Located in Anji County in the heart of Zhejiang province’s pristine bamboo plantations, Alila Anji is a peaceful oasis situated on a hillside overlooking a lake, surrounded by the beauty of lush bamboo groves and tea plantations. This exclusive gated resort is an absolute gem of a retreat that defines the standard for eco-luxury and exclusivity in the region with bespoke service and an array of distinctive amenities. Guests can indulge their senses in the finest dining experiences, a destination spa, and the fresh air and stunning scenery that feels a world away from the city.
As the location of the Oscar-winning movie ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’, Anji is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty thanks to over 60,000 hectares of bamboo groves, with over 40 different species found within the region.
The resort is designed to resemble a traditional Chinese village with white exteriors and sweeping dark-tiled roofs that blend seamlessly with its serene hillside setting. Interiors are designed to offer guests panoramic views of the surroundings at every opportunity. Clean, contemporary lines sit in harmony with elegant décor, paying homage to the rich local heritage and the simple pleasures of rarefied country living.
The rooms at the hotel are designated into Lake View Rooms, Upper Lake View Rooms, Hill View Villas and the Lake View Villas.
The 28 elegantly appointed Lake View Rooms immerse guests in a haven of complete tranquility and privacy, surrounded by scenic vistas. The 12 stylishly set Upper Lake View Rooms provide guests with stunning panoramic views of the lake and mountains beyond.
Each of the 15 one-bedroom Hill View Villas features a spacious master bedroom and living room, and a beautifully tiled oversized bathroom with built-in double vanities that opens to a private outdoor terrace and garden. The luxurious interiors include comfortable seating areas and open onto an outdoor terrace with a teahouse.
Within the vicinity of the resort are many incredible sights to explore, including the Anji Bamboo Museum Garden; China’s largest bamboo nursery containing the widest variety of bamboo to be found in one place, the Anji Grand National Bamboo Forest, Da Zhu Hai, one of eastern China’s largest and last remaining bamboo forests, famed as the backdrop for epic martial arts battles in the Oscar-winning movie ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’. Adventure also abounds. Those seeking an adrenaline rush will find Anji a fantastic place for river rafting in the summer, winding through the mountain ridges past incredible scenery.
Lake View - the main restaurant satisfies all appetites with a bountiful selection of Asian and Western dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, enjoyed within a lively and inviting ambiance. Savour hearty spreads including fresh-made breads, dim sum, local noodles, barbecued meats and fresh seafood. Watch as the chefs create culinary magic using local, seasonal produce such as bamboo shoots in spring and winter, chestnuts in autumn, as well as flavours infused with Anji white tea.
Experience the customs of a traditional Chinese restaurant combined with the familiarity reserved for guests welcomed into your own home, at Hidden Dragon. This is the convivial setting for exquisite dining that celebrates seasonal ingredients, sourced locally and prepared in Zhejiang or Anji style.
Amid rejuvenating views, Spa Alila at Alila Anji is a destination in itself, offering a comprehensive menu of health, beauty and restorative TCM-inspired treatments. Housing five double and two single treatment rooms, six reflexology rooms and a spa boutique, it offers guests a soothing sanctuary dedicated to relieving stress, restoring balance and inspiring a renewed sense of well-being.
Alila Anji is an oriental gem, luxuriously sculpted and hidden amongst rolling hills and picturesque forests. Regardless of the season – snow-covered or with mist gently rising from the bamboo forests – it would be difficult to find a more unforgettable view.
Alila Anji | The Meiziwan (Plum Tree Bay) | Scenic Area, Hang Gai Town | Anji County | Zhejiang Province | China 313300
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