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Opulent retreat in an ancient town

Perched on a hillside above Lijiang's Old Town, the new Aman resort in China is designed in the traditional style of the area's indigenous Nakhi people.

Published Thu, Mar 12, 2015 · 09:50 PM
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THE Old Town of Lijiang is a Unesco World Heritage Site, thanks to its ancient jumble of 354 bridges and numerous waterways and winding lanes. This is where you can still get a slice of life as it was in China hundreds of years ago, as the pace of life - at least within the Old Town - hasn't changed very much.

It is in this ancient corner of south-west China 2,400 metres above sea level that Aman Resorts has opened its third resort in the country, after Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing and Amanfayun in Hangzhou. The ultra-luxurious hotel chain is known for its exclusive bolt-holes that are a favourite with royalty and reclusive billionaires.

Perched on a hillside above Lijiang's Old Town, the Amandayan opened its doors in February. At more than a hectare in size, the property on Lion Hill is made up of 35 suites arranged around courtyards, and is designed in the traditional style of the area's indigenous Nakhi ethnic group. Suite terraces command stunning views of the dramatic landscape, including the snow-capped peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

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