Amanresorts new property has opened in Hangzhou, China. The Amanfayun, which literally translated would mean the Aman village is very different from what we have come to expect from a luxury resort. Spread on 35 acres and nestled in a lush valley the Amanfayun is a collection of 47 traditional buildings that once housed those who worked and supervised local tea fields. Time seems to stand still here and provides you the opportunity to experience historical China. Hangzhou was described by Marco Polo as the finest and noblest city in the world. Today Hangzhou is both a thriving metropolis and a popular retreat for successful Chinese. The natural beauty of Hangzhou’s West Lake region must be seen to be believed.
The original structure with high ceilings, white walls, lattice woodwork has been preserved. There are several options and the experience offered is authentic. If you are expecting the standard five star comforts then you might be disappointed. The natural surroundings are plentiful and the ground inside the campus is what was once the main street of a village. Hangzhou House, owned and run by locals, is the diner that provides regional food and offers a number of fixed price meals. Steam House is the other eatery on the campus that serves delicious dumplings. The Restaurant serves western cuisine.
Hangzhou has the beauty of water, mountains, and sky. The West Lake is just ten minutes drive away from the resort. There are several temples within walking distance of the resort. The Ling Yin temple is one of the ten most famous Buddhist temples in China. A guided tour of tea fields and the Tea Museum is very educative and informative. The Amanfayun is a special place and offers an all-inclusive experience. It is different from the other resorts you might have visited. It offers a unique experience that is 100% authentic.
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