Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace – the ideal location from which to discover Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, some of which date back over a century and were originally used by guests of the Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi, the resort is only 15km from the Forbidden City. A serene retreat, with peaceful internal courtyards embracing traditional Chinese architecture, the property provides easy access to such cultural landmarks as the Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven and the hutongs, as well as Beijing’s restaurants, art galleries and other contemporary delights.
Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing is approximately 35 kilometres from the airport. Transfers are available between the resort and the airport on arrival and departure, and the journey takes around 45 minutes each way.
SUITES & ROOMS
Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing offers several types of accommodation. Suites surround an internal courtyard crisscrossed by stately pathways separating formal gardens, and are shaded by bamboo and indigenous trees. Aesthetic references draw upon the region and the Imperial period, and furniture and accessories are crafted from traditional materials. Floors are finished in Jin clay tiles polished to a deep lustre, and ceilings are mostly open to exposed wooden roof beams and structural columns. Simple, elegant and redolent of the past, rooms and suites also feature traditional wooden screens and bamboo blinds, creating a mysterious sense of peeking through the veil of time to the romance of another era.
Spend the day at The Spa featuring a tranquil reception, nine self-contained double treatment rooms, a kimrobinson hair studio and a dedicated Pilates and yoga studio which is naturally lit through an extensive panel of skylights. Other facilities include a 25 metre indoor lap pool, a 300-square metre sky-lit Gym with Technogym equipment (including Kinesis), two squash courts and a juice bar serving healthy fruit and vegetable drinks. Fitness consultants are on hand to offer personal training and squash partners at all times. Dine at The Chinese Restaurant which consists of nine different rooms including three large rooms and six intimate spaces for private dining. Peking duck and several imperial dishes are served, along with traditional Cantonese cuisine for lunch and dinner. Kids can enjoy the cinema featuring 37 reclining leather seats and a 21-square metre screen which can be used for movies, television broadcasts and business presentations.