Imagine a vacation where the Great Wall of China, one of the most famous historical sites in the world, is the first thing you see when you wake up. This dreamy morning is a reality for guests at Commune by the Great Wall, an albergo diffuso, or diffused hotel. What’s more, the setting of Commune by the Great Wall, in the rocky Shuiguan Mountains, beats many luxury retreats worldwide. 

The Location

luxury hotel near the Great Wall of China
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Unlike the bustling and often congested parts you may be familiar with, the Shuiguan section provides a quieter and more private experience. Here, you can explore the ancient Wall without the overwhelming crowds of tourists. The secret route leading up to the Great Wall is where you can enjoy a picnic, bike ride, or hike in peace. The clubhouse of the Commune also has a restaurant, spa, movie theater, library, and museum that you are welcome to peruse. The museum displays the models and drawings of the villas, as well as the original sketches and notes of the architects.

The library offers a selection of books and magazines on architecture, design, art, and culture. On the other hand, you can watch movies and documentaries regarding the Great Wall and the Commune at the cinema. The spa provides relaxing and rejuvenating treatments using natural ingredients and traditional techniques. The restaurant serves delicious and healthy dishes made with organic and local produce.

Stylish Comfort Amid Nature

luxury hotel room at Commune by the Great Wall
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The hotel itself is a masterpiece of architectural brilliance, designed by renowned Asian architects. The one-of-a-kind designs of these villas are a fusion of contemporary luxury with classic Chinese style. The minimalist furnishings, ancient Chinese artifacts, and wood paneling provide an atmosphere of tranquility, transporting you to a private sanctuary far apart from the stresses of everyday life. 

The villas come in various sizes and layouts, catering to couples, families, and larger groups. Some even have private pools for that extra touch of luxury. No matter which villa you choose, you’ll find yourself in natural beauty, surrounded by lush greenery and the majestic Great Wall. After a day of exploring the Great Wall or simply relaxing in your villa, Commune by the Great Wall offers various meals to satisfy your appetite; the on-site restaurant delivers a beautiful combination of Chinese and Western food.

You can sample dishes produced using locally sourced ingredients, tasting the region’s culinary tradition. Private dining options are also available in the villas for those who prefer a more intimate dining experience. Imagine enjoying a candlelit dinner with the Great Wall as your backdrop – it’s an experience that will surely leave a lasting impression.

Exploration And Adventure

While Commune by the Great Wall is ideal for relaxation, it also offers ample opportunities for exploration and adventure. Of course, the Great Wall itself is the primary attraction. You can embark on guided hikes along different sections of the Wall. Whether you’re a history buff or simply seeking breathtaking vistas, these hikes promise an unforgettable experience. The hotel also provides access to various outdoor activities, from horseback riding to cycling through the picturesque countryside. 

You can also participate in traditional Chinese tea ceremonies and calligraphy classes, providing a deeper understanding of Chinese culture. One of the highlights of staying at Commune by the Great Wall is witnessing the sunset over the Great Wall. As the day draws to a close, the ancient stones of the Wall are bathed in a golden glow, creating a mesmerizing experience.