Banyan Tree Ringha is in China’s Yunnan province, in a mountainous area that has been officially designated “Shangri-La” by the Chinese government and is part of Greater Tibet, both historically and culturally. The architecture reflects the local Tibetan culture: the 32 spacious lodges and suites are traditional Tibetan farmhouses with intricate woodcarvings, enormous pine pillars, smoky fireplaces and wooden balconies that have valley or river views. There are three restaurants to choose from: Llamo, which serves Chinese and Western dishes, Chang Sa, for Tibetan specialties, and Jakhang, a cozy teahouse with a large fireplace and an encyclopedic collection of teas. The Ringha has a divine Banyan Tree spa and a business center, but no fitness center or pool. The Shangri-La Airport (DIG) is a half-hour drive from the hotel.
History: The historic Zhongdian County was renamed in 2001 after the fictional land of Shangri-La in an early 20th Century James Hilton novel.
Service: This hotel effortlessly melds traditional Tibetan hospitality with the extensive service and attention to detail for which the Banyan Tree brand is famous.
Location: Located in the secluded, almost hidden, valley of “Shangri-La”, the Banyan Tree Ringha is surrounded by breathtaking and majestic scenery seemingly out of a fairytale.
The Banyan Tree Ringha has done an excellent job of blending traditional Tibetan farmhouse charms with extensive (but careful) renovation and modern fine touches in their lodges and suites.
Once home to a local Tibetan family and their livestock, this lodge has been renovated to the highest specifications, while still preserving its historic charm. Ideal for groups and families, the lodge features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious living area, a study and a lovely courtyard. Rustic and charming touches like fireplaces are standard here.
The Tibetan Spa Suite has been built with guest relaxation and privacy as a foremost priority. The spacious interior features a modern bedroom and relaxation area upstairs, while downstairs sits a private couple spa treatment room.
A potent mix of rustic charm and opulent touches, this charming one-bedroom suite is ideal for guests who wish to experience Tibetan culture while still enjoying the finer things in life. A private terrace provides beautiful panoramas, while a handcrafted wooden tub is an authentic, and ideal, place to relax. The suite is split over two levels, with the upper area acting as a spacious living room, with study, fireplace, and bedroom. Downstairs is a well-appointed bathroom, and a private garden terrace.
The traditional architecture of the two-bedroom Tibetan lodge evokes images and emotions of true Tibetan culture. The spacious lodge is sprinkled with cosy touches, including fireplaces, and scenic wooden patios. Split into two levels, with one bedroom in the upper level, as well as a living room and study, and the other in the bottom, as well as a second bathroom.
Companies on corporate retreats are well-served at the Banyan Tree, Ringha, with meeting contemporary facilities that incorporate Chinese design elements and plenty of space for large groups.
Discover the beauty secrets hidden in the Himalayas, with spa treatments inspired by traditional Himalayan practices, and the ancient Chinese philosophy of Five Elements. An authentic atmosphere with a strong sense of place and attention to detail will have guests feeling relaxed even before their therapy begins. The highly-trained spa therapists then transport their patrons on a voyage of rejuvenation and renewal through the heights of one of the highest regions on Earth.
This stylish bar and restaurant combines its chic atmosphere with the favourite dishes of Yunnan province. Meals here are as heavy or light as you'd like them to be, and drinks similarly served as stiff or refreshing as your mood permits. A decent selection of Chinese rice wines and sakes are available, along with liquors and other alcoholic beverages.
The Highland Romance experience is the ultimate in amorous outings, complete with staff-led horseback ride through lush plains, followed by a private tented dining scene seemingly out of a movie. Dine on generous portions served over four courses, with the soothing sounds of the Tibetan plateau in the background.
Tea appreciation has a long history in China, and is as much a part of Chinese culture as the Great Wall. Experience the culture of tea first-hand, at Jakhang Lobby Lounge, where guests may sample from hundreds of varieties of tea. Here, guests can learn the intricacies of tea leaves, buds, and brews, in an authentic tea appreciation setting, complete with cozy fireplace.
Enjoy the company of friends, family, and colleagues in our Llamo Restaurant, where a friendly atmosphere encourages sociability. Guests may dine on a variety of Chinese and Western set meals, served for both breakfast and for dinner.
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