ASIA. HANGZHOU, CHINA.
As far as resort stays go, it’s hard to get more authentic than this. Nestled in the bambooed hills outside Hangzhou, near the fabled West Lake, Amanfayun is in fact a former tea-farming village. A 600-metre cobblestone thoroughfare, frequented by monks on their way to nearby temples, runs through the grounds linking the restaurants, spa, pool and 42 traditional brick-and-timber abodes, some of which are over 100 years old. With no televisions or electronic distractions around, it quickly becomes evident that this is a place for relaxation and contemplation.