Location: Tucked away next to the Old City quarter of Lijiang - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - this luxury resort sits atop a picturesque hill, surrounded Yunnan’s iconic snow-capped mountain backdrop.
History: This newly built hotel joins Aman’s long list of luxury resorts spread across the world, and is the third one to be established in China after the Summer Palace in Beijing and Amanfayun in Hangzhou.
Service: Attention to detail throughout this hotel continues all the way up to the high level of services. All guests are personally greeted and local experts at the downstairs reception and information desk are on call 24 hours every day.
The Aman Group’s 28th resort in their ever-expanding portfolio of luxurious accommodation just happens to be one of their most impressive to date, spread over a hectare of land on a hill perched above the Old City of Lijiang - a World Heritage Site. The quaint winding lanes of the town below are an image of classic China, and the breathtaking luscious green mountains and snow-capped peaks provide the perfect backdrop. The hotel itself is relatively small; with only 35 suites the resort is kept quiet and peaceful, just like the surrounding countryside and historic town below. Even the smallest of accomondation options here start at close to 800 square feet, and Yunnan pine wood from Shangri-La is used throughout to create an inviting, cozy log-cabin feel. Modern conveniences are in ample supply too, both inside the range of rooms and throughout the rest of the resort. Guests can find no less than three superb dining options including a signature Chinese restaurant, as well as a luxurious spa, an on-site cinema and an impressive indoor heated swimming pool – difficult to resist jumping in after a day of sightseeing in Lijiang.
All accommodation options at Amandayan are classed as ‘suites’, and even the entry-level options here provide an impressive amount of space. The locally-sourced pine wood is the standout material throughout creating a log-cabin feeling, and décor is simple yet elegant, true to traditional Chinese design.
Amandayan’s namesake suites are perfect for families or groups of four, with two elegant bedrooms spread across the spacious 7,700 square feet of floor space, as well as excellent private terraces looking out across the town.
Coming in at 775 square feet, these wonderful suites offer plenty of locally- sourced materials such as wood and fabrics, and keep with the hotel’s philosophy of simplicity and elegance with sharp lines and subtle style.
Amandayan’s Deluxe Suites are the same size as the entry-level suites at 775 square feet, although these more lavish spaces offers guests with a wonderful outside terrace, with rooftop views stretching over the Old City or towards the mountainous backdrop at the other side of the resort.
Despite its compact, Amandayan Resort boasts an impressive number of facilities for guests to enjoy when they’re not off sightseeing in the Old City of Lijiang or exploring the stunning natural landscape of Yunnan.
A real highlight of Amandayan’s long list of facilities, their large onsite spa features six double treatment rooms that feature their own private area overlooking the swimming pool. Massages and spa treatments are available, all of which use traditional Chinese medicinal and herbal techniques to ease away the aches and pains of traveling.
Although the historic town nearby has plenty in the way of shops, the resort also has one of its own, selling a range of local handicrafts, silk embroidery, artwork and trinkets perfect for a last minute souvenir of gift to take home.
For those that want to relax with a movie outside of their rooms, Amandayan’s private cinema is the perfect option. Daily screenings show a mix of international and Asian hits, and the venue can seat up to 30 people at one time in the lavish reclining leather chairs.
The impressive outdoor pool here is 65 feet in length; great for doing laps. It’s also heated – perfect for use all year round. Nearby, you’ll also find a well-equipped fitness room and a sizable yoga/Pilates studio.
This peaceful place to read or catch up with some work overlooks Lijiang Old Town, and offers a sturdy range of books in both English and Chinese language. WiFi access is also available throughout, but do remember this is a quiet zone.
The resort’s large business room is situated next to the library and can hold up to 30 people at one time. Ask at reception or book in advance to reserve this pleasant space.
The three different dining options here provide a generous choice of options, particularly true considering the resort’s small size. Dinner in their signature Chinese restaurant is a must, and a quaint tea room and breakfast venue make up the rest of the list.
Amandayan’s signature restaurant titled ‘Man Yi Xuan’ (translating as ‘lingering peace’) offers four private dining rooms and serves a range of Yunnan and Cantonese delicacies throughout the day, as well as a set dim sum lunch.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner, look no further than The Lounge, which serves international dishes, more appealing to western palates. The restaurant endeavors to use locally-sourced produce, such as farmed organic meat, locally-grown vegetables and wild mushrooms.
This cute spot is set over two levels of the resort, and presents some excellent views across Lijiang Old Town, with both indoor and alfresco dining areas. Expect traditional Chinese and Western tea sets to be served alongside a range of cakes and pastries, as well as some more savory dim sum dishes.