Alila’s New Chinese Resort Spa Takes Wellness to New Heights

Photo by Alila Yangshuo

Alila Hotels and Resorts has opened its second property in China—Alila Yangshuo—in a former working sugar mill. Designed by Dong Gong of Vector Architects with interiors by Ju Bin of Horizontal Space Design, the 117-room property is a mix of modern and retro design (the original sugarcane dock is now a swimming pool), and among its many amenities is Spa Alila. The subterranean five-treatment-room spa is accessible via a modern spiral entryway, and the walls and floors are made from underground volcanic rocks unearthed during construction, which produced the jeweled hues in the cave-like interiors. Guests can enjoy a range of treatments either within the spa or outdoors in the Villa garden. Beyond the spa, wellness-minded guests can take advantage of the fully equipped gym, which features a cardio theater, a separate weights area, Power Plates, and a Kinesis wall as well as adventurous excursions like rock climbing among the region’s dramatic karst landscape.

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