Looking for a cool place to stop in China? Then look no further than Hangzhou!
Following their successful debut of its sister brand Banyan Tree Hangzhou last year, Angsana Hotels and Resorts just opened a second property in China, this one located in the western part of Hangzhou, just six kilometres from the city's bustling downtown area in the resort complex in the renowned Xixi National Wetland Park, an idyllic retreat from which to explore what Marco Polo once called one of the most splendid cities in the world.
Perfect for young travellers, couples, and small groups, introductory room rates start from RMB 1,200++ per night for stays from 11 November 2011 to 29 February 2012, inclusive of daily breakfast for two persons, as well as complimentary free flow refreshments and snacks at the lobby lounge from 10.30am to 6pm daily.
Hungry? The resort features several dining options. The Pavilion restaurant, an all-day dining venue serving a broad cross-section of popular international fare, also houses the Rice Bar where creative grain recipes are available. Dishes such as Hainanese Chicken Riceand Angsana Fried Rice showcase the versatility of this ubiquitous grain. The Lunar Bar features artisanal cocktails, wines and selections of Shaoxing wines, a fermented varietal produced since dynastic times from rice, along with complimentary local desserts and refreshments. Breeze, the poolside bar serving a variety of soft drinks and cocktails, is ideal for refreshment after a swim.
If a tub for two is not enough to tickle your fancy, guests staying at the Angsana Hangzhou can take advantage of the nearby Banyan Tree Spa for rejuvenating treatments that take traditional Chinese wellness therapies as their reference points. Highly recommended! Therapists are specially trained at Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Lijiang, China and in Phuket Thailand, so they can deliver Banyan Tree's signature spa treatments inspired by traditional Asian remedies. In addition, Japanese-inspired Onsen (hot springs) treatments take advantage of the Spa's spacious Oriental bath area with steam and sauna facilities and hot and cold plunge pools.
Enjoy your blessed out downtime in the library, housing a variety of books, magazines, newspapers, iPads and Wii games. A rooftop swimming pool with a hot tub and poolside lounge on the third floor of the resort is an idyllic spot for guests looking to enjoy a swim, sunbathe or practice yoga surrounding by the region's lush countryside.
If you're looking to get out and about, the nearby attractions include West Lake, Hangzhou's most renowned attraction, which comprises over 5.6 km of meandering waterways and foliage reminiscent of traditional Chinese painting from a bygone era. The West Lake Classic full day tour encompasses a range of handpicked experiences. Guests may visit Lingyin, a 1,000year old Buddhist temple containing numerous pagodas, grottoes and a monastery before heading to the tranquil green fields of Long Jing Tea Village for a hearty lunch and steaming cup of tea.
The next stop is Leifeng Pagoda offering a bird's eye view of the lake, followed by a relaxing boat trip on its peaceful waters. The day ends with a stroll through Hefang's historical Old Street, where handicrafts, local foods and traditional Chinese medicine shops await. Other places of interest include Zhejiang Provincial Museum, Guo's Villa, Hu Xue Yan Old Residence, Hu Qin Yu Tang and Yu Street .For those of you with the bosses' ears, they also have corporate retreats; just tell the boss that Angsana Hangzhou is equipped with three meeting rooms for small and midsized groups. Angsana 1, the multipurpose function room on the first floor, accommodates 30 people, while Angsana 2 and Angsana 3 located on the second floor are boardrooms that sit 10 persons each. You're sure to get a raise or something for being so “in the know”.