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Hong Po Village, Jian Tang Town, Shangri-La, Diqing, Yunnan, PR China 674400
  • We tried the massages in the spa villa and was not disappointed by the Thai masseur there
  • We enjoyed our stay here, much more than Lijiang, for the staff are warmer and caring

    • by Vchong

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      Banyan Tree is a resort chain renowned for its luxurious suites situated in remote areas.

      In April 2009, we stayed at Banyan Tree Lijiang before travelling 4 hours to Shangri-La in the north to Banyan Tree Ringha, a village 40 minutes away from Diqing town and airport.

      The resort opened in 2005. From afar, the resort looks exactly like any Tibetan village, situated in a meadow with goats, yaks and pigs grazing around. It’s no wonder, for the villas in the resort were purchased from the villagers, taken apart and rebuilt. A walk around the nearby neighbourhood testifies this, as most houses in the village spotted new timber, and some were in the process of being built.

      Our villa, like any normal Tibetan house, has the living room and bedroom on the second level. The first level, usually used to house the farm animals, was instead our huge luxurious bathroom. We were upgraded to a larger spa suite, which meant an extra spa room with two massage bed in the first level. This could also

      serve as an extra bedroom for older guests, who may find climbing up and down the wooden staircase an inconvenience.

      Comparison between the Lijiang resort and the Ringha resort is inevitable, as most guests would adjourn from one to the other, like what we did. Lijiang had a modern and stylish touch, while Ringha had the rustic rural feel. Guests can expect the same aroma therapy touch at Ringha (although minus the spa music, which you have to turn on yourself with the CD player provided)and little gifts by the bedside, courtesy of your US$2 per day contribution to the hotel’s Green Imperative Funds.

      We were greeted warmly by the General Manager, Herman, Front desk manager, Erlia, and a few other staff as soon as our jeep drove in. They had spotted our vehicle coming from the telescope in the balcony of the main villa, a similarly constructed Tibetan house. The Tibetan white silk scarves called Daka were drapped around our necks, and we were urshered into the lobby, served warm ginger tea and cookies ...

      • while doing the check in.

        Situated atop a small hill and surrounded by meadows and farmlands, framed by distant mountain ranges, the view at the resort was magnificient.

        Restaurants and bar were located in another villa. The food was reasonable priced and a variety of international fares could be found in the menu.

        We tried the massages in the spa villa and was not disappointed by the Thai masseur there.

        Living in a Tibetan house was at first exotic, but it could get tiring climbing up and down the stairs, especially in the high altitide. For that matter, the hotel had thoughtfully supplied oxygen cans and bottled water can be found scattered in the pantry, bedside tables and bathroom. We were repeatedly advised by the staff to take things slow, and to drink more water.

        The villa has heavy velvet drapes hanging on all the doorways to keep out the cold, and a black curtain which can be drawn to separate the bed from the living quarters. It had felt exotic at first but eerie in the

        middle of the night when one had to visit the toilet downstairs.

        Even though it is spring, the temperature was a chilling 5deg C at night. Heaters are provided throughout the villa, and the heater on our bed was turned on thoughtfully by the turn-in service nightly. The shower cubicle also served as a steam room. Here, the water pressure is just right and the rain shower was heavenly when used together with the steamer.

        We enjoyed our stay here, much more than Lijiang, for the staff are warmer and caring. Everytime you leave the resort for an excursion, you would be reminded to dress warmly, take things slow and drink water, not unlike a mother’s nag at home. In the lobby, guests are always asked if they would like a cup of ginger tea.

        Let’s hope that the same hospitality remains after Herman and Erlia leave when their contracts end in May and June 2009 respectively. For living in a Tibetan village would not be quite the same without the Tibetan hospitality we had enjoyed.

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