The Hylandia by Shangri-La has recently opened in one of China’s most captivating regions
Located in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in north-western China, the Hylandia is the first international full-service hotel in Shangri-La City, Yunnan. The region is known for its snow-capped mountains, gorges and shimmering lakes, and is the only Tibetan autonomous region in Yunnan. The hotel is a modern, high-altitude interpretation of the caravansaries once found along the Silk Road, with exotic courtyards, gardens, lounges and restaurants. The architecture and design blends traditional Yunnan and Tibetan elements with a host of natural materials such as pine and limestone being incorporated into the build.
Staffed largely by Diqing locals, these ‘ambassadors’ see their role as helping to create unforgettable memories in an authentic fashion. By showcasing regional highlights such as 1000-year-old temples and black pottery workshops, the staff can impart their knowledge of the local customs and traditions. The hotel has been designed as a cluster of pavilions, which guests are encouraged to explore. Features of the design include a tranquil water pond with copper lotus leaves dotted around, decorative pillars and a Wisdom Room where guests can enjoy buttermilk tea.
In the Aroma Room, an assortment of teas are served and a cast bronze fire pit in the centre is layered with lamps. The doors are carved in Nepal and feature eight auspicious designs which represent happiness and harmony. The 166 guest rooms include design elements from along the Great Silk Road and are highlighted by traditional Yunnan weavings throughout, while the rooftop garden offers views of the snow-capped mountains and has a separate area with a barbecue pit seating up to eight guests. Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has sought to create a hotel as unique and harmonious as the landscape and people who surround it.