Tucked away in the primeval forests of China's Yunnan Province, Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa sits at the threshold of a region rich in cultural experiences and natural beauty. Set along the banks of a sweeping curve of the Luosuo River, the hotel provides ravishing scenery and contemporary style and luxury. Tropical gardens are filled with the scents of passion flower and wild orchid; deluxe rooms and pool villas are inspired by indigenous art, with private plunge pools, high-tech entertainment facilities and exclusive butler service. Take in sweeping river views from the al fresco restaurant serving Dai and Northern Thai cuisine. Meet Yunnan's diverse people and take part in their colourful folk traditions on a village tour, and then learn to prepare Dai dishes yourself in an Anantara cooking class. Unwind with an indulgent Anantara spa treatment after touring Wild Elephant Valley or Manfeilong, a Buddhist temple also known as the White Pagoda.
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