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Amanfayan - Shanghai, China
Easily reached from Shanghai, Amanfayun is a nurturing retreat for body, mind and spirit. The reason it looks like a town that could have served as a backdrop in a period film is because it is an actual village. At its heart, a 200-year-old former temple hosts daily cultural activities, and cobbled paths connect guests with authentic eateries, a traditional bath house and one of China’s most significant temples. The place has an old world charm and timeless quality, which also applies to the spa where the treatments have been used for generations.
Hidden in a picturesque valley not far from Shanghai, China, and only a 20-minute drive along bamboo and tree-lined avenues from the centre of the bustling city of Hangzhou, Amanfayun enjoys a serene setting surrounded by tea fields, natural forest, quaint villages and a pilgrimage circuit of five significant Buddhist temples.
Designed in the spirit of a traditional Chinese village, Amanfayan comprises 47 stone dwellings. Due to the unique nature of the structures, no two rooms are identical. All furniture is freestanding and includes daybeds, sofas, dining suites and floor and desk lamps. Fine calligraphy art pieces decorate the walls. Most open to private or semi-private courtyards with outdoor dining and lounging areas.
A diverse array of restaurants and tea houses specialise in traditional Chinese fare, as well as western and vegetarian dishes. There’s a serene 20m pool set in lush greenery, with views of the mountains. The spa, spread across five pavilions, offers seasonal treatments based on local flora to soothe and revive.
Location & Getting There
Hidden in a picturesque valley, only a 20-minute drive along bamboo and tree-lined avenues from the centre of Hangzhou, Amanfayun in China is a 50-minute drive from Hangzhou Airport.
Amanfayun offers 42 rooms, suites and villas located within the property. Village Rooms and Suites are furnished with a king bed, daybed, writing desk and dressing area, with the latter comprising larger living spaces. Deluxe Village Suites enjoy a separate living room, seven of which enjoy their own private double massage treatment rooms. Village Villas are almost twice as large as the Deluxe Village Suites, featuring private double massage treatment rooms. The duplex Amanfayun Villa comprises two king-sized bedrooms, each with its own private sitting area, an enclosed courtyard, a reading area, an expansive lounge with a dining area and twin daybeds, as well as a private massage room.
Amanfayun's surroundings offer a wealth of ancient Chinese architectural gems and verdant hills and villages to explore. Places of interest include Hangzhou's West Lake, Liuhe Pagoda or ‘The Pagoda of Six Harmonies', the Chinese Pagoda Exhibition Park and the Tea Musuem. If guests are lucky, they can experience the many colourful festivals and celebrations that are unique to Hangzhou such as the West Lake Pilgrimage Fair, West Lake Lotus Festival, West Lake Osmanthus Festival, Qiantang Tide Watching Festival and West Lake International Fireworks Show.
Children are welcome at Amanfayan but there are no specific facilities available.