Songtsam Retreat is positioned next to the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in the Yunnan province. This beautiful and boutique lodge is designed in the traditional Tibetan style, taking inspiration from the stunning region.
At a Glance
You are greeted with warming tea and cookies upon arrival - a welcoming touch when it is chilly outside
Make sure you have enough time to do some hiking to take in the extraordinary scenery and to acquaint yourself with the fascinating local culture
Fabulous rooms with lots of attention to detail, with fresh fruit and tea everyday
Ask for a room with a view of the monastery - it is a rather lovely scene when the sun catches the gold roof
Located just outside the center of Shangri-La with views to Songzanlin Monastery, Songtsam Lodge provides a unique and personal experience in Shangri-La.
All the rooms and suites here are decorated in the traditional Tibetan style with unique design features such as antique furniture and warm Tibetan carpets.
The intimate restaurant serves an array of Western and Tibetan dishes, all presented with charming service. Complemented by large windows you are welcomed with beautiful views over the surrounding town of Shangri-La and the rolling countryside in the distance.
After days exploring the old town of Shangri-La and dramatic landscapes beyond you are welcomed back with relaxing spa treatments and are invited to unwind in the sauna and hammam or with a cup of freshly brewed tea in the pretty garden and courtyard.
There are 75 rooms at Songstam Retreat spread over 24 different buildings and they are split into a number of room types including standard, superior, junior suite, deluxe suite and the larger villas. Each room is decorated in traditional Tibetan style complemented by modern comforts and handpicked antique furniture.
Children are welcomed at Songstam Retreat and there are connecting room options available.
Rates include breakfast which consists of a small buffet of warm and cold dishes to help you start the day feeling energised. The restaurant serves a mixture of Tibetan and Western cuisine and an extensive wine list. The chef can be very flexible with preferences and dietary requirements.
Shangri-la is the capital of the Diqin Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the gateway to the ancient Tibetan kingdom which means there is lots to do. The snow capped mountain peaks, primeval forest and gorgeous lakes are just hankering to be appreciated and there's no better way to do this than embarking on one of several hiking trails. Take along a guide to be shown some hidden gems. You can either, walk, bike or horse ride!
Songstam Retreat also offers daily lectures on subjects such as Buddhism and complimentary yoga in the mornings.
You should also go on a guided visit to the fascinating Songzanlin Monastery, go to the Old Town to learn about local NGO cultural preservation, go on a village walk and have a dinner party with a Tibetan family. The area has a lot to offer culturally so it's best to get stuck in and enrich yourself.
Location & Directions
The lodge is situated right next to the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Monastery in Yunnan province. It is nestled in a typical, self-sufficient Tibetan farming village.
When to go
The best travel period to Ringha is April to October, during the summer months. Winter is cold. There is also a big temperature difference between day and night. If you want to experience the most beautiful scenery, April and May is the best time for you to arrive.