The Tea Cozy, suitably located 5Km outside of the busy, noisy, etc., Yangshuo was recommended to us by Hong Kong friends. This stop, which followed Beijing and Xi'an (on our China adventure) before moving onto to visiting our friends in HK, was the rural retreat we were hoping for (family of 4, including 2 daughters, 13 and 10). The Tea Cozy was nestled amongst the stuning (if somewhat bizzare) Karst Hills (have to be seen to be believed). The botique hotel is friendly, quirky (positive), and perfectly appointed. We stayed in Room #203, which is at the front of the hotel - brilliant views of the hills and the coming and goings.
From booking the hotel, upto when we left for China, we had continued email contact with 'Amy' from the Tea Cozy - it was wonderful to actually meet Amy when we arrived (she's a real person).
We enjoyed 4 days of great excursions, including bike rides (free bikes), bamboo rafting on the Dragon River, tea farm visit, amazing views (inc. Moon Hill), fan painting at Fuli, a local Tai Chi class, all perfectly organised by Amy.
Our 1st night's excursion was to the Yangshuo Impressions Light show. It was amazing, and well worth visiting (uniquely chaotic ticket collection process).
Other reviewers have mentioned the excellent food choice and quality - and we agree. The Tea Cozy offered a menu that suited our fussy 10 year old (stuck to Western) and our more adventurous 13 year old - who tried multiple Chinese dishes (the fried dumplings became a new favourite).
Ontario74 (April 2014), I think we enjoyed a similar holiday and experienced the same hospitaly - Amy is wonderful (plus the other staff too).
We read the only 'Poor' review, and totally disagree every comment (everyone is entitled to their own opinion, of course), and agree with Curry's (joint owner) response.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- About Yangshuo Tea Cozy Encircled by breathtaking Karst peaks, situated beside the banks of the Dragon River and hidden among local farmers’ fields, Yangshuo Tea Cozy Boutique Hotel is an ideal refuge away from the town’s crowded market streets. Come and relax in a peaceful and serene location just a short distance from Yangshuo’s famous West Street.Just as the tea cozy works in harmony with the teapot and keeps the tea warm, so we strive to surround you with the warmth of our hospitality and the beauty of the Yangshuo countryside. Tea is also a passion for us. We have a special tea house within the hotel and would love to welcome you as our guests for our next tea ceremony. Each of the twelve rooms in the Tea Cozy Boutique Hotel is unique and decorated in a traditional Chinese style with tastefully fitted wooden furnishings, personally selected by us. Every room houses an array of antiques and pieces of local artwork. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep on the best mattresses on the market before heading out onto the wooden balcony to take in panoramic views of the local landscape.If you are seeking action and adventure our dedicated team have expert knowledge of the local area and can arrange kayaking, white water rafting, climbing, caving and even camping. For those looking for more cultural immersion, we can arrange cooking lessons, tea ceremonies, tai-chi sessions with the local masters and more. Alternatively, if you are just seeking peace and quiet our rooftop bar and restaurant serving Chinese and Western cuisine from our organic garden providethe perfect backdrop for rest and recuperation.At the Tea Cozy Boutique Hotel we pride ourselves on high quality and personal customer service. Come and join a family atmosphere, walk among the paddy fields, meet the local villagers and immerse yourself in the local culture. We are committed to making your stay with us a magical and memorable one. ... more less
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