Amandayan Yunnan, China

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Overlooking the clay-tiled roofs of Lijiang, capital of the Naxi Kingdom, with its winding streets, endless bridges and ancient architecture, the beautifully-designed Amandayan is a haven of tranquillity under the seemingly perpetual blue skies of Yunnan.

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Location

Within walking distance of the Unesco World Heritage old town, with views onto the snow-capped Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Amandayan is set overlooking the fabled city of Lijiang, considered one of the most beautiful places in China.

Address: 29 Shishan Road, Gucheng District, Lijiang, Yunnan, 674199.

Style & character

Designed by the acclaimed Jaya Ibrahim, in classic understated Aman style, the wooden suites draw on the local architecture of the Naxi people. Pale Yunnan pine from Shangri La is carved into lattice screens, typical Naxi embroidery forms the bed heads, whilst desks and tables are in light elm. Bathrooms add granite and marble from Fujian province into the mix of woods. The character of Amandayan is dominated by the upturned roofs, the flower-stamped grey-clay tiles sandwiched between the red wooden rafters and the blue skies.

Amandayan via GoKunming

Service & facilities

Indoors, a private cinema with leather seats and 43 square-metre screen awaits; outside lies a 20-metre swimming pool surrounded by the carved wooden walls of the spa, steam rising into the blue sky. The spa comprised a gym and pilates/yoga pavilion, and four treatment rooms, each equipped with a steam room, shower and bathtub. Two further double wet treatment suites offer scrubs and wraps. (Do indulge in the rice wine bath followed by spirulina body wrap). Service is soundless and polished, imbued with the natural local hospitality.

  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Wi-Fi

Rooms

Each of the 34 suites is a spacious 72 square metres, with good working desks and bathrooms that offer both tubs and showers. Doors open onto courtyards, and light floods through the slatted wooden windows. The 35th suite, the Amandayan Suite, is spread over 440 square metres and comprises two bedrooms, making it ideal for families travelling together.

Amandayan via Traveller Made

Food & drink

Try the Lijiang chickpea jelly, steamed snow mountain fish, or the Naxi crushed lotus roots and truffle for a memorable taste of the region’s kitchen, served in the Chinese restaurant with views out over the town. Breakfast on crispy yak bacon and fresh local fruits (Western options available throughout the day) in the sun-filled lounge adjoining the reception.

Locally grown ingredients take prominence across Amandayan’s restaurants, from the Chinese restaurant serving Nakhi fare with a modern touch to the Lounge with Asian and Western dishes. The Tea House offers seats that look out over the Old Town accompanied by traditional Chinese and Western tea services.

Access for guests with disabilities?

Due to stairs throughout the property is not suitable.

Family-friendly?

Yes, with the two-bedroom Amandayan Suite being a good option.

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