Need to know
Forty seven, including 24 suites, 14 pavilions and nine villas.
Noon; earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $720.52 (CNY5,000), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast for two, minibar soft drinks (topped up daily) and access to the gym, yoga studio and the Nan Shufang cultural complex – and one Nanshufang activity for two during your stay.
Global starchitects Kerry Hill Architects are responsible for this Chinese hotel maestro; landscapes come courtesy of Dan Pearson Studio.
At the hotel
Lake; Nan Shufang cultural complex; free WiFi, tea and incense rooms; sacred Emperor Tree; spa with hammam, Russian banya, fitness centre and Pilates and yoga studio; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV; DVD player; minibar.
Our favourite rooms
The light-filled Ming Courtyard Suites earn their name with not one but two private courtyards; interiors are styled with modern, minimal elegance and the al fresco bath is an undeniable boon. If you’ve got the to spare yuan, opt for one of the Antique Villas, which pay tribute to their 400-year-old heritage with original stone carvings and inscriptions depicting family hopes and histories. You’ll have 800–1,000 sq m to spread out in, plus a private pool, Jacuzzi and courtyard...
There are two jaw-dropping swimming pools, one al fresco and one indoors, both attached to the Aman Spa.
The vast Aman Spa sprawls around a garden courtyard, with 10 treatment rooms, hydrotherapy and reflexology suites, and bathhouses incorporating a Russian banya and a hammam. There’s a duo of pools, a state-of-the-art gym and a large yoga and Pilates studio overlooking a reflection pond. Pick from one of the unique-to-Aman therapies or indulge in one of the 15 spa journeys, which combine ancient Chinese-medicine healing practices with modern technology.
Come armed with a hunger for history and a thirst for tea.
The hotel has one room suited to wheelchair-users; its lobby, restaurant and communal areas shouldn’t pose any problems for wheelchairs.
Lucky little Smiths are very welcome: the Cultural Discovery Centre offers activities for juniors aged between five and 12.