Zhe­jiang: Crouch­ing Tiger, Hid­den Hol­i­day

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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

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