It's such an extraordinary privilege to be able to stay in a part of the beautiful Summer Palace.
It's a peaceful place - a real haven in the hustle and bustle of Beijing and everything is so well done.
You can swim in the stunning pool or work out in the state of the art Technogym gym - or get up at sunrise and be let through the secret locked gate directly into the Summer Palace gardens to walk by the lake and enjoy the swallows swooping and diving.
The Aman arranges daily cultural encounters - I did caligraphy and learned to write my name with a beautiful brush in Chinese characters - and there's a daily film screening in the private cinema.
The rooms - set in courtyards - are vast and cool, with every possible amenity you could want and design which marries modern comforts and traditional elements seamlessly. The nesty beds would be especially fun to share - sadly I was by myself.
The spa is a gem and offers both Chinese and western treatments in spacious, luxurious surroundings, while the restaurants will cater for any taste.
The Aman at Summer Palace is an exquisite combination of old and highly contemporary, with both sitting harmoniously together and is highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace - the ideal location from which to discover Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, the resort is only 15km from the Forbidden City. A serene retreat, the property provides easy access to such cultural landmarks as the Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven and the hutongs, as well as Beijing's restaurants, art galleries and other contemporary delights. ... more less
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