Just came back from Yunnan and Sky Valley Heritage Boutique hotel is definitely a highlight of my trip. This is a real boutique hotel with unique chic design and only 16 rooms/suites. The hotel is built on a very old Bai house with all the architectural details well remained and protected. Though the house looks rustic (in a beautiful way) given the history it has, you have all the contemporary comfort in your room with even L'occitane toiletry products. The service is impeccable and all the staff are very friendly and willing to help.
The hotel is located in a village surrounded by local village houses and farm lands. After visiting over-commercialized Lijiang, we cannot appreciate more to the quiteness and the local/rural atmosphere the hotel provides. On the other side, this is not a place crowded by tourists and majority of the tourists visiting Xizhou choose to take a day trip here and leave by late afernoon. So pretty much all the stores and restaurants are closed after 7 or 8 pm. You can always choose to eat at the hotel restaurant (they open till 8:30 pm), but we found a few very good local restaurants offering excellent local food just 15 min walking from the hotel around SiFang Street. Just be there before 7pm.
If there is one area for improvement for the hotel, I feel it will be great if the hotel can provide some service of daily tours to visiting local historical houses and learning more about local culture.
Overall, a very pleasant experience staying at this historical and beautiful house! I will definitely recommend Xizhou and this hotel to who plans to visit Yunnan.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sky Valley Heritage Boutique Hotel, a handcrafted hotel, is in the heart of Xizhou where lies in the north of Dali city, Yunnan. Xizhou is a historic town and the main residential district for Bai Nationality. It is also the birthplace of Dali culture. Historically, the town, protected by Erhai lake and Cangshan mountain, hosted the royals during the Nanzhao and the Dali kingdoms.The building of Sky Vally is one of the 88 national heritages listed private houses in Xizhou. This restoration and renovation project was born from the vision to develop an ensemble of historical heritage building and transform it into a elegant and exclusive destination. Inspired by the Bai’s rich artistic heritage, the original arts and crafts from this historical building are well preserved. The floor plan makes a sharp distinction between the quiet and reserved private area and the glamorously festive social area. The construction faithfully respects local traditional techniques, many details including individual window pieces, red copper bathing and bathroom sink, and stone and root carving lamp are dedicated to local crafts by hand.An comfortable space, spanning between 25 and 90 square meters , each of 16 room/suites features one bedroom, bathroom, living room, and/or living room. The walled compound enjoys absolute privacy complemented by sweeping views from an elevated position. Rich catalpa woods and luxurious furnishings create a warm and calming environment with sweeping views. By combining modern design with original historical material, each room/suite offers master craftsmanship, contemporary functionality, passion for pure beauty, and an opportunity glancing into the history.On the first floor, 10 premier rooms are private haven of 25 square meters in size that feature king-size or twin beds. Set within the sand stone walls and floor, oversized bathrooms are equipped limited edition sanitary wares. On the second floor, Sky Valley offers 4 suites that feature king-size or twin beds. Due to the unique nature of the structures, no two rooms are identical. Without compromising the integrity of the dwellings and heritage components, all accommodations enjoy the comforts of air conditioning and internet connectivity. oversized bathrooms are equipped handcrafted red copper sanitary wares. Bath products are imported from FranceThere are a total of two different styles Sky Valley Family Suites on the second floor, measuring on average 90 square meters. These are furnished in a similar way to the Garden View Suites, however each suites has a extra bedroom.Cuisine is a key element of the experience at Sky Valley, Yuè , the Lounge & Restaurant offers a creative take on contemporary Bai cuisine. We are committed to sourcing the highest quality ingredients at the peak of their season. Besides wine, whiskey, tea, and other high quality beverages, custom-designed bar provides 100% estate grown coffee that meets SCAA standard.For those who wish to explore Dali’s lush, nature-rich countryside while getting some exercise we have devised a range of guided golf, walking, biking and trekking routes to suit all interests and abilities. Xizhou is a main residential district for Bai Nationality. Historically, the town, protected by Erhai lake and Cangshan mountain, hosted the royals during the Nanzhao and the Dali kingdoms. Today Xizhou is a Bai for arts, crafts, culture, wellness, food, shopping, and spirituality. Insight to the general layout of Bai center and an overview of Bai’s culturally rich surroundings are provided. The Xizhou Insider Tour is an excellent opportunity to learn the intriguing history of Bai and why Bai is a unique travel destination. ... more less
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