The southern Chinese province of Yunnan has long been prized for its year-round perfect weather, spectacular landscape of mountains, lakes and greenery, and, thanks to its common border with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, a colourful cultural scene.

The Munwood Lakeside resort cleverly exploits this trifecta of natural bounty by inserting 13 spacious rooms into a lakeside setting framed by lush wetland, willows, and waterfowl. The name – a play on the Chinese phrase ‘man wu’ which means a slower pace of life – reflects the ambitions of the Chongqing-based architects Init Design Office.

Natural light is filtered into public spaces lined with walls of roughly hewn rocks and strips of weathered timber, while high ceilinged rooms lead out onto platforms ringed with pools, terraces and austere landscaping.