Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, a leading developer and operator of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, has just opened its second property in China – Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa in Yunnan Province. The 103-key resort proudly boasts the status of the first and only five star hotel and pool villa destination experience in China’s utopia.
Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa is located in the midst of this national scenic resort destination, an hour’s drive from Jinghong International Airport through unspoiled countryside. The resort is set along a sweeping curve of the Luosuo River, within lush gardens and water features, and comprises 80 Deluxe guest rooms, as well as 23 one, two and three bedroom Pool Villas. Additional facilities include a selection of dining options, an Anantara Spa, an impressive outdoor swimming pool, a kids club and more.
Revealing intimate glimpses of China through a luxurious blend of contemporary and local culture, authentic influences are drawn from the textures, colours and flavours of the region to deliver a bewitching blend of Chinese accents, integrated with regional touches from Thailand, Burma and Cambodia. Moreover cultural aspects of the local tribes including the Dai, Jinuo and Hani people feature not only in the resort’s design, but also in its culinary concepts.
The resort’s indigenous guest experiences can be enhanced with visits to the many ethnic tribes in the area, such as a tea picking journey with China’s last minority group to be recognised – the Jinuo tribe. They will guide guests through 1800 year old tea plantations high in the misty mountains where guests will pick tea the traditional way before heading back to roast the leaves as the tribe has done for centuries. The Hani tribe will welcome guests into their home and sing traditional songs before sitting down to a home cooked meal, or guests can tour the local Dai tribe’s village close to the resort.
Xishuangbanna opens a window to a unique blend of nature, history and culture. Located in the southern extension of the Hengduan Mountains, where the lesser known Luosuo River later becomes the mighty Mekong, Xishuangbanna has over 95 percent of its territory occupied by mountainous and hilly areas, creating ample opportunities for leisure activities including mountain hiking, bird and wildlife spotting, and boat trips along the Luosuo River, all made even more attractive by an average temperature of 18 – 22 degrees Celsius.
The destination is also home to one of the largest tropical gardens in the world. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden is spread over an impressive 900 hectares, with 35 different garden habitats featuring a total of over 10,000 species of tropical plants. Inspiration by nature at large includes gazing in wonder upon a nine hundred year old banyan tree, as well as spotting China’s last few Asian elephants in Wild Elephant Valley.
Gastronomic journeys in the new resort will capture diverse international cuisine at the all-day dining restaurant, accompanied by a lobby lounge bar and the poolside bar and snack zone, balanced by the rich flavours of local culture fused within an Indo Chine specialty restaurant.
In this stunning new resort, leisure marries relaxation with breathtaking scenery and state-of-the-art modern comforts. Guests can plunge into an expansive outdoor swimming pool set amidst extensive landscaping, or energise in the fitness centre 24 hours a day. From one of eight treatment suites at Anantara Spa, treatments sourced from Asia’s ancient wellness traditions and beyond are tailored precisely according to each individual’s needs. Guests can stay in touch with WiFi in the guest library and a neat business centre kitted out with iPads.
Children can be kept safely entertained at the kids’ club where a sizeable activity room of quiet and active areas features alongside a dedicated young children’s zone. Moving up the entertainment programme, a teen’s centre offers a cool hangout thanks to a chill out zone and high tech entertainment such as Sony Play Stations, TV and DVD viewing, computers and WiFi.
See China’s utopia through Anantara’s eyes. Experience fabled beauty that is felt, not told.
For more information about Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa visit xishuangbanna.anantara.com