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The spacious Lagoon Suite offers great privacy if you’re traveling with family

Relive the time of emperors and dynasties

Scholars have waxed lyrical about Hangzhou’s West Lake for centuries, and with good reason. There are few landmarks in China that have received the kind of adoration and acclaim from dynastic scholars and tourists alike than Hangzhou’s mesmerising West Lake

West Lake is a gem frozen in time

Scholars have waxed lyrical about Hangzhou’s West Lake for centuries, and with good reason. There are few landmarks in China that have received the kind of adoration and acclaim from dynastic scholars and tourists alike than Hangzhou’s mesmerising West Lake, making it the perfect location for the Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake, which is nestled squarely amidst the banks of the lake itself.

To say that the hotel is otherworldly is a gross understatement. Surrounded as it is by manicured traditional gardens, sweeping pagodas and ancient temples, even the mere journey to the hotel grounds proves to be an extraordinary experience. With just 78 rooms, the Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake is a sanctuary from the smog and noise of the city.

Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou reception lobby
Garden Terrace room interior
Garden Terrace room interior
The lobby area is full of exotic details
The lobby area is full of exotic details

The hotel does its best to integrate itself into its tranquil setting, with two grand pools that come with private niches styled after oriental pavilions. We also recommend taking one of the hotel’s excellent day excursions around the lake on traditional Chinese boats, which wraps up with a picturesque picnic set right on the lake’s gorgeous banks. ◼

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© This article was first published in Dec-Jan 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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