China's most romantic hotels: Banyan Tree Ringha

Culture | by Stephan Larose
Posted: February 24th, 2011 | Updated: May 13th, 2011 | Comments
[showtime] Trying to find China's most sensuous suite can be quite the challenge. With our China's sexiest stays: China's top 10 romantic hotels piece we gave you an idea of what romantic retreats China has to offer. It's a good place to start, but to be sure you're booking the right room for a weekend of love, your knowledge of each hotel's offerings must be more intimate. To that end we've asked each hotel to tell us more about themselves, giving you the info you need to make sure your seductive sojourn goes just as planned.... Here we take a closer look at the Shangri-La, a rustic retreat in one of Asia's most fabled destinations. What are the Banyan Tree Ringha's most romantic features? Banyan Tree Ringha:  Wow, there are almost too many to list. There's just so much here to set passion alight. You can experience an evening of highland romance dining out under the stars, surrounded by Shangri-La's jaw-dropping scenery. You can saddle up and explore verdant plains dotted with flocks of grazing cattle on the Tibetan Plateau on horseback. You can enjoy a roasted rib-eye steak with green peppercorn sauce right on the banks of the Shudugang River while reed pipe players and gurgling waters provide a backdrop of soothing sounds... The list really goes on and on. What spa treatments would the hotel recommend to couples? Banyan Tree: Our 150-minute Ringha Relief treatment is a customized package designed for relieving tired bodies and minds. It begins with a Ringha Massage, which is a specially-concocted blend of Yoga, Chinese Tui Na and Himalayan Gui Shi Hot Stone therapies. The warming effect of the stones creates an afterglow we enhance with an Indonesian Boreh Spice Warming Wrap which both exfoliates skin and relieves muscular aches and pains. Finally, after all that deep, deep relaxation, we get you back in the swing of things with a refreshing Jasmine Green Tea Bath. What is the most romantic room in the hotel? Banyan Tree: We definitely recommend the Tibetan Spa Suite. After a day’s trekking in the mountains there is nothing better than returning to the resort and pampering yourself with an indulgent spa treatment in the comfort of your own suite. With a luxurious wooden bathtub and private couple's spa treatment room, this spacious one-bedroom suite offers the ultimate in privacy, convenience and Tibetan-inspired luxury. Where is the most romantic place to dine in the hotel? Banyan Tree: The Chang Sa Bar & Restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner, is a wonderful place to sample some of Yunnan's culinary delights such as hot pot and steamboats. This Tibetan dining space offers both full meals and light snacks, as well as a collection of Chinese rice wines, sakes, hard liquors and other alcoholic beverages. What is the most romantic thing to do in the hotel’s vicinity? Banyan Tree: We promise you that you'll never get bored at the Ringha, there's plenty to see and do in the area. One of the things you can try is a half-day tour of local Shangri-la culture where you trek to and explore a neighboring village. You'll discover the warmth and hospitality of the Tibetan people, try fragrant yak butter tea, learn about Tibetan architecture, and how to tell whether a young woman is married or searching for a husband by looking at her style of dress. You'll also take a walk through undulating pastures where village ladies showcase elaborate spinning techniques used to weave treasured rugs and warm clothes for the winter while coming face-to-face with yaks, horses, sheep and pigs living under the same roof as their masters. After a hearty lunch in a Tibetan home, your journey continues through an ancient pine forest where stands a 3,500-year old tree as well as the 800-year old Ringha Da Bao Si Monastery, a small temple perched on the top of a sacred hill. With its fluttering, sutra-covered prayer flags, it's a place of deep beauty, spirituality and contemplation that serves to highlight the virtues of Tibetan culture. That's just one of our offerings... Browse more of China's top 10 most romantic hotels.

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