Georgia Hopkins

The Lalu

with Georgia Hopkins
  • Where:Sun Moon Lake

  • 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).

    The Barometer

    • Design

    • Website

    • Life Changing

    • Environmental Consciousness

    • Overall Value

    • Night's Sleep

    • Service

    • Amenities

    • Takable Treats

    • Refer a Friend

    Total: 48/50

    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.

    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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