By Juliet Kinsman
We assume that many of the athletes and some spectators will be doing a bit of travel outside of Beijing after the Olympics. A three hour drive southwest of Shanghai on the outskirts of Hangzhou, we recommend staying at Fuchun Resort if you're in the area. Pronounced 'Foo-choo-win,' it's the ultimate antidote to bright lights and big cities.
Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy who's credited with Aman Resortsâ splendour, itâs set on a postcard-perfect boating lake amid landscaped tea plains and a lush, groomed golf course. Not just a world of sprawling marbled minimalism and discreet nothing-is-too-much-trouble service, this luxurious Hangzhou hideaway is one of China's most special hotels. Itâs got all the five-star flourishes to cater to 21st-century sensibilities along with a rare bygone-era charm.
All 70 lake and garden-view rooms and suites, and the 12 palatial villas have a rural allure. Sleek Zen-inspired design is fused with elegant architecture while offering every conceivable hi-tech enhancement. Dedicated sybarites can revel in holistic spa treatments, outdoor hot tubs and pin-drop-peaceful pools. For world-weary holiday-makers, the ambience effect is like having an injection of liquid meditation.
A spell at Fuchun is a first-class mind, body and soul soother thanks to the resort's look and feel as well as sports facilities that include tennis and golf as well as world-class yoga and t'ai chi masters. Feeling lazy? Adjourn to the deck of the Lake Lounge at twilight for a lemongrass- or tea-infused tipple. Even the cocktails at Fuchun are good for you.
To book, visit Mr and Mrs Smith, call +1 866 610 3867 or email the resort directly at reservation [at] fuchunresort [dot] com.
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Hangfu Yanjiang Road, Hangzhou
Zhejijan, China 311401
tel. +86 571 6346 1111