Luxury China Getaways

By Stuart Lancaster 2018-12-27 15:32:19

Find new destinations - and yourselves

This Chinese New Year there are a plethora of options open to you and your family. Even in Shanghai there is a wonderful array of options on your doorstep and you can avoid the stress of the airport and escape to the spa whilst your child is occupied at a kid’s club. Beyond Shanghai, there are some wonderful hotels in China which are tailored to family bliss.


The Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa is situated on the pristine white sands of China’s premier holiday destination. Yalong Bay Sanya caters for a variety of children’s tastes whether that be through their outstanding kid’s club which is available to children up to the ages of six years old or through a tropical escape from school stresses and city life. They offer beach views so your child can explore the beach and swim in the ocean as well as retreat to the hotel pool and take a late breakfast which are served all through the day until 9pm with the buffet available until 11am.

Yalong Bay is specifically designed by Wilson & Associates to suit the requirements of the expat family. There is not only a range of educational activities available in the kids club but teenagers can also play tennis at all times on the floodlit courts as well as a full range of age apropriate water sports available to the whole family. There is also the option to play golf on the neighboring green at the Yalong Bay Golf Club, one of the finest courses in Asia.


Sanya’s tropical surroundings have much to offer. Whether soaring Buddhist temples or natural lush landscapes. Those searching for excitement might want to try their hand at the wide variety of water sports including scuba diving, rafting, surfing and windsurfing. The Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa is also the venue of choice for events, meetings and conventions and represents a sensible choice if you want to entertain the whole family.

The St. Regis Sanya has tailored their hotel to keeping your children busy. At the St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort the beautiful surroundings offer a lot of opportunities for children to explore. Whether that be catching crabs in the Mangrove forest or unwinding in the beachfront golf course. Where children as young as three can become the Rory Mcllroy of the future.

Children staying with their parents will receive a copy of the booklist in their guestrooms and can easily borrow any of the listed books through the personalized St. Regis Butler Service to access a truly enjoyable reading experience. If children wish to take more books, they can visit the library in the Children’s Club. Furthermore under professional supervision there is a wide range of exciting water sports, paddle boats and snorkeling that children can partake in through the Club and around their expansive family pool.

Families are encouraged to explore the Meditation Plant Garden and find the corresponding plants. You could explore the fishing terrace, or venture along the crystal river that is surrounded by forest. Under the professional supervision, family and guests are taken on a journey into the outdoor lifestyle and away from their city stresses.


Hangzhou is one of China’s seven ancient capitals and has rich history that can be traced back over 2,200 years. Today there is still the remnants of that great history and you can easily be lost in the beauty of a simple walk around the perimeter of the West Lake but there is so much more around the countryside areas as well as the wonderful pagodas that you will surely encounter on your trip.

If you choose to stay centrally then why not explore the JW Marriott Hotel Hangzhou. It has many favorable features for family and the JW Marriott Hangzhou pride themselves upon their family friendly atmosphere. The service is perfect for children and will provide any individual family requirements that their customers ask for. The upgraded family package will include a 1 day stay at JW Deluxe room which will include a daily breakfast (for 2 adults and 1 child under 6 years old), kids welcome goody bag upon arrival and complimentary usage of the fitness center and swimming pool as well as a tent for your child’s enjoyment.

Their central location is ideal for family and it is perfect for some short cultural family escapades to the pagodas outside. After a relaxing day of excursions and exploration then why not retreat and take respite in one of their four restaurants: Asia Bistro, Manho Chinese Restaurant, Manho Club, Cru steak house, with a range of menus and styles, your child will eat healthily and heartily. Or let your kid splash in the child friendly 25 metre pool whilst you escape to the jacuzzi or the 24 hour fitness centre which is equipped with a sauna to warm you up during those winter months. There is also a fantastic Velocity sports bar that offers billiards and darts, the perfect way to round off an eventful day. The executive lounge offers a wonderful vantage of the West Lake views and represents an ideal central location for a family getaway and offers the perfect juxtaposition to Shanghai urban life. 





Wuzhen has lots going for it - just 90-minutes away from Shanghai by car, a classic water town area, and some nice variety. It’s basically a weekend with a little culture, local snacks, canal side walks and with a touch of luxury - we’ll get to that later.


Wuzhen itself is conveniently divided into different districts, each one of them specialising in traditional workshops district, local homes and guesthouses, the traditional culture district, food and beverage district, and shopping.

When you go for a visit, you mainly want to get to the Eastern area - filled with folk performances such as shadow plays, Huagu Opera, martial arts performances on boats, and bamboo pole climbing - while the western area has been rebuilt and renovated, resulting in WeChat-picture-perfect snaps of colonnades, small bridges, balconies, piers and what have you. all you need to do as a family is stroll around and you’ll be greeted with foodie attractions, cultural sights, and of course a canal-boat ride.



The accommodation choice is where the luxury comes in, thanks to the newly finished Alila Wuzhen. Inspired by Wuzhen’s maze of quiet canals and ancient alleyways, Alila Wuzhen is your little oasis - they even have pool villas, wrapped around private courtyards and intertwining waterways. Just an hour and a half from Shanghai, it’s a quaint getaway with something for everyone.

Chongming Island, Shanghai

Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River and the East China Sea, Chongming Island is the world’s largest alluvial river island. Sparsely developed and dotted with organic farms, rural villages, national parks and wetlands, it is a coveted retreat destination for Shanghai urban dwellers seeking fresh air, nature adventures and excellent dining that uses local ingredients. The island is conveniently linked to the mainland by a tunnel and bridge, and is just an hour’s drive from downtown Shanghai.

The Hyatt is the first international upscale hotel on the ecologically rich island of Chongming. As the only resort destination to offer pristine landscapes and nature-based experiences so close to the Shanghai metropolis. “We are committed to exceeding the expectations of our business and leisure guests with great facilities, exciting dining options and innovative events venues,” said Ms. Amane Karazawa, the Hotel Manager of Hyatt Regency Chongming.

The Hyatt Regency has a variety of Kid’s Clubs and the Hotel provides indoor and outdoor playgrounds, which are great for spending time with the children after a busy working week. The hotel celebrates nature with a well-landscaped park, ideal for long walks or cycling. You can also feed goats, geese, swans and see scores of different birds. Hyatt Regency Chongming is also the first Hyatt hotel in China to introduce a pet-friendly programme, with 25 dedicated dog-friendly rooms complete with enclosed outdoor courtyards and special canine comforts.


In Shanghai luxury is right there on your door step. There are a wide range of phenomenal kid’s friendly hotels in Shanghai. The Ritz-Carlton ticks all of these boxes, There are a wide range of kids’ weekend activities, in-room bath amenities, and choice of either in-room tent experience or extra beds. The hotel has a wide range of child friendly Ritz kids’ door hangers, rubber ducks, bracelets, children’s passports and even a printed gift goody bag.

For the parents there are blissful spa options and one of the best vantages in Shanghai from Flair on the 58th floor. The Ritz-Carlton offers fantastic options upon the Pudong side. It is also above a fantastic luxury IFC mall that is host to a number of fantastic restaurants. If you want to go for an outing for the family, the Shanghai aquarium is in the immediate vicinity as well as the obvious vantage of the Shanghai Tower.


Chengdu is famous for its idyllic way of life and delicious Sichuan cuisine. Its slower pace of play lifestyle has also made it a popular destination for family outings. The St. Regis Chengdu, located in the center of Chengdu, continues the St. Regis brand’s classic tradition. At Social, for guests aged 2 to 12, the chef serves up a kids’ menu highlighting flavors favored by young palates. Guests can also experience private family fine dining in the comfort of their rooms. The St. Regis Chengdu provides in-room child care services which offer parents convenience of travel. In addition, the hotel also provides wipes, diapers, cribs, wheelbarrows, baby potties, high chairs and folding beds for families with babies. Furthermore all children have access to age appropriate literature whilst they stay.

Within Chengdu, families can enjoy a colorful day at the wide and narrow alleys, two ancient streets lined with Ming and Qing dynasty architecture. Guests are invited to learn the art of traditional Sichuan opera watching a live Sichuan opera in a teahouse. Meanwhile, for nature lovers, the Chengdu research base of giant panda breeding offers an enchanting opportunity to meet native giant pandas. Families can enjoy a guided English or Chinese tour, and watch an educational video about the endangered species.