We (2 families: 4 adults, 2 teenagers) stayed here for 4 nights in early-July 2012 and didn't want to leave. Despite including an excellent restaurant, this place feels more like a well-set-up and friendly guest house than a formal hotel.
"Friendly" is a defining word - everything is completely relaxed, but also runs like clockwork. It is so relaxed that we wondered whether things we'd organised would happen (such as airport pickup and return, tours, cooking class), but everything was run perfectly.
We had a lunch and dinner in the town, but the food and service from the Village Retreat's restaurant was exemplary and well-priced - a great variety of western, Chinese and local favourites and local and Belgium beer, and wine and spirits.
It was hot whilst we were in Yangshuo, so outside dining was perfect. As soon as we sat down at an outside table, staff appeared with mosquito coils, a lamp to attach to the umbrella and menus. Breakfast was included - a choice of several including delicious banana pancakes, muesli and eggs+sausage.
The ground floor and rooftop decks were very comfortable, and offered stunning views of the surrounding mountains. But if you insist views of the River Li, you won't find them here as there is too much hill and greenery between the hotel and the river.
Our room was large and comfortable, with a stunning floor to ceiling window running the length of the bathroom, out on to an adjacent karst. Air conditioning was effective, the furniture slightly quirky. The only traveler who might be disappointed would be one expecting deep carpets and the antiseptic decor of international 5-star-hotel feel: the Yangshuo Village Retreat is more like staying in a friend's comfortable house.
On our final night, a guitar appeared and our two teenagers entertained some of the younger staff with some western songs, who then reciprocated with some local songs, with much laughter all-round - its that type of place.
I hope to return one day, which is a feeling I know my fellow travelers share.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Yangshuo Village Retreat, an established 4-star Belgian-Chinese family retreat in the beautiful and peaceful countryside near Yangshuo, Guilin, China. We provide a free shuttle service to town all day per comfortable mini-van that takes you to the heart of Yangshuo in 5 minutes. For longer stays we offer every 7th night free of charge! Located in a quiet village, nestled in between mountains, rice paddies and citrus trees, our Yangshuo hotel offers the perfect base to explore the countryside, its rural features and amazing scenery, and provides the ideal environment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the idyllic landscape Yangshuo is famous for, with the comforts of home. And with only a beautiful walk along the Li-river bank to Yangshuo’s main shopping and entertainment area, the Yangshuo Village Retreat might have the best location of all Yangshuo hotels… ... more less
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