Suzhou, China

Sangha by Octave

Price per night from$575.04

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 (CNY3,859.35), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Hi-tech holistic hideaway

Setting

Shimmering Yangcheng Lake

Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute​ isn’t a hotel, it’s a wellness wonderland by a glittering lake. After one stylish stint here, you’ll be inspired to make long-term lifestyle changes of a holistic bent. Sangha has various wellbeing weapons up its sleeve: from comprehensive health checks on arrival to doctor-approved cuisine, an all-bells-and-whistles spa, meditation, massages, gong baths, yoga and incredible hydrotherapy sessions. The sleek, understated design is equally soothing, with glass a-go-go to let in the luscious lake views, delicately restrained colours, and furnishings and fittings that riff respectfully on Taoist principles.

Smith Extra

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20 per cent off any additional spa treatments booked during your stay

Facilities

Photos Sangha by Octave facilities

Need to know

Rooms

68, including eight villas.

Check–Out

Noon; earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Prices

Double rooms from £512.10 (CNY4,500), including tax at 16.6 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include all meals (tailored to your individual health and nutrition needs).

Also

Unsurprisingly, the hotel has turned heads in the design world, taking home a few gongs for its architecture – as well as its health facilities.

At the hotel

Meditation dome, movement rooms, health clinic, hydrotherapy circuit, greenery galore, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, desk, shaving mirror, air conditioning and filtering, minibar, free distilled water, kettle, tea and coffee, blackout curtain.

Our favourite rooms

Opt for a Lakeview Premier Suite for lashings of space and a lake-view balcony. All rooms have been designed with wellbeing in mind: the curved ceilings don’t have corners (bad for your chi, apparently); underneath each bed, hidden within the bed frame, there’s a healing crystal that has been blessed by a crystal master.

Poolside

There's an indoor pool at the spa.

Spa

The world-class spa includes treatment rooms, an indoor pool, a herbal steam room, Finnish and infrared saunas, a salt cave and an awesome hydrotherapy circuit. Treatments include massages, body wraps, scrubs, facials, manicures and Ayurvedic treatments. If you're looking to work up a sweat, there's also a gym, Pilates and yoga studio. Private fitness classes are available. The hotel also offers various yoga, meditation and sound-healing courses.

Packing tips

Bring a notebook and a pen to jot down good intentions and mantras – plus your favourite swimming costume and yoga gear.

Also

Communal areas are wheelchair accessible,

Eco‐friendly

Nature-loving Sangha by Octave has its own community farm, so the restaurant’s produce is organic, seasonal and grown onsite.

Food and Drink

Photos Sangha by Octave food and drink

Top Table

Nab a table by the window and survey the lake while you eat.

Dress Code

The aim is for you to relax entirely, so dress accordingly.

Hotel restaurant

Tap into your zen side at Thought for Food, which is decorated with muted colours, restrained blue and green accents and Taoism-inspired lampshades. Sustainably-sourced, organic and biodynamic, the restaurant's healthy cuisine was created in consultation with doctors and nutritionists, and is made with produce from organic farms and free-range cooperatives. There's also the Thought for Food Market, a sprawling culinary centre with stations of food and drink for every persuasion, including grilled, smoked, steamed, braised, raw and sautéd offerings. Alongside the food stalls, there's a bakery, wine cellar, culinary school and the occasional pop-up farmers' market.

Last orders

Food for Thought serves breakfast from 7am to 10am; lunch from 11.30am to 2pm; dinner from 6pm to 10pm. The café is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday. The market is open from 11am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 8pm on Friday and Saturday.

Location

Photos Sangha by Octave location
Address
Sangha by Octave
199 Yangcheng Ring Road Suzhou Industrial Park
Jiangsu Province
215121
China

The hotel sprawls across a 189,000sq m patch of land by Suzhou's Yangcheng Lake, an hour or so from China’s east coast.

Planes

Sangha by Octave is an hour’s drive from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Or, fly into Shanghai Pudong International Airport, just under two hours away by car. (Smith24 can help sort your flights.)

Trains

Suzhou Industrial Park is the closest station, a 20-minute drive from the hotel, with China Railway services connecting to the city of Suzhou.

Automobiles

Suzhou is 20 minutes away by car; the hotel has plenty of onsite parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

Sangha by Octave’s generous packages include health-improving activities galore. Start with a hydrotherapy session – it’s one of the chief draws here. Sign up for a class, from meditation to yoga to HIIT (high-intensity interval training) to life coaching; classes change daily, and there are plenty to pick from. Treat yourself to a massage: the spa’s signature Rebirth Massage delivers on its name, providing a deep release of blocked energy. Wander around the tranquil Tongli Water Town, 11 miles from Suzhou. The aptly named Lingering Garden on Liuyuan Road is another beautiful spot for romantic strolls. Climb up Tiger Hill in Suzhou – you’ll be rewarded with ravishing views.

Local restaurants

There's nothing particularly Smith-recommended nearby… but when all your meals at Sangha are included (and excellent), you won't be tempted to leave.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

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 wellness retreat in the Jiangsu Province and unpacked their vitamin shots and swimwear, a full account of their Chinese spa break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sangha by Octave in Suzhou

Some hotels improve your weekend; Sangha by Octave improves your health. Stays here are designed to inspire you to make holistic lifestyle changes – not just while you’re here, but also when you’re home. These grand ambitions are successfully – and enjoyably – achieved via comprehensive health checks on arrival, delicious but healthy cuisine, and a gamut of wellness extras spanning meditation, yoga, HIIT, gong baths and pampering massages. Special mention must go to the incredible hydrotherapy sessions, a bonkers circuit of various facilities from Kniepp walking to herbal steam treatments, an infrared sauna, hammam and banya (Russian steam bath). You will never feel cleaner.

 

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