Minimalist contemporary suites feature two walled courtyards offering a free-standing alfresco tub and fireplace, the perfect spot to gaze at the stars (and rather a lot of airplanes) overhead.
From an intimate tented camp in the green foothills of Bali to a converted 19th-century Jesuit retreat in Tamil Nadu, our editors and reviewers have roamed the Asia-Pacific region to bring together DestinAsian’s annual collection of the year’s top hotel openings. Read on to discover which new properties stood out from the rest in terms of service, setting, amenities, and a singular sense of style.
Shanghai’s far-flung suburbs may not suggest resort idyll but Amanyangyun—located an hour’s drive from downtown—is not your average resort. Sixteen years in the making, the property began life as a salvage operation to relocate 50 ancient homes and 10,000 camphor trees slated for destruction in the owner’s home village in Jiangxi, 700 kilometers away. Across the vast grounds, transplanted 500-year-old relics now mingle comfortably with sleek contemporary additions, like the lattice-cube lobby carved from golden nanmu wood, giving Amanyangyun (meaning “Nourishing Cloud”) an ethereal feel, especially in the morning mist. Minimalist contemporary suites feature two walled courtyards offering a free-standing alfresco tub and fireplace, the perfect spot to gaze at the stars (and rather a lot of airplanes) overhead.
Thirteen four-bedroom Antique Villas have been updated with luxe furnishings and Jacuzzis beneath original interlocking ceiling beams and ornate stone carvings. An on-site organic farm services Aman’s Italian, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants (don’t leave without trying young Roman chef Andrea Torre’s cacio e pepe ravioli with black truffle at Arva), while the Nanshufang cultural center teaches guests about Chinese calligraphy and screen painting in a 17th-century stone building that was originally a school.
86-21/8011-9999; aman.com; doubles from US$730.
This article originally appeared in the October/November 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2018: Amanyangyun, Shanghai”).