Aman at Summer Palace, which opened in fall 2008, is located just outside the east gate of the palace, and meticulously designed to harmonize with the graceful architecture of the former retreat of China's emperors. A series of century-old guesthouses, built for guests awaiting an audience with Empress Dowager Cixi, have been transformed into a hotel with 18 rooms and 25 suites. With their trademark sensitivity to historic properties, Aman has decorated the interiors with period furniture and rich fabrics that evoke the grandeur of the palace itself. There are three restaurants: The Grill; The Chinese Restaurant, which has an elegant Ming Dynasty interior; and Naoki, helmed by chef Naoki Okamura and specializing in his trademark "French Kaiseki", which combines the best of French haute cuisine with Japanese artistry. Other amenities include a bar, a library, and the Aman Club — a spa and fitness-center complex including a large pool, located underground to preserve the harmonious aesthetic of the architecture. The Aman is a 45-minute drive from central Beijing and a 45-minute drive from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK).
History: Set in a series of historic pavilions that once housed guests of the Imperial Court, the Aman at Summer Palace evokes the former opulence of imperial China.
Intimacy: Like the other Aman resorts properties, the Aman at Summer Palace boasts an intimate, comfortable setting and fantastic, attentive service.
Location: The Aman at Summer Palace is an ideal location from which to explore the Great Wall – which lies some two hours away by car.
Convenience: The historic Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved imperial park in China, is mere steps away from the Aman at Summer Palace.
The Aman at Summer Palace was designed and built in the manner of traditional Chinese residences. Consisting of a number of rooms and suites centered around an internal courtyard dotted with bamboo gardens and indigenous trees, the rooms at the Aman recall the splendor and glory of the Ming Dynasty, one of the many golden ages of Chinese history. Each room features a floor lined with polished clay tiles, high, wooden ceilings, and sumptuous regional fabrics. Additionally, every room is furnished with works of art and antique rosewood furniture, including traditional wooden screens with intricate, carved latticework and bamboo blinds.
Each of the ten Courtyard Guestrooms is outfitted with king-size or twin beds and armoires built in the style of the Ming Dynasty. The en-suite bathrooms feature twin basins and a separate shower and toilet.
The seven spacious Courtyard Suites possess an open-plan bedroom and living area, each with their own unique layout and orientation. Every suite features king-sized beds, daybeds, reading chairs, and writing desks. The bathrooms feature free-standing bathtubs, and a separate shower and toilet.
There are 17 Deluxe Suites, some with combined bedroom and living areas, and others with separate bedrooms and living areas. Each suite features a king-size four-poster bed, daybed, reading chairs and writing desk. The spacious en-suite bathrooms have twin basins, free-standing island bathtubs and a separate dressing room that is furnished with two large, Ming-style wardrobes.
A luxurious, sprawling residence, the Aman’s sole Imperial Suite consists of three pavilions: a private pavilion, a living pavilion, and a formal pavilion. The suite’s private pavilion consists of an enclosed courtyard, living area, dining area, a spa treatment room (with two beds) and steam room. Adjoining the main reception room is a lounge with drum stools, a tah bench, and a coffee table. The suite's bathroom is equipped with a bathtub, shower, toilet, dresser, and even a separate dressing area. The living/study pavilion is set up with conference room seating, can accommodate up to 14 people, and can be used for formal occasions or private parties.
Each of the eight select Suites have an open-plan bedroom and a unique layout and orientation. The spacious rooms feature king-size beds, daybeds, reading chairs and writing desks. The large bathrooms feature freestanding bathtubs and a separate shower and toilet.
The Aman at Summer Palace has a host of luxurious recreational facilities for its guests to make use of while staying at the hotel. From its extensive underground holistic spa, to its 37-seater movie room, its library containing rare books, to its imported cigar room, guests will find themselves with a seemingly endless supply of things to do without even leaving the hotel.
The Aman Spa consists of nine underground rooms that feature a large menu of holistic treatments. Additionally, there is an in-house beauty salon.
The fitness center at Aman consists of a Pilates studio, where guests can do the latest workouts and exercises, and a well-equipped gym with weights and machines.
A comfortable, spacious area, the library at the Aman features a wide range of books, magazines, and newspapers from around the world. Additionally, the movie theater shows all the manner of movies and documentaries, and accommodates up to 37 guests in reclining leather seats.
The Aman contains an 82-foot indoor swimming pool with climate control, loungers, and lighting.
The Reflection Pavilion is a tranquil spot next to a lotus pond facing a music pavilion. Guests may sit at the the Reflection Pavilion sipping their favorite drink while watching local musicians playing traditional Chinese music in the music pavilion next door. There is a separate cigar room attached to the bar specializing in high quality imported cigars.
The Aman also contains a number of venue rooms suitable for special events and business meetings.
Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing has four main restaurants serving Chinese, Western, French and Japanese cuisine, as well as a lobby lounge for afternoon tea and a pavilion bar with live music.
Despite its nondescript name, this eatery is the Aman’s signature restaurant, and boasts a wide range of cuisine to match. From classic, crispy-skin Peking duck, slow roasted in traditional ovens with a secret blend of wood, to regional Cantonese specialties, the Chinese Restaurant provides fine Chinese fare served in an elegant, tasteful setting.
The signature restaurant of Chef Naoki Okumura, Naoki blends French techniques, tastes, and ingredients with Japanese aesthetics. Guests, who are seated around a counter or at separate tables, may look on as their food is prepared by highly-trained chefs.
Set in a traditional Chinese space overlooking the gardens of the Aman, the Grill serves grilled-to-order steaks, seafood and poultry with potatoes, fries, fresh salads and baked breads.
Decorated with scrolls of fine Chinese calligraphy, rattan furniture, and tasteful, elegant wood paneling, the elegant Lobby lounge bar serves breakfasts, afternoon tea and light snacks.
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