With the seasons now turning towards winter, this resort in China’s Guangdong province makes the most of its floral and aqua attractions.

The 840-room Hemingzhou Sakura and Hot Spring Resort is the property developer Zhong Yi’s first hotel venture, and there is every reason to hope it won’t be the last. 

Huanghua Lake, itself, provides the resort with a limpid backdrop, the manicured grounds giving way to a sprawling landscape that features a sweep of sakura varietals, a wetland park teeming with birds, and a long meandering trail to the lake.

Zhong Yi’s first canny move was to locate the resort in a particularly bucolic part of the country that’s known for its therapeutic waters, while staying close to transportation links – Zhujiang New Town is barely 40 minutes away. 

Its second was to tap C.DD’s He Xiao-ping and Li Xing-lin to design one of the room categories. Here, the rooms are essentially austere backdrops, by way of South-east Asian touches, for the Brazilian cedar wood tub in the bathroom and the access to a mineral pool and hot spring waters. The latter is infused with radon, a low-level radioactive chemical element that’s believed to improve physical health and give skin and wellbeing a much needed boost. At Hemingzhou, the idea of a post-spa afterglow may not be such a hyperbole after all.