Zhejiang: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Holiday
If a peaceful getaway is what you’re after, step back in time at the newly opened Alila Anji in Zhejiang province. Here you’ll discover the more serene—and even spiritual— side of China in this majestic natural setting surrounded by verdant rolling hills, towering bamboo forests and picturesque waters.
Famed as the filming location for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Anji is China’s first “National Ecological County” dedicated to preserving the beautiful countryside, and this private resort is a hidden gem enveloped by 60,000 hectares of bamboo groves and white tea plantations. The Alila fits seamlessly into its surroundings, with sloping darktiled roofs and white-washed exteriors made to resemble a traditional Chinese village. A total of 74 country-inspired villas use a palette of natural woods and bamboo, with modern amenities including rain showers and daybeds.
Choose from the one-bedroom Hill View Villas with built-in double vanities and a master bedroom—ideal for honeymooners who want a bit of privacy—or the Lake View Villas which can accommodate two adults and two children in a cozy “home-away-from-home”.
Visit in spring to witness the blossoming of plum trees adjacent to the resort and try out the rare nutrient-rich Anji white tea from this pollution-free region. The idea of sipping a soothing cup of tea on our own private terrace overlooking a lush mountainous landscape puts the Alila Anji right at the top of our list of hidden boutique destinations.
From $1,672 per night. The Meiziwan (Plum Tree Bay) Scenic Area, Hang Gai Town, Anji County, Zhejiang, China, (+86) 572-510388, alilahotels.com/anji