living in Shanghai, Hangzhou is an easy weekend getaway - and I've been hankering after staying at this amazing property for a long time - but put off by the extremely high price. I finally stayed there last month, and the property is exceptional. It's a converted hamlet of old wooden buildings scattered along a stone pathway that leads up to the temple area. So each 'room' is actually more like a little house, each one unique and sympathetically converted - made comfortable without destroying their original charm. There are a few communal buildings - the reception area, the different restaurants, a central large two storey house which houses a tea room and quiet reflective lounge area, the spa. The pathway through the village is public access, so you do get monks and other people wandering up and down - but not so many that it destroys the sense of specialness. Having such intimate access to the temples (which are totally public access, so as soon as you go through that gate it suddenly becomes very busy if it's a weekend or holiday), but having that proximity felt like a privilege. I stayed there over a holiday weekend - which meant that HZ was jam-packed - but the resort still felt peaceful. In fact, almost too peaceful. Even though there are communal areas, it didn't feel at all social.