China's sexiest stays: Check-in at China's top 10 romantic hotels (pt. 2)

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Posted: February 14th, 2011 | Updated: July 25th, 2012 | Comments
Infinity pool in Taiwan's Lalu hotel Last week we introduced you to the first five hottest hotels in China's sexiest stays: Check-in at China's top 10 romantic hotels, and today (the most romantic day of the year no less) we bring you part two. To create this list, we've gone over a year of hotel reviews on ChinaTravel.net and other sites, looked at hotel and travel awards lists and spoken to everyone from corporate public relations heads to the heads of family-run establishments. For more about our selection process and about how to fan the flames of romance while traveling in China, go back to part one. See the rest of our romantic hotel roundup after the jump... The Lalu, Taiwan:

 

Lalu reflection pond Another World Travel Awards winner (7th place; Asia's Leading Design Hotel), the Lalu is a luxurious retreat along one of Taiwan's top attractions, Sun Moon Lake. Renowned for its seclusion and quiet (despite heavy tourist traffic around other parts of Sun Moon Lake), the quality of its in-room comforts, its spa and of course the hotel's singular Zen-themed design, the Lalu is a honeymoon favorite. Be sure to treat yourself to a rejuvenating body scrub if you go. With Turmeric & Green Tea, Grapefruit & Rose and Cinnamon & Tangerine scrubs on the menu, you'll come out feeling just as delicious as their namesakes suggest. Note that travel between Mainland China (the People's Republic of China) and Taiwan (the Republic of China) can require a few extra visa and flight-arrangement hoops for some travelers. Read more about The Lalu, Taiwan. Hangzhou:

 

Terraced tea plantations sculpt the hills around the Fuchun Resort What better setting for a sensuous sojourn for two than a spacious villa with its own private hot tub? Throw in Tibetan tantra-based spa treatments, fantastic dining and views, and you've got the perfect weekend. Taking 1st place in two categories in the World Travel Awards as well as "Hideaway of the Year" in 2007, the Fuchun Resort is a beautiful, expansive property (148 hectares + 18-holes of world class golf) nestled in the lush, tea-covered hills of Fuyang Village, just outside of Hangzhou—itself renowned as one of China's most attractive cities. For the utmost in privacy check-in to one of the resort's Fuchun Villas. Designed by Aman Resorts' Jean-Michel Gathy, each is ensconced in its own forest of green and features a dramatic private indoor swimming pavilion and spectacular vistas of the golf course and surrounding mountains.... Read more about Fuchun Resort, Hangzhou. Shanghai:

 

impressions of a spa... the PuLi Hotel, Shanghai A perennial award winner, the PuLi has won accolades from everyone from Condé Nast to Travel + Leisure to The Telegraph(UK) for everything from its chic design to its great global cuisine to its fabulous Anantara Spa. An oasis of soothing comforts and stellar service in the center of booming Shanghai, this urban luxury resort makes a great cosmopolitan couple's retreat due to its proximity to Shanghai's trendiest French Concession lanes and hottest nightlife spots while offering peace and quiet within—plus some of the most comfortable beds in the city. The PuLi regularly features couple's spa treatments, but with the city's "longest" wine bar and bathtubs with views over the city, there are plenty of en suite delights to set the mood pour une soirée d'amour.... Read more about the PuLi Hotel & Spa, Shanghai. W Hong Kong:

 

WET @ floor 72, the tallest rooftop pool in Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn't exactly known as a romantic destination but serves as a stopover on the way to the sultry sands of Bali, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines and all those south Pacific islands you've always dreamed of going to.

If travel to a week of ecstasy on an exotic southeast Asian beach includes a night or two in Hong Kong, you'd best spend it in the sky-scraping design republic known as the W. You can spend your days working on that base tan on the 72nd floor pool terrace (tallest in the city) but the W has also brought in New York day-spa phenomenon Bliss Spa, so relaxing with a double-chocolate pedicure is also an option.

Rooms are modern, fun and some of the most spacious in the city. Though the sexiness is subdued at first thanks to the fanciful decor, just take a shower with your lover and you'll see why this hotel made the cut. With stunning views facing the harbor and music piped in via in-house sound systems, harbor-facing showers make fantastic, intimate little hot spots. In the morning it's no problem catching your flight, you're directly upstairs from check-in to the airport express MTR!

Read more about W Hong Kong.

Beijing:

 

Opposite house views over Beijing's ambassadorial district Reviewers have said it is "very, very clean," that it's "bad for kids" and that its location is "unbeatable." A good start that only gets better once you add in that rooms feature titillating glass-encased bathrooms, cedar-wood bathtubs for two and serve as intimate settings for the hotel's in-room spa services. Quirky and atmospheric, this Kengo Kuma designed-hotel's ground-floor atrium serves as an international art/sculpture gallery—a good primer if you're planning on touring Beijing's fashionable 798 Art District. What's more, the hotel situates you beside Sanlitun, where you'll find some of Beijing's most colorful restos, shopping and nightlife, so planning a night to intoxicate the senses before getting back to your room couldn't be easier... Read more about The Opposite House, Beijing. Go back to China's sexiest stays: Check-in at China's top 10 romantic hotels pt 1
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