ASIA. BEIJING, CHINA.
AMAN SUMMER PALACE.
This is the other Beijing. The one that existed before skyscrapers and Olympic stadiums, metros and smog masks. Removed from the buzz of inner-city Beijing, Aman Summer Palace features nine courtyards connecting a series of traditional pavilions, some more than a century old, that once hosted guests of Empress Dowager Cixi. Here, modernity (a movie theatre and underground spa) meets history (demonstrations by the resident calligrapher), but perhaps the resort’s greatest perk is after-hours access to the Summer Palace park – which may not sound all that impressive until you see this 716-acre site’s countless lakes, gardens, palaces and temples firsthand.