Six Senses Opens its First Resort in China

  • Deluxe suites feature living rooms, balconies, and Chinese antique decor.

    Deluxe suites feature living rooms, balconies, and Chinese antique decor.

  • The resort's Sala Thai restaurant brings the flavors of Thailand to this corner to Sichuan.

    The resort's Sala Thai restaurant brings the flavors of Thailand to this corner to Sichuan.

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With pandas, heritage sites, and pleasant mountain scenery at its doorstep, the brand-new Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain looks set to give hotels in Chengdu (an hour’s drive away) a run for their money. Thailand-based Six Senses’ first venture in China is both eco-friendly—airport transfers are in a chauffeured Tesla—and stylishly conceived, with tile-roofed villas awash in pale woods and the latest in-room technology. There’s a tea lounge on site, along with three restaurants, a smoothie bar, and a spa that includes cupping and tui na massages on its treatment menu. But the biggest drawing card is the resort’s location on the western edge of the Sichuan Basin, which puts guests within easy striking distance of the UNESCO-listed irrigation works of Dujiangyan, the Panda Valley habitat, the ancient town of Tai’an, and the Taoist temples and hiking trails of Mount Qing Cheng (86-28/8728-9871; Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain; doubles from US$310). —David Tse

This article originally appeared in the August/September print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Sichuan Ease”)

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