For some, the festive season is all about food, family, and celebrations. For others, it is the opportunity to spend some time with themselves. Consider the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat in China for your sojourn this festive season. By Shubhanjana Das

When scouring for places which can help you align your chakras again, don’t just look at the Alps or Irish countryside or the Sicilian beaches. There’s a retreat closer to home that is all things magical, tranquil and encapsulates the smaller joys of life. The Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is located in the Fenglou Village of Gaotian Town in Yangshuo and is one such retreat that has perfected the art of spiritual travel. The property is bang at the edge of the Yangluo River, surrounded by the Karst mountains. Before you even enter the retreat, you’ll be pleasantly taken aback by its astoundingly calm aura.

All the rooms at Yangshuo overlook the riverside, guarded by the towering mountains. Book the Riverside Superior Queen for yourself, and we can vouch for the fact that every day will feel like a spiritual reboot when waking up to such serene views of nature. Each room is furnished with timber framing and bamboo furniture, which impart a rustic, cottage-like vibe, and is also equipped with modern amenities like a minibar, air-conditioning, and safety deposit box.

The staff of Yangshuo Mountain Retreat is praised for arranging everything on the guest’s demand, and that also sometimes means an open-air dinner by the riverside. The garden at Yangshuo is a perfect location for a leisurely stroll at the beginning or the end of the day. Get the water sports facilities on site, play a game of table tennis, go canoeing or hiking, rent a bike to go around the village, or just lay back and enjoy a book while soaking in all the positive vibes – it’s you who dictates how your retreat should be like. We suggest: opt for a massage at the property to relieve the stress from every limb of your body and untangle the knots, one at a time.

Yangshuo Park, Yangshuo Double Beach, Xilang Mountain, and Yangshuo West Street are all within a distance of four km, walkable because of the pleasant weather and the omnipresent views of nature in fulfilling abundance. While the retreat itself has its in-house restaurant and bar which whips up the best of Chinese cuisine with an emphasis on local, fresh ingredients, and even personalised diet menus, you can also explore nearby restaurants, at a meagre distance of four km.

Getting There

The closest airport is the Guilin Liangjiang International Airport at a distance of 68.8 km from Yangshuo, which can be covered by the airport shuttle or private pick-up organised by the hotel itself.

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