Jean Michel Gathy brings natural design motifs to the One&Only Sanya

Kerzner International Holdings Limited, in partnership with China Gezhouba Group Real Estate, announced that construction has commenced on One&Only Sanya on Haitang Bay on Hainan in China. With 192 guestrooms, suites and villas, the One&Only Sanya resort will command views of the waters from over 1,240 feet of private coastline and over 27 acres of coconut palms set amid water gardens. This will be the first resort in China for the ultra-luxury One&Only brand.

One&Only Resorts now has seven properties, including the One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai; One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas; One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa and One&Only The Palm in Dubai. A further One&Only has been announced for Montenegro, the first resort in Europe for the collection, as well as One&Only Jeddah, the first resort in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In addition, the Australian resort Hayman Island is currently undergoing refurbishment and will be reborn as One&Only Hayman Island on The Great Barrier Reef in July, when One&Only assumes management.


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One&Only Sanya is being eyed to establish the benchmark for ultra-luxury in the region, offering luxurious guest accommodation in a beachfront resort, while placing an emphasis on privacy. The resort will use materials that showcase the natural elements of Hainan, coupled with a contemporary feel.

Jean Michel Gathy, principal of Denniston International Architects, was engaged for the design, working with Kerzner's development and design team led by Sol Kerzner, chairman of Kerzner International, and Alan Leibman, CEO. Gathy was part of the team that developed the One&Only Reethi Rah in The Maldives for Kerzner International.

In addition, Bensley Design Studios will complement the design of the resort through landscape architecture, highlighting the local flora and fauna found on Hainan, as well as water features throughout.

Guest accommodations will range from two to four bedroom private villas and a Presidential suite, to executive suites and guest rooms to be situated within either the main Manor House or Mansions, providing an exclusive, residential feel.

The six private villas, offering either two, three or four bedrooms, will provide indoor and outdoor space, complete with private pools and barbeque areas. Each villa will welcome guests through a courtyard, which leads to a living and dining area, opening to a terrace. Private outdoor living spaces will include day beds, chaise lounges, and dining al fresco.

The Manor House will provide a residential feel with entry level guestrooms that have a minimum of 754 square feet, providing some of the largest guestrooms in Sanya. Each of these guestrooms will have a separate seating area and a terrace or balcony, overlooking the waters of the South China Sea or the water gardens of the resort. Bathrooms are designed for relaxation, including a free-standing bathtub, separate rainfall shower and dual vanities.

In addition, the Manor House will have six Executive Suites that offer 1,518 square feet of space with a lounge, pantry for entertaining, dining room for six, plus a guest bathroom. The master bathroom will have a rainfall shower, as well as an oversized bath overlooking the South China Sea. The suite's terrace will offer dual day beds, as well as opportunity to dine al fresco.

The Presidential Suite, also in the Manor House, will welcome guests with a private lobby to the 1,148-foot suite, providing two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. A living room, with floor to ceiling windows and a baby grand piano, opens on to a terrace. The Presidential Suite will offer dining for 10, supported by both a wet and dry kitchen, as well as dining al fresco for six on the terrace. The master bedroom will have a private study and en suite bath, both offering secluded terraces. There will be a walk-in wardrobe, as well as a second bedroom with an en suite bath and separate lounge. A private bedroom for staff will similarly be available.

Five low rise mansions will offer an elevated sense of privacy and space with separate courtyard entrance and a mix of guest rooms and suites, some with private pools. Accommodation may be reserved individually or entire mansions may be reserved to provide private accommodation for families or friends travelling together.

Haitang Bay offers views of the South China Sea, which has influenced the design of both the public and private spaces of the resort. One&Only Sanya will offer a variety of cuisines showcasing regional specialties in restaurants. The resort will also house the One&Only Spa and a fitness center. There will similarly be meeting spaces within the resort, and a retail shopping experience.

As with all One&Only properties, the resort will have programming for families, including the KidsOnly Club, OneTribe for “tweens” (ages 9-12) and older teen activities as well. Guests will also have access to a range of sporting and entertainment facilities on-site.