This was our first visit to the Chinese mainland and we were planning to stay for one week. We had to visit the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors and were looking for a third, quieter, place to stay. After watching a few episodes of BBC's Wild China we decided on Guillin - and my wife found the Tea Cozy on TripAdvisor with it's amazingly good reviews.
We flew in from Hong Kong in the afternoon and were picked up from the airport by a driver arranged through Amy at the Tea Cozy. On the hour or so drive from the airport the roads started off being wide and modern and as we went further they became narrower, dustier and more pot-holed - as the karst mountain scenery became more and more spectacular. In the end we were beginning to wonder were we'd come to but when we arrived and were greeted at the Tea Cozy our worries disappeared.
The staff at reception were very friendly and helpful, and we were shown to our Deluxe Suite which immediately blew us away with it's amazing wooden bathtub, traditional Chinese decor and the stunning view of the limestone karst mountains from our balcony.
We ate at the hotel on our first evening and the food was so amazing that we didn't eat anywhere else during our stay - simply the best Chinese food I'd ever had.
During our stay we arranged a visit to the light show at Yangshou, bicycles and a bamboo raft ride for one day, a sightseeing tour to a tea plantation and views of the Lee River on the next day and our return journey to the airport - all through Amy, an amazing bundle of energy who just couldn't do enough to help.
We felt that the area around the hotel gave a taste of the real China - a million miles from the pollution and traffic of Beijing. It's in a rural area and we saw many people working in the fields during the day, walking their cattle along the road or selling their produce in stalls by the road. Everybody we met was friendly and they were all happy to say 'hello'.
All of the staff in the Tea Cozy were extremely helpful and made our stay a real pleasure. Curry drove us to the airport for our onward flight and gave us a potted history of the hotel on the journey.
Of all the places we visited during our trip to China this is the one we would be most likely to return to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- About Yangshuo Tea Cozy Encircled by breathtaking Karst peaks, situated beside the banks of the Dragon River and hidden among local farmers’ fields, Yangshuo Tea Cozy Boutique Hotel is an ideal refuge away from the town’s crowded market streets. Come and relax in a peaceful and serene location just a short distance from Yangshuo’s famous West Street.Just as the tea cozy works in harmony with the teapot and keeps the tea warm, so we strive to surround you with the warmth of our hospitality and the beauty of the Yangshuo countryside. Tea is also a passion for us. We have a special tea house within the hotel and would love to welcome you as our guests for our next tea ceremony. Each of the twelve rooms in the Tea Cozy Boutique Hotel is unique and decorated in a traditional Chinese style with tastefully fitted wooden furnishings, personally selected by us. Every room houses an array of antiques and pieces of local artwork. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep on the best mattresses on the market before heading out onto the wooden balcony to take in panoramic views of the local landscape.If you are seeking action and adventure our dedicated team have expert knowledge of the local area and can arrange kayaking, white water rafting, climbing, caving and even camping. For those looking for more cultural immersion, we can arrange cooking lessons, tea ceremonies, tai-chi sessions with the local masters and more. Alternatively, if you are just seeking peace and quiet our rooftop bar and restaurant serving Chinese and Western cuisine from our organic garden providethe perfect backdrop for rest and recuperation.At the Tea Cozy Boutique Hotel we pride ourselves on high quality and personal customer service. Come and join a family atmosphere, walk among the paddy fields, meet the local villagers and immerse yourself in the local culture. We are committed to making your stay with us a magical and memorable one. ... more less
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