Standing on the heights of Beijing, China, the Xitan Hotel welcomes guests to a stunning natural setting. Spread over two hectares of an ancient village built towards the end of the Ming Dynasty, the atypical architecture of this luxury hotel is inspired by its amazing surroundings. In harmony with the environment and encircled by water and mountains, its zen atmosphere is immediately captivating. Each of the 38 rooms and courtyards has its own concept, designed to combine Chinese tradition, modernism and a sense of purity. From every angle — from the living spaces and tea room to the gym — the Xitan Hotel enjoys magnificent views of the towering peaks and lush vegetation all around. There are few places in the world that so thoroughly invite contemplation and the freedom to let go. A visit to the hotel’s spa only confirms this as it opens the senses to the great beyond. Chef Jun Wang’s cuisine at the gourmet restaurant The House of Rong is both creative and rooted in the local terroir, making it the perfect complement to a stay at this restorative, other-worldly place.