China's Jiuzhaigou Valley to get Ritz-Carlton hotel

Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has signed an agreement with Sichuan Jiuzhai Luneng Eco-Tourism Investment Development to open its first all-villa property in one of China’s earliest UNESCO world heritage sites, Jiuzhaigou Valley, on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in southwest China.

“We are delighted to be fulfilling the desires of our sophisticated international travelers by opening exceptional properties in new locations,” Hervé Humler, president and COO for The Ritz-Carlton, said in a  statement. “Working closely with our partners, we will be curating a Jiuzhaigou experience that honors its UNESCO heritage.”

The Ritz-Carlton, Jiuzhaigou, will have 87 villas with views over the valley and the Min Mountains. The three restaurants and lounges will have stone-paved terraces with fire pits. 

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Over the summer, the company announced plans for a second Ritz-Carlton on Hainan, signing a management agreement with Hainan Golden Tide Tourism Development Co. Ritz Carlton already operates the Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay on the southern tip of Hainan, and has 10 other hotels throughout China. 

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