For its first resort in Greater China, Park Hyatt cast its luxe wand over an old lakeside fishing village in the rural outskirts of Ningbo, two-and-a-half hoursâ€™ drive from Shanghai. Taking cues from the original village, the property is laid out as a hamlet of whitewashed buildings with sloping charcoal roofs linked by winding slate paths, bridges, and tea gardens. The misty Chinese-watercolor vista gives way to mod-Zen splendor within.
Dramatic white-marble halls are lined with soaring teak columns and gallery-worthy art installations, while the 236 pearl-toned guest rooms come with lake-view terraces and open bathrooms. The villageâ€™s 500-year-old ancestral hall has been stunningly repurposed as a teahouse serving infusions plucked from the hills; other diversions include the 10-villa Yue Hu Spa and a canal-side restaurant that does amazing things with Ningboâ€™s prized seafood. Guests can visit Buddhist mountain temples by bike or simply soak up the scenery from the resortâ€™s infinity pool, which splashes right into Dongqian Lake.
188 Dayan Lu; 86-574/2888-1234; ningbo.park.hyatt.com; doubles from US$190.
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