We are eagerly awaiting the debut of Amanresorts’ second property in China, Amanfayun, slated to open in early 2010. Why? Sure, we love its villas and suites, the five-building Aman Spa and the secluded Tea House, but what really catches our attention is how the resort incorporates ancient Chinese tradition and culture into its style.
The resort is a redux of sorts. The original structures date back to the Tang Dynasty, and accommodated villagers toiling in the tea fields. Today, the 42 rooms and suites are a bit more refined, but all distinct: no two rooms are alike. Guests have the option of a Village Room, Village Suite, Deluxe Village Suite or Village Villa. Ask about the Amanfayun Villa, which has two king-sized bedrooms and is spread over two levels, complete with its own courtyard and reading area. And while these historic buildings have been restored using traditional methods, including clay tile for roofs and brick and timber for the walls, each room is outfitted with modern amenities such as under-floor heating, air conditioning and Internet.
Other resort amenities include The Restaurant, which serves Western cuisine; The Boutique for antiques and artifacts; the Tea House, which provides a traditional tea service; and the Aman Spa, which focuses on Chinese massage and Asian healing therapies. Aesthetic Allure: Each building lies along a path surrounded by bamboo, Chinese ash and other native flora.
History buffs will enjoy Amanfayun for its location: seven Buddhist temples are in walking distance from the resort. The most renowned, Lingyin Si, was founded in 326 AD and houses a gold-gilded Sakyamuni Buddha statue—the largest sitting Buddha in China.
Getting There: Fly clients into Hangzhou Airport, a 50-minute drive from Amanfayun.
Luxury travel advisors are advised to contact Resident Manager Ketut Bagiartha ([email protected]).
|A Courtyard. The resort is surrounded by seven significant Buddhist temples.|