Aman’s third venture into China, Amandayan resort is situated in the very heart of Lijiang Old Town (Dayan) in Yunnan Province. The UNESCO world heritage site is famous for its intricate system of canals and bridges which are best viewed from the resort’s central perch atop Lion Hill with especially good views from the teahouse and outside the Chinese restaurant. Arranged around peaceful courtyards, the 35 suites are a study in elegance and understatement by celebrated designer Jaya Ibrahim. The wood panelling and architecture is inspired by the traditional style of the indigenous Naxi tribe. The effect is something like an immaculate alpine lodge with Tibetan motifs and lattices. Besides a two-story tea house and a boutique cinema, there are both a Chinese and a Western restaurant. And of course, the signature Aman spa offers a range of spoiling treatments blending western massage with elements of traditional Chinese medicine. Make sure to try the exquisite heated outdoor swimming pool that is framed within a delicate wooden courtyard. We recommend taking the half an hour (unguided) walk to the stunning Black Dragon Park.
For those affected by altitude sickness please ask the front desk for oxygen canisters which they will be happy to provide.
Please click here to read Ampersand's China specialist Charlie Walker's blog reporting on his stay at Amandayan.
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