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In China these days it seems there is beautiful design springing up all over the place, and not just for the high-profile summer Olympics. If Kayumanis Nanjing is representative of what's going on there, we're impressed.

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Kayumanis Nanjing is a private villa retreat located on a natural hot spring in the Tangshan Mountains, once reserved for Chinese royalty. The hotel is stark and employs a lot of hard lines, but that doesn't mean it isn't luxurious.

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Far from it. There are 21 spacious villas, decorated in a mix of European, Chinese, Peranakan, Javanese, Tibetan and Balinese styles, and surrounded in willow trees. Each has a flagstoned courtyard with a private pool and outside bath.

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Kayumanis may be an Indonesian hotel group, but this is no Balinese getaway. The hotel offers a sampling of local culture for guests. Start the day with t'ai chi, acupuncture or herbal treatments, then follow that with a calligraphy lesson or cooking class. Make sure you stay in one of the Chinese-style villas for the full effect. RM

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