Lijiang old town at night, China
The Bivou, Lijiang
- Boutique style influenced by local cultures
- Massage services
- Kids’ club and indoor play area
Once upon a time, explorers in remote parts of the world would spent the nights following a day in the mountains sleeping in ‘bivouacs’ - an improvised shelter comprising anything from a wooden hut to a sleeping bag and mat. The Bivou hotel in Lijiang takes that spirit of adventure and transforms the bivouac into something tailored for the modern-day adventurer who does not wish to compromise on comfort or quality.
Situated in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lijiang, this designer guesthouse with 16 suites was built on the grounds of two farmyards originally built by the local Naxi people hundreds of years ago. Sustainability is a key principle of the hotel’s development, from using modern ecological inventions such as efficient LED lighting and solar panels, to ancient elements such as bamboo flooring.
The style of The Bivou itself is the perfect marriage of modern and local influences. A high-end aesthetic is enriched with unique local touches such as rustic local wood features and Chinoiserie, creating a designer feel that maintains the personality of the Tibetan community. The hotel enjoys views over its landscaped gardens, which have been expertly designed to showcase the vibrant colours and fragrances of the seasons. Each room is comfortable and luxurious, with large beds, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, electric blankets, bathrobes and slippers.
There are many fantastic facilities to rejuvenate the body and mind. Enjoy a soothing massage, feel refreshed with a gym session, or broaden your knowledge of Lijiang with a trip to the library. Share a delicious barbecue with friends on the terrace, or head to one of two phenomenal restaurants for sumptuous locally-influenced dishes. Children will also be entertained with The Bivou’s specialist kids’ club and indoor play area.
Nestled in the rural town of Shuhe, the hotel is close to Lijiang Old Town, just a 20-minute drive away, and Shuhe Ancient Town, a mere minute’s stroll from the hotel. Visit both to explore historic architecture such as Shuhe’s Qinglong Bridge, built during the Ming Dynasty, and markets full of local handicrafts, fruits and street food.
The Bivou hotel is admirably at one with its surrounding environment. Its doors open onto serene outdoor space that blends into the woodland that characterises its position on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. This is a rare example of a boutique lodge that encapsulates the spirit of adventure and achieves the height of luxury whilst remaining authentic and sustainable.
Other places to stay in Lijiang
The beautiful Intercontinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort takes pride of place in Lijiang.