China is not the first destination that comes to mind for a luxury getaway, but the newly opened Imperial Springs Resort is out to change that.
Located in the foothills of the scenic Conghua Phoenix Mountains, in the heart of the prime hot spring valley in Guangdong, the five-star property spreads out over 2.8 million square metres – an area larger than Monaco. An impressive range of facilities and amenities occupy that space, including:
- 90 suites with access to a private swimming pool
- 37 courtyard villas with a private pool, Jacuzzi and hot springs access
- 24-hour butler service for all guests
- Phoenix Mansion, the presidential villa, and its 28 guest rooms
- The Kingold Museum, which houses over 20,000 priceless Chinese artifacts
- The Imperial Spa with Chinese, Thai and Turkish treatments
- A 27-hole championship golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie
- A choice of six restaurants serving cuisine from around the world
Imperial Springs was initially designed to be an exclusive private members club. It opened as such in 2012, at a cost of £400 million (AU$821 million, US$581 million). Several years later, in 2015, the decision was made to open the exquisite retreat to all guests.
If you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to be a Chinese emperor, this is as good as it gets.