Belle of the Zhiben Hot-Spring Ball The Hotel Royal Chihpen

Words by Rick Charette Let’s spend a little time getting to know a place with a legitimate claim to being Taiwan’s premier hot-spring resort hotel. When the Japanese controlled Taiwan as a colony from 1895 to 1945, they transplanted their love of genteel mineral-spring soaking to the island. A distinctive Taiwanese hot-spring culture then bubbled…

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Adagio hotel, Jinguashi: Experience the five senses with slow travel

For the environmentally-conscious traveler, slow travel has become the new way to see the world. With a belief that travel should be sustainable and leave a positive impact on the environment and surrounding communities, globe trekkers are now choosing to visit places that practice environmental conservation, sustainable development, and the preservation of local culture and traditions.
For the founders of the Adagio hotel in Jinguashi, Taiwan, (“Adagio” meaning “in a slow tempo”) slow travel is also an art meant to be experienced leisurely with all five senses. Throughout the month of March, Adagio holds a series of events that allow guests to enjoy a sensory experience for the ears (musical performances), the eyes (art classes), the nose (fragrance and incense workshops), the mouth (wine tasting, for example), and the hands (plant designing classes).
The hotel is located high up in the mountainous roads, not far from the Golden Waterfall. A cozy vicinity with no cable, Adagio is a hotel that creates a sense of community, with a limited number of rooms and group activities that allow you to meet other guests.

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