Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced that it will arrive at a new milestone as it expands its collection to 10 hotels with the opening of Raffles Hainan. This is the company’s second property in China.
The luxury resort will open in Clearwater Bay, the new hotspot on the southeast coast of Hainan Island, said to be China’s answer to the French Riviera, and which targets the luxury tourism market. Clearwater Bay is a 500 square-kilometer development that encompasses the Raffles resort, two golf courses designed by US-based Schmidt-Curley Design located directly adjacent to Raffles, private residences, luxury retail, a cinema complex, yacht clubs and a 780-berth marina for sailing and water sports.
Raffles Hainan enjoys a beachfront location with 299 rooms – starting at 80 square meters (861 square feet) – and 32 villas, all with balconies and views of the ocean or golf course. A Raffles Spa offering both Asian and Western treatments, seven restaurants and bars, and private events spaces will also be available, with Hainan’s homage to the Long Bar at Raffles Singapore, a tribute to the Hainanese bartender who created the Singapore Sling.
Rooms and suites feature a contemporary design combined with locally inspired accents. Artisan wood furnishings, colorful fabrics and artworks pay homage to the traditional hill tribes in Hainan.
Raffles Hainan showcases over 1,000 works of art throughout the resort. Curated by Willow Gallery from Hong Kong, these include specially commissioned works from contemporary Chinese artists, sculptures, tribal ornaments and even multimedia art.
For meetings and events, options include the beachfront pavilion with sea views and the ballroom. These are complemented by seven multifunctional meeting rooms.
Herbert Laubichler-Pichler is the GM.