Holistic and historic luxury hotel, The Temple House, takes guests on a time-travelling trip through the Qing Dynasty to modern Chengdu: enter through a restored siheyuan (courtyard building), then stay in rooms and apartments in two contemporary blocks (built by Make Architects) designed to evoke stepped rice terraces and local Shu embroidery. A tranquil teahouse and mindful spa treatments help you to unwind in true Sichuan style.

Our Favourite Rooms: A blush-pink origami lampshade, a cane chair, vases of fresh fragrant orchids and a small selection of books… attention to detail makes the minimally decorated Temple Suites feel like home. Light-wood panelling, carefully placed mirrors and floor-to-ceiling windows make them feel open and bright, and a decorative screen adds local flavour. Of the residences, we like Studio 90 – a luxurious but cosy hideaway with a furnished balcony for spying on the hive of activity below.

Poolside: Set in the spa, the heated freshwater swimming pool (open 6.30am–11pm) is for adults only. Concrete and bamboo create a sophisticated indoor space, and stepped light wells are a subtle nod to Sichaun’s agrarian landscapes.

Spa: Set in the Qing Dynasty courtyard – on the site of the Daci Temple’s mulberry garden – the Mi Xun spa is a lavish 900sq m sanctuary with a sauna, hammam and shop. Treatments are carried out in 11 suites (including VIP and couples suites); an extensive menu includes diamond-infused facials, ocean-stone massages, tea-enhanced wraps, and signature Natura Bissé, Thémaé, Mesoestic and Refinery treatments. For busy guests there are express mani-pedis; for Mr Smith, a barber; and for gym-bunnies, a well-equipped work-out space.

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