ALILA‘s third property in China opens this month in Wuzhen. Located just an hour’s drive from Hangzhou and 1.5 hours from Shanghai, Alila Wuzhen is a 5-minute drive from the famous Wuzhen Water Town. Inspired by Wuzhen’s maze of quiet canals and ancient alleyways, Alila Wuzhen is a modern interpretation of the water town’s design lineage with 125 generously appointed suites, villas and pool villas – all wrapped around private courtyards and intertwining waterways in a tranquil setting.
Designed by GOA, one of the prominent architectural firms in China, Alila Wuzhen’s “minimalist” aesthetics is an adaptation of the typical heritage buildings south of the Yangtze River. Alila Wuzhen’s architecture is a reimagination of traditional space reconstruction – of streets, lanes, courtyards and public areas – giving it new functionalities and purpose.
“The Maze” at Alila Wuzhen comprises well-proportioned spaces full of twists and turns, reminiscent of classic villages, with its own modern waterways that correspond to the water town of Wuzhen, as well as the water system of Hangjia Lake Plain. A peaceful environment reigns in these private quarters and prevalent in every guest room, where design priority has been devoted to ensuring every modern comfort for its residents.
The iconic indoor pool is inspired by the Arabian Alhambra’s starry bathroom where dappled sunlight etched delightful patterns onto its pitched roof. The main public spaces are gathered around a central water courtyard with water features dissecting indoor and outdoor spaces throughout the resort, while also maintaining the continuity of the buildings, just like the traditional villages of old.
Guests can immerse themselves in the picturesque beauty and charm of Wuzhen’s 1300-year-old water town. The beauty of the water town is best explored through self-discovery. The signature route includes a scenic walking tour through the ancient Grand Canal, the famed Wine Distillery and Indigo Fabric Workshop. The Alila Wuzhen ‘Watertown’ Package offers a choice of the ‘Old’ vs the ‘New’ Experience where guests may choose to enjoy a free and easy excursion to the ancient water town* with complimentary car transfers or a mini test-drive of the NIO ES8, China’s version of the Tesla, to explore the new Wuzhen. For more themed excursions, guests can book additional activities with Alila Wuzhen’s concierge team to enjoy the local Shadow Play, Water Market and Bamboo Pole Performance on a canal tour to maximise their stay.
Four distinct restaurants and bars provide a delightful dining experience whatever the occasion, be it a romantic dinner or a family gathering. The variety of restaurants includes Shui Shi Kou featuring a mix of Western and Asian cuisine, and Si Shui and Private Dining Room featuring Cantonese and local Wuzhen cuisine. Guests can enjoy food with a local soul for true authenticity. The Sai Bai, a day-and-night bar, offers afternoon tea and an extensive choice of local “San Bai wine” and whisky.
Other facilities at Alila Wuzhen include Spa Alila, a state-of-the-art gym with private yoga studio, as well as curated meeting and event space catering for up to 500 guests.
The Alila Wuzhen ‘Watertown’ Package offers opening rates from US$289* per night for a minimum booking of a two-night stay in a Garden Suite. The rate is for two people sharing and available for booking until 31 March 2019.
- Accommodation in a Garden Suite
- Daily breakfast for two
- Choice of one activity:
– Visit for two to the Wuzhen Watertown with car transfers (excluding entry tickets)
– Mini test-drive of the NIO ES8 around the new Wuzhen (available Saturdays and Sundays only)
- Tea Basket of traditional Wuzhen Watertown snacks
- One Memorable Moment: a couple or family snapshot at Alila Wuzhen.
*Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 6% VAT
For more information visit: www.alilahotels.com/wuzhen