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Sunyata Hotel Meili

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  • Food & Drink

    1 restaurant

  • Spa & Recreation

    Yoga and meditation

  • Architecture

    Yang Zhao

  • Interior design

    Ke Xie

  • The Originals

    Lai Guoping

  • Themes

    Mountain

  • Food & Drink

    1 restaurant

  • Spa & Recreation

    Yoga and meditation

Sunyata Hotel Meili, in the ruggedly awe-inspiring mountain terrain of China’s Yunnan province, pays homage to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi.

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Architecture Yang Zhao

Sunyata Hotel Meili Exterior Mountain View Sundown K 01 X2
Sunyata Hotel Meili Architecture Staircase K 02 X2

Architecture Yang Zhao

Carved from a former Tibetan home cradled in a remote hillside, the hotel took over three years to renovate.

While the architectural language of the hotel, which sits 3,600 meters above sea level, is traditional albeit supported by modern practices, the interiors offer smooth lines, clean angles, and a controlled nude palette that speaks of the now. The architects recycled the rammed-earth wall and combined it with concrete to strengthen the building, while the restaurant resides in a statement steel structure.

Interior design Ke Xie

Sunrays stream through large windows that frame the mountains, hitting rough-hewn furniture and uneven concrete walls.

Tibetan references abound, from the three fireplaces to the Buddhist murals, salvaged doors, textured linens, and deep wooden window frames. In one of the best instances of wabi-sabi outside of Japan, Sunyata proudly bears its aged walls, earthy aesthetic, and restrained décor. Subtle lighting, candles, handwoven blankets, and naturally dyed fabrics create a cozy vibe at the restaurant.

Sunyata Meili Interior Design Details in Yunnan

The Originals Lai Guoping

“When I travel, I want to measure the culture and society by looking into myself.”

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Sunyata Hotel Meili Made By Originals

This hotel is featured in New Perspectives: The Design Hotels Book Edition 2020.

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Location

Location

Asia / Pacific
China
Shangri-La, Yunnan

Sunyata Hotel Meili
Wunongding Village, Shengping Town, Deqing
Shangri-La, Yunnan
China

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  • Temperature today

    -3°C / 27°F