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For those looking to get away from the chaotic urban feel of Beijing, the Aman is the perfect retreat. Located on the city outskirts, next to the stately grounds of the Summer Palace, where Chinese emperors relaxed, this latest outpost from the ultra-luxe Aman Resorts chain gives a taste of imperial living in modern times. Beijing's priciest hotel is housed in a series of traditional pavilions—the whole complex was once used by guests awaiting an audience with the emperor. Rooms and courtyards reflect traditional Chinese architecture, with wood floors, high ceilings, and classic Ming-style furniture. There's a classy spa, a movie theater, and a Pilates studio among the facilities. Another key perk is the private back entrance to the Summer Palace. Dining options include a well-regarded steakhouse and a Japanese kaiseki restaurant, both featuring wine selections from the resident sommelier. The big drawback (or big positive, depending on your point of view) is that the hotel is about 45 minutes away from central Beijing.