Xiamen, China

Lohkah Hotel and Spa

Price per night from$377.85

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY2,573.90), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Stone fox

Setting

Modern marina

The world is waking up to the vibrant port city of Xiamen, and Lohkah Hotel and Spa – an urban resort destination set on the city’s coastline – is here for it. The wow-factor lobby sets the elegant tone from the outset: design aficionados will appreciate the fusion between the traditional Fujian elements and the high-concept lighting design. The hotel’s two restaurants continue the theme of ancient meets modern: Xia serves traditional Chinese dishes while Amoy has Mediterranean fare. Between meals, the standout Ur Spa awaits with its hydrotherapy treatments. And finally, after a day of exploring, boating or biking, head up to your private balcony for soothing sea breezes…

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

188, including 25 suites.

Check–Out

There’s 24-hour check-in and check-out as long as you request it when you make your reservation. Not a big planner? Normal check-out is noon and earliest check-in is 2pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £342.39 (CNY3,001), including tax at 16.6 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include a drink on arrival, daily breakfast and up to five items pressed a day.

Also

Most of the staff speak reasonable English, but GoogleTranslate or SayHi apps might come in handy.

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: minibar, Nespresso machine, power adaptors and La Bottega toiletries. Yoga mats are available on request.

Our favourite rooms

All the bedrooms have furnished private balconies, but we recommend pushing the boat out (sorry) and springing for the Marina Studio with its ocean views and perfectly round tub.

Poolside

The outdoor pool has a lush, urban-garden feel. Grab a sofa bed, put on your biggest sunglasses and pretend the superyacht in the marina is all yours…

Spa

The Ur spa takes up an entire wing of the hotel and its hydrothermal bathing stations and east-meets-west spa treatments will pulverise your muscles (in a good way) and make you feel like royalty.

Packing tips

Bring your coolest trainers, for navigating the city on two wheels — Xiamen’s home to a futuristic ‘Cycling Skyway’.

Also

All public spaces and one Garden Studio Twin Room are wheelchair accessible.

Children

All ages are welcome, but the PuShang isn’t really designed with little Smiths in mind.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

On warmer days, the coveted spots are on Amoy’s sun-soaked terrace overlooking the pool and the marina. For romantic seclusion, book one of the 12 private dining spaces at Xia.

Dress Code

Channel a gallerist or enigmatic art advisor: minimal and architectural separates in hues of beige, white, black or navy.

Hotel restaurant

The first thing you’ll notice as you walk into Amoy is the way the airy expanse is enhanced by the light installation surrounding the room, and the floor-to-ceiling windows that show off the views across the bay. But the food is the star: the emphasis here is on local seafood, prepared with a bright Mediterranean twist, so expect paella, baked tiger grouper, and spaghetti alle vongole. Xia – a cathedral to traditional Chinese cooking – has a more rarefied air and sources fresh, local ingredients to create beloved Canton, Sichuan and Fujian classics. If you want the Peking Duck (you’re going to want the Peking Duck), the kitchen needs 24 hours’ notice.

Hotel bar

Sleek and sexy, the aptly named Long Bar stretches from the front desk all the way through the grand-scale lobby; it’s the best vantage point for people-watching and appreciating the lobby’s artwork by Chinese artist Lu Fusheng. It’s an all-day destination offering coffees and haute snacks like black-pepper macaroons with smoked salmon and cream cheese, but as night falls, opt for the Ume Collins with oolong-infused vodka or a Singapore Sling. In the adjacent library, they offer tastings of heady Chinese teas (green teas and black teas and oolong, oh my).

Last orders

Amoy is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am to 10pm. Xia serves lunch and dinner from 11.30am to 9.30pm.

Room service

All-day snacks – soups, salads, appetizers, Chinese dishes and desserts – are available through room service.

Location

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Address
Lohkah Hotel and Spa
No. 277 Penang Road, Huli District
Xiamen
361015
China

You’ll find the Lohkah in Xiamen’s swish Huli District, presiding over the city’s famed marina.

Planes

Xiamen’s Gaoqi International Airport is 15 minutes by car. There are direct flights from all major Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as Amsterdam, Vancouver, Sydney and Los Angeles. The hotel can organise private transfers for CN¥ 350 each way.

Trains

Xiamenbei Railway Station is connected by high-speed rail to most major Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The station is a 25-minute drive away.

Automobiles

Foreign travellers aren’t allowed to drive in mainland China without going through a lot of paperwork. You can walk or cycle to all of Xiamen’s cultural hotspots from the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

Take the 20-minute ferry from Xiamen to Gulangyu Island, a Unesco World Heritage Site that’s home to scenic spots, beaches and traditional architecture. There are no cars or bicycles allowed on the bohemian island, so you can spend half a day getting pleasantly lost on foot. When you’ve worked up an appetite, take the ferry back to Xiamen and explore Zhongshan Road for the city’s best street food and sample the local favourite, peanut soup. The next morning, burn off the spring rolls with a hike around The South Putuo Temple and up to Walao Peak which connects to the city’s vast Botanical Gardens.

Local restaurants

Make Man Coffee your morning destination for coffee and waffles. For a relaxed supper, try the Cantonese and Minnan regional specialties at Fu Gong. If you’re going upscale for dinner, take a journey through the wine list at SIP Contemporary.

Reviews

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Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this stylish, urban retreat in Xiamen and unpacked their homemade pastries and Fujian handicrafts, a full account of their energetic break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Lohkah Hotel and Spa in south-east China…

For centuries, Xiamen has been content to play second-fiddle to destinations like Shanghai or Beijing, because shouting about its superiority is just not Xiamen’s style. But now, this stealthily cool tropical city is gaining its rightful place on travellers’ radars thanks to its colonial waterfront, atmospheric old town and burgeoning creative industries. And there’s another reason to visit: the Lohkah Hotel and Spa in the city’s upscale Huli District. The cool-as-a-cucumber design destination houses two restaurants, a tropical outdoor pool and a heavenly Ur spa, so it has all the makings of city-break heaven. Did we mention it’s just four hours from Hong Kong by bullet train? The Lohkah’s sister hotels – the Puli and the Puxuan – are already the badly kept secret of savvy travellers to Shanghai and Beijing, but if you associate Chinese cities with whirlwind days and late nights, Xiamen and the Lohkah Hotel and Spa will change your mind, lower your blood pressure and provide some fresh air (really).

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