Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La
At a Glance
- Set amongst the hallowed prayer halls and incense-clouded monasteries of Shangri La
- Unique design, blending modern luxury with tradition Tibetan style and artefacts
- Perfectly located to explore the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, the Meili Snow Mountains and the Songzanlin Monastery
Working with local NGOs, the hotel offers the opportunity to partake in traditional handicrafts and activities with local villagers, including Tangka drawing and meditation practice
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From the subtropical lowlands in the south up to glacier-capped mountains in the north, Yunnan is a province of extremes. The climate varies so much across this vast and diverse area, that it has given rise to an ancient Chinese saying: “You can enjoy all four seasons on the same mountain, with each just a few miles from the next”. Generally speaking, most of Yunnan province is mild in winter and cool in summer, with large variances in temperature occurring across the day. Mornings can start with a wintery chill, and warm up to 25°C by lunchtime. Spring and Autumn are mild and pleasant and the best times to visit Yunnan, despite May being the rainiest month of the year. For snow-capped mountains and dramatic alpine scenes, the winter months of November to January can be spectacular.
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Set at the heart of this city of mountains and monasteries, the Shangri-La Resort is a contemporary, luxury retreat amongst the ancient buildings and traditional prayer halls of this lofty city.
Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Tibetan Plateau at the Shangri-La Resort, Shangri La. Built with this majestic mountain realm as its inspiration, the hotel draws on Tibetan architecture and tradition to create a harmonious retreat in the centre of the city.
The elegant rooms and suites cleverly blend modern décor with local Tibetan and Han Chinese design and artefacts to create a true sense of place, without compromising on comfort or luxury. Modern bathrooms with soak tubs, separate rain showers and deluxe toiletries combine with contemporary facilities, including Wi-Fi and satellite televisions, to create a peaceful, relaxing space. After a long day of discovery amongst the Old Town or the moutnains beyond, the hotel’s choice of restaurants will satisfy the keenest appetites. Ani’s Kitchen restaurant serves up delicious international cuisine from its live cooking stations andaa freshly made buffet, whilst Hotspot focuses on the unique and authentic experience of Yunnan-Tibetan cuisine. The rustic outdoor BBQ experience at Shambala is a wonderful way to dine al-fresco, whilst the Lodger’s Lounge serves up light bites and a vast array of beverages, accompanied by live music.
If the mountain foothills and wide pastures of the Tibetan Plateau don’t defeat you, the Shangri-La Resort’s health club features a fully equipped gym, indoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. The spa offers a range of relaxing treatments perfect for unwinding after a day amongst the high altitude of the mountains. In the spirit of Shangri-La’s ethos, the hotel has curated a selection of activities that showcase the traditional arts and customs of the Tibetan Plateau and the Han Chinese people. Try your hand at Henna tattoo drawing, folk music or Tangka drawing under the skilled tutelage of local artisans and experience the traditional Tibetan circle dancing every night at Little Sun and Moon Square.
Seamlessly blending contemporary design with traditional Tibetan style, the 225 guest rooms and suites are spacious, stylish and comfortable. Breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains or the lush gardens take centre stage, whilst modern conveniences such as complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite enabled LED televisions and luxurious bathrooms with showers and separate bath tubs exist in every room.
Children are very welcome at the Shangri-La Resort, with interconnecting rooms, extra beds and baby cribs available upon request. Children will love the indoor heated pool and there are specific activities available for younger guests, including the weekly ‘Kids’ Kitchen’.
With a choice of fantastic restaurants to choose from, you are spoilt with options here at the Shangri-La Resort. Opt for casual international cuisine, local specialities or a unique outdoor barbeque experience, alongside 24-hour in-room dining. The hotel’s spa and fitness centre are well-equipped, and the hotel has bicycles for hire to explore this fascinating city.
Preserving local traditions, culture and the Tibetan way of life is central to the Shangri-La philosophy. Working together with local NGOs, the hotel has a programme of activities that bring these ancient arts, handicrafts and traditions to the centre of the guest experience. The hotel’s position at the heart of the city means that the beautifully preserved Old Town is within walking distance, whilst the spectacular sites of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, Songzanlin Monastery and Meili Snow Mountain are within easy reach.
Full day Highlights of Shangri-la
Visit Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan today. Head to Shiga Mountain for relaxing walk and explore local villages on the way. Climb up to the top of Guishan Hill.
Half Day Visit to Tanwei Village
Make a trip to Tanwei Village and immerse in the authentic culture and the Tibetan way of life. Try their yak butter tea and tsampa, a staple in their diet.
Hiking in Shangri-La
We offer a selection of day trip hikes in Shangri-La, including the picturesque Shika Mountain Hike, the challenging yet rewarding Yika Mountain Hike, or the high-altitude Black Lake hike.
Potatso National Park
Today, we escape into the wilderness of Potatso National Park, stop by scenic spots of Shudu Lake, Bita Lake and Militang Alpine Pasture. On your return, we will make a stop at Xiao Zhongdian Village with its unique setting by a colossal valley.
Shangri-La Highland Craft Brewery
Sample 6 distinctive all-natural Shangri-La beers.
Tibetan Bisong Village
Step back in time as you visit the little known Bisong Village where locals continue to live pure, peaceful lives. Visit a local Tibetan family's home for a serving of warm yak butter tea and tsampa.
Dali, Shaxi, Lijiang & Shangri-La
from £2600 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights
- Stay in charming boutique properties that are carefully curated to complement its environment.
- Explore the Tibetan influenced town of Shangri-la and marvel at the stunning alpine scenery
- Step back in time in Lijiang Old Town, a Unesco World Heritage Site and immerse in the rich blend of cultural heritage through the ages.
Location & directions
Set at the heart of the city of Shangri La, the hotel is a short 15-minute drive from the Shangri-La Airport. The immaculately preserved Tibetan Dukezong Old Town is within easy reach on foot.
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