Alila Yangshuo, the second Alila property in China, as bonkers as it may sound, draws inspiration for its paradoxical modern retro appearance from an old sugar mill.
Set amongst picturesque karst mountains, rolling green hills and meandering rivers, Alila Yangshuo paves the way for an exciting journey into the area’s natural and cultural wonders. Once a working sugar mill, Alila Yangshuo comprises 117 rooms, suites and villas combining stylish simplicity with exceptional comfort and convenience. Located in Guilin, one of the world’s most stunning landscapes and overlooking the scenic panorama of the Li River, Alila Yangshuo is a an hour and half drive from Guilin Liangjiang Airport and only a 30-minute car journey from the Yangshuo railway station.
Designed by Dong Gong of Vector Architects with interiors by award winning Ju Bin of Horizontal Space Design, the vision of Alila Yangshuo is to integrate the new with the old. The designers have artfully incorporated elements of the retro 1960’s sugar mill architecture into the common areas of Alila Yangshuo as seen in the hollow wall structure and in the transformation of the original sugarcane dock into a swimming pool.
If you’re still not convinced by the words above as well as the pictures to visit the resort, I know this won’t help either but I’m going to say it anyway: Alila Yangshou was honoured with the Golden-Pillow Award for being one of ‘China’s 10 Best New Hotels in 2017.