Best of the Best 2018 - 99
THE TEMPLE HOUSE
CHEN GDU , CHIN A
N E I G H B O R H O O D Chengdu
A bamboo-lined archway leads into the Qing dynasty courtyard building that serves as entry to
The Temple House. Part of a conservation effort surrounding the thousand-year-old Daci
Temple, the 142-room hotel fuses traditional architectural elements with a decidedly urban
mix of white stone, black timber and natural materials. Courtyard suites open onto a private
garden, as does the Mi Xun Spa, with its stunning pool lit by sculptured skylights. There's a
café and the more formal Tivano for Italian cuisine, while a bevy of Chengdu's best noodle
shops, teahouses and other venues are a short walk away.
$100 value food and beverage credit per stay.
Perfect for families visiting Chengdu's
giant panda sanctuary, the hotel features
complimentary in-room refreshment bars
and a kids' afternoon tea in the Temple Café.
Distance from Chengdu Airport (CTU): 11 miles/18 km
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, GUILIN
GU ILIN (GU A N GXI), CHIN A
N E I G H B O R H O O D Guilin (Guangxi)
Welcome to the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin, a place where you'll find the finest mountains and
rivers under heaven and where Asian hospitality warms the heart. It has stunning Chinese-style
architecture, which adds distinctive personality to this elegant 439-guestroom hotel. The
guestrooms feature a splash river or garden views, while Executive Terrace Mountain View
Rooms feature outdoor viewing terraces. Stop at the Shangri-La's signature restaurant,
Shang Palace, for fine Cantonese, Hunan, Sichuan and Guilin specialties. Indulge in the Spa,
where an assortment of luxury European facials and restorative Asian massages are offered.
One-way private airport transfer for two.
Climb to the summit of nearby Diecai Hill and
you'll be rewarded with truly awe-inspiring
views of the city. Or go bamboo rafting on Li
River to indulge in the beautiful landscape
Distance from Guilin Airport (KWL): 35 minutes
Size: 439 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Sophisticated
HA N GZHOU , CHIN A
N E I G H B O R H O O D Surrounded by 7 Famous Temples
Just outside Hangzhou, the "City of Heaven," lies Amanfayun, a truly remarkable enclave
wherein you may just find true nirvana. This blissful, secluded retreat was purposefully designed to resemble a serene Chinese village and is within walking distance of five significant
Buddhist temples. No two of the 42 guestrooms, suites and villas tucked within the scenic tea
fields and forestland are identical. Many are located in original structures dating back 100
years; yet they feature the most modern amenities, including heated floors. Traditional tea in
the Tea House is a must.
A DV I S O R T I P
À la carte lunch for two (excluding alcohol,
tax and gratuity), once per stay.
Be sure to visit the Ling Yin temple, one of
the most revered in China, and arrive in time
for one of the monks' chanting sessions.
Distance from Hangzhou Airport (HGH): 60 minutes
Size: 42 rooms Room Style: Indigenous Vibe: Zen
ASIA & PAC IFIC
Size: 142 rooms Room Style: Contemporary Vibe: Hip