Blossom Dreams hotel - Guilin, China
Against a backdrop of massive mountains and deep river-cut valleys, 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.
No 72 Xinglong Village
- 86.773 877 9996
- From RMB559