Contemporary urban-chic may be the trending style in China’s impressive new crop of designer boutique hotels, but it was the charmingly classic French country house property Le Passage Mohkan Shan that took China’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2015 title at the recent World Travel Awards in Hong Kong.Nestled in the rolling hills of an idyllic tea plantation estate amid and undulating ridges, Le Passage Mohkan Shan is located on the lush bamboo forest lands of Moganshan, a mountain and national park that has long been a holiday retreat for Shanghai’s high society. During the late 18th and early 20th centuries many Europeans and Americans built colonial-style villas on the mountain, and Le Passage Mohkan Shan revives the vibrant spirit of those times through its period architecture, delicious French and Chinese cuisine and warmly personalized services.
The World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade and is televised to an audience of 300 million across 200 countries. The Asia and Australasia Ceremony took place on October 29th at the Intercontinental Grand Stanford in Hong Kong.
Rustic French Charm
In the tradition of bespoke French heritage properties, Le Passage Mohkan Shan oozes style, charm, comfort, and character. In addition to its vast expanse of tea bushes growing on terraced slopes, distinctive features of the property also include a sprawling and fragrant antique rose garden with more than 12,000 rose bushes and a crystal-clear spring water swimming pool heated in the cooler seasons.
The hotel is comprised of a main house and six detached houses and villas with a total of forty spacious rooms starting from 65 square metres in size. Each room has high ceilings, oversized bathrooms, antique wood floors, and tall windows decorated with white wooden blinds. Elegant period adornments are found throughout, from handmade cement tile floors with intricate designs to white marble counters, brass fixtures, and large hand-woven rugs.
Paradise for Gourmands and Nature Lovers
Food is a highlight of any stay at Le Passage Mohkan Shan. Each day Executive Head Chef ToyoKoda prepares a different five-course French menu that blends fresh seafood flown in weekly from France with the seasonal fruits and vegetables of Moganshan such as pumpkins, beetroots, strawberries, pear, peaches and asparagus.
Meals can be enjoyed at any of several unique and creative private dining spaces found throughout the property, including two Pool Pavilions that seat up to eight or 20 people and an underground Wine Cellar Dining Room that seats up to 40 on a long table carved from a single piece of wood. Classic cocktails and wines from an extensive list of bio-dynamic French wines are available during evenings in the Lounge Bar and Fireside Salon.
Endless possibilities for activities and adventure add to the allure of the unique country house hotel. Across the hills are numerous trails that are great for outdoor activities, including hiking, biking and sledding in the winter snow. In the Spring there is tea-picking on the hotel’s working tea plantation, and year-round there is picking roses in the hotel’s rose garden and flower arranging. Bird watching, an off-road experience and two nearby golf courses are among other activities that the hotel arranges for guests.
Unique Events Venue
With its backdrop of terraced tea bush slopes and luxuriant rose garden, Le Passage Mohkan Shan is a strikingly romantic venue for weddings. Interior event spaces include the Oriental Banquet Room that can accommodate up to 120 people.
A smaller meeting room that overlooks a spring water reservoir and opens onto a private terrace is ideal for a variety of corporate and casual events.