Aman Summer Palace

Location: Beijing & Northern China | China

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

A beautiful luxury hotel side-by-side with Beijing’s iconic Summer Palace, this is truly a property fit for royalty. Its collection of traditional pavilion-style accommodations, set in bamboo-shaded gardens, combine modern luxury with a stately history – they were once used to house royal guests – while the central location is perfect for exploring the Summer Palace among the myriad other attractions of central Beijing.
Perfect forA regal stay in central Beijing
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  • Elegant, Imperial-style luxury hotel adjacent to the Summer Palace 
  • Stay in rooms once used as residences for royal guests 
  • Fantastic Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisine 
  • Learn the ancient arts of calligraphy, paper-cutting and kite-making
  • Traditional Chinese wellness treatments on offer at the extensive spa

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Hotel Overview

Sense of place

The hotel lies a stone’s throw from the Summer Palace itself, and is very much a continuation of it in terms of the aesthetic: traditionally elegant Chinese architecture, set in beautifully serene gardens. The property itself isn’t short on history, either, and some of the buildings were previously used as residences for guests of the Empress.

Rooms at Aman Summer Palace

The hotel’s guestrooms and suites are suitably palatial, with ornately carved bamboo blinds, high wood-panelled ceilings and Jin clay floor tiles all adding up to an atmosphere of refined Imperial elegance. The rooms sit around beautiful courtyards and gardens; privacy is afforded through the use of ornate wooden screens, or some, such as the Imperial Suites, boast their own private courtyards.

Food & Drink

There’s something to suit all tastes at Aman Summer Palace, with a range of Asian and Western dining options spread across three restaurants. The Chinese Restaurant draws inspiration from the iconic Ming Dynasty to offer superb Cantonese and Imperial Chinese dishes, while the Japanese Restaurant offers a gourmet fusion of French and Japanese traditions. The Grill, meanwhile, is the place to go for prime cuts and superb Western favourites. 

Facilities

The hotel’s vast spa, spread over two levels below the ground, is a luxurious affair where a wide range of indulgent therapies are on offer which draw on the rich Chinese Imperial tradition; these include the more familiar treatments such as acupuncture, and the more exotic, such as moxibustion – where dried mugwort herb is burned on different points of the body. Pilates and yoga are also on offer, and you’ll also find squash courts, a gym, and a 25-metre swimming pool.

Activities

The hotel sits adjacent to the East Gate of Beijing’s iconic Summer Palace, actually a number of palaces dotted among beautiful lakes and gardens, which dates from 1750 and is a beautiful place to walk through of an afternoon. Other highlights include the Forbidden City, the imposing home of the Ming and Qing dynasties for almost 500 years, and the largest collection of ancient preserved wooden structures in the world. You can have a go yourself at some of the arts and crafts for which these periods were famous, with visits to the hotel from experts in fields such as calligraphy, paper-cutting, and kite-making.

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Hotel location

The Aman Summer Palace is around 45 minutes’ drive from Beijing Capital International Airport.

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