Possibly one of the most wonderfully secluded hideaways the world over, the Banyan Tree Ringha situated high in the Himalayas offers an experience that will leave you inspired and ready to tackle the diverse surrounding highlands. The collection of 32 lodges and suites are the height of luxury and comfort whilst still retaining that rustic feel of traditional Tibetan architecture. Why not kick start your trip with the in-house spa’s signature treatment ‘Ringha relief’ which is designed to help energy flow through the body? Trust us, it’s won awards.
Being 3200 metres above sea level and nestled in the Shangri-La highlands, one of first things that will strike you is the feeling of space – and there’s lots of it. Diqing Airport is just a 45 minute drive to the resort or alternatively the hotel can be reached by minibus as part of an onward journey from Lijiang. With a dizzying array of activities such as vast lakes, skiing and numerous stunning hikes and treks on your doorstep there is never a dull moment at the Banyan Tree Ringha.
Whether you opt for a suite or a lodge, you will not be disappointed. Rich Tibetan décor, sumptuous beds and a wooden balcony overlooking the beauty of the Tibetan highlands make the accommodation here more than comfortable. We loved the huge handcrafted wooden bath tubs, perfect to relax in after a long day’s trek or for that extra opulent touch each of the spa suites feature their own couple’s treatment room – bliss. There is something for everyone here and the Ringha lodge and Tibetan lodge are both 2-bedroom farmhouses, bursting with character and perfect if you are travelling as a family.
Why we like it?
The setting here is truly ethereal and the resort is the ideal base to explore this spectacularly untouched corner of northern China. We loved the wonderfully unique experience of dressing up in Tibetan costume and experiencing a traditional Tibetan wedding for the evening, or ride out for a romantic al-fresco meal in your very own dining tent down by the river – either way the food was amazing. Trekking takes centre stage here and with the natural surroundings so it should. Take a four wheel drive to remote lakes or villages or if you fancy something a bit less active, take a laid-back nature walk and simply admire the view.