Chongsheng Temple in Dali, China
Sky Valley Heritage Boutique Hotel, Dali
- Traditional Bai art-infused design
- Excellent location close to Cangshan Mountain, Erhai Lake and Dali Old Town
- Explore the area with the curated Xizhou Insider Tour
Sitting proudly at the heart of the intriguing rural town of Xizhou is the Sky Valley Heritage Boutique Hotel, a boutique lodging that has long been capturing the imagination of visitors to this beautiful part of Yunnan. In the rural village of Sili, this heritage building has been transformed into an exclusive hotel that indulges guests’ comforts as much as it invokes their awe.
One of 88 private houses in Xizhou allocated as national heritage buildings, the owners have passionately renovated the original architectural features, including antique artworks and crafts, perfectly preserving the Bai heritage of the local community through everything from calligraphy to ceramics. Investing in traditional techniques, developers showcase the riches of the area in even the most minute of details: red copper bathroom sink, or stone and root carving lamp truly transform these spaces into something both authentic and timeless.
Beyond the hotel itself, there are countless memories waiting to be made. Explore Dali’s luscious natural riches with Sky Valley’s hand-selected range of guided activities including hiking, biking, and golf. Alternatively, experience Bai culture first-hand with activities including crafts, cooking, spirituality and more. The Xizhou Insider Tour is a particularly worthwhile opportunity to learn the impressive history of Bai culture.
After a day of hiking, shopping or learning, sample delectable local Bai cuisine in Yue restaurant. A contemporary twist is added to traditional recipes based on locally-sourced, high quality ingredients for a truly phenomenal taste of fusion cuisine. Unwind and take in the hypnotic ambience of the local area on the terrace, or enjoy a drink of fine wines and whiskeys or local teas and estate-grown coffee with other intrepid travellers in the chic, custom-built bar-lounge.
Whilst the social areas are spectacular and atmospheric, the 16 individual suites provide a haven for the guest. You can expect all of the top amenities including king-size beds, private bathroom, air conditioning and flat-screen TV inside a luxurious, warm space, adorned with plush local fabrics, catalpa wood and unique decorations. No two rooms are the same. To top it off, you can relax and take in the panoramic views of the majestic local landscape.
The design and character of Sky Valley make the hotel a unique location in of itself, but it is the surrounding area that makes this resort truly special. Located just 1.2 miles from the Cangshan Mountain and tranquil Erhai Lake, guests can hike in some of the world’s most enigmatic landscapes. The Dali Old Town is also nearby with its markets and ancient buildings, and Xizhou itself holds real allure as the home of the Bao people, having historically hosted the royals of the Nanzhao and Dali kingdoms.