The Luxe List 2016: LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan

Rooms here nod to local life.

Rooms here nod to local life.

As far as last frontiers go, Benzilan is a top contender. In northwest Yunnan, on the Sichuan border and not far from Tibet, it’s a spectacularly remote location for the sec­ond LUX* Tea Horse Road hotel, the other being four hours south in the UNESCO­-listed old town of Lijiang. A gateway to the glacier of Meili Snow Mountain National Park along an ancient trail that was once busy with horse caravans carrying precious pu’er tea from Yunnan to Lhasa, the prop­erty isn’t short of trimmings: 30 rooms and suites on the banks of the Jinsha River nod to local life with spaces carved from native timber, mud brick, wicker, and colorful wo­ven fabric; meals don’t deviate and might include Sichuan­-style noodles and yak­-but­ter tea. But the real reason you come here is for the truly immersive experiences. How many hotels take you into Tibetan homes for a meal, offer meditation master classes, join you with monks for daily chanting rituals, or lead you on mushroom picking missions through the countryside? (86­ 887/899­ 8000;; doubles from US$188).

This article originally appeared in the December 2016/January 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“The Luxe List 2016: LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan”).

Inside one of the bathrooms at LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan.

Inside one of the bathrooms at LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan.

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