Sailing the sea of love in Hangzhou

Luxurious romance at Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake

Your legendary wedding begins on the water, feeling the flow of nature and the romance of picture-perfect West Lake. Upon arrival, you and your beloved sail to the Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake onboard a Chinese-style wooden rowboat. The bewitching, fairytale setting the perfect place to launch your life together or a romantic retreat.

Water has always been a symbol of love. You immediately succumb to romantic recollections of Marco Polo and the ancient days of sailing, crossing over into the realm of total rest and relaxation, in the arms of your beloved. Cruising through willow-fringed waters, you breathe in the stunning panorama of West Lake not wanting to forget one detail of the beginning of the rest of your life together, or simply this sacred moment. As you float past Three Pools Mirroring the Moon and its elegant, Qing Dynasty miniature pagodas that sit in the water, the boatman regales you with tales about the statues providing magic views of the moon in the water. It occurs to you that your love has been just as awe-inspiring.

If this is a dream, no pinch would ever wake you. Instead you fall deeper into the spell that is West Lake and the enchantment of your unique happily ever after at the Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou where intimate, striking pagoda-style pavilions string along walkways like pearls through lush waterfall gardens and jungle landscapes. Say I do surrounded by ancient temples, pagodas, gardens, dramatically carved man-made islands, and causeways. Your vows just as timeless as the UNESCO world heritage surroundings.

After docking, a lavish welcome tea greets you to further set the mood. You decide to take the boat out again later that afternoon, this time with a bottle of your favourite champagne––after the bride has her traditional String Resonance Massage at the Jiang Nan-inspired SPA. Her beloved decides on a traditional Dragon-Well Tea and Jade Spring Ritual.

Our favourite way to explore West Lake is aboard a traditional Chinese wooden rowboat
Our favourite way to explore West Lake is aboard a traditional Chinese wooden rowboat

78 guestrooms with many featuring breathtaking terraces with remarkable panoramas of the lake, forest glades and water gardens. Framed with willow trees, ponds and lagoons, the hotel provides a picturesque setting for open-air weddings and intimate receptions. Make your dreams come true when you promise to love and honour each other––for the first time or fortieth––on the Love Bridge hovering above a stunning infinity pond overlooking the ancient landscapes that surround West Lake.

The changing seasons here add different, unforgettable, personalities to the flora and fauna. From the lavish, abundant, heavy blooms of summer to delicate, wind-whipped branches of winter, every day and every season unfolds the beauty of West Lake in new and exciting ways.

Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake
Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake

Join the legends of star-crossed poets, mythical white snake ladies, painters and ancient royals to celebrate your union or intimate retreat at the wonder that is the Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake. Your boat awaits to take you deeper into the most romantic voyage of your life on the sea of love.

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© This article was first published in Oct-Nov 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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