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“A unique experience in a Chinese tea Village”
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Amanfayun
Ranked #20 of 2,391 Hotels in Hangzhou
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Annecy, France
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109 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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“A unique experience in a Chinese tea Village”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Located in a typical Hangzhou valley at the door of one of the most famous and well known Buddhist temple The “Ling yin Temple”. The resort is well located to explore the surrounding Hangzhou Hills and temples as well as some of the best longJin tea plantation. The accommodation in a farm style of bungalows are well appointed but lacking of large windows and are quite dark inside. The simplicity of the interior is refreshing.
The 2 restaurants run by the resort (one western and one Chinese) are of good quality but the wine list is overprice.
The service is good and friendly.
An excellent experience but the prices are slightly too high.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

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.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Amanfayun is like no other "hotel" you have ever experienced. First, the lodging is spread throughout a picturesque valley that is surrounded by temples, local village people, and tea fields. Second, the resort's buildings fit in with the landscape and are designed fit organically with the history and environment of the area--many of their buildings are original and have been historically remodeled. Third, when you arrive in your suite you are transported to a different time period but maintain 21st century luxury and technology. Fourth, the dining options are not your standard high-end hotel restaurants. The resort has a partnership with local independent food providers that have distinct and delicious restaurants all along the valley. The food they provide is exceptional. Finally, the personal butler service they offer is the best I've ever experienced--the St. Regis properties could learn something from Aman Resorts. Overall, Amanfayun is one of my favorite resorts in the world.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Northumberland
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

I absolutely loved this resort. The village has literally been converted into rooms, restaurants and a spa - it is so beautiful, a bolt hole from the hustle and bustle of China and a unique property that I feel privileged to have stayed in.
We were greeted by the manager Monika and her husband Lukasz and made to feel very welcome from the off. We were given details of the local temples and hikes and when my husband went out to do a couple of hours' hike they very kindly insisted he take one of the hotels cell phones in case he got lost and needed to call for help! The pool area is tranquil - lying by the pool with the smell of incense and the sounds of the nearby temples drifting across was an experience I will never forget. We ate lunch at the western restaurant and had a couple of pre and post dinner drinks there and we also ate at the Steam House which was very good. We had treatments at the Spa which were wonderful.
With regard to criticisms mentioned in previous reviews I would say - yes, the rooms are dark but I found it added to the atmosphere; yes, you have the public walking down the 'main street' but I didn't find that intrusive; and yes, service of the rooms is a bit an issue when you don't speak chinese and housekeeping want to know if/when they can come in.
This was our first stay at an Aman and whilst I don't know that I'm going to become an Amanjunkie, I would definitely like to visit some of the other properties if this is representative of the atmosphere of their resorts.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
66 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is an exceptional property in the true Aman tradition. The old village that makes up the hotel is really beautiful, a complete haven. The rooms are delightful if a little dark. The restaurants are good and a beautiful secluded warm swimming pool. All this within several hundred yards of teaming masses in the nearby temples. The Aman organises trips by their boat on the West Lake, a must. Also the light show in the evening on the lake is beautiful

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Netherlands
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47 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed in many Aman's so have certain expectations. This location is unique again due to the fact that they used houses of an old local town and turned it into an Aman villa resort. We felt blessed that we could stay in something unique like this and of course noticed that even Aman struggled a bit with the challenges of running a "village". We loved every minute of it.

We got assigned a butler (Raphael Park) who also became our tour guide and was availble for anything. Great guy with lot's of focus on the details and taking best care of us, really nice touch and also smart interface with some perhaps English skilled team members. We were lucky it was quite so were often alone at the pool and had great service from the team.

We had dinner in all restaurants on the property and loved them all ! Not too complicated, village style suitable and of great quality. If I had to make one remark it would be that the villa's, in their orginal style, are quite dark. We really struggled at times and wanted one bigger light for just some minutes - like during packing.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco
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18 reviews
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

There can be no better way to explore Hangzhou than from the amazing Amanfayun. Peaceful, serene and beautiful. The rooms, restaurants and hotel facilities provide everything you could imagine - truly a fantastic destination.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Amanfayun
Address: No.22 Fayun Alley, Xihu St, Xihu District, Hangzhou 310013, China
Location: China > Zhejiang > Hangzhou
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hangzhou
#5 Romantic Hotel in Hangzhou
#7 Family Hotel in Hangzhou
#11 Spa Hotel in Hangzhou
#17 Luxury Hotel in Hangzhou
#59 Best Value Hotel in Hangzhou
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Amanfayun 5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, Amanfayun is a place to explore - a place of stone pathways leading to shaded courtyards, quaint restaurants and peaceful abodes. Situated on 14 hectares to the west of West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Hangzhou, the resort is comprised of 47 dwellings surrounded by tea fields. Amanfayun is the ideal location from which to explore ancient Buddhist temples, botanical gardens and Hangzhou's famous silk and shopping streets. ... more   less 
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