Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La Yunnan

Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture

Words: Louise Miller
Photos: Monica Tindall

Where else to stay when in Shangri-la in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture than at the Shangri-La? The town for which the beloved hotel group is named boasts a relatively new addition to its collection: the Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la.

Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la – Welcoming Lobby

Utter serenity pervades the entrance and the lobby area of the Shangri-La Resort. The chain’s signature scent of white tea soothes as soon as you cross the threshold. Huge dark wooden panelled pillars with colourfully carved inlays square off the main entrance beyond which lie no fewer than six separate lounge areas. Stylish Tibetan touches abound: from the enormous yak butter candle and hammered copper chimney that provide the reception’s centrepiece to the stunning inverted pyramid of brass bells suspended above a table of Tibetan artefacts. Attention to detail is astonishing and there is so much to take in.

Every cushion, lamp, shelf and wall space provides yet further opportunities to showcase the beauty and craftsmanship of this culture’s art: intricately carved lacquered wooden panels; open wooden display cases housing teapots and wicker and wooden boxes; stone sculptures in every corner – we are so impressed!

Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La Yunnan

Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La Yunnan
Lobby, Shangri-La Resort

Rooms Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la

The immediate feeling of well-being and relaxation we feel on entry to the room is a testament to its clever design and thoughtful touches. Natural wood, crisp white cotton bed linen and gorgeous Tibetan features characterise the decor. The warm autumnal tones that were seen in abundance in the lobby are reflected here from tapestry cushion covers to the stunning relief fabric artwork above the beds

A powerful shower with the hotel’s mint and cucumber scented products will revive any weary traveller or for those in need of something a little more relaxing, have a soak in a hot bubble bath. Either way, wrap up in a luxurious towelling lined cotton robe afterwards and chill out overlooking the impressive city views from the comfort of your sofa or watching the flat screen from the super cosy duvet covered bed.

For guests with work to do, there’s a great desk area with strategically placed power sockets, a well-stocked mini-bar… everything you might need to enjoy a restful and/or productive stay.

Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La Yunnan
Room, Shangri-La Resort

Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la – Facilities

A plethora of health and relaxation facilities will ensure that you leave the Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la recharged and rejuvenated: The well-equipped gym and huge indoor heated pool will provide ample opportunities for calorie burning should you feel inclined to counteract banquet and yak butter indulgence. If however, this sounds like too much hard work, just skip the physical exertion, head straight to the jacuzzi and chill out afterwards in the stylish relaxation lounge.

The gardens offer further opportunities to relax. Ponds, walkways, stone sculptures and water features create a serene setting in which to walk or sit and take in the clean mountain air.

Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La Yunnan
Fitness Room, Shangri-La Resort
Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la Yunnan
Outdoor Courtyard, Shangri-La Resort
Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La Yunnan
Outdoor Courtyard, Shangri-La Resort
Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la Yunnan
Relaxation Lounge

Breakfast Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la

Our morning repast was one of the highlights of our stay at Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la. The breakfast buffet here is copious and diverse offering absolutely every breakfast dish you could possibly wish for and more. In addition to fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts, cold meats, cheeses, salads, pastries, hot western and oriental dishes there is a local section offering delicious Tibetan dishes such as the toothsome stir-fries featuring yak meat, aubergine, tofu and lotus root.

We were so impressed by both the food and the truly excellent service here and never more so than when, in response to our request for the chef to plate up a typical Tibetan breakfast, we were privileged with our own private yak butter tea making demonstration. Chef mixed the tea and butter in traditional churns before serving with delicious yak milk cheese balls and buckwheat baba (a kind of flatbread of a soft biscuit-like texture). And if all of this weren’t unique and memorable enough, our experience culminated with the chefs’ performance of a Tibetan song.

Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La Yunnan
Dali Beer, Shangri-La Resort
Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la Yunnan
Yak Butter Tea

Location, Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la

The Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-la is situated right in the centre of the city only 15 minutes from the airport and five minutes from the bus station. It’s also within a short walking distance of the quaint old town.

Shangri-La Resort Shangri-La Yunnan
Local Artworks, Shangri-La Resort
Shangri-La Resort Shangri-La Yunnan
Beautiful Potatso National Park

Reasons to stay at Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la: stunning decor with plentiful Tibetan features, comfortable and stylish rooms, excellent service, delicious food.

Shangri-La Resort Shangri-la
1 Chicika Street,
Shangri-la City,
Yunnan Province
[email protected]
(86 887) 899 8998

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  1. Shangri La in Shangri La. I always imagine Shangri La to be somewhere in Tibet.

  2. I love the design and decor of the lobby. Nice and serene place.

    I would like to try that yak butter tea. Wonder how strong the taste.

  3. What a fabulous place and how I wish I could watch the video. One day maybe they will sort out our WiFi speed!! Cheers, Diane

  4. What a welcoming gateway and lobby to this resort!! The walls of glass bring the outside in.

  5. caning jaramillo

    So beautiful place! I love the video of the Yak grazing, by the way!

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