Suzhou, China

Sangha by Octave

Rates per night from$1,199.66

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 (CNY8,404.80), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Hi-tech holistic hideaway


Shimmering Yangcheng Lake

To call Sangha Retreat by Octave Institute a hotel is an understatement – it’s a watery wellness wonderland by a glittering lake. After just one stay here, you’ll be inspired to make doctor-approved lifestyle changes when you get back home. Sangha’s not-so-secret wellbeing weapons include comprehensive health checks on arrival, goodness-packed cuisine, gong baths, an all-bells-and-whistles spa, meditation, massages, yoga and incredible hydrotherapy sessions. Then there’s the sleek, understated design, which puts Mother Nature centre stage and riffs respectfully on Taoist principles.

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Photos Sangha by Octave facilities

Need to know


60, including six suites.


11am; earliest check-in, 11am. Both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $1199.66 (CNY8,405), excluding tax at 16.6 per cent.

More details

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


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 (individually controlled), alarm clock, minibar , free bottled water, kettle, tea and coffee, blackout curtains.

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.


Dip into the pool in the Wellness Clinic, which you can use as part of their 60-minute hydrotherapy programme.


The world-class spa includes treatment rooms, an indoor pool, a steam room, sauna, an awesome hydrotherapy circuit, 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.


Communal areas are wheelchair accessible, except for Thought For Food Market and Market Plaza.


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 in Sangha’s restful restaurant, which is decorated with muted colours, restrained blue and green accents and Taoism-inspired lampshades. The hotel’s healthy cuisine is adapted to your nutritional needs; expect doctor-approved dishes such as courgette lasagne, poppadoms with house-made pesto, ravioli and pumpkin soup, and mango with coconut ice-cream.

Last orders

Dinner is served until 8pm.


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

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.


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.)


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


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.


Photos Sangha by Octave reviews

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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