  • Boutique

Protected by the peaks of Meili Snow Mountain National Park and close to the shores of the Yangtze River, this boutique hotel is located in an authentic Tibetan village. The 30 rooms are simple and elegant with the clever use of Tibetan fabrics and furnishings. Private balconies make the most of the wonderful views, as does the swimming pool.

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Linden Centre £££££

  • China
  • Boutique

The Linden Centre is a traditional courtyard complex set in a Bai minority village, surrounded by mountains and paddy fields. Once a family residence, a hospital, military barracks and a children’s nursery it has been restored to its former dynastic elegance. Accommodating up to 28 guests this boutique hotel offers comfortably furnished rooms in a traditional style. The painted beams, courtyards, carved wooden panels and restaurants serving local dishes, give a real sense of how life may once have been.

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Songtsam Lodge, Shangri-La £££££

  • China

Songtsam Shangri-La is housed in a traditional Tibetan dwelling and situated next to Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan. The 75 rooms and suites have all been decorated in a traditional style using antique furniture, Tibetan carpets and hand-made features.

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Banyan Tree – Ringha £££££

  • China
  • Boutique

Banyan Tree Ringha is surrounded by a magical landscape of snow-capped mountains and peaceful meadows. Tibetan in style with traditional arts, crafts and fabrics used to decorate the interiors, the 32 spacious lodges and suites were all once authentic Tibetan Farmhouses. Each has its own unique bathroom with a handcrafted wooden bath plus a private balcony or terrace with valley or river views. There is a Tea House where it is possible to learn about the wide array of tea leaves, buds and brews in China plus two restaurants and a spa.

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LUX Tea Horse Road Lijiang £££££

  • China
  • Boutique

Located in Lijiang’s old town, LUX Lijiang is a charming two-storey timber-framed structure housing 10 contemporary and stylish rooms. The hotel’s restaurant and bar showcase traditional Naxi cuisine which can be enjoyed al fresco in the main courtyard area. Additional facilities include a tea lounge where traditional tea making ceremonies are held and a library featuring a range of handpicked books covering the incredible history of the Yunnan province.

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