Try to get up early to watch the sunrise - an image that will stay with you forever
Has arguably the best view out of all the Songtsam lodges
Located in a remote village, nestled amongst traditional houses so you can really get to know the local culture
Delicious food, attentive staff, comfortable rooms and a serene setting - perfect
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.
Songtsam Meili sits at 3,600m and overlooks the majestic Meili Mountain Range in China's Yunnan region; most rooms have a stunning view. Breakfasts are set in the small book bar for the view of the sunrise on the snowy peaks right outside the window.
Songtsam Meili is one of five Songtsam lodges which can be combined with each other to create a circuit trip in the area. The Three Parallel Rivers Area of Yunnan encircles the magnificent land bordered by the mighty Yangtze, Mekong and Salween. The snow capped peaks, glaciated gorges and terraced fields are known by the locals and those who discover it as a 'Shangri-la'. By incorporating stays at different Songtsam Lodges you can really get into the heart of the area and each lodges provides a unique experience to help you capture the magic of the land.
The Meili snow range is a sub range of the Hengduan Mountains, marking the boundary between Tibet and Yunnan province. The glaciated peaks are gloriously illuminated at sunrise and sunset and from the third floor of the hotel, when it is clear, you can witness this magical setting.
Songstam Meili has a wonderful overlook of the Meili Mountain Range, arguably the best views of all the Songtsam Lodges. It is a 6-hour drive from Shangri-la airport and combines nicely with stays at Benzilan and Shangri-la Lodges. As you enter the hotel into the lobby you get an immediate welcoming feel with the beautiful and intimate décor, wooden floors and rich Tibetan style. The harmonious feel continues throughout the lodge.
Songtsam Meili has 17 guest rooms which are furnished with large comfortable beds, sofas and wooden flooring creating a welcoming atmosphere. Request a room with a fireplace for extra cosiness on those colder nights. There is just one room type but two differing views - mountain view or Tibetan farm landscape.
The rate is inclusive of all meals to include afternoon tea and soft drinks. Lunch and dinner are served in the second level restaurant whilst breakfast and high tea are served at the third level reading room. A packed lunch can also be provided if you are going to be out and about during the day. The chef can adapt the dishes to your preferences and dietary requirements so if you are not so keen on the super spicy food he will tailor it to your taste buds. The cuisine served is magnificently presented and deliciously fresh and flavoursome, many ingredients sourced from their own garden.
The dramatic scenery provides ample opportunity for some inspiring hikes, cycling and horseriding, local guides can take you to explore some hidden gems and share their knowledge of the ways of the mountains. Closer to home you can acquaint yourself with the local culture by spending some time with families, attending a prayer ceremony or getting involved in a night of Tibetan dancing and a bonfire party.
Enjoy a scenic drive from Lijiang to Shangri-La with beautiful cultural stops along the way including the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Songstam Meili is located at 3,600 metres and overlooks the Meili Mountain Range. The nearest town is Dechin which is 30 minutes away by car. There are just five families who inhabit the village where Meili is located.
6-hour road transfer from Shangri-la airport.
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