The Aman at Summer Palace

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  • Aman at Summer Palace Hotel Beijing
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Less than 10 miles from the centre of the city, Aman's first urban resort sits on the edge of the Summer Palace, a palatial retreat conceived as a sort of Chinese Versailles. Its expansive park (accessible to guests through their own gate in the palace wall) is filled with temples and pavilions almost indistinguishable from the pagoda-roofed structures of the hotel that abuts them.

With their colourful lintels and walls of grey brick and red wood, the hotel's exteriors could be centuries old. Inside, however, the 52 rooms and suites are comfortably furnished in a modern interpretation of Ming. The floor tiles are exactly like those in the Forbidden City, as are the fretwork screens and the embroidered silk cushions.

There are four restaurants, a modern (subterranean) 5,000 m2 spa with nine treatment rooms, a Pilates studio and a 25 metres swimming pool.

Elsewhere, it's as though a time machine has whisked you back to Imperial China. In the music pavilion, a musician in embroidered robes draws a bow deftly across the strings of the violin-like erhu or plucks at a zither-like guzheng. In the library, which doubles as an artist's studio, a highly skilled calligrapher or paper-cutter works at the central table. And with seven staff to each room, the service levels are evocative of a bygone era too.

✅Free Wi-Fi
• 51 rooms, including 33 suites

✅Free parking on-site

• nearest metro station: 10-minute walk
• Beijing International Airport: 1-hour drive

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