Intercontinental Sanya Haitang Bay Resort
InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG), the largest international hotel company by number of rooms in China, announced that InterContinental Sanya Haitang Bay Resort will open in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Nestled on untamed and pristine beaches in China’s new luxury resort destination, Haitang Bay, InterContinental Sanya Haitang bay Resort is a luxurious beach resort which will sit next to the world’s largest duty free shopping center (scheduled to be open by the end of 2013), with nine world-class golf courses within a 15 to 40 minute drive. The resort is only a 30-minute ride from downtown Sanya and 35 minutes from the airport.
|InterContinental Superior Ocean View Room
|InterContinental Deluxe Ocean View Room
|InterContinental Sea View Room
|InterContinental Superior Ocean View Suite
|Haitang Ocean View Suite
|Premier Ocean View Suite
|InterContinental Grand Ocean View Suite
|InterContinental Ocean View Villa
Developed by the Sanya Xintianfang real estate company and designed by a world class architectural firm, Harsh Bedner Associates (HBA), the Resort is shaped like a dragon resting on the beach and stretches 150,000 square metres and 14-stories high. With an attractive, open-plan design and décor featuring tropical artwork, all 305 rooms have spacious master bedrooms and private outdoor balconies with bathtubs overlooking the azure blue waters of the South China Sea.
The resort boasts seven elegant restaurants and bars, which offer a wide selection of gourmet dining options in a relaxed environment with an exotic atmosphere. The divine Chinese restaurant, with six private dining rooms, offers a unique mix of Cantonese specialties, Hainan and Tianjin delicacies. AQUA, the seafood restaurant located next to the resort’s indoor aquarium, provides a memorable dining experience with a variety of fresh seafood and steaks and an international selection of fine wines.
A wide range of meeting spaces (a total of 1,500 square metres) with state-of-the-art facilities makes InterContinental Sanya Haitang Bay Resort an ideal option for high-level meetings and conferences. In addition, an 8,000 square metre yard with ocean views and perfectly manicured green lawns, which caters up to 5,000 people, makes the resort an alluring venue for world-class events.
The resort also features the Planet Trekkers, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts’ signature kids club. Designed as a mini-resort for the young guests, there is an array of entertainment and activities to inspire the creativity of guests between ages 3 and 12.
The resort entry is envisaged as a rather dramatic, wild and faintly mysterious experience-no major, ostentatious signage but an intriguing and inviting approach comprising a branch of the lagoon, a bridge, dense landscape and two hills framing the arrival.
The hotel adopted a “staggered” planning arrangement for the rooms which gives everyone a sea view- the suites and front rooms being best served in this respect. The lowest level rooms are about 7 metres above ground level and so are able to have sea views over the landscape.
The V configuration of the room blocks enables the guest rooms to have windows front and rear to give natural light to the bathrooms as well as providing a stimulating environment for the rooms access walkways. The front ends of the room blocks are over water and the main lifts and services are centrally located with the V layout.
The villas occupy the most desirable beach front location of the site and have been planned so that guest access to this area is restricted. The villas have their own reception and check in area and all have view of the sea.
It is ideal that this element in the resort be based firmly upon the guest room blocks and the planning organized to provide a 2 bay 2 key lockout arrangement or similar. The stagged planning of the rooms and their access ways make this option particularly easy to arrange with a variety of options.
Resort guest facilities
The main public areas of the resort - lobby, bars and restaurants- are centrally located and are partly over the lagoon. The main floor of this complex is raised 3.5-4.0 metres above ground level with the main road access to the porte cochere and lobby being ramped up to meet it. The main restaurants and lobby are at this level with some facilities below, at lagoon level and a guest bar, library and gallery is located in the roof space overlooking the resort beach and ocean.
An additional structural element to extend the guest experience in the resort is the Tower. This is positioned on the lagoon edge at the seaward end of the resort. The structure would be a slim, tapered bundle of timber poles- an echo of the structure used elsewhere and at the top would provide, in addition to an outstanding view of Haitang Bay, a bar, an orientation platform and possibly and observatory as a night time activity.
The Island Spa
The Island Spa is located in a secluded space at the entry end of the resort site and is accessed over a bridge with a weir under it-this end of the site is lower than the general level. The reception area serves both the Spa and fitness center--otherwise these areas are completely separate. The fitness centres has a bridge from the island on the main road side to a jogging track linking it to the resort pool and beach front area.The Spa, with 10 treatment rooms, is seen as offering a complete range of treatments in a very tranquil and private setting- each room looks over the lagoon to dense landscape beyond.
The Retail Village
This complex of single storey timber structures close to the Lobby is seen as a water village with the buildings being mainly over water and clustered around tributaries of the lagoon. The Village would accommodate F& B Facilities in addition to retail and related functions.
The pool area in the southern corner of the site is the active area of the resort. Two pools are envisaged.
. A single large pool with a sand entry and with extensive surrounding terraces and cabanas giving on to a beach area with volleyball, petanque and similar activities.
. A “lazy river” providing a slow circulation through a variety of experiences -- dense landscape, bridges, water slide, rapids and a palm garden.
A special feature of the active, pools are of the resort is the diving pool. This pool is a deep, sea water pool with links to the ocean for guests to experience ocean diving.
This is seen as a biologically stable, fresh water feature with water plants in selected areas and various fish species providing stability and a guest attraction. The lagoon would average around 2-3 metres in depth and would provide circulation by small electric boats to all the main facilities of the resort.
This is seen as a major structure in the resort able to accommodate conferences of up to 800 people. In architectural form it is seen as being similar to the lobby / central facilities building and it has a separate entrance porte cochere. The ballroom would be sub divisible into smaller conference rooms and would have extensive break out and external courtyard spaces. The entry area of the building features a reflecting pool and a walkway link alongside the entry road to the resort Lobby.