Much-loved LUX* Resorts & Hotels has opened its doors to new 56-key LUX* Chongzuo, Guangxi Resort & Villas in a county called Daxin in the Guangxi region of southern China. Surrounded by lush tropical forests with spectacular views of the Karst mountain formations and the Mingshi river, the opening marks the first international luxury resort in the county and the beginning of the hotel group’s exciting expansion plans in Asia.
Perched on the edge of Mingshi river, LUX* Chongzuo, Guangxi is all about that the art of slowing down through riverside living and connection with nature. It is less than a two hour drive from the Nonggang Nature Reserve, home to the critically endangered white-headed langurs and a 30 minute drive from Asia’s largest transnational waterfall, the world-famous Detian Waterfall. LUX* guests can connect with nature by drifting down the picturesque Mingshi River on a bamboo raft or explore the great expanse of land on foot or guided bicycle tours. Those looking to recharge can take part in a morning yoga or meditation class by the water or go for a dip in the glittering 35-metre infinity pool that will make you feel like you’re in the river itself.
The new resort will feature 56 suites and villas with private, river-facing terraces and plunge pools that open up to the vast natural surroundings and tropical forests, with suite sizes ranging between 80 and 180 square metres. Conceptualised by Teamer International based in Guangzhou, the resort’s architecture and interiors are designed to integrate with the natural surroundings, blending harmoniously into the unspoiled landscape using a natural colour palette, stone and wood materials for the furnishings, and accents of copper. City dwellers will find tranquillity away from the noise and light pollution with mood lighting installed in every room and public areas to allow guests to experience a star-filled night sky once the sunsets.
Offering an extensive, varied and high-quality menu, the dining outlets will deliver an experience unique to the destination in a creative and innovative way, such as afternoon tea aboard a bamboo raft. Led by Executive Chef George Qu, who was awarded the title of Excellent Chef in the prestigious Cordon Bleu International Culinary Competition in 2018, the resort’s two restaurants and three bars include:
All Day Dining – Located by the river’s edge, the all-day dining restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a wide variety of Chinese, Southeast Asian and Western specialties to choose from, either a la carte or from interactive culinary stations
Specialty Steakhouse – A cosy, elegant steakhouse presenting exquisite dishes with meticulously-sourced meat cuts and a selection of fine wines from around the world
Rooftop Bar – The outdoor rooftop oasis is the perfect spot to wind down in the evenings with craft beers, bespoke cocktails and wines alongside small plates
Pool Bar – Offering refreshing drinks and snacks next to the spectacular 35-metre infinity pool
Maison LUX* - Inspired by the quintessential European cafés and bars in France and Italy, Maison LUX* serves coffee, homemade pastries and artisanal ice cream to perk up after a day of exploring, before transforming into a stylish lounge bar in the evenings offering aperitifs and digestifs
Opening in April 2021, LUX* Me Spa will offer an integrated wellness concept that incorporates fitness, healing methods, new technology, wellness assessment and personalised journeys. Featuring authentic Zhuang-style architecture, guests will be able to experience traditional Vietnamese al fresco spa treatments secluded by lush greenery.
“We are very excited to launch LUX* Resorts & Hotels’ first ultra-luxury property in China in partnership with owning company, Guangxi Daxin Mingshi Yijing Tourism Development Co. Ltd,” said Paul Jones, Chief Executive Officer of The Lux Collective. “The extraordinary location coupled with world-class facilities will provide guests with an exclusive sanctuary to experience true luxury – time to enjoy the art of slow travel and to connect meaningfully with the local community, culture, food and music.”
Room rates start from £430 per night on a B&B basis