Renowned as a paradise on Earth, there is also something almost other-worldly about Yangshuo. Situated in the southeast of China, the area is characterised by its karst mountains, verdant hills, and broad sweeping Yulong river. Amidst this dramatic scenery is an old sugar mill, built in the 1960s and rescued from demolition by the owners of the Alila hotel group, who had a singular vision for a unique retreat.
Beijing based Vector architects and Shenzhen firm Horizontal Space Design embraced the picturesque setting and the heritage features of the old mill and then complemented these with contemporary furnishings, most of which are Chinese designs. Guest accommodation is situated in new buildings constructed from hollow concrete blocks and board formed raw concrete to complement the oddly romantic old mill complex.
Guest rooms are largely housed in the newly built wing. Every one has a private terrace opening out to the dramatic surrounding landscape. A remarkable vista can be enjoyed at the sunken pool and restaurant too.