New hotel group sets sights on China

The Beijing Tourism Group and international hotel management group GHM have formalized a joint venture partnership and announced plans to launch an upscale resort concept branded Ahn Luh. The partners, together with a third investor, the Great Ocean Group (GOG), said the group’s first properties will debut in the next two to three years.

The Ahn Luh brand was created by BTG chairman Duan Qiang, GOG founder Whitney Duan and Adrian Zecha, who founded Amanresorts and co-founded GHM with Hans R. Jenni.

In Ahn Luh’s pipeline are hotels in Beijing, the Pearl River Delta and Southwest China. Ahn Luh’s hotels will come to market as 50- to 100-room and villa properties, featuring over 645 square-foot rooms and over 1,291 square-foot suites. As a complement to each hotel’s spa, a resident Tai Chi master will manage an on-site Tai Chi Center.

Other aspects include dian xin breakfast, an all-day Chinese-style tapas bar, indoor and outdoor pools, a library, cigar lounge, airport concierges and a fleet of Wi-Fi-enabled cars. Each hotel will also house a retail shop selling regional goods as well as traditional Chinese medicine. Some Ahn Luh properties will include private villas and residences. All will feature meetings facilities.

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