The Luxe List 2019: Alila Wuzhen, China

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For its third property in mainland China, Alila has chosen the 1,300-year-old water town of Wuzhen on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, a 90-minute drive from Shanghai. Befitting its classical surrounds, the picturesque resort by Chinese architectural firm GOA exudes contemporary serenity and minimalism while also paying tribute to the water town’s intricate maze of canals and ancient alleyways. Reflection ponds and water features dissect the hotel’s indoor and outdoor spaces, and floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the dramatically proportioned public areas in sunlight. Each of the 125 generously appointed suites, villas, and pool villas wrap around private courtyards with natural woods, muted lighting, and garden-view bathtubs adding to the sense of relaxed luxury. Guests can savor local delicacies like wok-fried river shrimp at Chinese restaurant Si Shui, and gain insights into local culture through a selection of Alila Experiences, from artisan workshops in bamboo weaving and indigo-print fabric making to crafting cocktails using local spirits and herbs. Or simply kick back at the delightful Spa Alila with a signature Dream Water treatment, another feel-good interpretation of the resort’s calming water theme.
86-573/8871-2222; alilahotels.com; doubles from US$290

See the full 2019 Luxe List in the October/November 2019 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2019: Alila Wuzhen, China”).

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