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Reviewed 13 August 2017

After an enervating early morning flight from Xi'an, I stepped out of Lijiang airport, expecting to pay through the nose for a taxi to the cramped confines of an inner city hotel. Having not stayed at Villafound Jade before, I did not realise how flawed my expectations were! A hotel vehicle met me within in the airport car park, and the driver was quick to relieve me of my luggage and provide me with some much needed water. Half an hour later we arrived at Villafound Jade. The hotel is far from the bustle of Lijiang, and carries and ambiance of undisturbed seclusion, but within easy reach of the attractions of the old town and surrounding mountains.

Having arrived in China a week beforehand, it was much to my surprise and pleasure to find many hotel staff fluent in English, all ready and willing to organise excursions for the rest of my stay. Equally pleasing to the discerning Western traveller is the climate in which the hotel is situated. Though Beijing and Xi'an perennially exceed 30 degrees during the Summer months, Lijiang was a balmy 20 degrees, with levels of humidity akin to those of the English countryside.

Much like the staff and surrounding weather conditions, the hotel room did not fail to please. Mine provided an exceedingly plush double bed, flat screen television, a large bath and shower, a self-catering facility, and a mini-bar, stocked daily with complimentary soft drinks and snacks.

Though the rooms, restaurant, and amenities (pipe making workshop located on site!) make Villafound Jade a five-star mountain retreat, it was the staff who made this hotel my most pleasant stay in China so far. I was accompanied to the peak of the nearby 5,000m mountain (a trek far more demanding than a normal concierge's duties), educated and about the local Naxi people, given an guided tour of Lijiang's old town (done in perfect English), served traditional Yunnan tea, and fed local Naxi delicacies straight from the grill by members of the warm, welcoming, and wonderful staff at the Villafound Jade hotel.

Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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墅家玉庐雪嵩院, General Manager at Villafound Jade, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2017

Dear Alex P,

Warmest greetings from Villafound Jade, Lijiang.

It was a great pleasure to having you at Villafound Jade and thank you for taking your valuable time to write a great review.

I am glad that you had a wonderful time, our Garden Twin Room indeed very stunning, offer so much comfort and space to our guest with balcony and a great view to Yulong Snow Mountain.
We sincerely appreciate your recognition toward the level of service of our team.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back home at Villafound Jade in the near future.

Regards,

Nyoman Redana.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

Villafound Jade hotel provides a serene escape which is comfortable, beautiful and topped with marvellous architecture. The wide variety of food the hotel provides is beyond excellent and covers a mixture of cuisines from a western breakfast to authentic local Naxi dishes to please all appetites and taste buds (the Snow Mountain Fish dish is definitely worth a try). Other services the hotel provides are of the same standard: afternoon tea - a delicious array of fresh fruit and nuts and the laundry service which was quick and no-hassle (all we had to do was place the clothes in a laundry basket in our room for them to be washed and returned later). The staff even hanged all our clothes neatly for us! The hotel also organises an array of activities including a tour of the local Naxi area and its culture, a tour of the Old Town of Lijiang and a guided horse ride up the mountain which is an experience like no other. All trips were facilitated by English-speaking staff. Hotel staff were always friendly and harboured a community atmosphere making the stay very enjoyable.

Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Saneth S
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墅家玉庐雪嵩院, General Manager at Villafound Jade, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Dear Saneth,

Greetings from Villafound Jade, Lijiang.

Thank you for choosing Villafound during your holiday in Lijiang and for your great comment.

We are looking forward to having you again as a guest in the near future.

Regards,

Nyoman Redana.

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

Located at the base of the grandiose Yulong Snow Mountain, Villafound Jade offers an exclusive, high class retreat for anyone who would enjoy a peaceful, indulgent atmosphere surrounded stunning scenery. The hotel integrates itself fully into the local culture of the Naxi people, employed to support the village, who also provide an insight into the authentic culture of these ancient rural people. The hotel offers a range of activities and excursions from wood carving classes to expeditions on horseback up the Yulong Snow Mountain. I greatly enjoyed my time here, an absolute highlight of my trip to China. I would recommend this hotel to absolutely anyone, with incredibly friendly English speaking staff to help Westerners like myself. In one word, fantastic.

Room tip: All rooms were great.
Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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2  Thank James B
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墅家玉庐雪嵩院, General Manager at Villafound Jade, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Dear James,

Warmest greetings from Villafound Jade, Lijiang.

It was great pleasure to have you staying with us at Villafound Jade.

We Appreciate your comments regarding your stay. It is always a great pleasure to receive positive feedback. I will share your comments with our team.

Thank you for sharing your experience to future traveler and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Best regards,

Nyoman Redana.

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

We stayed at Villafound Jade for 3 nights in large, spacious and very comfortable rooms. The location is picturesque to say the least with beautiful views from many vantage points. As foreigners travelling around China for two weeks this was by far the most comfortable accommodation we stayed at. The core character of the hotel is rooted in the Naxi culture, with very friendly service from local people and the opportunity to eat delicious Naxi cuisine amongst the wide variety of food choices. Generous afternoon tea and an evening barbecue were just a few of the many highlights. Facilities such as the billiard table were well appreciated. We had a fantastic time and will definitely try and return soon!

Date of stay: July 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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3  Thank Kaler W
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墅家玉庐雪嵩院, General Manager at Villafound Jade, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Dear Kaler W,

It was a great pleasure to having you here at Villafound Jade, Lijiang.

Thank you for taking your valuable time to share your experience stay at Villafound.
We appreciate your positive review on our accommodation, services as well as our food and beverages and others facilities.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best regards,

Nyoman Redana.

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Reviewed 29 October 2017
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Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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