One of the most gracious properties on the island, overlooking gardens and the sea beyond, houses the Miryam, which is advertised as "boutique" but feels more like a grand dame clinging to the cliffs of Italy's Amalfi Coast.
The Continental feel extends to the furnishing of the clean, airy, well-lit rooms, some with claw-foot tubs. Ask for a room with a sea view—the generous private balconies and their bucolic vistas are worth the upcharge.
Prices are above average for Kulangsu but reasonable given the views upscale feel. The restaurant's availability and hours are unpredictable, so don't plan around meals here. The staff runs a tight ship and can be curt to non-hotel guests (not allowing them to enter the upper balconies, lobbies, and other public areas of the hotel), but the rewards of being a guest are considerable.
Address: 70 Huangyan Road, Gulangyu Island, Siming District, Xiamen City, China