China's Hainan Island to get a new luxury resort

(Ritz-Carlton, Nanyan Bay)

The popular vacation island of Hainan, off the coast of Southern China, has been getting some attention from international brands of late. Just two weeks ago, Marriott signed a deal with Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed Chinese property developer Guangzhou R&F Properties to open the Xiangshui Bay Marriott Resort & Spa on the island. And today, Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company announced plans for a second hotel under the brand on Hainan, signing a management agreement with Hainan Golden Tide Tourism Development Co. 

The hotel will be located near the city of Wanning on Hainan’s east coast, and will include the first Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in China. (The 18-hole course will be designed by Jack Nicklaus.) The Hainan government has highlighted Wanning as a new tourism hub by completing infrastructure projects such as a new airport, a high-speed railway and new roads to improve accessibility.

The Ritz-Carlton, Nanyan Bay is scheduled to open in 2017 with 244 guestrooms and suites as well as 14 private villas. 

Ritz Carlton already operates the Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay on the southern tip of Hainan.