Classic meets contemporary in sublime synergy at the new Angsana Resort Hangzhou. Escape into a willow-strewn retreat nestled in the centuries-old lore of the poetry-inspiring Xixi Wetlands National Park where sleek, where modern architecture and Asian Art Deco are buttressed by verdant canals that sing the story of a time long since past. At the Angsana Resort Hangzhou, you’ll find a quiet respite from the energy and industry that makes Hangzhou one of the most dynamic cities in China. The MORE staff was fortunate enough to spend an evening during their soft opening, here’s what we experienced.
We arrived shortly after lunch. After a quick check-in in the grand lobby, we were whisked to some comfy couches, for complimentary coffee and drinks offered to all patrons staying onsite. The Angsana Hangzhou offers 59 tastefully decorated King or Twin rooms featuring art objects reflecting China’s rich artistic heritage coupled with modern conveniences. Each floor is color-themed, with poppy red and lapis lazuli blue the dominant color schemes for room interiors. A sense of calm pervades with soothing historical paintings of the Xixi wetlands and carved wooden panels. Oversized bathtubs with separate showers and iPod docking stations are included for the savvy traveler who appreciates comfort and style. Each room features an outdoor balcony framed by a Chinese balustrade.
As we wandered the resort we found several dining options. The Pavilion restaurant, an all-day dining venue serves up a broad cross-section of popular international fare, and also houses the Rice Bar where creative grain recipes are available. Dishes such as Hainanese Chicken Rice and Angsana Fried Rice showcase the versatility of this ubiquitous grain. The Lunar Bar features artisanal cocktails, wines and selections of Shaoxing wines, a fermented varietal produced since dynastic times from rice, along with complimentary local desserts and refreshments. Had the first cold-front of the season not blown in the day we arrived our first destination would have been Breeze, their poolside bar serving a variety of soft drinks and cocktails, ideal for refreshment after a swim.
Guests staying at Angsana Hangzhou can take advantage of the nearby Banyan Tree Spa for rejuvenating treatments that take traditional Chinese wellness therapies as their reference points. Therapists are specially-trained at Banyan Tree Spa Academies in Lijiang, China and Phuket, Thailand to deliver Banyan Tree’s signature spa treatments inspired by traditional Asian remedies. In addition, Japanese-inspired Onsen (hot spring) treatments take advantage of the Spa’s spacious Oriental bath area with steam and sauna facilities and hot and cold plunge pools. We’ve been to the Banyan Tree Spa on several occasions and the service and treatments are absolute bliss.
The resort also features a library housing a variety of books, magazines, newspapers, iPads and Wii games. A rooftop swimming pool with a hot tub and poolside lounge on the third floor of the resort is an idyllic spot for guests looking to enjoy a swim, sunbathe or practice yoga surrounding by the region’s lush countryside. We were quite content however, to simply relax in our rooms, on the incredibly comfy down beds, catch up with work via the complimentary Wi-Fi and watch movies-on-demand while the winter wind howled outside.
The following morning we awoke rested and ready for the day. After a long, hot soak in our own private bath we headed out to the grand lobby for a hearty and delicious Western-style breakfast and coffee. So for your next trip to the Xixi Wetlands, make them a special one at the Angsana Resort Hangzhou, and through February 29th, enjoy introductory room rates and complimentary breakfast. For reservations and enquiries, please contact Angsana Hangzhou at +86 571 8500 2000, email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit them online at www.angsana.com