Jiajia, JD and I returned from two nights at a Spa Hotel resort outside of Kunming yesterday. Jiajia had been given a voucher by a customer for a free night for two, so we thought we'd use it before it ran out. Anning is famous for its natural spa water and we drove to the "Five Star" resort in about 40 minutes. After checking in though, we were a little disappointed. Our room was OK, but not as "five star" as we had expected. Then we walked to the Spa to be told that we could only make one visit during our stay - no popping in and out throughout the day. The breakfast had a nice range of food, but the "hot" food was cold and we had to make a fuss to get a knife and fork (which are rather necessary for bacon, eggs, sausages and beans on toast!). With the price for an extra day quoted at 470RMB (£47), we asked if we could just pay to stay for a half day instead, checking out at 6pm instead of noon. Bizarrely, they quoted 400RMB for half a day, so we opted to stay a whole day after all. That evening we found a nice outdoor restaurant nearby with children's play area (there were no facilities for kids in the Spa resort). And the next morning we found a nice Temple and Buddhist training college within walking distance of the hotel, and shared a friendly vegetarian lunch with the monks. So we made the most of the trip and it was cheap enough with the voucher. I doubt we'll be back though.
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