The family run Yangshuo Riverside Retreat is a gorgeous boutique hotel hidden away close to the shores of the immensely beautiful River Li in the town of Yangshuo. Yangshuo is a stunning tiny town located in China’s southwestern Guangxi province. The town itself is surrounded by lush green fields, villages, and sleepy hills that often look like the outline of animals, or other wonderful creatures. Yangshuo is a heaven for hikers, and rock climbers from all around the world. As China’s economy continues to grow, and as Chinese people become richer, Yangshuo, and the surrounding villages are increasingly being seen as the luxury places to escape to for holidays for those who work in the big cities. The tourism business in Yangshuo has become so successful that its paved way for even local village families to allow western investors to renovate their village homes into bed & breakfast retreats.
All of the 16 rooms at the Yangshuo Riverside Retreat are generously spacious, and well proportioned to allow guests to enjoy their luxurious time while being treated to some of the most amazing views around. The rooms come complete with a private balcony from where you can enjoy stunning views, a double bed, air conditioning, clean bottled water, hot water shower, western style toilets, television, mosquito, and a catering service. On the note of the nets: though they may a nuisance sometimes, but overall mosquitoes are not a major problem in Yangshuo, and the area is not a malaria risk area.
The natural height of the land allows each guest to enjoy panoramic views across the town and beyond. The retreat is located only a 5-minute walk to the River Li from where you can catch a bamboo boat to cross the river to the centre of Yangshuo, or you can choose to walk to the bus stop located around a 5 minute walk. As you walk from the retreat to the river or the bus stop it’s most likely that you’ll come across traditional Chinese village homes (or huts in some cases), and even a variety of animals.
You cannot get any closer to nature than being at the Yangshuo Riverside Retreat. The retreat is surrounded by lush greenery, huge hills, and of course nature. Chickens, cows, pigs, roosters, and even peacocks can be seen openly wandering around and enjoying the views just as much as you would do. Nevertheless, don’t be afraid as they won’t come anywhere near the retreat as the animals are taken care of by the local villagers.
Even though the Yangshuo Riverside Retreat is located only around 10 minutes from the town centre, it is nevertheless a million away from the hustle & bustle of the crowds. The facilities are second to none, and having seen the surrounding area you would be amazed that the retreat has that ‘Wow!’ factor. There is a lovely outdoor swimming pool from where you can get close to nature and watch the sunset or sunrise as you swim, or relax on the poolside and take a sip of your favourite cocktail. In the summer, the retreat is able to host barbeque parties with its poolside barbeque veranda complete with a beach style bar.
The family friendly hotel’s exterior is itself a heaven for the senses just as the interior is. Guests can have their breakfast, lunch or dinner while sitting on the outdoor patio that provides breathtaking views across to the dreamy hills and the sleepy surroundings. If you want to just get away from it all and escape to the real countryside while having the luxury of a comfortable five star accommodation than the Yangshuo Riverside Retreat is for you. The retreat promises en enchanting and memorable stay for discerning travellers. In the reception area there are a lovingly selection of pieces of Chinese classic art. Fashionable coloured cushions, tasteful paintings, and photos of Yangshuo in years gone by are displayed on the walls throughout the hotel. Guests should bear in mind that the Riverside Retreat is a luxury boutique hotel, and because it is run so well and managed by a family, therefore the service is even more personal. It’s meant to be your home away from home...and a home that lets you get close to nature. In a remote, yet beautiful place, it is not easy to find a 5 star quality hotel (in days gone by there was no need for that as people just stayed in a simple bed & breakfast). The Yangshuo Riverside Retreat balances that gap between an internationally renowned 5 star quality hotel and an excellent service offered in Yangshuo.
The romantic sunsets and sunrises are to die for because the views are just magical- like something out of a paradise novel. However, as the saying goes in Yangshuo and the rest of the surrounding area, the views are more beautiful and amorous when it rains, because the mist and the low-rise cloud create a dreamy look among the sleepy hills. The whole setting looks just like a Chinese painting. That’s the magic of staying at the Yangshuo Riverside Retreat because it makes one feel as if they are in a unique magical place. It fits in well with the perfect rhythm of a stay in Yangshuo, which is to go hiking, cycling in the villages, or rock climbing during the day. Then have a good meal and drink at a restaurant at West Street, such as Cloud 9 or Seventh Heaven, while absorbing the atmosphere of China’s perfect hideaway town. Finally return to the Yangshuo Riverside Retreat and admire the spectacular view from your balcony before retiring for the night. In fact, it’s the perfect way to enjoy your honeymoon, or a wedding anniversary. It doesn’t get any better than this.
7/11/2011 09:00:24 am
Love what you posted here. How does one to get to Yangshuo? Is it easy to get to? Stunning photos as ever, Navjot.
7/11/2011 09:01:10 am
This is great. I like the first photo (of the dreamy mountains).
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