Best of the Best 2011: Spas: The Aman Spa at Amanfayun
Treatments at the Aman Spa at Amanfayun, in China’s lake district of Hangzhou, begin at the Reception House—a building that once served as a dormitory for plantation workers in the ancient village of Fayun. In January 2010, Amanresorts completed its transformation of the village into a serene retreat, which is nestled amid 35 acres of tea fields and surrounded by ancient Buddhist sanctuaries.
Singapore-based Amanresorts is no stranger to historic renovations, having converted many notable properties—including royal residences in Montenegro and Cambodia and a French colonial hospital in Laos—into tip-top hospitality ventures. To create Amanfayun, the company faithfully restored the exteriors of Fayun’s original brick-and-timber structures and turned their interiors into 42 luxurious villa suites, various restaurants, and the sprawling five-house Aman Spa, which looks out to the tea fields.
Before their treatments, visitors consult with a spa specialist over a cup of Aman’s Eight Treasures tea (a blend that includes chrysanthemum, ginseng, and lotus berry), which is purported to promote muscle strength and a healthy, youthful complexion. In the Treatment House, each of the spa’s six therapy rooms features a circular Japanese-style wooden soaking tub, a steam shower, and a private lounging area.
Amanfayun bases its therapies on ancient Chinese wellness practices, with an emphasis on Fayun’s surroundings. Treatments might feature warm bamboo reeds and satchels filled with local herbs, and incorporate acupuncture, reflexology, and other traditional techniques. The two-and-a-half-hour Spring treatment utilizes Hangzhou’s famous Longjing tea leaves in a foot scrub, aromatherapy massage, and body wrap, and is followed by a Chinese-medicine-based facial.
Spa-goers can prolong the euphoric aftereffects of their treatments in the spa complex’s bathhouse building, heated pool, reflexology room, juice bar, fitness center, and meditation pavilion. For those guests in search of further enlightenment—and perhaps a taste of Fayun’s past—Aman Spa can also arrange chanting sessions with Buddhist monks at Hangzhou’s Lingyin temple.
The Aman Spa at Amanfayun, +86.571.8732.9999, www.amanresorts.com