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“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, 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, the property 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 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.