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Mandarin Oriental Selected to Manage an Exclusive Resort on China’s Hainan Island; 
The 292-room Resort Being Developed by Hainan New Superior
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HONG KONG, February 7, 2006 —Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group today announced that it will manage an exclusive resort currently under development on China’s second largest island and most southern province, Hainan Island. The 292-room resort will open in the second half of 2006. 

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya will appeal to sophisticated travelers in search of serenity and tranquility in the beautiful surroundings of this self proclaimed “Hawaii of China.” Located on a nearly two and a half acre beachfront site on Dadonghai Bay, all guest rooms, suites and villas, as well as the public areas, will have expansive views of the South China Sea. The resort is an approximately five-minute drive from Sanya City, and is located about twelve miles from the city’s international airport. 

The developer of the project is Hainan New Superior Industry Company Limited. Chan Sau Yan Associates (CSYA) is the Singapore-based architect firm, while LTW DesignWorks will be responsible for the resort’s interior design. Bensley Design Studios, based in Bangkok has been appointed as landscape architects and resort planner. 

“Hainan Island is a rapidly growing leisure destination, and I am delighted to partner with Mandarin Oriental in their first mainland venture that will bring an unprecedented level of world class luxury hospitality to this area,” said Mr Xin Qiang, Chairman of Hainan New Superior Industry Co. Ltd.

“Mandarin Oriental, Sanya, with its ideal setting on one of the most secluded beaches in the region, is positioned to become the most sophisticated beach resort in mainland China. The project offers Mandarin Oriental a unique opportunity to introduce our luxury brand and legendary service standards for the first time to mainland China, where we are currently reviewing a number of other opportunities. We look forward to working with the developers on creating an exceptional experience for visitors to Hainan Island,” said Edouard Ettedgui, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

With a larger-than-average room size of 592 square feet*, most guest rooms will have direct access to the secluded beach, and will feature private gardens with timber decks and trellises. Fifteen 2,150-square-foot private villas and 23 oversized suites will be prime features of the resort, each offering the ultimate in seclusion with its own personal infinity edge pool and garden and relaxation pavilions. The design of Mandarin Oriental, Sanya is based on an interpretation of contemporary northern Chinese architecture, with interiors that will incorporate delicate Asian touches into a relaxed resort experience. 

A variety of chic, innovative dining options is planned at each of the seven restaurants and bars, including a Chinese restaurant, seafood grill, jazz bar and an upscale cigar lounge. Many of the restaurants will offer outdoor venues. 

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya will be the only resort in the area to offer banquet and conference facilities in an outdoor environment with expansive ocean views. With an impressive arrival area, the 5,165-square-foot grand ballroom will accommodate up to 300 guests and will feature the most advanced audio-visual technology. In addition, there will be five well-equipped conference rooms, each with extensive pre-function courtyards and magnificent sea views.

The all-encompassing 34,400-square-foot Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Sanya will establish new standards of well-being, offering rejuvenating experiences that soothe, restore and revitalize.  An elevated, ‘floating’ reception area will be a significant design feature and guests will journey from a courtyard village to the treatment suites. Each of the ten private treatment villas will offer state-of-the-art heat and water experiences and outdoor gardens for relaxation, outdoor treatments or private yoga classes. Spa programs will be guided by Mandarin Oriental’s experienced spa experts, who are thoroughly educated in wellness and dedicated to serving the individual needs of every client. 
As with all Mandarin Oriental spas, the heritage of the Group is evident with the inclusion of exclusive mind-body-spirit rituals rooted in Asian custom. Other wellness facilities will include a fitness center, beauty salon and two tennis courts.

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya will also feature two landscaped infinity pools with direct access to the beach, surrounded by lush vegetation. Other leisure activities will include organized water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. In addition, the resort will encompass an upscale retail facility, fully equipped business center, library, reading room, games room and dedicated children’s center.

Hainan Island is located at approximately the same latitude as Hawaii and is separated from the mainland by the Hainan Strait. It is China’s largest Special Economic Zone and is easily accessible, being just 50 minutes south of Hong Kong by air. Hainan offers an unprecedented leisure experience with plenty of year-round sunshine, cultural activities, excellent golf and water sports.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts, currently operating 22 luxury hotels with a further eight under development in Prague, Hainan Island, China and Riviera Maya, Mexico (2006), Boston (2007), Grand Cayman and Chicago (2008), Macau and Las Vegas (2009). In total, Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, approximately 8,500 rooms in 17 countries with 14 hotels in Asia, 12 in the Americas and four in Europe.

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Contact:

Kelly O’Reilly
kellyo@lhammond.com

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Also See: Hainan Hua Neng Hai Bin Industrial Development Co. Ltd Appoints Starwood to Manage the Newly Built 330 room Sheraton Haikou Resort, on the Northern Tip of Hainan island, China / November 2004
Marriott International Inc. Opens the 465-room Sanya Marriott Resort on China's Hainan Island; Robert Lohrmann the Opening GM / Aug 2004
China Jin Mao Group Co., Ltd and Hilton International Developing 500 room Resort on Hainan Island / March 2004


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