The best things to see and do at China’s new Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou mountain retreat
China’s newest alpine resort, Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou, officially opened on 1 March 2017. At 2500 metres above sea level, the 209-key mountain retreat within the Sichuan Province is a ‘Sanctuary for the Senses’ offering 360 degree panoramic views of the surrounding mountain and valley landscape.
Jiuzhaigou is a destination surrounded by lush flora and fauna. The landscape changes with the season: cherry blooms in the spring, sparkling mountainside lakes in the summer, red and yellow foliage in autumn and silvery snow in winter. The region is best known for its blue, green and turquoise-coloured lakes, waterfalls, colourful forests, snow-capped mountains and centuries-old Tibetan culture.
Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou has curated a list of activities for a memorable and authentic experience. For couples, take a romantic stroll through the orchards in a nearby village, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere while picking fresh fruit with a loved one. Guests can take in the Romantic Show of Jiuzhaigou, a high-tech live-action performance that showcases the ethnic culture and history of Tibetan and Qiang people, or enjoy an intimate Destination Dining experience and rejuvenate at the Banyan Tree Spa.
Adventure enthusiasts can take a tour to Jiuzhaigou National Park and explore its ethereal landscape of clear pools, waterfalls, limestone terraces, and lush forests. They’ll be immersed in the scenery at Fairy Pool, an unspoiled landscape less travelled or take a road trip to the Zoige Grassland, with its panoramic views of the rolling plains, snow-covered mountains, and revel in the golden shine reflected from the roofs of nearby Buddhist temples.
Golf-lovers can visit the neighbouring Jiuzhai Yunling Golf Club. With its deep valleys to its south and high mountains to its north, it is a rare plateau in the high mountain region. Designed by Mark Hollinger, Partner at JMP Golf Design Group in the United States, the golf course spans an area of more than 46.5 hectares of forest, with 4.6 acres of highland lake. The course utilises natural valleys, forests, waterfalls and lakes to create one of the most beautiful 18-hole golf courses in China.
As a one-stop destination resort, Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou has also designed family-friendly activities for multi-generational travel. The 151-square-metre play area at the Kids’ Club has educational and fun activities for children of all ages. Families that love the outdoors can opt for a jam-making class which includes a trip to Banshan Village to pick fruit and make a delicious pot of fresh fruit jam at the resort. Guests can also take a family trek to the Baihe Nature Reserve to observe rare animal species such as the Sichuan Golden Monkey and Giant Panda. With the assistance of a local guide, families can also hunt for Chinese herbs and edible mushrooms, spend an afternoon in the county town centre listening to Nanping Quzi, a National Intangible Cultural Heritage, or climb to the top of Jubao Mountain for a panoramic view of the entire town from Fengcheng Temple.
To celebrate its Grand Opening, Banyan Tree Jiuzhaigou welcomes all guests with an Early Bird offer. From now until 30 June 2017, book a stay seven days in advance online and guests can enjoy up to 45% off the Best Available Rate. For a complete experiential package, guests can book the 4-day, 3-night Sense of Exploration package and enjoy daily breakfast for two, a day trip to Jiuzhaigou National Park which includes park tickets, round trip transportation, and a picnic lunch, as well as a complimentary upgrade to the next room category. For a romantic getaway with a loved one, book the Sense of Romance package for at least two consecutive nights and enjoy daily breakfast for two, a romantic dinner for two, the ‘Intimate Moments’ room arrangement, as well as complimentary upgrade to the next room category. For a family vacation with young children in tow, book the Sense of Family package for 2 consecutive nights and enjoy daily breakfast for up to three persons, an afternoon tea set, fun parent-child activities, a healthy hotpot set at Gan Hai Zi Restaurant, a complimentary extra bed, as well as complimentary upgrade to next room category.