Chengdu, China

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Rates from (ex tax)$205.50

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY1,649.89), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

China doll

Setting

Mighty Tao mountain

As its name suggests, Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain puts you right beside its eponymous attraction (for better views, you’d need to bring a tent and brave the wilds). That would be bonkers, given this eco-conscious crowd-pleaser’s lengthy list of charms: a pair of pools, a trio of restaurants, a qi-aligning spa, a space-themed bar, a traditional tea lounge, organic gardens, bamboo-and-wood-graced rooms and a fleet of resident panda experts. Beyond your boutique basecamp, Panda Valley, Unesco-listed Dujiangyan city and unspoiled villages beckon.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

113, including 102 suites.

Check–Out

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

Rates

Double rooms from $205.29 (CNY1,415), excluding tax at 16.6 per cent.

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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (CNY1,649.89), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include buffet breakfast.

Also

In addition to its trio of restaurants (and in keeping with its mock-village feel), the hotel has a series of food and drink ‘shacks’, including Wok Mee Shack, C+T Shack, a tea lounge and Farm2Straw Juice Bar.

At the hotel

Courtyard and organic kitchen gardens; tea house; snacks and dessert shacks; rooftop relaxation studio; spa; two pools; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD player, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

If you’re here with a gang, book out one of the villas (we loved their private entrances and sense of space and privacy). For easy access to the hotel’s courtyard, pick a room on the first floor; if you prefer a balcony with views, opt for second-floor sleeping quarters.

Poolside

The pretty outdoor pool has little cabana nooks that offer waterbabies plenty of privacy; there’s also an indoor pool housed in a beamed building with a fleet of sunloungers.

Spa

Experience Taoism’s healing powers at the Six Senses Spa, whose treatments champion Amala products. Opt for the signature Daoyin Tao massage, try cupping, acupuncture or a shen, jing or qi spa ritual. Ask for lifestyle and holistic advice from the visiting practitioners, who offer personal consultations. The spa is open from 10am–10pm daily (the latest treatment slot is 9pm). Post-treatment, continue the health kick with a ginseng, ginger and bee-pollen juice from Farm2Straw Juice Bar.

Packing tips

The region is prone to drizzle, so bring a raincoat. Don’t fork out on plug adaptors at the airport – the hotel has a stash.

Also

If you like a good brew, be sure to swing by the tea lounge, where you can experience a traditional tea ceremony. There’s also C+T Shack, where a variety of teas are on sale; try before you buy (and add a slice of cake or a pastry while you’re at it).

Children

Six Senses is very welcoming to your cubs, with a free kids club, indoor and outdoor play areas and lifeguard-manned pools, and villas with room for the whole brood. Beds or cots can be added to rooms (for an extra cost); babysitting can be arranged.

Best for

Little Smiths aged 1–12 are invited (the hotel reckons it’s best for 6–12-year-olds, though).

Recommended rooms

Opt for one of the two-bedroom villas: some have a kitchen and dining area, some have both of the above, plus a pool. Extra beds (£51 a night) and cots (£18) can be added to all rooms.

Activities

There’s a free kids club by the swimming pool, open from 9am–9pm, which has games and entertainment for 1–12-year-olds. Meals aren’t served here, and it’s not used when it’s rainy. The hotel also has two family-friendly pools, an outdoor play area, a garden, an indoor play area and a stash of bikes for little Smiths (and larger ones). Tiny Gordon Ramsays/Nigellas can take part in cookery classes (they'll learn to make delicious cookies).

Swimming pool

Both the outdoor and indoor pool are family-friendly and supervised by a lifeguard.

Meals

Six Senses has a stash of on-loan highchairs and bamboo cutlery made for tiny paws.

Babysitting

Staff can arrange babysitting (£6 an hour, per child); be sure to give at least three days’ notice.


Eco‐friendly

In keeping with Six Senses’ signature philosophy of sustainable luxury, its Chengdu outpost purifies and mineralises its own drinking water, which is stored in reusable glass bottles. The hotel also uses a Tesla electric car for airport transfers and has free charging stations. Only earth-kind cleaning products are used; the restaurant champions organic, seasonal food, sourced from its garden or local suppliers.

Food and Drink

Photos Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain food and drink

Top Table

On the balcony at Sala Thai; in a mountain-spying dining room at 28Zodiac. On Saturdays, Farm2Fork offers a ‘chef’s table’ concept, where guests pay what they judge their meal to be worth.

Dress Code

If you’ve a yen to pop a Mandarin collar or wear a cheongsam, now’s as good a time as any.

Hotel restaurant

Enjoy flavour-packed Thai treats – pomelo and prawn salad, tom yum goong, mango with sticky rice and the ilk – at Sala Thai, illuminated by a striking snaking light tube on the ceiling. Request a private dinner on Sala Thai’s rooftop, in an area called the View (for obvious reasons). There’s also Farm2Fork, a barn-style space decorated with tin bowls and vases stuffed with wheat, where dishes highlight bounty plucked from the hotel’s organic garden, plus local meat and fish: trout cooked in coconut, dan dan noodles and wagyu beef short rib, for example. Last but not least, 28Zodiac is a series of minimalist private dining rooms decorated with wooden accents and zingy hits of green. Sichuan cuisine with Cantonese, Shandong and Jiangsu influences is served here: try roast goose or suckling pig, twice-cooked pork, Sichuan gong pao shrimp balls or beef-shank tripe and hot and sour jellyfish. The hotel also has Wok Mee Shack, which serves street food to eat in or takeaway.

Hotel bar

Enjoy creative cocktails and Sala Thai snacks at cosmic Moon Bar, decorated with a huge crescent moon and stars fashioned from rattan. There are six signature libations, including Liang Yao Ku Kou (which means ‘bitter medicine’, but tastes better than it sounds), Qing Cheng Mist, Drunken Uncle, Panda Resting In the Garden and Huasheng & Pijiu (‘peanuts and beer’).

Last orders

All three restaurants close at 10pm; Moon wets whistles between 5pm and 11pm.

Room service

Order treats to your room between 10am and 10pm. Options include soups and starters, salads, sandwiches, Asian classics, noodles and desserts; there’s also a menu tailored to tots’ tastes.

Location

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Address
Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain
No.2 Dong Ruan Road Qingcheng Mountain Town
611844
Chengdu
China

Planes

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport is 70km away (a 90-minute drive). Flights from cities in the US connect via Hong Kong, and British Airways operates a direct flight from London five days a week. Hotel transfers can be arranged (£132 one way, for one vehicle with room for four; £264 return).

Trains

Qingchengshan Railway Station is a five-minute drive from the hotel (hop on a bullet train here from Chengdu Station). Transfers from Qingchengshan are £12 a vehicle (give staff at least two days' notice of your arrival day and time).

Automobiles

Dujiangyan city is half an hour away by car; the hotel’s car park is a short stroll from the main building. However, unless you want to take a driving test on arrival, driving in China is an extremely tricky affair that requires a local licence (International Driving Permits can’t be used in mainland China). To get around Chengdu, pavement pounding or the cheap and quick Metro are the best options.

Worth getting out of bed for

Try yoga in the hotel’s rooftop studio space; indulge in a soothing spa treatment; go on a tour of the kitchen gardens with the chef. If you’re not afraid of heights, have dinner on the rooftop, with only the clouds (and each other) for company. Pandas are your near neighbours – Panda Valley is a 10-minute drive away. You can also visit a panda breeding centre, informatively named the Dujiangyan Research Centre of Giant Panda Breeding, at Shiqiao. Hike Mount Qingcheng and discover the impressive temples that await within. Explore Tai’an’s cultured Old Town. If you want to learn tai chi, calligraphy or other local skills, ask the staff to arrange a lesson or two. From April 2017, the hotel will hold weekly farmers’ markets in its grounds each Sunday.

Local restaurants

You’ve got three restaurants a stroll from your bedroom, so we’d probably recommend maximising those. If you get cabin fever, sample local flavours and dishes at Shu JiuXiang Hotpot Restaurant at XueFuLu, Dujiangyan, or JunShou Fu at XinYan Kan Middle Section, Dujiangyan.

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 eco-friendly hotel in China and unpacked their tea and tailored suits, a full account of their luxury break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain in Chengdu…

Find us a person that doesn’t like pandas and we’ll eat our conical hat. Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain is just a 10-minute drive from China’s famous Panda Valley and staff – including the excellent activities don, Olaf – are expert panda enthusiasts. That’s one big, furry, and black-and-white reason to step outside boutique basecamp; the eponymous mountain – a site of great Taoist significance – is another. However, your reasons to stay inside are also numerous. There’s the hotel’s village-style layout, which puts pretty courtyards and cosy dining shacks at your disposal (don’t miss a traditional tea ceremony or noodle cups, steamed pao and crispy Sichuan parcels at Wok Mee). There’s a pair of pools – one indoor, one outdoor – and a trio of ravishing restaurants, where you can try organic produce from the hotel’s garden (Farm2Fork), Thai flavours (Sala Thai) or Sichuan cuisine (28Zodiac). There’s a spa inspired by traditional Chinese therapies and a bar that serves up cocktails that are rejuvenating and intoxicating in equal measures – just like the hotel.

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