Amanfayun, near Hangzhou

You could not experience a more definitive picture of China from a hand painted porcelain plate from the Ming dynasty.

The Amanfayun, near Hangzhou, is China as it was - and China as it still is - away from its fast-growing, rapid-paced, industrialised towns and cities. You can expect to be cocooned in two imperious, 19th century courtyard houses that offer a centre of serenity, luxury and authenticity. A Tea House gives you an insight into the past with its traditional tea service. The restaurant serves simple (but exquisite) regional specialities, tucked away in a grove of evergreens. The spa uses ancient Asian healing techniques to help you forget the modern world.

Amanfayun, at a glance

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Village setting just 20 minutes from Hangzhou
  • Surrounded by tea plantations, natural forests and bamboo groves
  • 42 individual rooms, suites and villas
  • Many feature courtyards with outdoor dining
  • Choice of two restaurants and Tea House

For leisure and pleasure

  • Explore seven local Buddhist temples and monasteries, wetlands and botanical gardens
  • Visit West Lake with its pagodas, bridges and surrounding hills in an unrivalled photo opportunity
  • Tours to local festivals and celebrations in season
  • Visit the Tea Museum
  • Peaceful spa and sanctuary
  • Heated swimming pool
  • It was a complicated and very individual trip, and several changes were made by me during the planning. None of this seemed to worry Ayesha and everything went according to plan.

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    AM, India, 2014