The Best Luxury Wellness Resorts In China For An Indulgent Escape

The Best Luxury Wellness Resorts In China

Visitors travel from near and far to visit the best that China has to offer – from heritage sites dating back millennia to stunning skyscrapers and sprawling cities beyond your wildest imagination. But beyond these established tourist trails, the world’s most populous nation also plays host to some of the most idyllic, intimate retreats. If you’re looking for an air of luxury for a wellness weekend away, then look no further than these resorts luxury wellness retreats in China…

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Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Follow the footsteps of the ultimate intrepid explorer Marco Polo, albeit with a much greater focus on luxury. The Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain boasts an extensive spa menu, a farm to straw dining concept at its on-site restaurants, and numerous guided excursions to nearby towns and villages. It also offers cooking classes with a focus on local Sichuan cuisine, and an immersion in Daoism in its cultural heartland – a wellness experience truly unlike any other.

Prices are inclusive of accommodation only. Activities and excursions can be booked at an additional cost | sixsenses.com

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Amandayan

Situated atop the historic town of Lijiang (a UNESCO heritage site), Amandayan rests in an area steeped in history. Taoism has been practised in the area for more than 2,500 years. Amandayan integrates locally grown herbs and medicines into its wellness approach. With concepts rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Discover Lijiang package includes daily breakfast, complimentary yoga and pilates classes, guided excursions into Lijiang, and a complimentary warm bamboo massage.

Packages are available for a minimum three-night stay. Price available on request | aman.com

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Naked Stables Retreats

In Moganshan, Zhejiang Province, Naked Stables offer a no-holds-barred approach to retreats. The idyllic location provides luxury and privacy in equal measure. The Stables’ Breath Detox Package is tailored to those looking to stop smoking but is suitable for anyone looking to leave bad habits in the past and focus on a health-conscious life moving forward. Retreats are inclusive of wellness consultations, relaxing massages, hot stone therapy, yoga and painting classes to aid mindfulness, and forest hiking.

Packages are available for a minimum two-night stay. Prices start from $708 per person | nakedretreats.cn

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Amanyangyun

Housed in a series of restored buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasty, Amanyangyun is a resort immersed in history, culture and tradition that lies just a short drive from Shanghai’s city centre. The Discover Amanyangyun package (available for a minimum three-night stay) includes complimentary breakfast, a healing spa treatment, three-course meal at Arva, and 24-hour butler service throughout your stay. It also includes your choice of cultural experience, with options including calligraphy and painting classes and traditional tea ceremonies.

Price available on request | aman.com

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Alila Yangshuo

An abandoned sugar mill has been transformed into a luxury resort complex in Yangshuo. The well-preserved buildings speak of their history while playing host to their new purpose as a luxury resort. Paying due credit to the surrounding spectacula landscape of irregular karst mountains, Alila’s two-night Active Spirits package offers fitness-focused guests the chance to immerse themselves in the area’s natural beauty. Packages are inclusive of accommodation, all meals, a relaxing massage, and karst rock climbing excursions.

Prices start from $248 | alilahotels.com

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Sangha by Octave

The self-proclaimed ‘sub-urban’ retreat is living proof that you don’t need to be far removed from a city to reap the benefits of a retreat. On Yang Cheng Lake, the wellness retreat aims to help guests reconnect with the self, refine the art of meditation and find their focus. The Healing Spa Taster package is a one-night retreat, including accommodation, silent meditative walks, personalised meals, morning meditation, a group movement session and mindfulness workshops—all in a day’s work.

Price available on request | sangha.octaveliving.com

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Aman Summer Palace

Boasting Aman’s trademark integrated wellness philosophy, the Aman Summer Palace hotel houses a 5,000-square metre spa. The property also offers exclusive spa treatments that are the result of a partnership with Tong Ren Tang, an old imperial medicinal dispensary. Just a short walk from the Summer Palace’s east gate and utilising some of the same buildings used by royalty, this boutique property features only 51 rooms and suites.

Price available on request | aman.com

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Anantara Sanya

Hainan island is set to become increasingly popular with tourists thanks to its newly-launched open visa policy with over a dozen nations. But when it comes to hotel stays, Anantara Sanya has the edge. Every room in the wellness resort has a private balcony overlooking the South China Sea. The property also has its own golf club and driving range, beach volleyball facilities, and access to sailing and numerous cultural excursions. Its intimate spa features eight treatment rooms, a yoga studio and steam room.

Rates are exclusive of excursions and spa treatments. Price available on request | anantara.com

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The PuLi Hotel and Spa

If you’re looking to make the most of a weekend away, the PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai offers a Weekend Retreat Package to suit any wellness wanderer. The urban resort offers weekend guests a 500RMB spa credit, while packages are inclusive of daily breakfast for two. With a swimming pool overlooking Jing’an Park, a state-of-the-art gym and fitness centre and a spa run by UR SPA that takes up an entire floor of the hotel, you’ll be hard-pressed to squeeze this all into a weekend, but it’s a challenge we’re sure you’ll happily accept.

Prices start from $588 per person | thepuli.com

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Amanfayun

In true Aman fashion, the Amanfayun resort boasts luxurious accommodation in pristine surroundings. The hotel is located in the midst of a bamboo forest near the West Lake. The Discover Hangzhou Package includes daily breakfast, an authentic Chinese dinner at the on-site restaurant, The Steam house, and private guided tours to Nine Creeks and the tea village. Packages are available for a minimum three-night stay.

Price available on request | aman.com

Amanda Sheppard

The former Art & Culture editor at Time Out Hong Kong magazine, Amanda is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Asia's world city. Amanda grew up in Asia, loves hiking, stand up paddle boarding, and a day well spent outdoors. Her last holiday sunrise trekking along Indonesian volcanic landscapes gave her a taste of the healthy holiday bug, and she’s been on the lookout for her next great adventure ever since.

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