Nestled in a valley on the fringe of Hangzhou (45 minutes by fast train from Shanghai), Amanfayun is a unique place for peace and contemplation.

The 42 original dwellings have been converted into luxury suites with elm furniture, lattice screens and intricate rice-paper lanterns.

A stone pedestrian path, the Fayun Pathway, runs through the resort, connecting it with three excellent restaurants and the Aman Spa. Book the signature Bamboo Massage for two, then soak in one of the wooden tubs.

Wow factor: Don't miss the homemade dumplings at The Steam House on the Fayun Pathway.

Go: Village Rooms from £450 ( British Airways ( flies to Shanghai from £714 return.