Inspired by one of the greatest journeys of all time and the majestic surroundings of the Greater Shangri-La region, LUX* Resorts & Hotels has announced the opening of its second boutique hotel along the LUX* Tea Horse Road circuit, at the core of the sundrenched valley of Benzilan in the Yunnan province.
Located at the centre of what was once a strategic post along the ancient trade route, LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan welcomes luxury travellers making their way to the sacred glaciers of the Meili Snow Mountains to its spacious Tibetan-inspired 30 rooms and suites, the signature Café LUX* and the river view all-day dining restaurant. The mountain retreat offers unparalleled views of the snow-capped peaks of Baima Snow Mountains, surrounded by tranquil Tibetan villages at the shores of the Yangtze River.
Due to its mild altitude ensuring year-round warm temperatures, LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan confidently sets itself as the perfect place to explore the surrounding glaciers on tailor-made hikes, mushroom-picking missions or discovering hidden mountain trails and authentic local experiences with genuine Tibetan hosts. For those in need of more than physical rejuvenation, the LUX* team are on hand to arrange ad-hoc visits to the local monasteries, where private audiences with the resident monks aim to nurture the mind, spirit and body.
Bringing its award-winning "Lighter, Brighter" formula to China, LUX* Resorts & Hotels epitomises the essence of “travel light and experience in depth” by introducing a set of Reasons To Go LUX* exclusively dedicated to LUX* Tea Horse Road. The renowned Mamma Aroma embraces the locale by presenting a Tibetan roseroot-flavored set of amenities; movies are screened under the starry skies of the Snow Mountains or framed by the rolling roofs of ancient towns, and Café LUX* presents a unique selection of Yunnan coffee blends, both in Lijiang and Benzilan. At each property, guests will find a LUX* vintage telephone to call home, free of charge, in the library.
LUX* Tea Horse Road links Benzilan to its sister property in Lijiang with an expertly-designed route that follows the original path of the ancient tea trading route. At the core of the UNESCO-listed ancient town of Lijiang, a journey that starts with a cup of traditional Pu’er tea and continues towards the mountains of Shangri-La promises to unveil some of the most untouched natural wonders of the area. “We are excited to launch LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan” comments Henry Niu, General Manager of LUX* Tea Horse Road; “and we are confident that this property will become the destination retreat of the region.”