Kayumanis Nanjing, Nanjing $$$$
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
This Balinese-managed property brings the best of that tropical haven to the new China. High concrete walls between villas ensure maximum privacy at the eight-acre minimalist-design retreat outside Nanjing, 90 minutes by the new high-speed train from Shanghai. In each of the 21 villas, a four-poster bed, sleek dark-wood furniture, and neutral fabrics imported from Bali fill the generously proportioned living spaces; each also has a private pool and a hot-spring mineral bath. The attentive butlers can arrange excursions to the canals of Suzhou or treks through nearby tea plantations, and on-site Chinese calligraphy, yoga, and cooking classes are also offered. In the pond-facing restaurant, the excellent chef prepares homemade breads and pastries as well as Chinese cuisine incorporating vegetables grown on the area's verdant farmland.2008 Hot List
When to go: From September through November, days are sunny and comfortably warm.
Which room to book: All villas are sumptuously appointed, their decor ranging from Balinese to Tibetan.Subscribe now to Condé Nast Traveler for just $1 an issue! ›