We decided on Hangzhou because of the Unesco World Heritage SIte, West Lake and found the Trail of Seven Temples intriguing.
The Amanfayun is an interesting experience as they have "leased" these historic Chinese buildings along a ancient stone pathway surrounded by bamboo and used by monks, other tourists and the community. We found their hospitality to be excellent, and the grounds lush and beautiful. The villas are very sparse as typical with Aman, maybe for some contrived but we felt the furnishings, the bath accessories to be genuinely authentic to the area.
I would highly recommend the Trail of Seven Temples dating back to 300 AD, and this is right outside your doorstep at the Aman. Dragon Well is the source of one of the most treasured green teas in the world and is close by and worth the trip. (If you've been to Starbucks, you've had this herbal, healing, strong green tea.) The restaurant choices may feel limited for some, but we found the food to be very good. My daughter and I treated ourselves to massages and we both agreed, the setting, the therapist, the spa products were all excellent and very relaxing.
This is not a property I would recommend for longer than a few nights, but you stay here for the unique experience.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Amanfayun Hotel Hangzhou