The first Six Senses resort in China opened in August 2015 in a picturesque but little-known spot called Qing Cheng mountains.
Why Qing Cheng?
One reason is there’s a UNESCO World Heritage site near the resort.
The Dujiangyan irrigation system dates back to the 3rd century B.C. and is a system that enables the Minjiang River to irrigate farmland of the Chengdu plains.
Mount Qingcheng was where Taoism was born and the region has an impressive collection of ancient temples.
I don’t like temples. What else is there to do?
Visit the Giant Pandas and explore the start of the Silk Road. The region is a tranquil mountainous destination in China waiting to be discovered. If you’re planning on stopping in Beijing on your way through here is more information on what to do in Beijing.
What about the rooms at Six Senses?
If you’re a luxury traveller who shuns massive hotels, Six Senses might be a good choice for you. Six Senses Qing Cheng has 113 guest rooms, ranging from semi-detached suites in duplex villas. Suites and villas have balconies, verandas, courtyards, gardens or private plunge pools.
The decor is east meets west, with antique Chinese furnishings combined with the latest smartphone apps controlling air conditioning and lighting.
Travelling with friends and family? What about a two-bedroom villa? Courtyard villas are spacious and have living rooms with connecting bedrooms.
What about the spa?
Of course, there’s a Six Senses Spa where you can pamper yourself with locally-inspired treatments.
On the menu are Taoism-inspired wellness therapies and rituals, such as Chinese reflexology and Ba Guan Cupping.
The latter is an ancient Chinese healing using heated cups to create a vacuum on the skin. It’s a treatment that improves circulation and is apparently good for stiff joints and muscular pain.