WEI Retreat Debuts With Chinese Property, Plans Global Expansion

New Chinese luxury resort operator WEI Retreat has launched formally with the opening of its debut property, the WEI Retreat Tianmu Lake, promising a new brand of classical boutique luxury resorts centered around a concept based on personal warmth, the tranquility of Zen Buddhism and Chinese cultural heritage. 


Located in Liyang and 2.5 hours from Shanghai, WEI Retreat Tianmu Lake is set in a 300-square kilometre nature reserve on the shores of Tianmu Lake. Comprised of a cluster of traditional Chinese buildings, the property is surrounded by bamboo forests and gently sloping mountains.


With just 35 elegant guestrooms and suites ranging in size from 47 to 230 square meters, guests are assured of exclusivity and attentive service. The accommodations all feature breathtaking lake or mountains views through floor-to-ceiling windows and are designed with a elegant, yet quintessentially Asian style. Each is sumptuously furnished with fine bedding, a spa-inspired bathroom and the latest in-room technology.


Like the other elements at the resort, the dining offerings blend the contemporary with tradition, in a serene setting overlooking the lake. Chinese restaurant Yu Wei Xuan specialises in delicate Huaiyang cuisine prepared using local farm produce, while all-day western restaurant Taste showcases prime cuts of high-quality Australian grass- and grain-fed beef. Situated in the resort lobby, the Tianmu Lounge is an ideal venue to enjoy afternoon tea and tapas, or specialty cocktails influenced by Chinese herbs and tea from nearby plantations.


Underlining the resort’s focus on spirituality and wellbeing, WEI Retreat Tianmu Lake is unique in having a Meditation & Tea Room complementing the Five Elements Spa, which offers treatments and remedies in consideration of ancient China’s 5 elements – metal, wood, water, fire and earth. An outdoor swimming pool, full year-equipped gymnasium and open deck looking out onto the lake (ideal for yoga or tai chi classes) are also available to guests, together with intimate function spaces for private meetings and gatherings.


Although in its infancy, WEI Retreat is currently looking to expand within and beyond China with hand-picked, inspirational locations in North America and Europe. The company has identified Beijing, the Maldives, New York and Tbilisi for future developments to grow its portfolio.


For more information, visit www.weiretreat.com.

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