Luxury resort group Aman has opened their third property in China, Amandayan.
Located in the UNESCO-protected town of Lijiang one of China’s most scenic towns. The hillside resort draws its name from the Sanskrit-derived word for ‘peace’ and ‘Dayan’, the historic name for Lijiang when it was first established by the ruling Mu family in the 13th century.
The intimate property features just 35 suites with views of the countryside and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, considered one of China’s most scenic peaks. The courtyards each offer between five and eight suites, making them ideal for families and groups.
The highlight of the resort? The carefully preserved Wenchang Palace located on the property and set in a traditional courtyard dating back to 1725, with its courtyard of hundred-year-old trees and ornate carvings and colorful paintings along the rooftops and buildings. The Palace was used as the examination hall for scholars taking the famous entrance examinations to enter the Chinese civil service.
Dining options include The Lounge, serving Western and Asian cuisines featuring local organic produce. Man Yi Xuan is dedicated to Yunnan and Cantonese cuisines, and a Tea House serves traditional Chinese snacks and tea with mesmerizing views over the Old Town.
A six-room spa takes inspiration from the wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with treatments like the Tui Na massage, which helps improve movement and flexibility through yoga-style stretches and acupressure techniques.
Other facilities include the Library, in the atrium of the reception building, which is lined with books on local history, geography and Nakhi culture.