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“Something Different & Very Special”
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Club Med Guilin
Ranked #1 of 637 Hotels in Guilin
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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204 reviews
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“Something Different & Very Special”
Reviewed 5 September 2008

We are always looking for something a bit different and still luxurious on our travels, and we really hit the jackpot with the HOMA hotel which we stayed at during our eight week family Around the World trip - we stayed in 18 different places in all.

The rooms are lovely, though the lighting in our bedroom was quite poor, contrary to what one of the other reviewers experienced.

We stayed for three nights and apart from the first night we were the only guests in the hotel which was a little strange but we made the most of it.

We used the pool which is actually situated in the grounds of the owner's private residence. We had to get permission to use it.

The food was very nice, but the staff were not fluent in english and did not understand our deitary requirements - we are Kosher, so absolutely no meat and no sea-food, so we were upset to find bacon bits in our mashed potato. Also the breakfast was served so slowly (strange considering there were no other guests in the hotel) that my husband had to leave the table before his eggs arrived in order not to be late for our day out.

I am very disappointed that nobody at the hotel mentioned the Cave Restaurant as it looks amazing, and I would have loved to have spent some time doing the arts course on offer so I would love to return one day as it really is pretty special.

  • Liked — Its completely different from anywhere else that we have stayed.
  • Disliked — Slow restaurant staff and inability to speak english.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Lincs UK
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Reviewed 15 May 2008

We stayed at this hotel as part of an extended tour of China booked through a tour operator.

We were due to stay at Sheraton but were told after we arrived at the airport that the hotel smelt of paint following renovations and that company had moved us to this hotel. It was the first time the hotel in this resort (Paradise) had been used. We were warned not to compare rooms as each one of the 49 rooms would be very different. We were also told that it was considerably more expensive than the Sheraton.

We eventually arrived in the dark and the coach driver had to find a staff member to direct us to the building. It immediately became obvious that we were going to be staying at a special place.

We were rapidly given our room key and found our room. On entering my husband and I roared with laughter. Can you imagine a room that looked like a troglodyte cave? This was exactly was our room appeared to be. It had two double beds with moulded built in bedside tables. The desk and seating areas were also moulded and the bathroom efficiently equipped.

Breakfast on the first morning was in a slightly crowded room/bar with food individually prepared. On the second morning, breakfast was served buffet style in a newly opened dining room.

This resort consists of two hotels and we ate our farewell dinner in the second one which was equally impressive and larger.

The grounds of this resort are a huge area of parkland and lakes surrounded by the hills for which Guilin is so famous. The owner invites world famous artists and sculptors etc to visit and create works of art which are then left and sited in and around the buildings and grounds. Staff drove us around in a buggy to view these. A man was working on a huge slab of granite and workshops exist on site for classes in various related subjects.

When viewing the hotel from the outside, the shape resembles a pyramid with grass covered roofs to ground level, making it hardly visable in the environment..

This was a wonderful resort and everyone in the part felt they could stayed longer and unwound. Spa, swimming pool and other facilities are on site.

  • Liked — everything - when can I go back!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled on business
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California
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Reviewed 21 April 2008

Just returned from 12 days in China. Our first stop was lovely Guilin, where we stayed in the Relais & Chateaux Hotel of Modern Art (HOMA) in the Yuzi Paradise sculpture park. An absolute must-see/ must-experience!! Aside from being situated in a breathtakingly gorgeous setting, the hotel itself is wonderful in every way. Each of the 49 rooms is uniquely decorated--whimsical and chic at the same time-- and the original artwork around the hotel is fabulous. We stayed in one of the "Family Rooms"--my husband and I in a king bed downstairs and our daughter in one of the two twin beds upstairs in the spacious loft. Not only stunning, but the linens were exquisite and these were probably the most comfortable beds we'd ever slept in!! The service was excellent--gracious, accommodating and friendly (ask to speak to Ian, the Sales and Marketing Manager, and your experience will be flawless)-- and the food was superb. But grab a Rolls Royce-style golf cart and take off on a tour of the grounds and you will really know you have found paradise....Oh, and just when you think it can't get any better, let the hotel prepare a Cave Hot Pot lunch or dinner for you-- I won't spoil it but saying more!

  • Liked — the whole experience is so unique while at the same time being first class
  • Disliked — no complaints
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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Newport Beach, California
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Reviewed 8 April 2008

THERE ARE 2 HOTELS IN THE SAME AREA (HOMA SUTRA & RELAIS & CHATEAUX)

THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE R&L PROPERTY.

MY TRAVEL STYLE: If possible, I try to stay away from business and strongly prefer resorts that resemble the Four Seasons, Aman, and Oberoi but try to find similar properties at lower cost. I seek out the “wow” experiences and I encourage you to view hotels I have stayed at and their respective reviews (by clicking on my name).

LOCATION: Excellent. In a park surrounded by art sculptures and 360 views of karst formations, all while listening to the piped in soft music of the parks many speakers. About 30 to 45 minutes to either Yangshuo or Guilin (halfway between the two towns).

BEST WAY TO GET THERE: A taxi from Guilin town (not airport) costs about 100 Yuan without using the meter. Hotel taxi from this hotel to Yangshuo costs 250 Yuan.

TYPE OF ROOM: Deluxe (cave)

BED/SHEETS/PILLOW: Near perfection. Bed is soft (nearly unheard of in China) with excellent high quality linens, down comforter, and excellent down pillows.

LIGHTING: Great. Tons of light in both bedroom and bathroom. Our cave bedroom had lighting in which you could turn off the main lights and leave on just the blue lights to make the cave walls blue and to resemble the color of ice.

BATHROOM/SHOWER: Shower has very strong water pressure and consistently hot water if desired. Would have preferred something other than a shower curtain although it is very clean and fits into the décor of the room. Bathroom has unique pebble flooring and walls that really adds to the design.

TOILETRIES: Very nice. Oatmeal soap is a nice touch.

CLEANLINESS: Common areas, room, and bathroom is exceptionally clean.

A/C: At first the A/C didn’t work well until we lowered it to the lowest temperature setting (about 5 degrees Celsius).

CLOSET SPACE: 2 separate closets with no drawers. Usually I don’t like when there are no closet doors such as in this room, but to keep with the cave design, it worked well.

QUIET/MORNING LIGHT: Our room was very quiet and all morning sunlight could be blocked using the curtains.

FOOD: Breakfast (no additional charge) is ordered off a menu and includes eggs, toasts, breads, choice of 4 exotic juices, choice of about 4 cereals. Simple but good. Lattes, espressos, etc. are available for additional cost (Coffee is no charge). We had lunch that consisted of a slightly better than average hamburger and a bowl of soup that was good. The relais and chateaux restaurant (Lotus) is opening end of April.

TV/INTERNET: TV in room is a good size for the room and offers about 5 English channels including HBO, CNN, & BBC. No DVD player in room. Internet is available in room via cable but the server was down during our stay. There are 2 computers that are available for guests near the lobby at no charge.

SERVICE: Staff is very pleasant. We didn’t ask any special requests so can’t comment too much here. Check-in was a breeze and we were surprised that staff we hadn’t met before knew our room number and names.

COMMON AREA: Spectacular. Pool is open seasonally and was closed during our stay. The art park is incredible and the hotel lobby is beautiful, but not really a place to hang out. The restaurant is spectacular and would make a good place for a drink later in the evening.

ROOM & CITY TIPS:
We walked over to the HOMA Sutra hotel which is actually outside the park but at the very entrance. Lobby there was very nice as well but not a “wow” lobby like the R&C property. They have their own restaurant and spa (spa has same prices as R&C) if you like having more options. The Don Quixote restaurant is not attached to the hotel but is in the park and is only available to large groups. The outdoor dining area is excellent since it is surrounded by karsts and nice trees. The cave or lakeside dining would be a good thing to organized (24 hour advance booking required). The cave is spectacular and worth the price they charge just for the unique location alone. I definitely recommend staying at the R&C HOMA as it is guaranteed to be a unique and memorable experience.

  • Liked — Unique location
  • Disliked — Pool was not open during our stay
  • Stayed April 2008
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 13 March 2008

This is not your typical luxury hotel even though it is part of Relais-Chateaux. I agree with other travellers that there are some areas of improvement but hey, this is China and English is not their mother tongue. They really try hard and the location and hotel is stunning. We stayed 4 nights in HOMA 2 which is for sure the funkiest hotel I have ever stayed in. Rooms were great and quiet and the lobby, spa, restaurant were all very nicely designed. We had breakfast every morning on the terrace in the garden and the food was good and you could hear the birds sing their songs. The art park is beautiful and we toured around on our bikes for a morning and even were invited to join some of the artists who were working on clay sculptures.

The location is not perfect if the main reason of your stay is to explore Guilin and Yangshuo but it was an easy drive to get there. You will have to barter hard for taxis and the hotel car. We did the Li River cruise one day and walked and cycled around Yangshuo another day. On that day we also went to the Sanjie Liu lightshow which was amazing! So impressive especially knowing that most of the actors are local farmers and fishermen.
On the last night we asked the hotel to organise the picnic as recommended by one of the other reviewers. That picnic blew us away! We were driven to our location where they had set up a dining table and two chairs for us and we had the most amazing meal there served by three staff from the hotel. We were overlooking a small lake with the karst mountains in the background. Then at the end of our diner all of a sudden a five minute firework show went off, can you imagine that??? So romantic!
I highly recommend this place and with more and more western travellers they will improve their service level immediately. Truly a gem!

  • Liked — Scenery and hotel design
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Santa Barbara USA
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27 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2008

As many people say, this place must be seen to be believed. And, even then, you won't quite believe it.

I have been to Guilin many times (I have business in nearby Lipu), so I had gone by the sign for this property a few times before and been intrigued. So, I insisted that my local friend take me there.

The beauty, layout and architecture are stunning. But, there was something else. As we were sitting at dinner in one of the restaurants, our group realized one thing. The contrast between the ancient and old outside the grounds, the old hills and the utterly modern park and hotel we were in was so great as to move into the sublime--an experience of art (being art) that I have never quite known before. Along the lines of being in a nice warm cabin with a fire going while an intense snow storm raged outside. Unbelievable by itself.

Now, I have been to Guilin and Yangshuo many times, so I didn't feel I was missing out on a "Chinese" experience. If your trip includes other Chinese cities and you want something quite different, this is the place to stay. There is nothing like it in China. If you feel you need the quaint Chinese experience, then, you might opt for something else.

  • Stayed April 2006, travelled on business
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ottawa
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2007

This is a hard review to do. We had only one night there arriving around 5pm and leaving the next morning at 7.30 for the Li River boat cruise.. Hence we were not really able to enjoy the sculpture park more than an hour before darkness.
The hotel itself has received a Relais and Chateaux designation which seemed somewhat bizarre given that our room was tiny and the shower and toilet even tinier; our dinner was not exceptional; the service was uninspired, indeed they forgot to give us our requested wake-up call.
Maybe our experience can be attributed to it end of the tourist season. We have told our tour operator that the 1 1/2 hours of driving to and again from a rather average quality hotel is simply not worth it for one night.

  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Club Med Guilin
Address: the Junction of Dayan Road and 026 Country Road, Dabu Country, Yanshan District, Guilin 541000, China (Formerly Club Med Guilin Holiday Resort)
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Region: China > Guangxi > Guilin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Guilin
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Guilin
#3 Family Hotel in Guilin
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Med Guilin 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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