Farmhouse Fare, Zhejiang
A stay at Alila Anji is very much about appreciating nature. This ecoluxury resort is located in relatively undiscovered Anji, China’s national ecological county in Zhejiang province, surrounded by lush tea plantations and vast bamboo forests, including Anji Grand National Bamboo Forest where Oscar-winning movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed. Here, enjoy stargazing with a glass of bubbly in a tent, with a bonfire set just for you; or take a boat across Tian Fu lake to explore the bamboo forests and plantations of its famous white tea.
Within the resort itself, Alila Anji has opened its latest restaurant Amber, where guests can soak in the local farmhouse experience at its purest. Amber occupies an abandoned farmhouse by the hotel’s lakeside, which has been refurbished using salvaged materials and incorporating local craftsmanship and techniques. Every weekend, chefs at Amber serve up farm-to-table fare, with a focus on Asian flavours and open-fire cooking, such as dry smoking, grilling and smothering. Ingredients such as cucumbers, tomatoes and herbs like basil and Sichuan pepper come from the hotel’s three organic gardens. alilahotels.com