23 July, 2010

Banyan Tree, Lijiang

23 July, 2010

A discreet and luxurious hotel on the outskirts of the World UNESCO protected town of Lijiang, the Banyan Tree offers exclusive and off-the-beaten track luxury to world weary travellers.

Lijiang, which is also known as the Venice of Asia, is home to winding canals, cobbled streets, wooden bridges and picturesque views of the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The area is absolutely stunning – expect nothing less than dramatic gorges, flowing rivers and an abundance of wildlife. Yunnan is also home to the Naxi minority, whose language, culture and customs add a unique sense of history to this town that seems to have stopped in time.

As you might expect from a Banyan Tree resort, suites and villas are absolutely stunning. A modern take on traditional Chinese architecture, black, gold and red furnishings are set against a backdrop of contemporary comforts, including heated pools and Jacuzzis if you stay in deluxe garden or pool villa. The sound of running water is omnipresent – it flows through the resort, bringing a little touch of the magical outdoors inside.

Their current retreat for the senses package offers excellent value for those in need of a little TLC – and who doesn’t! Combining pampering spa experiences and fitness activities, this three-night package includes accommodation in a deluxe suite, eight meals per stay, a daily 90-minute spa session per person, a tour of Dayan Old Town, daily fitness and wellness activities, a one “night of bliss” special turndown, transfers and a Banyan Tree Gallery Gift until 31st December 2010 and costs from RMB 8,600++.

Normal rates vary – from RMB 1,300 per room per night (approximately HKD 1,500).

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