Aman at Summer Palace
Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace – the ideal location from which to discover Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, some of which date back over a century and were originally used by guests of the Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi, the resort is only 15km from the Forbidden City. A serene retreat, with peaceful internal courtyards embracing traditional Chinese architecture, the property provides easy access to such cultural landmarks as the Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven and the hutongs, as well as Beijing’s restaurants, art galleries and other contemporary delights.
Just 15 kilometres northwest of Beijing’s city centre lies a tranquil retreat adjacent to the East Gate of the iconic Summer Palace. Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing is housed in a series of pavilions dating back over a century, and provides guests with unparalleled access to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Temple of Heaven. The original complex was used by guests of the Summer Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi at the turn of the 20th century.
Property IncludesFitness CenterInternet AccessOn-Site RestaurantsSpaSwimming Facilities
Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing offers several types of accommodation. Suites surround an internal courtyard crisscrossed by stately pathways separating formal gardens, and are shaded by bamboo and indigenous trees. Aesthetic references draw upon the region and the Imperial period, and furniture and accessories are crafted from traditional materials. Floors are finished in Jin clay tiles polished to a deep lustre, and ceilings are mostly open to exposed wooden roof beams and structural columns. Simple, elegant and redolent of the past, rooms and suites also feature traditional wooden screens and bamboo blinds, creating a mysterious sense of peeking through the veil of time to the romance of another era.
Things To Do
Decorated with classic, Ming Dynasty-inspired furniture, the Chinese Restaurant features Peking duck and several imperial dishes, along with traditional Cantonese cuisine for both lunch and dinner. The restaurant consists of nine different rooms including six intimate spaces for gatherings. Chinese Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
The Grill features Western cuisine and specializes in grilled-to-order prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood. The Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Naoki serves French kaiseki fare which combines French technique with Japanese culinary artistry. Chefs display their culinary flair in front of guests seated around the counter. Naoki is open for lunch and dinner.
The Reflection Pavilion features a peaceful terrace over-looking a lotus pond. A wide selection of premium cigars is available in the Cigar Room within the bar area. Overlooking a tranquil pond, the Music Pavilion is host to performances and private dining.
The Lobby is located in the resort’s elegant reception area and serves Continental breakfast, afternoon tea and light meals for lunch and dinner. Relaxed seating overlooks a traditional courtyard, shaded by indigenous trees.
The Aman Spa
Aman Spa and Fitness areas are located beneath the resort in a unique 5,000-square meter, double level, underground recreational facility. The Spa features a tranquil reception, nine self-contained double treatment rooms and a dedicated Pilates and yoga studio which is naturally lit through an extensive panel of skylights. The Pilates studio is fully-equipped with reformers and private classes can be arranged. The Spa menu features a wide range of health, well-being and beauty treatments. Other facilities include a 25 metre indoor lap pool, a 300-square metre sky-lit Gym with Technogym equipment (including Kinesis), two squash courts and a juice bar serving healthy fruit and vegetable drinks. Fitness consultants are on hand to offer personal training and squash partners at all times.
The Library includes a wide selection of material on various subjects in several languages, from rare books on the Summer Palace to historic and photographic works on China and the Asian region. Wireless internet access is available. The Library is also host to regular demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy by a skilled master of this ancient art.
The cinema features 37 reclining leather seats and a 21-square metre screen which can be used for movies, television broadcasts and business presentations.