The Luxe List 2010, China: Amanfayun, Hangzhou

Bamboo groves and Longjing green tea plantations surround this deceptively humble collection of courtyard dwellings. Indonesian interiors visionary Jaya Ibrahim transformed these historic structures into 42 pared-down suites boasting pillow-top beds, under-floor heating and invigorating rain showers. The most indulgent add a double massage room. In a departure from Aman’s usual brand of seclusion, guests share the well-worn cobblestone path that cuts through this rustic retreat with farmers heading to their fields and monks on pilgrimage to nearby Buddhist temples. Also open to the public are three of the resort’s eateries: the authentic Tea House, humble but tasty Steam House, and Hangzhou House for local flavors like West Lake snow shrimp cooked with tea leaves. Other forms of satisfaction include the spa’s warm oil and bamboo massage, and a well-edited boutique stocked with empress-worthy bling

22 Fayun Nong, Xihujiedao; 86-571/8732-9999;; doubles from US$580

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