Blossom Dreams, Guilin, China

Blossom Dreams, Guilin, China

For literally millennia, Guilin has seduced Chinese poets and artists alike with its uncompromising gorgeous tableau of massive mountains, wooded glens, antique villages and deep river-cut valleys.

Against this backdrop, Blossom Dreams overcomes the overblown Chinoiserie of its moniker with an understated, almost austere space by Shenzhen-based Co-Direction Interior Design. Simple lines dominate, the flourishes confined to internal courtyards bordered by tall bamboo stands, and filigreed timber screens that draw the eye down long white-floored corridors. Each of the 26 rooms – decorated in black brushed stainless steel, marble and white stone – is anchored by floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the mist-cloaked craggy mountain-scape which, for the adventurous, is the perfect cue for a spot of cycling and rock-climbing.

This far north, it’s a little unusual that the kitchen, headed by Song Shaowei, turns out Cantonese fare in the ground floor dining room, though there’s no gainsaying the quality of the marinated goose.