Starwood Plans Four New Luxury Resorts on Tropical Hainan Island in China
- Sep 08, 2014
By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is expanding its luxury presence in China with the opening of four new properties on Hainan Island by 2020.
Starwood has partnered with Hainan Jianfeng Tourism Development Co. to debut the new developments. W Retreat & Spa Sanya-Haitang Bay will mark the country’s first W Retreat, while St. Regis will debut resorts in Haikou, Qingshui Bay and Haitang Bay.
Slated to open in 2019 and 2020, two of the new properties, W Retreat & Spa Sanya – Haitang Bay and The St. Regis Sanya Haitang Bay Resort, will be located at the North Wing of Haitang Bay, one of the area’s most exclusive and sought-after addresses.
W Retreat & Spa Sanya – Haitang Bay will feature 450 stylish guestrooms and 10 villas, with most guestrooms boasting panoramic ocean views. Amenities will include meeting space for weddings, business gatherings and creative meetings, as well as a business center, spa, fitness center, indoor heated swimming pool, kids club, W Hotels The Store, and four restaurant and bar offerings.
As the first W Retreat in China, W Retreat & Spa Sanya – Haitang Bay joins W Retreat & Spa Goa in the Asia-Pacific pipeline. The W brand currently operates five resorts in exotic destinations around the world, including Bali, Maldives, Koh Samui, Verbier and Vieques Island.
The St. Regis Sanya Haitang Bay Resort will feature 400 guestrooms and 15 villas, as well as a luxury spa, three restaurants, a lobby lounge, a wine bar and meeting space. The beachfront property will also offer guests the iconic St. Regis Butler Service, an unobtrusive means of customizing each guest’s stay according to his or her specific tastes and preferences.
Starwood’s ultra-luxury brand, St. Regis, also includes hotels in Beijing, Lhasa, Shenzhen, Sanya and Tianjin. The property will mark the brand’s third luxury resort in China and the second St. Regis resort on Hainan Island.
“The rapid growth of Starwood’s luxury brands in China reflects the robust demand for high-end hospitality from an increasingly affluent market, where domestic travel continues to thrive,” said Qian Jin, Greater China’s president of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “Having a presence on Hainan Island for more than 10 years, Starwood is inimitably positioned to cater to today’s global travelers—delivering personalized service across a diverse portfolio of luxury hotels.”
“We are thrilled to introduce the W brand’s first retreat in China while growing the St. Regis footprint locally,” added Robert Zhang, vice president of acquisition & development, Greater China for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific. “The island will soon house all three of Starwood’s luxury brands—W Hotels, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection—which will elevate the local resort experience for both business and leisure across Greater China.”
Hainan is China’s only tropical island and the country’s largest Special Economic Zone. It offers powdery beaches, lush scenery and year-round sunshine.