The Silks Place Taroko at Tianxiang

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Text: Rick Charette; Photos: Chen Cheng-kuo

Guestroom with gorge view

Guestroom with gorge view

A sumptuous place to spend a Taroko Gorge night is at the refined Silks Place Taroko hotel, where dark-stain wood is the dominant interior theme, smartly complementing the marble-white facade. It’s located at the edge of Tianxiang on a picturesque perch – atop the low-plateau point where the Liwu and Dasha rivers meet before the combined waters rush through the inner gorge for more forceful rock-sculpting. The riverbed here is strewn with massive boulders of widely differing striated artwork – including one of pure marble – and macaques make their way down the steep wooded slopes for a drink in the morning. Though deep in a gorge that is a Mother Nature aesthetic tour de force, a stay at this hotel is time spent in the lap of manmade luxury.

Spacious bathroom

Spacious bathroom

The range of amenities and special activities is too sweeping to cover fully, but a number stand out. There is a full spa, along with two superb pools, one indoor and one outdoor. The latter is on the roof, beside it a Jacuzzi, with both offering a wonderful 360-degree panorama. Indoor and outdoor activities oriented toward both kids and adults are offered. Of special note are the guided tours, Truku-theme weaving sessions, nighttime indigenous dance shows in the lovely inner courtyard and mini-concerts by the rooftop poolside fireplace, and Moonlight Cinema showings by the rooftop pool, with patio loungers as seating.

Indoor swimming pool

Indoor swimming pool

Outdoor swimming pool

Outdoor swimming pool

Indigenous-music performance on the rooftop

Indigenous-music performance on the rooftop

Rooftop Moonlight Cinema

Rooftop Moonlight Cinema

The restaurant dinner and breakfast buffets have a delicious range of international and Chinese choices, and Retreat Floor (VIP) guests can choose to take breakfast in the sun-drenched rooftop Retreat Lounge, with Eastern/Western set meals.

Dining room of hotel restaurant

Dining room of hotel restaurant

Retreat Lounge

Retreat Lounge

(Rooms, all very large, start at NT$8,000)

Silks Place Taroko (太魯閣晶英酒店)

Add: No. 18, Tianxiang Rd., Xiulin Township, Hualien County

(花蓮縣秀林鄉天祥路18號)

Tel: (03) 869-1155

Website: taroko.silksplace.com.tw