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Four Seasons Suzhou an island retreat from life

By LI YINGXUE in Suzhou, Jiangsu | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2023-12-23 10:37

An aerial view of Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou is located on an island on Jinji Lake. CHINA DAILY

Suzhou, an ancient city in Jiangsu province, has consistently enchanted me with its exquisite gardens and distinctive waterside landscapes.

A recent visit to Suzhou has deepened my connection with this city, as it unveiled yet another tranquil oasis, a retreat from the urban clamor.

On Dec 12, the Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou officially opened its doors after eight years of meticulous preparation. This oasis on a small island has injected a fresh wave of vibrancy into the city.

The hotel's prime location by the shores of Jinji Lake on an island boasts a unique architectural style and captivating garden views.

During my stay, I not only immersed myself in Suzhou's inherent grace and refinement but found solace, allowing both my body and spirit to unwind.

The hotel is located just an hour's drive from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Upon approaching the hotel, vehicles ascend a gracefully curved ramp, resembling an elegant corridor that leads to this elegant residence in Jiangnan, south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

The entrance, with its exquisite design, seamlessly appears on the right side of the sightline, creating a sense of ceremonial arrival.

According to Cedric Jaccard, the interior designer of the hotel, the design of a "drive-up" road is strategically planned to allow guests to arrive on an upper level, providing a better connection with the picturesque views of the lake and the city when entering the lobby.

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