Backed by the Karst mountains of southern China, the Alila Yangshuo Hotel converts a 1960s sugar mill into a contemporary concrete retreat. The existing buildings have been repurposed to house the reception area, cafe, bar, gallery, and library. Situated around a pool and reflecting pond, a pair of new structures on either end of the property contains the guest rooms and suites. While they are modern in material, the volume's form pays homage to the original architecture. The resort is also host to a spa and a farm-to-table restaurant but the main attraction is Leisure Concierge team. Guests are immersed in the local culture and surrounding landscape through a series of bespoke experiences ranging from traditional sugar spinning to guided rock climbs up the neighboring mountains.