Staying at No. 5 Valley Inn in Zhangjiajie was probably a highlight of Aaron and I’s trip to China. After a 7 weeks in China I have to say this mountain retreat was probably the more serene and peaceful destination on our list. The resort was beautiful. Tucked away near the Yangjiajie entrance to the Zhangjiajie Park, No.5 Valley Inn was a perfect destination for staying somewhere clean, quiet and that’s also near the park.
Luxury At No.5 Valley Inn
Checking into No.5 Valley Inn was a breeze. A driver picked us up at the train station so it was super convenient. After an hour drive through the backroads of China we were welcomed to the one bedroom villa which blew all my expectations. When being showed our room I couldn’t believe the size of it! It’s pretty much 10X the size of my apartment. The two story villa has a stunning view over the private valley which is perfect to watch the sunset and the morning fog roll in. The living room was warm and spacious with a really fancy bathroom that was completely wooden. The water from the shower landed straight on the soft wood floors and was absorbed into some fancy draining system. A dark wooden staircase took you to the bedroom upstairs that and I was blown away by the size of the bed. The bed was the COMFIEST bed I had in my entire journey around China.
I like to travel moderately cheap but I also like to splurge when I find something amazing, so before this Aaron and I were sleeping in not the greatest beds. And to get to Zhangjiajie we took a 28 hour train and my god, after sleeping on a puny train bunk bed this oversized kingsize bed was like a fluffy cloud.
One of the most beautiful features of the villa was the white porcelain tub on the second floor balcony. Aaron couldn’t wait to jump in and I couldn’t wait to photograph it (the tub not him!).
We didn’t leave our room for 3 days, only when we went to eat. I think they thought we were weird because most people immediately went to visit the Zhangjiajie Park, but after weeks of none stop moving it was nice to slow down the pace. It’s nice to take it easy and relax. You know, the times where you can actually breathe and live in the moment. No.5 Valley Inn was a perfect place to take a break from all the craziness in China.
Every morning at No.5 Valley Inn we were welcomed to a buffet breakfast that included food like purple yam, corn, eggs, or these custard dumplings that I inhaled. So good. My favourite though was this little deep-fried bean filled thing that was covered in sesame seeds. On our first night at the resort we were the only guests so naturally I was greedy and ate them all haha. Sadly they didn’t serve them again after the first day but they had other pasties to take its place.
There was also coffee and steamed soy milk which was so nice. China isn’t big on coffee and it was nice to have as much as I wanted. For whatever reason I can’t find a single photo I took of the food to show you 🙁
Everyday at No.5 Valley Resort the cooks prepared dinner and they would surprise us with these colourful and flavourful meals. They are very accommodating to dietary needs and you can’t imagine how in love I was with all the vegetables that was served. Lotus root, bok choy, corn and black beans, shredded potatoes, roasted red peppers.. Some days we got four dishes, other days we got six or seven. Rice and toasted peanuts were always served as well as their homemade alcohol. It tasted like poison and gasoline, but it was nice of them to give you some. I think we got so much food because Aaron and I always felt bad for leaving food behind so we would just keep eating everything so progressively everyday we got more and more food. Probably thought we were piggies now that I think about it.
At the reception you can also buy wine. We got a bottle of red two times and it complimented dinner so well! So China prices it was a bit expensive but you can’t really put a price on an experience like that. Wine, home cooked meals – they even go so far as to put a basket of warm coals under the table so your feet don’t get cold. Really top notch service if you ask me 🙂
The No.5 Valley Inn also offers a shuttle service to and from the park when ever guests wanted. It was less than a 10 minute drive away so it was super convenient. They also have an itinerary for the park and what highlights to see if you’re short on time.
One of the best things about this resort was waking up to heavy fog every morning. Some days you couldn’t see past the balconies edge it was so thick. It really did feel like we were in the Avatar world. I think Zhangjiajie is the prettiest place I’ve ever been and this resort really complimented the area well. It was extremely relaxing, quiet and has a natural Earthy feel. I highly recommend booking with them. Did I mention there’s two dogs that live there?
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