BLINK wins 2012 HD Design Awards

BLINK Design Group has announced that it was recognized by the Hospitality Design Awards 2012 for the “elegant classicism and French Riviera glamour at the new Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay”, considered this year's best luxury hotel.

The eighth annual Hospitality Design Awards (HD Awards), honoring the achievements of superior design and architecture in spaces around the globe, saw over 325 entries received in 17 categories, spanning Hotel (Luxury/Upscale), Fine Dining, Green/Sustainable Project, and Mid-Range/Economy Hotel.

Conrad Sanya has been said to “radiate old world luxury with a modern sensibility”. Among others, it features an architectural facade clad in golden-hued imported Australian sandstone, stone-arched walkways, and fluted columns. Sweeping courtyards allow the outdoors to be brought into almost every room. There is also an open-air lobby, with the view to the ocean framed by a pair of frangipani trees surrounded by a black tiled reflecting pool. The four suites of the Grand Spa are located around a central reflecting pool. The blue tiled private plunge pools vanish into the ocean.  There are also “underplayed ‘wow' elements” in the property, including a sunken restaurant with a stone waterfall wonderwall, and the Presidential Villa with its own pool and manicured gardens.

Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay is now part of BLINK's design hall of fame, along with other offerings including Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives, and international five-star hospitality groups Conrad, Hilton, Langham Place, Le Meridien, Regent, Sheraton, Westin and The Luxury Collection by Starwood Hotels and Resorts worldwide.

The HD Design Awards ceremony will take place on June 6 at the Grand Hyatt New York.

The HD Awards were judged by a celebrated group of industry professionals: David Ashen, d-ash design; Jeffrey Beers, Jeffrey Beers International; Hans Galutera, BG Studio; Jon Kastl, Champalimaud; and Therese Virserius, Therese Virserius Design.

Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay, on Hainan Island, China, is said to evoke the individual spirit of the French Riviera's icons

New Yorker Alan Barr is said to bring a worldly sensibility to award-winning BLINK creations like Conrad Sanya

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