InterContinental Hotels Group has opened the Crowne Plaza Resort Xishuangbanna, the company’s first Crowne Plaza Resort in China.
Set among the tropical rainforests of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province, straddling the Lancang River on the border with Myanmar and Laos, the 520-room hotel is one of the first five-star resorts in China’s southernmost region, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Taking the theme of a Dai Palace and inspired by the surrounding architecture that is steeped in the history of the Dai culture, Crowne Plaza Resort Xishuangbanna sits at the edge of the picturesque town of Jinghong.
The rooms feature large balconies with views of the resort’s extensive tropical gardens. A range of different room types and suites include 80 square meter king rooms, two-room King-bedded suites, Club accommodation, two 470 square meter Royal suites and several 1,600 square meter Presidential Villas. The Club wings have their own individual arrival areas, outdoor private pool and lounge facilities for guests looking for something more exclusive and private.
Spread throughout the resort are six F&B outlets, including the Man Lin Chinese Restaurant with its own private courtyard and eight private dining rooms, the Padma Dai barbecue serving up local Yunnan classics, a water-surrounded lobby lounge, “S Bar” featuring local entertainment each evening, the authentic Lotus Thai eatery, and Noo Sam all-day dining restaurant serving Pan-Asian and Mediterranean cuisine.
The vast resort facilities include a huge 2,000 square meter fitness and leisure centre, a heated indoor pool and the landscaped outdoor resort pool that flows through the resort. Tennis courts, outdoor exercise areas and private shade retreats are scattered around the gardens. A kids club is free for families to use, and the hotel’s resort centre offers day trip arrangements to the likes of the surrounding Single-Tree Forest and Wild Elephant Valley.
In keeping with the Dai palace theme the hotel has its own functioning temple for guests to view or have a spiritual moment in idyllic calming surroundings.
The hotel also boasts extensive meeting facilities of over 5,000 square meters in total, with 3 ballrooms and 16 meeting rooms.