The Lalu is one of the most beautiful and graceful places to stay in Taiwan. Amy Huang shares what makes this extraordinary hotel unique.
Why we love it: True luxury at the poetic Sun Moon Lake, the Lalu is undoubtedly the most beautiful and graceful accommodation in Taiwan.
The sophisticated ‘Zen’ style design allows visitors to fully relax and unwind with a few nights at The Lalu, and to be submerged with the natural environments of the lake. This is not just a hotel, it’s a retreat, a hideaway and a place you can easily lose yourself in.
Ambiance and style: The Lalu’s Australian architect Kerry Hill had intended the hotel to be forever young. He calls it the ‘Ongoing’ style of design inspired by the oriental Zen spirits.
Overlooking the serenity of Sun Moon Lake, the surprisingly calm surrounds of The Lalu makes you forget that you are only within two hours drive from the bustling metropolis of Taipei.
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Where: Right by the Sun Moon Lake on its Lalu Peninsula, about two hours drive outside Taipei in the Nantou County.
Cost: A beautiful Lakeside Suite start at NT$16,800 (US$570) per night; or spoil yourself with a luxurious Courtyard Pool Villa at NT$27,200 (US$910) per night.
Who to go with: This is one hotel that is perfect for the loved up couple or if you just want to get away from it all by yourself.
How long to go for: The Lalu is perfect for a weekend pampering getaway, or spend longer to truly experience The Lalu as well as the Taiwanese countryside.
What the rooms are like: The rooms at The Lalu are what we all wish our rooms at home would be like. With beautiful minimalistic oriental designs, the rooms are spacious, comfortable and very ‘Zen’.
All rooms have balconies where you can while away the hours with your loved one to watch the sunrise and the sunset. The Pool Villas are extra special, with a plunge pool and a small garden, just like a small private heaven.
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Amenities and extras: The Lalu features a heated swimming pool that blends into the landscape; a library, a memorial hall, gym and sauna rooms as well as the Lalu Spa, a pampering experience that combines the traditional Asian beauty rituals with Western massage therapies, performed in rooms that look out to the lakeside.
The Lalu is also home to a Chinese restaurant, Japanese restaurant, a brasserie and a tea house to delight the gourmet travelers.
Address and website:
142 Jungshing Road
Yuchr Shiang, Nantou County
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