Aman Summer Palace is a killer combination of old and new: trademark Aman understated cool, coupled with the unique opportunity to stay in palace pavilions dating back over a century with Ming dynasty style furniture throughout the property. We love its sense of history and the private access to the Summer Palace through a secret and unassuming door at the back of the resort. The food is fantastic, the spa a delight and the underground pool is a knock out. It is quite possibly the sexiest pool in China! Fun activities for the guests include a tea ceremony and a calligraphy class, which are real highlights. The hotel's location being close to the airport and 45 minutes closer to the Great Wall than the city hotels is also a big plus.
The original complex was used by guests of the Summer Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi at the turn of the 20th century. Rooms and suites reflect traditional Chinese architecture and celebrate the courtyard style of the Summer Palace with a dignified ambience throughout. Whilst every modern comfort has been provided, the design embraces Imperial Chinese layouts, materials and fabrics. There are 45 rooms and suites from Courtyard Rooms to Suites, Deluxe Suite (our favourite), Courtyard Suite and Imperial Suites.
Features in the following itineraries
- Aman Tri-Centre UNESCO China Experience: Beijing, Lijiang & Hangzhou
- China & Burma: Style, Substance & Spirit
- India & China; Past, Present & Future
- Retracing the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Trail
- South of the Clouds - Delve into China's Yunnan Province
- Travel East Asia in Luxurious Style with Aman Resorts
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.Bill Bryson