Aman at Summer Palace
Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace – the ideal location from which to discover Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, some of which date back over a century and were originally used by guests of the Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi, the resort is only 15km from the Forbidden City. A serene retreat, with peaceful internal courtyards embracing traditional Chinese architecture, the property provides easy access to such cultural landmarks as the Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven and the hutongs, as well as Beijing’s restaurants, art galleries and other contemporary delights.
You can choose from several types of accommodation. Suites surround an internal courtyard crisscrossed by stately pathways separating formal gardens, and are shaded by bamboo and indigenous trees. Aesthetic references draw upon the region and the Imperial period, and furniture and accessories are crafted from traditional materials. Floors are finished in Jin clay tiles polished to a deep luster, and ceilings are mostly open to exposed wooden roof beams and structural columns. Simple, elegant and redolent of the past, rooms and suites also feature traditional wooden screens and bamboo blinds, creating a mysterious sense of peeking through the veil of time to the romance of another era. Suites can also be connected in a number of different combinations to accommodate families or friends travelling together.
Eight Guestrooms feature Hollywood twin beds and Ming Dynasty-styled armoires. Bathrooms feature twin vanities and separate shower and toilet facilities.
Most of the ten Courtyard Guestrooms feature king-size or twin beds and Ming Dynasty-styled armoires. Bathrooms also feature twin vanities and separate shower and toilet facilities.
The eight Suites feature king-size beds, Ming Dynasty-inspired furniture and have a combined bedroom and living areas. All are furnished with daybeds, reading chairs and writing desks. Every suite has its own unique layout and orientation with roomy bathrooms featuring island bathtubs and separate shower and toilet areas.
17 Deluxe Suites also showcase furniture inspired by the Ming Dynasty, and while some have a combined bedroom and living area, others have separate bedrooms. All feature king-size four-poster beds, daybeds, reading chairs and writing desks. Bathrooms are spacious, with twin vanities and free-standing island bathtubs. Adjacent to the bathing area is a dressing room that is furnished with two large Ming-style wardrobes.
There are seven Courtyard Suites which are identical in design to the Suites, but more spacious.
The Imperial Suite comprises three separate pavilions: a private pavilion, a living/study pavilion and a formal pavilion. The private pavilion is the dominant structure within The Imperial Suite and is composed of a living area, a private dining area and a spa treatment room set around an enclosed courtyard. Adjacent to the reception room, which can be used for private meals, is a lounge featuring a series of drum stools, a tah bench and a coffee table. The bathroom includes a bathtub and two separate spaces with a dressing area in between. Each space contains a shower, toilet and dresser. The living/study pavilion is located along the western side of the private courtyard. The formal pavilion is a boardroom-style meeting room with seating for 14 people. This can also be used for private gatherings.
Combined accommodations for families or friends travelling together: family suite (two bedrooms)
Ideal for those travelling with children, the Family Suite combines a spacious Suite (with king-size bed) and a Guestroom (with twin beds). Both rooms have their own en suite bathrooms with twin vanities and separate showers, while the larger Suite features an island bathtub.
deluxe pavilion (two bedrooms)
Situated within the same private south-facing pavilion, the Deluxe Pavilion combines a shared living area with two connecting Deluxe Suites. Each Deluxe Suite has a separate bedroom (with king-size bed) and living room (with daybed), while the en suite bathrooms feature twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet, and an island bathtub.
traditional courtyard (four bedrooms)
The Traditional Courtyard combines a Deluxe Pavilion (two Deluxe Suites with a shared living area) and two Courtyard Guest Rooms, all within the same private garden courtyard. Each Deluxe Suite has a separate bedroom (with king-size bed) and living room (with daybed), while the en suite bathrooms feature twin vanities, a separate shower and toilet, and an island bathtub. Each of the Courtyard Guest Rooms contains a king-size bed and daybed, with twin vanities and a shower in the bathroom.
Beijing, China’s massive capital, has history stretching back 3 millennia. Yet it’s known as much for its modern architecture as its ancient sites such as the grand Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nearby, the massive Tiananmen Square pedestrian plaza is site of Mao Zedong’s mausoleum and the National Museum of China, displaying a vast collection of cultural relics.