“Hangzhou makes for a popular day trip from Shanghai, with sites such as the famous West Lake usually swamped by tourists. However, nearby Amanfayun – converted from a traditional Tang dynasty village, and surrounded by bamboo forests, tea fields and no less than seven ancient Buddhist monasteries – offers the chance to absorb Hangzhou’s history, culture, and natural beauty minus the crowds. The site is green, rugged and wild, with a stream trickling alongside an old cobblestone thoroughfare that monks glide down – in short, an almost unbelievable scene of calm and serenity. The understated rooms are housed inside century-old courtyard dwellings, renovated into an open-plan living space of bleached wood furnishings, stone floors and natural finishes. While there’s no bathtubs, that’s because the property boasts its own traditional bathhouse, made up of private spa rooms – and an evening soak inside a circular wooden tub proves one of the stay’s highlights. ”
Written by John Ovans
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
For the perfect balance of nature and culture, tradition and modernity, rural and urban…
What is there to do in the area?
Tours to temples and tea villages, walking around and boating on West Lake, visiting historical sites, museums…
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Western and Chinese, set and a la carte available
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Amanfayun offers 5 dining outlets within the property, all in different themes and styles.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Deluxe Village Suite, as all rooms in this category come in unique layouts, some duplex, some with courtyards, some with Spa rooms…
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms?
Fayun Place is an ideal space for children in school age to read books and experience cultural activities. We can set-up extra beds in rooms.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
At Amanfayun and in its surrounding, you will discover a different, and the most beautiful expression of China.”