Location: Nestled in a verdant flower-filled valley between Shangri-La and Meili, this beautiful property is surrounded by whitewashed Tibetan houses and serene wheat fields.
History: This locality is ancient, with roads only recently constructed. Visitors can experience unhurried rural life and even take part in tending the property's vegetable gardens.
Service: There are only 10 rooms at the Benzilan Songtsam, ensuring personalized local hospitality for the entirety of their stay.
The tranquil village of Benzilan sets the scene for this property - an idyllic pastoral backdrop of wheat, barley and rice fields. The pace here is relaxed, giving harried travelers a chance to experience rural living, largely unchanged for centuries. Within the property, guests can enjoy all modern conveniences, with WiFi throughout the public zones and gourmet meals prepared by local chefs. The garden provides plenty of onsite space for chilling out and enjoying the breathtaking views of this unique location, while the nearby village provide endless hours of cultural discovery, interacting with the community and experiencing an almost forgotten way of life.
Songtsam Benzilan's 10 rooms are all decorated in a contemporary Sino-Tibetan st yle, with views of the green valley. From the lodge, look out at the small hillside prayer house.
These rooms offer accommodation for two guests, with the option of an additional guest with extra bedding. Rooms are cozy and feature unique handcrafted furniture to create an authentic yet luxurious rural experience. Rooms include three meals per guest with 24-hour room service. WiFi and hot water are also included.
The Songtsam Benzilan is primed for relaxation, but guests can conduct business via the property's WiFi and converting the meditation room on the second floor into a conference room.
Benzilan is renowned for its handicrafts and guests can fully appreciate the skill that goes into these indigenous art forms - lacquer bowls and black pottery, for instance - by joining a handicraft workshop led by local artisans.
Guests can enjoy the vibrant colors and energetic rhythms of traditional Tibetan dance in a performance put on by local villagers.
As guests adjust to the pace of rural life, they have the option of assisting in the property's organic vegetable gardens. The gardens provide much of the produce for the lodge's restaurant, giving guests a real farm-to-table experience.
Located on the second floor of the Tibetan-style building, there is a bar serving up traditional and imported drinks. The bar also serves as a meditation room, and can even play a third role, as a conference room.
Guests can relish the authentic atmosphere of dining at the Benzilan Songtsam, enjoying views over green rice fields and village rooftops. As with all Songtsam properties, the Benzilan local meals prepared by talented chefs, using locally sourced produce for maximum freshness and flavor. The onsite vegetable gardens supply much of the restaurant's ingredients, and the resident chefs can craft meals to suit any palate or dietary needs.