Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Sitting at the base of the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, along a trade route that was once part of the historic Silk Road from Yunnan to Tibet, Banyan Tree Lijiang offers privacy and luxury in an exotic destination far off the beaten path. Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is often referred to as the Venice of the Orient, and with its fairy tale setting, where quaint bridges arch over peaceful canals and cobblestone streets weave paths through traditional Naxi architecture, it’s not hard to see why.
Awaken your spirit at this luxury resort offering spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding foothills, from 2000 metres high. Relax and unwind in one of 55 spectacular rooms, suites, and villas that reflect the Naxi culture, a marriage of Han Chinese and Tibetan civilization. Soak in the charm of a site that combines new world luxuries and old world traditions, striking the perfect balance of culture and comfort.
With two gourmet restaurants, a fitness centre, library, tennis court, and an award-winning spa, it may be difficult to tear yourself away, but just beyond the borders of the resort, guests will discover a variety of rich cultural experiences. Visit the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge on the Yangtze River. Walk into Shuhe Old Town. Witness the traditional arts of embroidery, copper beating, and pot making. Then return to Banyan Tree Lijiang to an enthusiastic greeting from Lanka, a beautiful Tibetan Mastiff and the unofficial mascot of the resort.
Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Yunnan into a greater Chinese and Asian holiday. Take a look at A Tour Through Mystical Yunnan as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.
Banyan Tree Lijiang Information
- Location & Getting There
Banyan Tree Lijiang is located next to the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, along a trade route that was once part of the historic Silk Road from Yunnan to Tibet. There are daily flights from Kunming International Airport to nearby Lijiang Airport, and from there, it’s approximately 30 minutes by car to the resort.
The 55 elegant rooms, suites, and villas at Banyan Tree Lijiang are exquisite examples of Naxi décor, combining Han Chinese and Tibetan civilization into sophisticated, welcoming abodes. Traditional tip-tilted roofs and stone walls create striking exteriors that give way to interior spaces finished in a gleaming contrast of deep russet, gold, and white. Local antiques and objets d'art have been thoughtfully curated and add a special touch to a backdrop of crisp linens, gleaming lacquer, and colourful silks. Select rooms feature private balconies, jet pools, courtyards, gardens, swimming pools, or a private spa. The Presidential Pool Villa offers the ultimate luxurious escape in a replica of a Naxi residence with an outdoor pavilion, living and dining areas, outdoor heated pool, and breathtaking mountain views.
For guests seeking complete relaxation, Banyan Tree Lijiang offers everything you need for a rejuvenating stay without ever leaving the resort. Visit the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa where expert therapists will massage you into a state of pure bliss. Enjoy an afternoon of quiet reading in the library or the gardens. Satisfy your appetite at two gourmet restaurants serving Cantonese and international cuisine. Or dine al fresco under moonlight in the outdoor pagoda, with the mountain at your side.
Of course, beyond the borders of the resort, an incredible world of culture and adventure awaits. Marvel at the immense canyons of the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge on the Yangtze River. Borrow a bike and head to Shuhe Old Town with its ancient cobbled streets. Visit Naxi and Yi villages to witness the traditional arts of embroidery, copper beating, and pot making, or buildings dating back to the Ming Dynasty. Experience the nightlife in Dayan Old Town, full of restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The options are endless, and the memories will last forever.
Children are welcome at Banyan Tree Lijiang.