Songzanlin Tibetan Monastery overlooking the town of Zhongdian, China
Songtsam Retreat, Zhongdian
- Spa by L’Occitane
- Views of Songzanlin Monastery and the Tibetan mountains
This hotel is located in a rural Tibetan village near Shangri-La, traditionally known as Gyalthang, on the plains of the Tibetan plateau, framed by impressive mountains and rivers providing a paradise for independent-minded travellers looking to connect more honestly with local cultures and the land’s rich history.
Songstam Retreat itself has been carefully hand-crafted to the highest of standards, using traditional influences throughout. This is not just one simple structure; the retreat comprises of several stone buildings encompassing 21 acres of the beautiful hillsides, all looking onto regal snow-tipped mountains.
Inside your private suite, you can expect to find all of the finest amenities wrapped up in classic local design, from wood detailing to hand-made fabrics. This level of luxury continues throughout the resort, where you can spend an afternoon relaxing and rejuvenating at the professional Linka Spa by L’Occitane, which offers a range of holistic treatments; or reading up on local customs by the fire at the library lounge bar.
Guests will also enjoy socialising over an evening cocktail on the outdoor terrace, which gives spectacular views over the surrounding landscapes. To round it all off, dine on local cuisine at the specialist Tibetan restaurant, or enjoy some home comforts at the Western restaurant. Whatever you choose, you will experience the epitome of good service from start to finish.
The retreat can also organise expertly-curated activities and excursions for guests. Whether you are interested in a guided tour of the historic Songzanlin Monastery, a day’s hiking in the hills or biking around Napa Lake, trying out Tibetan yoga or simply visiting a local Tibetan home for dinner, the dedicated staff are ready to make your wishes a reality.
Despite its high-end appeal, the Songtsam Retreat has maintained its integrity and connections with the local community. The lodges are situated right beside living villages, and the owners work hard to facilitate opportunities for guests to experience the thriving local culture and really bond with local people.