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Limestone karsts towering beside the Li River


Village-style Banyan Tree Resort


Water garden


Arriving at Banyan Tree


The view from the front door


Terrace bar leading up to roof-top lounge


Rooftop lounge


Mountain View Suite


Garden View Suite


One Bedroom Riverside Villa

Banyan Tree Yangshuo, China

A wonderful base from which to explore Yangshuo, after cruising down the Li River from Guilin

Suites from around £200 per night on bed and breakfast basis. Flights, transfers and tailor-made itineraries available on request.

Banyan Tree is styled as a picturesque river town, providing understated luxury in a spectacular setting. Set amid beautiful karst scenery on the banks of the famous Li River against a backdrop of emerald-green rice fields, misty mountains, babbling rivers and secret caves, the elegant villas and suites are the definition of tranquillity. The perfect base from which to explore the region at the end (or start point) of an awe inspiring 80km Li River cruise between Guilin and Yangshuo. 


Choose from a Garden Villa, Riverside Villa, Mountain View Suite or Riverview Suite. All have elegant oriental styling with dark woods and splashes of natural colour that are offset by classic Chinese furnishings, ink-washed paintings and marble mosaics. And all have stunning panoramas of the Karst Mountains and surrounding lakes from private balconies or terraces.

Activities & Experiences

The area of Yangshuo is surrounded by stunning scenery and there's lots to enjoy and explore. The Banyan Tree has its own luxury river cruise available for guests to be taken straight from the hotel's pier. On top of this, they offer plenty of personalised experiences from discovering local villages (such as Fuli Old Town and the Mazu Temple), kayaking along the Li River, mountain trekking, and uncovering beautiful contemporary Chinese art. There are also daily excursions to the Karst Cave and the opportunity to take an art painting class. 

Facilities & Services

After a busy day of activities, the Banyan Tree Spa provides some much-needed relaxation with restorative treatments that will soothe both body and soul. Set amid beautiful surroundings, the spa offers time-honoured Asian healing therapies, combining an exotic blend of ancient health and beauty practices using pure essential oils made from natural ingredients that have been passed down through the generations. There's also a well equipped fitness room, yoga studio and wonderful swimming pool beside the river. 

There are two restaurants offering a wonderful choice of Guangxi and Canon recipes alongside international favourites. Ming Yue restaurant serves a mix of light bites and delicious local specialties throughout the day whilst Baiyuan provides beautifully crafted Guangxi and Canton recipes really highlighting the incredible flavours of the province.

Weather & Seasons

The best time to visit the region is from October to December. March to May is also a good time to visit, but expect occasional showers. January and February is generally damp and drizzly, whilst in June to September is it hot and humid with possible heavy rains.

Getting Here

The nearest airport is Guilin Liang Jiang International about 110km away. Flying time from Hong Kong to Guilin is approx. 90 minutes, from Shanghai it's 2 hours 40 minutes and from Xi'an it's 2 hours. We recommend the half day cruise down the Li River from Guilin in order to reach Banyan Tree Yangshuo. Alternatively, the resort is approximately 1.5 hours by car from the airport.

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Time to Get in Touch?

Please call us on 0203 019 3722 or simply send us an email outlining your requirements.

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