Hidden away in a picturesque valley, Amanfayun is surrounded by tea fields, natural woodland and a pilgrimage circuit of seven ancient Buddhist temples. Just six kilometres from tranquil West Lake, a Unesco World Heritage Site, Amanfayun is a place apart where stone pathways lead to shaded courtyards and 46 peaceful abodes, some over a century old.
Set in serene gardens around a 20-metre heated swimming pool, the expansive Aman Spa is housed in five gracious pavilions screened by bamboo groves, tea bushes and magnolia trees. Guests are welcomed into the Reflexology House, beyond which lie the Bath House, the Fitness Centre, the Finishing Salon and the Treatment House.
Taking a holistic approach to personal wellbeing, the Spa’s therapies range from seasonal baths and scrubs using local ingredients, to traditional Chinese foot reflexology, acupressure massage and moxibustion. The latter involves the heating of herbal moxa and their placement close to the skin to increase blood circulation and the flow of Qi – the TCM term for life energy.
Considered both a martial art and a moving meditation, Tai Chi developed in China over 800 years ago. The slow, rhythmic and graceful movements allow Qi to circulate around the body, bringing optimum health and calming the mind. Master Lei Ming offers private Tai Chi sessions in the tranquil studio or surrounded by nature.
Heated bamboo from the groves shielding the Spa is used as an extension of the therapist’s hands in the flowing Bamboo Massage. One of many treatments using local flora, the rolling and kneading of the bamboo is combined with an aromatherapy massage to infuse warmth and relax muscles.
Situated close to YongFu Temple, the studio is a serene space in which to enjoy guided yoga and meditation sessions, also possible in tranquil outdoor settings. All levels are catered for, with hatha, ashtanga and yin yoga offered, as well as various methods of Buddhist, Tao and Hindu meditation.
Relax alone or as a couple in a circular wooden soaking tub in one of the Bath House’s three treatment rooms with a personalised infusion of flower petals, tea leaves and other botanicals. Following a steam bath, seasonally guided treatments provide a deep sense of peace, enhanced by the rain shower and steam room.
Situated on 14 hectares, Amanfayun lies within walking distance of Lingyin Temple, founded in 326 AD, and is just six kilometers from tranquil West Lake. This Unesco World Heritage Site inspired the poets of old with its serene waters and countless pagodas. The resort is also only a 20-minute scenic drive from the centre of Hangzhou, along China’s tea and silk hub, described by Marco Polo as “the city of heaven”.
Cultural Immersion at Fayun Place
Trek to Longjing Village
Hike to North Peak
Set along the picturesque Fayun Pathway are six unique restaurants providing homecooked cuisine in verdant natural surroundings. Imbuing Amanfayun with a sense of community, they offer local and international cuisines to both guests and non-residents. Picnics and private dining experiences can also be arranged.
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