Banyan Tree Ringha
Shangri-La, Yunnan, China
At a Glance
Beautiful Tibetan-style rooms
Situated 3,200m above sea level on the Tibetan plateau
Each suite or lodge has its own open fireplace
Delicious cuisine including the traditional Yunnan hotpot
A base from which to explore this untouched and remote corner of China
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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 Fall 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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Located at 3200 meters above sea level, high in the spectacular mountainous province of Yunnan, the luxurious Banyan Tree Ringha is set on a landscape of stunning natural beauty - packed with awe-inspiring ridges, deep canyons and endless valleys.
In Shangri-La, where mountain peaks touch the clouds and there are endless valleys to explore, this is a true trekking paradise. Banyan Tree Ringha offers 4-wheel drive tours to remote lakes and villages, as well as relaxed nature walks, pony treks and serious trekking.
Officially part of Greater Tibet, Shangri-La has strong Tibetan influences and this is reflected in the beautiful lodges and suites at Banyan Tree Ringha, which are constructed from authentic Tibetan farmhouses. Each suite or lodge has an open fireplace and intricately carved wooden balcony offering breathtaking views across the river and valley.
Learn about the hundreds of types of tea grown in the provinces at the Jakhang Teahouse, sample the culinary delights of Yunnan province at Chang Sa, ride out for a romantic al fresco meal or even have a Tibetan wedding dinner - every experience at the Banyan Tree Ringha is in some way unique.
When not out exploring the extraordinary surrounds of the hotel, enjoy the fabulous world renowned Banyan Tree Spa experience surrounded by intricate carvings and Tibetan artifacts. Indulgent treatments are inspired by Himalayan practices and the ancient Chinese Five Elements philosophy and although they incorporate many western techniques, are exotic and unlike anything you will have experienced before.
At Banyan Tree Ringha, Ringha Lodge and Tibetan Lodge are both two-bedroom farmhouse properties with enormous character and are great for families. The 15 spacious Tibetan Suites are styled like cosy Tibetan cottages and have handcrafted wooden bathtubs and private terraces and for the ultimate in pampering, the six Tibetan Spa Suites have luxurious wooden bathtubs and couples treatment rooms.
At Banyan Tree Ringha children are warmly welcomed and the two farmhouse-style properties, each of which have two bedrooms, make comfortable homes from home for visiting families. Kids will enjoy the sense of adventure a stay here encapsulates, and horse riding and gentle treks can be enjoyed by children.
At Banyan Tree Ringha there is a Tea House and two restaurants, one specializing in Yunnan dishes such as hotpots and steamboats, as well as sake and rice wine. The other has an array of both Chinese and Western dishes in a warm and relaxed setting. For those looking for a new experience, saddle up and ride across the Tibetan Plains for an al fresco dinner, or change into Tibetan costume and experience a Tibetan wedding dinner. The spa is truly excellent and includes traditional Himalayan practices among the treatments.
Activities whilst staying at Banyan Tree Ringha include horseback riding, trekking and cultural tours to monasteries and Tibetan villages. Guests can also rent jeeps and explore independently.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
I adored my time staying at the Banyan Tree Ringha. I was here in the mountains for two days which passed far too quickly and I will surely return. The hotel is located on the outskirts of Shangri La town and overlooks a gentle rolling valley with a stream running through it and herds of grazing animals wandering past. The hotel is made up of small individual houses centerd around a main lodge which has the two restaurants, lobby lounge and viewing terrace over the valley complete with telescope for star gazing. Its also home to the resident pet a huge Tibetan Mastiff called Laika, dont get too close... Each of the houses are split into rooms, mine was on the upper level of one house with a balcony to sit out on. Inside everything is very traditional with lots of dark wood and lacquered furniture. The beds are floor height with large wall hangings surrounding them in the local Tibetan style. It's cold up here and the rooms are fantastically cosy, the highlight is the cedar circular bathtubs which are wonderful to relax aching muscles after going for a trek.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Set in a stunning mountainside location right next to a local town, Banyan Tree Ringha definitely feels like you have stepped off the regular tourist trail. The hotel itself is converted from some of the original farmer's houses in the village which are in the traditional Tibetan style. Local women wonder around the town wearing the traditional local dress and yaks, cows, pigs and sheep graze in and around the hotel giving you the full countywide experience. It was such a breath of fresh air visiting here being right in the middle of the countryside and a chance to go for walks down by the river and through the town. You have to be careful here not to over do it as you are 3000 meters above sea level and you definitely feel it - walking should be slowly, slowly!
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
As we were approaching Shangri La and its surrounding areas, you could really feel the impact of the high altitude, but as we approached Banyan Tree Ringha I could see that my shortness of breath was worth it! Like a little Tibetan village, the hotel is an amazing retreat set in this beautiful countryside. All the Suites are traditional in style, with many Tibetan influences, and the service is spot on. I felt completely at home in my 2 bedroom Tibetan Lodge, and although it might not be the typical 5* hotel you are used to, it is the perfect way to appreciate Yunnan's unique way of life.
Shanghai, Lijiang, Shangri-La, Guilin, Longii and Hong Kong
from $8800 pp 13 nights
- Enjoy the unique scenery of the Rice Terraces in Longsheng and have a chance to hike surrounded by spectacular views
- Wander through the cobbled streets of Lijiang Old Town and enjoy a hike about the magnificent Jade Dragon Mountain
- A visit to Shangri La isn't complete without a stop at Songzanlin Monastry - the largest Tibetan Buddhist Monastry in Yunnan
Location & directions
Shangri-La, Yunnan, China
Banyan Tree Ringha is located in Jian Tang Town, the heart of Shangri-La in Yunnan, China, perched 3,200 meters above sea level.
How to get there
From Kunming fly into Diqing airport. Banyan Tree Ringha is 45 minutes from Diqing Shangri-La Airport. Alternatively you can drive from Lijiang as part of a longer itinerary.