Fuchun Resort Hangzhou
This Jaya Ibrahim designed beauty was conceptualised as a grand retreat cloistered by hectares of tea terraces and imbued with views right out of a Shanshui painting.
There is an aptly named Asian Restaurant that serves Chinese, Taiwanese as well as Thai classics for lunch and dinner. Hulangju is the other casual diner with breathtaking views of the tea terraces across the lake. The Fuchun Spa is indeed a heavenly space with full hydro and sauna facilities as well as a palatially decorated 'waveless' pool that echoes imperial tastes. The lavish spa treatments here are quite simply divine.
From the friendly cleaning lady who dress the room to the restaurant manager who showed us to our table, staff here are obviously used to handling guests with grand expectations and discharge their duties with warmth and efficiency.
From the rustic beauty of the location to the impressive interiors that connects a modern vision with a bygone epoch, this is a design landmark of Hangzhou well worth a visit and stay. We find some of the rooms a tad small, with the bathroom especially narrow. However, the courtyard villas are humongous and gorgeous abodes raised with uncommon dedication towards restful living.