It was the end of a long travel day, and I was in dire need of a little R & R as we pulled in to Taiwan’s Fleur de Chine Hotel at Sun Moon Lake.
Luckily for me, the luxury property, which boasts unparalleled views of the waterfront, was prepared to aid me in my search for relaxation.
Case in point: My lakefront room was equipped with an in-room hot spring tub — there is also a public, gender-separated hot spring tub available for guests who prefer to venture from their rooms — which I found to be a welcome amenity after the day’s journey. After soaking my achy joints in the mineral-rich sodium bicarbonate waters, I moved to the balcony to enjoy the scenery.
Sun Moon Lake is named for its irregular shape; half the lake is shaped like a round sun and the other half as a crescent moon. In addition to Lake View rooms like my own, Fleur de Chine Hotel also features Mountain View rooms; suites; and Japanese-style accommodations, complete with “tatami” (straw) flooring and futons.
After a much-needed good night’s rest, I was delighted to find that the hotel offers a Chinese-style breakfast in addition to Western-style fare. Buffet items such as Taiwanese beef soup, 1,000-year-old eggs (century eggs) and other delicacies fueled me for a day of exploring the area’s nearby hiking trails.
One of my favorite aspects about Fleur de Chine Hotel — and Sun Moon Lake in general — is its relative isolation from Taiwan’s city life, which added to the tranquility of my stay. Although trains don’t stop directly at Sun Moon Lake, clients can take a one-hour ride on Taiwan’s high-speed rail system from Taipei to Taichung, then a bus or taxi ride to the property.
Note: According to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, SITA World Tours, Hana Tour USA, Majestic Vacations and Super Value Vacations are just a few operators with itineraries that include a visit to Fleur de Chine and Sun Moon Lake, with an added high-speed railway experience.