Banyan Tree Lijiang
A 15-minute drive from the heart of Lijiang’s Old Town, the Banyan Tree is a perfect example of China’s awakening enthusiasm for destination resorts.
Sleek modern buildings are arrayed around a large central reflecting pool, and bamboo-lined stone pathways lead to the guest villas. While common areas are contemporary in design, guest villas are constructed in the style of traditional Chinese courtyard homes, so high stone walls provide maximum privacy. The interiors are spacious, with dark woods accented with bold red textiles and crisp white linens. Every villa offers a magnificent view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (there is no “bad” view) and villas all have outdoor hot-tubs, a welcome invitation to soak beneath the Lijiang’s starry night skies.