It sits on Kunming lake, and has its own back door into the gardens of the Summer Palace, a great coup which allows guests to beat the hordes by visiting at dawn and dusk. On the downside, that means it’s a long drive from the city centre.
Address: 1 Gongmenqian Street, Summer Palace, Beijing, PRC 100091, China.
Style & character
The hotel is a series of stunningly beautiful and tranquil courtyards which are elegant both inside and out. Some of the pavilions were originally used by palace guests waiting to be presented to the Dowager Empress Cixi.
Service & facilities
Guests who have stayed at other Aman resorts will be used to the high standards of service. There’s a private cinema and the excellent guides can arrange tours of the city.
- Fitness centre
- Room service
Wellness Experiences, Beijing
Spread across two subterranean levels, the 5,000-square-metre spa is a sanctuary for body and mind. In the nine double treatment rooms, therapies that draw on Imperial traditions range from massages and scrubs to moxibustion and acupuncture. A Pilates and yoga studio is naturally lit with skylights, and the facilities also include a 25-metre pool, large gym and two squash courts. Separate male and female changing areas incorporate steam and sauna rooms, hot Jacuzzi and cold plunge pools.
Private dinners, sunset strolls within the Summer Palace grounds once visitors have departed, movie nights for two in a private cinema and couple treatments in the spa are just some of the treats in store at Aman Summer Palace.
Aman Summer Palace is housed in graceful pavilions around peaceful courtyards with gardens and tranquil ponds. Ceremonies, whether intimate or grand, can be held indoors or out in a location that resonates with the bridal couple.
All the rooms are large, with high ceilings and excellent bathrooms. Traditional Chinese style throughout, with screens and lanterns.
Rooms and Suites surround serene garden courtyards crisscrossed by stately pathways. Established indigenous trees cast delicate shadows through bamboo blinds and into the lofty-ceilinged Suites. Polished to a deep lustre, floors are finished in Jin clay tiles, while ceilings show exposed wooden roof beams. Bathrooms are generously proportioned with free-standing island bathtubs
Food & drink
Imperial Chinese fare is on offer at the traditional restaurant, as well as excellent Cantonese food. Then there is a Western grill and a French/Japanese fusion restaurant, which does kaiseki set meals.
Spread across the heritage-imbued grounds of Aman Summer Palace, the restaurants serve cuisine from across the continent and globe: the Ming Dynasty-inspired Chinese Restaurant features Cantonese cuisine as well as Imperial dishes; the Japanese Restaurant’s set menus offer French-Japanese fusion; and the Grill is home to prime cuts of meat cooked with western techniques. Meals can also be arranged in private dining rooms.
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