This reclaimed Chinese sugar mill is the height of rustic relaxation

Nestled in the wilds of China's mountains, this resort is a haven for those seeking peace and tranquility

Few luxury resorts can walk the tricky tightrope of modernity and tradition. Some slip into kitsch, and others remain so resolutely rustic that luxury flies out of the window. The Alila Yangshuo resort, however, has mastered this balancing act, keeping one foot proudly in tradition, and another committed to contemporary sophistication.

This reclaimed Chinese sugar mill is the height of rustic relaxation
This reclaimed Chinese sugar mill is the height of rustic relaxation

Set in the heart of the Yangshuo region of South West China’s karst country, Alila Yangshuo resort was once a working sugar mill. Today, it offers the ultimate haven for visitors seeking both premium comfort and breathtaking scenery.

This reclaimed Chinese sugar mill is the height of rustic relaxation

Upon arrival, you must choose your preferred accommodation, with offerings including the Sugar House Retreat, Deluxe Retreat, Family Loft, Townhouse, Heritage Suite or Pool Villa. Each will afford you incomparable views of Yangshuo’s world-renowned landscape of karst mountains, rich green hills and winding rivers.

This reclaimed Chinese sugar mill is the height of rustic relaxation

Should you ever want to venture outside of the resort — although we wouldn’t blame you for staying put within its luxurious walls — Alila Yangshuo offers guests the chance to immerse themselves in the surrounding indigenous nature, traditional culture and the local community through a program called the Alila Experience. 

This reclaimed Chinese sugar mill is the height of rustic relaxation

Guided by the dedicated Alila concierge team, guests are invited to explore and discover the charm and beauty of the Yangshuo through activities across five themes: Cultural Learning, Conscious Living, Active Spirits, Culinary Arts and Couple Celebration. 

This reclaimed Chinese sugar mill is the height of rustic relaxation

So, if you want to try your hand at traditional sugar spinning, or to rock climbing in the karst hills situated in the resort’s breathtaking backyard, this resort is most definitely for you. Even the more meditative amongst you, or those simply in search of some tranquility, are catered for with professional Yoga and Tai Chi classes. Not that you’ll need further relaxation in a haven such as this…

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