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  • Melanie Beard

Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

Superbly set at the picturesque gateway to China’s majestic Qing Cheng Mountains, Six Senses has created a resort to complement the UNESCO World Heritage & Natural Cultural site at nearby Dujiangyan.

It was in this region, known as the homeland of the giant pandas that the legendary Silk Road began. The resort, which is situated to the west of the Sichuan Basin, is less than a one-hour drive from the regional capital of Chengdu and 78 kilometers from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport.

Design aesthetics are a brilliant amalgam of the inimitable Six Senses approach of clean, uncluttered and organic, together with the undeniable senses of place amplified by rich cultural elements. Chinese-inspired, locally-made furniture and exposed beams impart traditional heritage touches. Finely paneled walls are complemented by classic rattan fittings and accents, creating a calming symphony of lightness and space. Add WiFi and a smartphone app that can control villa air conditioning and lighting - Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain offers the best of all worlds.

Over a charming bridge and past waterfalls, guests virtually walk into the earth to discover the 18,400 square feet (1,710 square meter) Six Senses Spa. With waterfall and garden views from the 10 treatment rooms, the spa features a selection of locally-inspired specialty treatments plus signature therapies. There is something for everyone, from multi-day wellness programs to rejuvenation therapies and a selection of activities such as yoga and tai chi.

At the heart of Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain is the main dining and entertainment area. With an unwavering commitment to sustainable agriculture, dining at Six Senses includes the highest quality regional produce from local farms and vendors, augmented by the resort’s own organic garden.

Farm 2 Fork showcases bountiful buffets for breakfast as well as an ala carte western menu. Spicy Sichuan fare is offered at 28 Zodiac and Secret Dining. The signature restaurant, Sala Thai, celebrates the exquisite cuisine of Thailand while The View, with its intimate rooftop setting, overlooks the active show kitchen. Creative cocktails and mocktails at the Moon Bar make it a welcoming and gathering venue. Also situated off the Moon Bar is the Chinese Tea Lounge, the nearby Wok Mee Snack House, Farm 2 Straw Smoothie Bar, Coffee-Tea Patio, Six Senses Gallery and other retail offerings, plus the organic garden and mushroom hut.

There are two heated swimming pools plus a third pool for youngsters. A state-of-the-art gym has expert trainers on hand along with an outdoor fitness trail that is unique to Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain plus two outdoor tennis courts. The Kid’s Club features a unique dinosaur bone dig while a dedicated indoor screening room and library is also available throughout the year.

The region is a veritable treasure trove filled with historic, scenic, cultural and fascinating things to do and see. Just a 10-minute drive from the resort is Panda Valley, where 30 adult bears and cubs call home. A cultural outing just 20 minutes from the resort is to the ancient town of Jiezi. Take tea amongst historical architecture, watch Sichuan Opera and sample local snacks.

Other historical recommendations are the 300-year-old Puzhao Temple, where guests can consult with feng shui experts and an inspiring visit to see the world’s largest stone carved Buddha at Leshan. Golf enthusiasts can play a round or two on the 18-hole course at Dujiangyan Qingcheng Golf Club just a 10-minute drive away.

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