Relax in One of China’s Best Retreats
- On October 20, 2017
- By Lesley Daunt
- In Places to visit
If you are looking for a place to kick back and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then try out one of the great retreats China has to offer.
Yangshuo Mountain Retreat
source: Samantha & Paul
When it comes to Yangshuo hotels, nothing beats the riverside gem known as the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat.
Originally conceived as an escape from the chaos of the noxious mega-cities, this simple eco-lodge started with just one person at a front desk and a telephone.
Of course, as it gained popularity, it also gained a few upgrades such as wireless broadband and even a pizza oven!
One thing that has never changed, however, is the simplicity of the guest rooms: relaxation is key. Therefore, rooms do not have a telephone or a TV. Each room is designed using locally made bamboo furniture, and even homemade beds.
When it comes to dining, the retreat also offers a basic menu of western favorites along with a farm-to-table menu and plenty of great wine. If you want to experience the beauty and serenity of Yangshuo Guilin China, Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is for you.
Naked Stables Moganshan
Hidden in the isolated mountainous terrain surrounding Moganshan sits the serene retreat known as Naked Stables. The name comes from its “au naturel eco-construction.”
Known as a playground for the city’s flourishing bourgeoisie, Moganshan is located a few hours from Shanghai and thick with bamboo mountains and lush scenery.
Within this magical forest of woodlands and rolling hills are various farmhouses and turn-of-the-century stone villas that were used by Chinese gang members as hideouts during the 20s.
Though some of these colonial-style buildings have been turned into lavish resorts, most have been crafted from eco-friendly materials. Naked Stables is the result of two years of painstaking green construction costing over $31 million, making it one of the first LEED platinum–certified resorts in Asia.
Because the secluded valley reserve is not accessible by motor vehicle, the owners have managed to maintain a stunning environmental background while creating an exciting new weekend scene.
The Naked Home Village, the sister property to Naked Stables, is dotted with bamboo-covered slopes and refurbished farmhouses.
Fewer than 20 locals live in the tiny, ancient town center filled with Lincoln Log–style rustic bungalows with simple, wood-beam interiors. There is also the beautiful French country house–style hotel Le Passage Mohkan Shan, which has a 12,000 rose bush garden.
When it comes to dining, both Le Passage and Naked Stables have terrific kitchens in-house. The Moganshan Lodge, which looks like something from the wild, wild, west, is a quaint little eatery that serves up locally-sourced dishes like roasted local free-range chicken and house-cured bacon. You can also mosey to the village for wild boar, braised pork belly, and bamboo shoots at one of the few tiny restaurants.
Along with stargazing and Thoreauvian hiking, both Le Passage and Naked also offer an array of activities including bamboo-shoot hunting, boating, canyoneering, archery, fishing, calligraphy, yoga, bike tours, kite-flying, and even tea-picking.
History fanatics can visit the Mao Museum and the whitewashed room that contains the iron bed used by Mao Zedong, and the White Cloud Castle, where political powerhouses Zhou Enlai and Chiang Kai-shek schemed against the Japanese.
Pangkor Laut, Malaysia
Off the west coast of Malaysia on an unspoiled island, lies a resort hideaway that will make you feel like you are the only one there.
Here you will find some villas in the hills, on the beach, or set on stilts in the sea. The Spa Village has two bathhouses, a 50-metre pool, an herbal garden, and eight treatment pavilions.
If you love being pampered at a spa get-away then Pangkor Laut, Malaysia is the place for you.
Sun Island Resorts
Sun Island Resort in Shanghai is a true gift from nature as it is the only natural island in Shanghai. Occupying a total area of 2400 acres, Sun Island sits nestled in lush greenery along the upstream of Huangpu River.
Delightfully blessed with a backdrop of the iconic 1,200-year-old Mao Pagodanatural and a hot spring, this wellness resort also features well-equipped resort villas. Demonstrating a whole new holistic lifestyle, Sun Island is an incredible holiday getaway.
Whether you are part of a large gathering of friends and family, a couple on a romantic getaway, a business traveler, or a solo traveler, Sun Island Resorts will accommodate your unique needs.
Healthy gourmet foods prepared using fresh organic ingredients from the farm are also available.
The chefs, along with the nutritionists, work to ensure each menu is low in calories and well-balanced in nutrition. If you are staying for an extended period you can have seasonal fresh farm products straight from their Organic Mahota Farm, delivered straight to you!
To promote well-being, professional recuperative and restorative services are offered at their full-scale medical and wellness compound.
The Wellness Centre comes fully equipped with a demo kitchen designed to enhance your health and wellness, a gym, an indoor swimming pool, five hydrotherapy suites, and 36 treatment rooms.
Located beside the Wellness Centre is The Mahota Health Management Center where guests can experience effective therapies, holistic medical treatments, and a personalized mind & body vitality diagnosis.
If restoring your health and wellness while you relax is what you are looking for, then a trip to Sun Island is a must.
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