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Fairmont enters Sanya with flagship resort

The resort features the world’s first sea water canal running within a hotel.

Accor has announced its first flagship Fairmont Resort in Greater China, in partnership with Hainan Keenwin Holdings. The newly refurbished Fairmont Sanya Haitang Bay is set to be the new icon of Sanya for “prestigious and distinguished” hospitality experiences.

Fairmont Sanya Haitang Bay is situated along the golden coastline of Haitang Bay, with views towards the diver’s paradise of Wuzhizhou Island and Yajia Daling Mountains.

The resort has the formal symmetry often found in imperial palaces, and offers a number of architectural gems that are destinations in their own right. In accordance with ancient Chinese architectural principles, a pair of watchtowers forms the entrance to the resort.

Covered Lounge Bridges made from stone arches act as pathways to the lobby pavilion, providing rest, shelter and vistas of intricate cornices against the green surrounds. Within the lobby, precious detailed wood carvings on walls and ceiling friezes took more than two years to complete and demonstrate a sense of grandeur and profoundness.

Its unique 1,200-metre-long river is the world’s first sea water canal running within a hotel. Guests can take a dragon boat ride to reach guestrooms and all other hotel facilities whilst enjoying the ever-changing scenery and amazing landscapes. For those who wish to learn more about the resort’s relics, the Wood Art Gallery is a courtyard house boasting fine furnishings and artefacts from both the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty.

A spokesperson for the Sanya Tourism, Culture, Radio, Television and Sports Bureau said, “Sanya has been instrumental towards the development of Hainan as an international hub of tourism and consumption. The lush tropical paradise has grown its place on the world tourism map with features second to none. As a unique tax free zone, Sanya will continue to attract the most recognisable international names to join this blessed land. The arrival of Fairmont at Sanya will be a milestone highlight of the year and a prime offering to travellers and locals alike.”

Only an eight-minute drive from Sanya Haitang Bay International Duty Free Shopping Complex, the resort offers 523 guestrooms and suites as well as residential apartments, with some of these accommodations set within a new Fairmont Gold Tower.

Fairmont Gold is the brand’s premier lifestyle concept of a ‘hotel within a hotel’, providing the highest level VIP services for the most discerning leisure and business guests. The resort is complemented by a distinctive villa area and features a nine-hole golf course.

The resort is home to a number of dining destinations. All-day dining Restaurant Veranda demonstrates its authentic style through interactive dining with a global selection of market-fresh food, highlighting Southeast Asian elements and flamed-barbequed seafood selections.

Chinese Restaurant Yuen Court is the place for fine Cantonese cuisine alongside contemporary Hainanese treasures.

Ocean Lounge boasts the best panoramic resort vista for an afternoon tea with refreshing ocean breezes or evening drinks and tapas plates against a seaside setting.

Conference and banquet facilities include a 1,500sqm pillar-less ballroom, nine meeting rooms, and a VIP function room, welcoming guests to celebrate special occasions, milestones and other important gatherings amid grand settings.

The resort’s leisure amenities include a tranquil Willow Stream Spa, well-appointed Fairmont Fit gym, three outdoor swimming pools, kids’ club with indoor and outdoor play area, and a truly intimate Fairmont Gold Lounge.

Fairmont Sanya Haitang Bay will open in December 2020, following extensive renovations to the property. The hotel joins a prestigious collection of some of the world’s most extraordinary hotels including the Fairmont San Francisco, Plaza New York and The Savoy London, both managed by Fairmont; the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai; Fairmont Banff Springs; Fairmont Ajman; and the Fairmont Century Plaza Los Angeles.