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Global hangout: Homa Chateau, Guilin

This tiny slice of contemporary design in the middle of China's most celebrated landscape is a true artist's retreat

  • By Nyree McFarlane, Deputy Editor, Scene
  • Published: 00:02 February 9, 2012
  • Scene

Homa Chateau, Guilin
  • Image Credit: Supplied picture
  • Why not take a Tai Chi lesson in the grounds of Homa Chateau.
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Nestled in the hills of Guilin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its rolling green landscape and stunning spiky cave formations, boutique hotel Homa Chateau, in its contemporary grass-covered form, looks like a striking UFO that has settled into the landscape in this rural Chinese village.

The 46 personalised rooms in the HOMA (Hotel of Modern Art) Chateau were designed by a prominent artist - and while they're all unique, they do all boast a signature modernist and slick look - think luxe fittings and glossy surfaces. There is also a high-end restaurant and even in-cave dining, a fantastic spa with famously excellent massages and cave exploration sessions and art classes.

In fact, the Taiwanese owner of the hotel is clearly art mad; he also owns the surrounding 1,320 acre sculpture park that boasts some of the most beautiful contemporary art sculptures in the world, most of which were built while the artists were on a "retreat" in the hotel. Too cool.

Inside info

The area around Guilin is widely considered to be the most romantic spot in China, so why not book the two-night Romantic Escape? You'll be picked up from the airport, given a Tai Chi lesson, all meals - including one in a famous Karst cave, a spa treatment for two, a bike tour and sculpture park tour. It costs Dh3,700 for the pair of you (cheap at twice the price when you get to dine in your own UNESCO heritage cave!) 

Details

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Dabu Town, Yanshan District, Guilin
Call +86 773 386 7888
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www.guilinhoma.com/en

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