- Surrounded by tea plantations and bamboo groves, Amanfayun is a spiritual sanctuary informed by Chinese tradition and Buddhist monastic culture. Explore this centuries-old village, restored using ancient techniques, at your own pace.
- Set within old pathways and rolling streams, dwellings have been renovated in traditional Jiangnan style, using the original stone, earth and wood construction. Calligraphy reflects Hangzhou’s artistic and intellectual heritage.
- The bridges, pagodas, islands and gardens of West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, invite serene reflection on foot or by boat. In the city, Hangzhou’s silk trading streets Xinhua and Jiankang offer another variety of beauty.
- Guests are welcome to join monks’ early-morning prayer sessions at nearby Buddhist temples. Seven sacred sites can be reached by foot from Amanfayun, including Lingyin Si, Temple of the Soul’s Retreat, founded in the 4th century.
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- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, West Lake’s shores are lined with fragrant trees and lotus blossoms. Not only famous for its picturesque landscape, West Lake is also associated with many of China’s scholars and national heroes.
Of the seven temples and monasteries within walking distance of Amanfayun, the most renowned is Lingyin Temple or ‘Soul’s Retreat’. Founded in 326 AD, at its peak under the Kingdom of Wuyue (907-978 AD) the temple included 18 pavilions and 72 halls, housing over 3,000 monks.
Set in the forest with meandering paths and extensive gardens, Yongfu Temple borders Amanfayun and is one of the prettiest temples in the area. Higher up North Peak lies Taoguang Temple, while at the top is the 1,600-year-old Lingshun Temple with panoramic views of West Lake. A trail that begins near Amanfayun’s entrance traces the original Tianzhu Pilgrim Path, linking the upper, middle and lower Temples of Tianzhu.
A charming, pedestrian-only lane showcasing a variety of Chinese crafts, Hefang Street in Hangzhou provides a bustling mix of restaurants and boutiques selling paper-cut art, sculpted candy, local snacks and more. It is also home to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum, where visitors can learn about the varieties of herbs and treatments used in traditional healing.
Located in the bamboo-filled mountains above Hangzhou, the rustic 42-room Amanfayun, is actually a conversion of an entire village whose inhabitants once harvested the tea for which the town is justly famous.S itting on a magical 34-acre plot near West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the property consists of 47 stone dwellings, some of which are more than 100 years old. With stone pathways, clay-tiled roofs and bamboo stalks jutting from nearly every corner, the place has an Old World charm that doesn’t come off forced or fabricated. Of course, conjuring such a mood isn’t difficult when you have Buddhist temples and tea gardens within walking distance of your room. But location and latticework aren’t Amanfayun’s only timeless qualities. Treatments in the spa have been used for generations. Dishes in the restaurants go back even further. If the resort didn’t have so many modern conveniences, it could almost be mistaken for a village from the Qing Dynasty.
Surrounded by tea fields, woodland and lush groves of bamboo, Amanfayun celebrates the spirit of a Chinese village, with stone pathways leading to shaded courtyards and peaceful abodes. Situated on 14 hectares near UNESCO-protected West Lake, the resort offers an Aman Spa, swimming pool and several village eateries ranging along Fayun Pathway, the village’s main thoroughfare.
Embracing the layout and spirit of a traditional Chinese village, Amanfayun is a place of winding stone footpaths and shaded courtyards through which the dwellings – some dating back over a century – are accessed. Roofs are clay tile and interior floors are stone or wood, and some offer upper floors with views over the treetops. Fine calligraphy art pieces decorate the walls.
Deluxe Village Suite
The spacious Deluxe Village Suites cover 135 square metres (1,453 square feet) and some offer private massage facilities. Several are duplexes, with living areas downstairs and bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs overlooking the village and forest.
Larger than the Village Rooms at 88 square metres (947 square feet), Village Suites are beautifully furnished in traditional Jiangnan style.
The 16 Village Rooms measure 66 square metres (710 square feet) on average and offer courtyard or forest views. Most open to private or semi-private courtyards with an informal outdoor dining and lounging area.
2 Bedroom Villa
The 290-square-metre (3,121square-foot) Amanfayun Villa includes two en-suite bedrooms and spacious living areas set around a private courtyard. As well as a private double massage room, there is also an intimate reading area.
Village Villas offer 204 square metres (2,583 square feet) of refined living space, complete with private massage rooms for two. Overlooking the village and surrounding woodland, they feature separate bedrooms and living areas, as well as access to private or semi-private courtyards.
Amanfayun’s varied culinary options are dotted across the grounds: the glass-walled Restaurant looks out over an evergreen grove, while the relaxed Steam House serves up traditional fare in a simple high-ceilinged pavilion, with outdoor tables for summer dining. Three independently operated eateries are also set within the village: the Hangzhou House, the Tea House and the Vegetarian House.
The Restaurant & Bar
Tucked away behind a grove of trees and overlooking a reflection pool, guests at The Restaurant & Bar can enjoy a view of the Fayun Pathway over a beautifully crafted meal. Serving food from morning until late into the evening, The Restaurant is the ideal setting to enjoy the ancient traditions of Fayun interwoven with the more modern flavours of the West. Also the location of the Bar, this venue is an ideal place to relax and enjoy a drink from the extensive range of rare spirits, fine wines, craft beers and classic and signature cocktails on offer.
Drawing inspiration from the nearby Lingyin Temple, the Vegetarian House restaurant serves elegantly presented dishes inspired by the the food of monks themselves, and prepared strictly according to the religious regulations of the Buddhist temple. Flanked on one side by the northernmost end of the Fayun Pathway and a calming country stream on the other, the Vegetarian House is a serene place to relax and re-centre.
Amanfayun Tea House
Experience a taste of Chinese tea culture at the traditional Tea House. The menu features an extensive range of exquisite Chinese teas from across the country, a selection of which are available for purchase to be enjoyed once you return home. Enjoy traditional, home-cooked Hangzhou delicacies accompanied by a delicate cup of tea while gazing across the calming pond and forest glade.
A relaxed and casual atmosphere makes the Steam House an authentic place to enjoy local fare. The menu features popular cuisine from Hangzhou and neighbouring regions, with a focus on village-style steamed dishes, giving guests an insight into the traditionally simple cooking techniques of ancient China still alive today. Dine alfresco in the tranquil courtyard, or watch the meals be prepared using traditional methods in the semi-open kitchen
Named after the capital of the province, Hangzhou House showcases the best of local cuisine. As it’s namesake suggests, this restaurant serves authentic dishes from the local area and classical Hangzhou cuisine, highlighting the unique flavours of traditional and unique ingredients, alongside homemade Chinese wines. Nestled away amongst beautiful woodland on the edge of the Fayun Pathway, Hangzhou House is a tranquil place to enjoy a traditional meal.
Open from dawn until dusk, the Amanfayun Cafe serves a range of food and drink to savour as you explore the surrounding area. The menu includes freshly baked bread, cakes and sandwiches, in addition to healthy juices and smoothies. Designed to give guests more flexibility throughout their stay, the Cafe serves food that can be eaten at the venue, or taken away to enjoy as a picnic in the beautiful and serene grounds of Amanfayun.
Amanfayun offers private dining experiences for guests and non-residents alike. The Meeting Room above the Restaurant & Bar boasts an exclusive private function space, reception area, foyer, relaxation space and two terraces. Fayun Place – an exclusive lounge for in-house guests – consists of two buildings, a Library, a Cigar Lounge and intimate spaces and corners. Both spaces are available for private hire and can accommodate every need of our guests, with food being served from The Restaurant & Bar, Steam House and Cafe.
Reflecting Chinese health and wellbeing traditions as well as the finest international spa therapies, the expansive spa is spread across five pavilions and encircled by bamboo groves, tea bushes and magnolia trees. Joined by a gym, Pilates studio and beauty salon, the eight treatment rooms host therapies ranging from reflexology and massages to seasonal baths and scrubs using local ingredients. The 20-metre outdoor swimming pool is heated in both spring and autumn, however it is closed during the winter months.
Aman Spa Treatment
Consists of five separate structures surrounded by bamboo groves, tea bushes and magnolia trees, adjacent to the swimming pool. The Reception/Reflexology House with spa library, lounge and reflexology treatment areas. The Bath House with three private rooms (circular wooden tubs, rain showers, steam rooms and double seated showers). The Treatment House with three double and two single treatment rooms (changing areas, steam showers and soaking tubs).
Positioned towards the northern end of Fayun Pathway. A variety of unique artefacts including antiques, jewellery, tea sets and selected art pieces by local artists.
20m outdoor, heated pool surrounded by sun loungers (closed during the winter). Light, healthy meals and refreshments are served poolside throughout the day.