Commune by the great Wall, Kempinski

Imagine dining o­n masterfully prepared Peking duck by candlelight while looking directly out o­nto the Great Wall of China and you will understand why Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski is unlike any other hotel in the world. The commune was built by 12 top-notch Asian architects and consists of 42 villas with 190 suites and 11 presidential suites. There are several restaurants and an outdoor pool with a spectacular view for summer swimming. A luxurious o­n-site spa nurtures body and soul. Best of all, the hotel has direct access to the Great Wall of China via a private path.

Located an hour’s drive from Beijing, the houses at the Commune represent some of the best contemporary architecture in the country, and all blend harmoniously with the rugged Chinese countryside. Several of these dramatic houses are available for private parties and functions. Each villa has between four and six bedrooms and shares common living and dining areas, making them perfect for groups traveling together. The spacious presidential villas have a 24-hour dedicated butler service, and all the villas are outfitted with the latest in contemporary furnishings.

For the gourmand, Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski is a dream destination. Offering sizzling Sichuan and fresh Cantonese delicacies, and well as delicious European fare, the restaurants of Commune by the Great Wall have something for everyone. The Commune boasts an international wine list, which even includes selections from China’s emerging viticulture industry.

A kids’ club has a host of activities to stimulate and entertain children between 3 and 12, including organized trail hiking, gardening, cooking classes, arts and crafts, astronomy, swimming and camping (weather permitting).

Special packages like the Family Escape package with many extras for younger children or the Winter Escape package which let’s visitors take advantage of great deals during the less-crowded months take the guess work out of the planning process.