The tourism industry in Hangzhou, China has maintained healthy and brisk growth in recent years, tourism revenues hit 46.5 billion yuan (US$5.8 billion) in 2005, an increase of 13 percent.It helps that the city’s West Lake is one of the most famous tourist destinations in China. Hangzhou is renowned for its natural beauty and cultural richness. It is also one of the most repeatedly mentioned places in Chinese literature.
The city, in the eastern seaboard province of Zhejiang, has already achieved a lot in the tourism sector and this is attributed to its clear global strategy, innovative tourism products and high-quality services.
One such establishment is Fuchun Resort outside Hangzhou. It is the only establishment in China included in the “Best New Hotels in the World” list by Conde Nast travel magazine.
The $100 million development has its sites on becoming China’s top resort.
And it is easy to see what sets it apart from the rest. Impeccable service standards while maintaining unparalleled privacy.
The resort is nestled in the lush, tea-covered hills of Fuyang Village in Hangzhou with a focus on business- and family-oriented luxury.
This is combined with a golf resort and an ultra-swank 5-star hotel and villas.
It is like a hidden gem along the banks of the Fuchun River within the heart of Fuchun’s celebrated mountain range.
Fuchun’s locale was the inspiration for celebrated Yuan Dynasty painter Wang Gong Wang centuries ago. Wang spent ten years living along the picturesque Fuchun River painting his phenomenal work, “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”. Now, at the exact location depicted in the scroll, today’s Fuchun Resort has come to life.
The surroundings were nature’s idea, but creating a blissful resort here was Fuchun’s. Moreover, although it is said that nature’s perfection cannot be improved upon, somehow Fuchun Resort has managed to with its combination of modern and traditional design elements. An atmosphere of casual elegance prevails, with interiors that are understated and tasteful, yet as comfortable as a top-caliber establishment should be, the creative result of Jean-Michel Gathy (Denniston International), appointed designer of Aman resorts Group.
Stunning accommodations are the hallmark of Fuchun Resort, starting with The Hotel. Here rooms are spread onto three floors and encompass 22 gorgeous Deluxe Garden View rooms, 7 Deluxe Lake View rooms, 20 Garden View Suites, and 17 Lake View Suites. The 1 Lakeside Terrace Suite, 2 Lake Side Superior Terrace Suites and 1 Lake Side Superior Suite range from 72-95 sqm and have a private terrace.
For those who prefer villa living, The Hotel also has a spectacular Villa Zone of twelve villas in all (a total of 20 guest rooms). All feature a pantry, private balcony, outdoor Jacuzzi and stunning, light-flooded entrance atriums, plus any other guest service you might expect from a fine resort. Hotel Villas range in size from 1 to 3 bedrooms (68-262sqm).
As a luxurious supplement to The Hotel, Fuchun Resort also offers accommodations at five stunning hillside villas (The Fuchun Villas) set atop lush, green, tea-planted hills. Each villa, designed by Jean-Michel Gathy of Aman resorts fame, features the Fuchun signature: an exotically dramatic private indoor swimming pavilion and spectacular vistas of the golf course and surrounding mountain peaks. These idyllic retreats also exemplify appealing Southern Sung Dynasty architecture and with four bedrooms each, house eight occupants. Unique layouts, natural wood-and-stone décor elements, and select Chinese objects d’art -along with four balconied master bedrooms - make these villas an ideal place to sip Fuchun Resort’s famed Mingqian Longjing tea!
Meeting & Conference
When it comes to getting down to business at Fuchun Resort, it could not either be easier or more pleasurable, at The Hotel or up on the hillside at Fuchun Pavilion. A luxurious range of meeting facilities and corporate function rooms are the hallmark of both, with elegantly appointed ballrooms, boardrooms and private dining rooms. Fuchun Pavilion serves as a secluded hilltop getaway ideal for conducting meetings, cocktail parties and other functions in complete privacy. The spacious ground-floor meeting room accommodates 24 persons around a large, board meeting-style table. An elegantly appointed antechamber precedes the main meeting area and functions as the ideal reception area. For further convenience, a fully equipped secretarial wing is located just off the main meeting room behind a set of privacy-oriented sliding wooden doors. Coffee and tea breaks can comfortably be taken just a step away in the upstairs dining/lounge area, which accommodates up to 60 persons. This spaciously grand, comfortable chamber is the ideal setting for the utmost business productivity or for social gatherings of any kind.
At The Hotel, the Meeting Room next to the Ballroom is a perfect venue for small-scale business meetings. For important business or social functions, The Hotel also has a magnificent ballroom on the Lobby Level that can accommodate gala dinners, cocktail receptions, and meeting functions in hollow rectangular, classroom, and workshop styles.
Just as the surroundings of Fuchun Resort are a feast for the eyes, so are the resort’s dining options a magnificent treat for the taste buds. All of the food and beverage served at Fuchun Resort is absolutely delicious and comprises the very best of East-meets-West cuisine. The level of service at each outlet is second-to-none, the ultimate in skillful yet unobtrusive service being a Fuchun trademark. In addition, of course, Fuchun Resort is all about ambience, which means that every meal taken here, whether in the grandest of dining rooms or simply room service in one’s villa or hotel room, is an uplifting culinary and sensory experience.
Within The Hotel, meals may be taken at a range of venues. On the Lobby Level, the Lake Lounge is the place for breakfasts, afternoon tea, light snacks, and cocktails until 11:30 pm.
On the Pool Level, the Asian Corner offers authentic Hangzhou specialties and cuisines, specially prepared to cater to our discerning clienteles’ international palate.
Five elegant private dining rooms overlooking the lake also grace the Pool and Lake Lounge levels, for those dinner functions, which require a bit more seclusion.
On the Pool Level, the relaxing Aqua Lounge awaits, with its full menu of refreshing cocktails, snacks and tangy freshly squeezed juices.
Lake Level houses Lake Pavilions A, B, & C - private dining rooms that range in size from 32 to 68 sqm.
For private business dinner functions up on the idyllic hillside setting, Fuchun Pavilion which is located atop of Fuchun Villa Cluster A offers not only some of the best views in the entire resort, but also a sampling of fine cuisine prepared by Executive Chef, Peter Soo. Dining at the second floor is communal-style around a large-scale marble-topped table that seats 24 in total privacy, surrounded by plushy decorated lounge and cocktail nooks.
A step out onto the idyllic outdoor covered terrace affords a breath of fresh mountain air. Drink with friends, or simply a relaxing read from our many stunning coffee-table books and other library selections.
At the Club House, more superb dining awaits the Fuchun guests. The lovely Club 8 at Fuchun offers an international a la carte breakfast, all-day Western fare, and, in the evenings, transforms into a fine dining restaurant. Here, an exotic range of the very best in fusion cuisine awaits the diner in a setting that is a complete change from the daytime ambience. Everything on the exciting fusion menu at Club 8 at Fuchun, from healthy breakfasts to light lunches to romantic “Signature” dinners, is prepared by our highly talented Executive Chef whose culinary career has taken him from the Culinary Institute of America to Le Cirque 2000, Restaurant Daniel, and Ritz-Carlton hotels in New York and Florida. This fashionably elegant dining venue overlooks Fuchun Lake and is spacious, airy and refined in a modern Oriental way, and affords a terrific view of the golf course’s 18th hole. This, plus charming décor elements such as overhead lanterns and grand columns, make a meal here truly unforgettable. Another special treat that guests love is the resort’s very own Mingqian Longjing tea, clean and pure in flavor, grown on the hillside terraces just outside, and served piping hot.
Just a few steps away is the Club House Lounge, where light refreshments, snacks, cocktails and healthy teas can be had. This is the spot in which to enjoy cocktails and healthy drinks.
The concept developed for Fuchun Spa aims to highlight the prosperity and refinery of Hangzhou while, at the same time, embodies the ancient Chinese precept of balance and harmony.
Spas may be new to China, but the holistic approach to healing and treating the body - the fundamental principle behind modern spas - has its roots in China. The Chinese have always believed in combining tranquil, moderate exercise with seasonal diets, stressing the importance of a serene mind. Prevention is better than a cure - an idea that is just beginning to catch on and gain influence in the West - has been a way of life for centuries in China. In the days gone by, wealthy Chinese households would have their own herbalists on staff. The herbalists trained in the traditional Chinese medicine, were the guardians of the families wellbeing.
Fuchun Spa harks back to this tradition and aspires to be the new guardian of health and wellbeing of the members and guests of the Resort.
The concept presented here combines age-old techniques, beliefs and traditions with original ideas and methods of delivery. The result is a Spa, which offers world-class treatments and services but is uniquely Fuchun.
The Spa’s exclusive selection of treatments is brief yet relevant to the lifestyle of the Spa’s target markets. The menu has also been thoughtfully designed to address the needs and expectations of the Spa’s guest. The treatment is as following: The Qi Balancing Massage, The Serenity Massage, West Lake’s Summer Breeze, Hangzhou’s Silk Cocoon, Longevity and Energy Boost Treatment, Fuchun Spa’s Nine Signature Facials, Hair and Scalp Treatment and Signature Dragon Well Foot Treatment.
All the products used in the treatments are exclusively custom blended for Fuchun Spa.
A full range of recreational facilities is also part of the Fuchun experience. Primarily is the resort’s sporting centerpiece: its stunning 18-hole Golf Course & Club. With a USGA course-rating system and eighteen holes, Par-72, this visually breathtaking course was sculpted from the hills of the surrounding tea plantation and thus presents players of any skill level with a most unique challenge. Designed by Daniel J. Obermeyer, top course designer for Gary Player in South Africa, the masterpiece Shenzhen Sand River Golf Club—Fuchun’s course is exemplary. Additional golfing features include a beautifully landscaped, split-level driving range (uniquely designed for driving off two platforms and partially covered with an appealing patio area) and a professional golf instruction program. To make the golfing experience complete, Fuchun’s golf operations employees are customer-focused, gracious and trained to exceed expectations.
A full range of recreational facilities are also part of the Fuchun experience. Other recreational activities at The Hotel include a serenely peaceful wave less pool for adults, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, kids’ pool, kids’ park outdoor playground, fitness nook and foot massage area. A jogging path, Tai Chi, yoga and meditation round off the list of activities. An open-air amphitheatre is the ideal venue for sunset cocktails and entertainment.
At the Club House, Fuchun Resort offers two lighted Astro-Turf outdoor tennis courts, set just below ground level in a serene, garden-style walled-in setting. Players of all levels can enjoy the courts’ lively feel and extended (lighted) nighttime playing hours. Relaxing, eye-opening offsite tours of the charmingly picturesque town of Fuyang nearby can also be easily arranged.
A resort, as impressive as Fuchun, has naturally captured the attention of the media worldwide. Already in its short life, Fuchun Resort has garnered an impressive array of awards, including:
? 2002 Conde Nast Traveler magazine award to T8 Restaurant as a “Top 50” restaurant worldwide
? 2003 Golf Digest magazine: Fuchun Resort awarded as The Most Influential Golf Club
? 2003 Golf Digest magazine: Best Golf Award
? 2003 Golf Digest magazine: Best Chinese City Golf Course
? 2003 China Golf magazine: Best Club Service Golf Club
? Qiangjiang Corporation: Fuchun Villas awarded as Best Quality Construction Project
? 2005 Conde Nast Traveler magazine award to Fuchun Resort as “1 of the 116 best new hotels in the world’ and the first property in China to be included in this exclusive award.
For more information about Fuchun Resort, visit the web site at www.fuchunresort.com or contact Mr. Michael Fuchs - Director of Fuchun Resort
Tel: (86 571) 6346 1111, Fax: (86 571) 6346 1222,
Email: [email protected]