16 years of legendary service and breathtaking views on the Yulong River Yangshuo Guilin China
Welcome to Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, 阳朔胜地 a riverside gem among Yangshuo hotels. The Retreat was originally conceived as a simple ecolodge where expat friends could escape from the chaos of polluted mega-cities. In the beginning, there was just Angel and a telephone at the front desk. As we grew in popularity, we found it necessary to continually upgrade accommodation, adding wireless broadband and even a pizza oven! But guestrooms have remained simple as when we began: no telephone, no TV, and locally made bamboo furniture. We've stayed true to the authenticity of our original concept, like making our own beds and offering a simple farm-to-table menu with a few western favorites. Our restaurant now has great wines too, but we remain one of the only certified sustainable Yangshuo hotels where guests from around the world can experience the beauty and serenity of Yangshuo Guilin China. We're unique among Yangshuo hotels for our commitment to sustainability and empowering the wonderful local people who run the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat.
The first Yangshuo hotel in the Yulong River Scenic Area now offering complimentary shuttle tickets
No private cars in scenic area means tranquility for guests
The Yangshuo County Government has recently issued a ban on private car traffic in the Yulong River Scenic Area, which means our guests will enjoy an even quieter stay. Govt. shuttle bueses now operate, but Mountain Retreat is the only Yangshuo hotel in the Scenic Area offering complimentary tickets worth CNY 60/day. As the first Yangshuo hotel on the Yulong River will do our best to accommodate guest pickup in light of these new rules and help make a delightful experience.
The best in China for family-friendly accommodation
Recommended by Lonely Planet as one of the best hotels in China for families traveling with children. Another top vote among Yangshuo hotels!
New river view guest rooms for families and couples
We recently renovated our small building's previous lounge, studio and budget rooms to create some stunning new guestrooms, all with breathtaking views of the garden, Yulong River and nearby karst peaks. We now offer the best family rooms among all Yangshuo Guilin hotels.
>> For a gallery of the new room photos please click here.
Secluded Yulong River walking path to Mountain Retreat
Guests at Yangshuo Mountain Retreat have direct access to this 5km path along the Yulong River, right from our new car park. Enjoy a run, walk or bike along the most scenic spots on the Yulong River.
Visit our sister Yunnan hotel in Shaxi - Near Dali & Lijiang
Our multi award-winning sister Yunnan hotel, Shaxi Old Theatre Inn 沙溪戏台会馆 has re-opened with sound-proofed and insulated rooms. Explore the beauty of Shaxi and eco travel in Northwest Yunnan on our website. Just 90 minutes from Lijiang or Dali Yunnan. Great bespoke tours and inclusive breakfasts.
Beautiful aerial video of Yangshuo Mountain Retreat 阳朔胜地
Mountain Retreat wins TripAdvisor Award for 8th year
Congratulations Yangshuo Mountain Retreat, winning TripAdvisor's ChinaTop 25 hotels in Romance as well as Top 10 China Family Hotels categories!
Thank you for making us a perennial favorite among Yangshuo hotels.
Mountain Retreat wins Conde Nast Traveler 2013 World Saver Finalist Award!
Yangshuo Mountain Retreat named by National Geographic Traveller as #7 of the World's 25 Best Ecolodges 2013. We were the only property chosen in China.
One of the many inspiring things about our reservation specialist, Angel, is that she learned all of her skills on the job at Mountain Retreat. Because of her physical disability, she never had the chance to go to school. Now a U.S.-China partnership of academics, educators and advocates aspire to change this situation for other children like Angel in China.
Visit the project blog here.
In January 2016 we began an English/Chinese home tutorial program for Alice, a brittle bone girl living in a village in Baisha. She is one of our star students who we hope to enroll full time at Ginkgo Academy in the near future.
>> read more about Alice's story here
Mountain Retreat Reservations Expert and Disabilities Advocate Chun Li (Angel) honored by President Clinton on stage at the Clinton Global Initiave in New York Sept. 25 for her work toward our education project Ginkgo Academy. See Angel with President Clinton in his Closing Remarks here.
Travel and Liesure names Yangshuo Mountain Retreat as one of the top weekend getaways in Asia!
Mountain Retreat featured among 15 hotels to visit before you die.
From The Telegraph The 50 best hotels in the world
New Zealand Herald journalist Shandelle Battersby enjoys her Summer stay at the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat. Read her article here.
Loney Planet China Edition
A rave review from one of the most trusted names in travel
Take a vacation that respects natrual habitats and helps improve the local community.
Listed as among the best hotels for traveling with family in China