Georgia Hopkins

The Lalu

Sun Moon Lake

by: Georgia Hopkins

  • Why

    Taiwan for the first time.

  • When

    February 2016

  • Who

    Me + my music-writing pal, Kate Hennessy

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Highs + Lows

  • The views. Nothing will beat these views.

  • The lap pool. 60m means you can actually have a decent swim (alongside the beauty of the lake, no less).

  • The design. Made from stone, wood, iron and glass, the design (by Australian architect Kerry Hill) blends in seamlessly with the surrounding nature.

  • The food. Try President Chiang Kai-Shek’s favourite fish (just watch the 5million tiny bones).

: 48/50
  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury, zen-style, design hotel with commanding views over Taiwan's majestic Sun Moon Lake.

  • Vibe

    Refined but casual luxury.

  • Location

    Overlooking the majestic Sun Moon Lake and surrounded by mountains in Nantou, Taiwan (3 hours from Taipei City).

  • Rooms

    98 rooms, suites and villas.

  • Music

    Don’t recall.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Australian architect Australian architect Kerry Hill.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes - a modern “leisure center” with hot and cold whirlpools, herbal steam rooms, Swedish saunas, and the longest lap pool we have ever seen at a hotel (60m). The Lalu spa offers an extensive range of treatments as well, with views over the lake and mountains.

  • Restaurant

    Yes - three choices (Chinese, Japanese, Western).

  • Bar

    Yes. Try the plum (non-alcoholic) tea.

  • Minibar


  • Wifi


  • Children

    Would be ok, better without (do i always say that?!).

  • Price

    Pricey, but worth every Taiwanese penny.

In the Area

CNN voted this as one of the most beautiful bike paths in the world.

Take bikes and ride around the bike path that hugs the lake

No. 102, Chung-Cheng Rd, Yuchih Township, Nantou County, Taiwan

CNN voted this as one of the most beautiful bike paths in the world.


The Lalu

No 142, Zhongxing Rd, Yuchi Township, Taiwan

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