The Hidden Valley Resort

Shangri-La, Yunnan, China

At a Glance

  • First boutique glamping in Shangri-La blending Tibetan charm with modern comforts

  • Bespoke experiences rooted in local Tibetan culture can be crafted to suit different interests

  • Farm-to-table meals incorporating local produces and flavours

  • Full board lodging inclusive of accommodation, farm-to-table meals, guided activities and airport transfers

  • Whether an active holiday or a relaxing retreat, there is something for everyone

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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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Wake up early and take part in the complimentary yoga classes to really embrace your magical surroundings.

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Description

Secluded but remotely accessible, experience the true essence of Tibetan life in this boutique glamping resort, blending Tibetan charm with modern comforts on full-board lodging and an itinerary which can be tailor-made for you by an Adventure Concierge.

Journey to The Hidden Valley Resort, the first glamping boutique resort in Shangri-la, Yunnan. The 7-hectare resort sits on sprawling meadows surrounded by majestic mountains. It unravels the beauty of the Himalayas, offering a unique travel experience at 3,300 metres above sea level – and is just 20 minutes from the Diqing Shangri-la Airport. Its strategic location also allows guest to access the Old Town within 20 minutes and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Napa Lake in less than an hour.

Built by the hands of local villagers, the resort provides jobs and incomes to further uplift the standards of living in Shangri-La. Farm-to-table ingredients and resources are sourced from Bisong Village and its surrounding neighbourhoods, with staffs hired from the surrounding communities, providing a unique Tibetan flavour.

Guests can opt to stay in Tented Villas or the Tibetan Residence.

The Tented Villas are designed to resemble Tibetan nomadic tents, offering a truly unique glamping experience. Each tented villa is fully fitted with a king sized heated bed, wood fire stove, and heated bathroom. Each luxurious Tented Villa features a king sized bed with heated mattress, fully heated bathroom, bathtub to soak in, and comfortable furniture. A fireplace keeps the tent cozy at night, ensuring you are comfortable while enjoying a unique glamping adventure. Double doors open onto the meadow and adjacent pond and streams.

The Tibetan Residence was built from a 150-year-old traditional Tibetan home that once belonged to a village head, refurbished to the highest standards. None of the 10 rooms are alike. Spacious living areas blend rustic old-world charm with contemporary design. Enjoy communal areas such as the great hall, central hearth, cozy lounging nooks and patio seating.

Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and vegetables from the resort’s own organic garden, the resort’s dishes are expertly curated to celebrate the flavours of Shangri-la. The menu is seasonal and fresh, as Shangri-La is blessed with a multitude of seasonal vegetables, wild mushrooms and meats. The dining area features floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning mountain views. An open-concept kitchen and communal dining table (seats 20) ensure a relaxed and friendly dining experience. By request only, we can also help with a private dining room (seats 10) providing a warm and intimate setting.

At Qingke Library & Bar, the resort offers a selection of local qingke liquors and the famous Black Yak Beer from the local Shangri-La Beer Company, which had won several international awards and are brewed using local highland barley and the purest water.

In-resort activities include horseback-riding on Tibetan ponies, oil painting, stargazing, and relaxing by the bonfire at dusk

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Accommodation

Guests can opt to stay in Tented Villas or the Tibetan Residence.

The Tented Villas are designed to resemble Tibetan nomadic tents, offering a truly unique glamping experience. Each tented villa is fully fitted with a king sized heated bed, wood fire stove, and heated bathroom. Each luxurious Tented Villa features a king sized bed with heated mattress, fully heated bathroom, bathtub to soak in, and comfortable furniture. A fireplace keeps the tent cozy at night, ensuring you are comfortable while enjoying a unique glamping adventure. Double doors open onto the meadow and adjacent pond and streams.

The Tibetan Residence was built from a 150-year-old traditional Tibetan home that once belonged to a village head, refurbished to the highest standards. None of the 10 rooms are alike. Spacious living areas blend rustic old-world charm with contemporary design. Enjoy communal areas such as the great hall, central hearth, cozy lounging nooks and patio seating.

Childcare

Children are welcomed at the property, though there are no specific facilities for them.

Facilities

The dining area features floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning mountain views. An open-concept kitchen and communal dining table (seats 20) ensure a relaxed and friendly dining experience. By request only, we can also help with a private dining room (seats 10) providing a warm and intimate setting.

At Qingke Library & Bar, the resort offers a selection of local qingke liquors and the famous Black Yak Beer.

Activities

Shangri-la is the capital of the Diqin Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the gateway to the ancient Tibetan kingdom which means there are lots to do, from the Shangri-La Old Town, Napa Lake, Potatso National Park, as well as visits to local Tibetan homes and monasteries.

Reviews

5

Sophie Jones (Staff)

Songstam Retreat has the perfect location just outside Shangri-La with beautiful views over Songzanlin Monastery. Surrounded by breath-taking scenery it is the perfect combination of both town and country. Songstam Retreat provides everything you are after and allows you to explore this unique region of China in complete comfort and style.

Experiences

  • 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.

Holiday Ideas

  • Authentic Northern Yunnan

    Lijiang, Tacheng, Benzilan, Meili & Shangri-La

    from £2500 pp inc flights & transfers for 8 nights

    • Dig beneath the surface into the outskirts of Lijiang as you learn about minority culture in Longquan, Baisha and Yuhu
    • Hike on the backdrop of majestic Meili mountains, Kawagebo peak and Mingyong glacier
    • Learn about the arts behind Tibetan wooden bowl painting or how traditional Tibetan incense sticks are made
  • Walk Yunnan

    Shangri-La & Aboudje Lake Trek

    from £3700 pp inc flights & transfers for 6 nights

    • Discover the true Shangri-La wilderness away from the crowded tourist circuit
    • Hike through mountain passes reaching over 4,000 metres with views of Mount Shangri-La Sekha, Kawakarpo, Yading Mountains and Aboudje Mountains
    • An unforgettable picnic by the shore of the Aboudje Lake

Location & directions

Shangri-La, Yunnan, China

Secluded but easily accessible, the resort is 20 minutes away from Shangri-La (Diqing) airport and the Old Town.

How to get there

20-minute transfer from Shangri-la (Diqing) airport.

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