Set along the banks of the
fabled West Lake, the Four Seasons Hang Zhou hotel is a tranquil enclave woven
with ponds, courtyards surrounding picturesque Chinese gardens, willow trees
and mist-covered lagoons. Wake to views of mountain peaks, ancient temples
rising from the greenery or the very waters that have enchanted poets,
explorers and emperors for centuries. Start with a cup of Longjing tea in the
Lobby Lounge before picking up your bicycles and heading out to explore the
city, then come back for a soothing treatment in a chinoiserie-filled Spa,
followed by dinner in one of Jin Sha’s private-dining rooms.
The Lake: The Four Seasons West Lake invites easy access to Hangzhou’s main attraction: West Lake. Aboard a traditional Chinese wooden rowboat, one can admire the sites of temples, pagodas, gardens, and historical structures that have existed for centuries
The Spa: After an eventful day, one can retreat to the Four Seasons Hang Zhou Tranquil Spa and feel completely at ease. From manicures to massages, the options to pamper are endless. As a local specialty, one may indulge in a soothing bath infused with 60,000 Longjing tea leaves through the famous “Longjing Tea Ritual,” meant to restore the body’s equilibrium.
Dining: Meet for a stylish lunch or dinner at an award-winning signature restaurant, where traditional Shanghainese, Cantonese and local favorites fill the menu and 11 private-dining rooms make it easy to celebrate together. From Shanghainese Braised Pork to Tea Smoked Egg topped with caviar, the opportunities to enjoy new flavors are endless. Perhaps, even enjoy a visit from the hotel’s Chief Chef, Wang Yong. With nearly 20 years of culinary experience, Chef Wang is a culinary mogul of Zhejiang and Shanghainese cuisine. Under his leadership, Jin Sha has become the only restaurant in Hangzhou to be awarded the prestigious four-star award by Forbes Travel Guide for two consecutive years.
Tours: Through the Four Seasons Hang Zhou, one may immerse themselves in local culture by boat, limousine, bicycle, and foot. For a more active day, one may take a drive into the picturesque hills south of the city to see the legendary Longjing tea being picked in its namesake village, and then try one’s hand at drying the leaves in a large iron walk. Or, hop aboard one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles and take a customized route to explore West Lake. For a more leisurely experience, one could also take a limousine for a city tour or a visit to Longjing Tea Village, He Fang Street or Lingyin Temple. Or, take a traditional Chinese tea ceremony experience in Hu Yin Tea House.