Banyan Tree’s Newest Opening in China Brings a Romantic Retreat to Jiuzhaigou A Highland Haven with Panoramic Views
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts brings an exclusive retreat experience to the Sichuan region with Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou slated to open in the third quarter of 2016. Also known as “Fairyland on Earth”, Jiuzhaigou takes its name from nine Tibetan villages along its border. Located near Jiuzhaigou National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, guests will be able to enjoy a stunning landscape of crystal clear pools, waterfalls and limestone terraces with magnificent mountaintop views.
Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou’s architectural design is a clean, modern take on classical oriental styles unique to the region. The rich cultural heritage of the Qiang people, a 3,000-year local ethnic minority group well known for its intricate handicraft embroidery and vivid colors, is evident throughout the complex. Dark wood floors laid with colorful and intricately embroidered carpets perfectly complement the lush landscape outside.
There are 209 guest rooms and suites, with sizes starting from 65 square meters. Guests can choose from the Garden Room, Golf-Mountain Room, Valley Room and Panoramic Suite – all offering different and marvelous views of mountains and valleys. The Presidential Suite at 325 square meters is located at the highest point of the resort with generous living and dining spaces – ideal for entertaining family and friends.
The resort offers several delicious dining options. Ming Yue, the all day dining restaurant, serves an extensive breakfast buffet spread of international cuisine which may be enjoyed in a cool indoor garden. At Gan Hai Zi, the hot pot restaurant promotes wellness through the use of local ingredients and herbs steeped in a delicious soup. The Chinese restaurant Bai Yun serves authentic Sichuan specialties and gourmet Cantonese delicacies. Aqua Cafe’s health-conscious menu offers fresh fruit juice and light snacks. Qing Feng Bar is an elegant semicircular lounge with high ceilings, the perfect setting for intimate late-night conversations over cocktails.
The Banyan Tree Spa experience is guaranteed to impress. The award-winning spa boasts 12 rooms offering therapeutic treatments that infuse traditional Chinese herbs and natural ingredients catering to different needs. One of the most indulgent offerings is the “Jewels of Jiuzhai”, which uses locally-found ingredients such as Sweet Cherry, Chun Bei and Tian Ma. A signature innovation by Banyan Tree Spa, The Rainforest is a complete hydrothermal experience combining the best European spa hydrothermal therapy with the essence of Asian wellness philosophy to create a haven of serenity and comfort. With twelve different sensory experiences, each designed to soothe and revitalise different parts of the body, The Rainforest at Banyan Tree Spa presents a truly holistic and rejuvenating wellness experience.
There are several wonderful adventures that guests can embark on. The Jiuzhaigou National Park covers 700 sq km and covered in rich lush vegetation. It is home to 27 protected and rare endangered species including the giant panda, golden monkey and snow leopard. The Huanglong National Park, another UNESCO Heritage Site, is well known for its coloured limestone ponds in their full rainbow glory. For a night of song and dance, guests can watch the Romantic Show of Jiuzhai, a high tech live action performance that showcases the ethnic culture and history of Tibetan and Qiang people. Avid golfers can also partake in a round or two at an 18 hole golf course at over 2,000 meters in altitude and within walking distance of the resort. For an off-the-beaten path experience, visit a local family to learn more about their culture, pick fresh cherries and apricots at a family farm, or simply immerse in the stunning scenery at Fairy Pool, an unspoiled landscape less travelled.
At A Glance
Located in Sichuan province in southwest of China, Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou is nestled on a spectacular mountain. A 2.5-hour drive from Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport, the picturesque retreat is 45 minutes away from the Jiuzhaigou National Park. Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou offers 209 rooms and suites, all with a unique view, and facilities including five restaurants and bar, an award-winning spa, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym and entertainment centre with private karaoke rooms and a Kids Club.
Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou is a must-stay for the luxury seekers, the cultured and the curious alike, offering rest and relaxation to the world-weary.