48 hours in Guilin Club Med
MARISA CROUS IS ENCHANTED BY A GRAND NEW RESORT IN SOUTHERN CHINA
a Pause in the red foyer of the twin-winged resort as a stellar window view of infinite green lawns – housing over a hundred unique sculptures – greets you along with several caves, terraced rice fields and the mist-enveloped sugarloaf mountains that dot the area. Take a bus to the open-air Shanshui Theatre in Yangshuo, then sip local beer and snack on ginger brittle as you watch the world-renowned Impression Liu Sanjie Show, featuring over 600 local artists, performing on a two-kilometre stage set on the Li River.The region’s mystical scenery helps to tell the story of the famous folk heroine Liu Sanjie’s messy love triangle. Cross a concrete lily pad walkway, slip off your shoes and indulge in a treatment in one of many private double-storey pampering rooms at the resort’s Comfort Zone Spa. mere hour’s flight from bustling Hong Kong sits the all-new, allinclusive and serene Club Med Guilin.The setting is romantic yet understated, as the resort lies within the Yuzi Paradiza Sculpture National Park in the south of China; a perfect mix of unspoiled nature and contemporary cool.
PAUSE HERE, RELAX THERE
Retreat to the Zen area where you can attend daily yoga sessions or splash around in the vast indoor swimming pool, which offers spectacular views of Guilin’s limestone peaks.
SLEEP HERE, STAY THERE
Choose between two hotels separated by footpaths, which are ideal for early-morning or late-afternoon strolls.The Courtyard Building features a variety of modern club or deluxe rooms – with either mountain or garden views. All rooms have Wi-Fi access, room service and many have connecting rooms for families with children.The very luxe and grass-roofed Hotel of Modern Art (HOMA) has 46 artistdesigned guestrooms, each showcasing different elements of local culture.
SIP ON THIS, SNACK ON THAT
Head outdoors for a memorable breakfast set nearby a cascading waterfall.The restaurant’s pool area in front provides the perfect setting for lazy day pool-side lounging with cocktail in hand. When you get peckish, visit the resort’s main eatery The Atelier, which offers an infinite mix of international and local dishes buffet-style, and has a chic bar for sundowners. Pop into the cosy Lotus restaurant at the HOMA for an intimate dinner. Make your à la carte selection from local Chinese specialties or international epicurean delights, while sipping on French wines or Chinese beers. Sample Guilin spicy noodles from Noodle Bar in the Courtyard, which is open till late and offers a small menu of four regional dishes including spicy, vegetarian, beef and chicken options; then head over to the slightly retro Moon Bar’s quad for after-dinner drinks and stargazing.
Club Med has launched its ‘Discovery Stopover’ product, which makes long-haul travelling less tedious.Available since 1 November 2013, the offering encourages guests to combine their Club Med holiday with a few nights’ stay in another city. For example, guests travelling to Club Med Guilin will have the option to experience Hong Kong as part of the package. Clubmed.co.za
Clockwise from top Club Med Guilin; breakfast at The Atelier; the sugarloaf mountains; a blend of Guilin spicy noodles and local produce; the exquisite architecture breathes contemporary cool; the red foyer.