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The 450 room Ritz-Carlton, Sanya Opens in
China’s Tropical Hainan Island Province

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CHEVY CHASE, Md. – May 1, 2008 – Luxury living is put firmly on the map today in China’s tropical Hainan Island province with the opening of  The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya. Combining stylish hotel room accommodation and luxurious private villas with eight dining experiences, a world-class spa and designer brand shopping, the resort confirms Sanya as the next tourist ‘hot-spot’ Asian destination.
“We are delighted to be able to bring the first true luxury resort hotel to China to complement our city destinations on the mainland. 

Sanya is a beautiful, paradise island offering visitors perfect white sandy beaches, stunning mountains, rain forest, mangrove reserves and year-round sunshine,” explained Simon F. Cooper, president and chief operating officer of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. “We have no doubt that Sanya has the potential to be a resort island of true international appeal, attracting visitors from all over the world, whether they are visiting the island for business or pleasure. It really is a hidden gem and the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya helps to put this destination on the map for discerning luxury travelers.”

The hotel’s 450 rooms include 33 pool villas, each with their own private butlers, in addition to 21 luxury suites. Being nestled between the pristine white sand beach of Yalong Bay on one side and a mangrove reserve on the other, views from all guest rooms are breathtaking. Each of the 33 one-, two-, and three-bedroom private pool villas are tastefully and sensitively furnished with a large outside deck, double and single sun loungers for lazy days and evenings, and intimate infinity pools which merge with the horizon.
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Pool Villa at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya
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The property is designed by WAT&G Design and draws influence and inspiration from the classic building design of Beijing’s Summer Palace, with high pitched ceilings, dark rich wood, intricate carvings and mosaic detailing, coupled with grand water features and opulent furnishings. Merging seamlessly with this Asian graciousness is a Western modernity, coupled with The Ritz-Carlton outstanding level of commitment to service and guest satisfaction. This all adds up to a great sense of place with immaculate detailing and service.

All hotel guests enjoy spacious guest rooms measuring more than 645-square feet, oversized private balconies and marble-tiled five-fixture bathrooms with rain shower and stand-alone bath tub. The room amenities include plush Frette terry robes, flat panel high-definition LCD televisions, in-room cappuccino/coffee/tea makers, and iPOD docking stations.

Guests staying in the 66 Club rooms and suites, located in an exclusive wing and accessible by private keycard, will also enjoy a personalized concierge service and a private ocean view Club Lounge serving all-day complimentary gourmet food and beverage on the sixth floor of the hotel.  

The hotel’s Lagoon guest rooms will have the added luxury of a private Jacuzzi and steps down to one of the resort’s lagoon swimming pools. Here guests can choose a leisurely swim in the water or sit pool-side and enjoy a daily selection of the hotel’s signature coconut-based cocktails or healthy vitamin drink boosters.  

The culinary shell at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya is an odyssey of unique dining experiences that follows the principles of S.P.I.C.E: simple, pure, innovative, consistent and engaging. ‘Fresh8’, the resort’s all-day dining restaurant, has eight show kitchens to delight guests, while ‘Sophia’ offers southern Italian cuisine in a stylish and contemporary setting. ‘Pearl’ showcases the very best in new Cantonese cooking, and for those who enjoy a more casually luxurious experience ‘Sand’ is an al fresco dining option right on the beach featuring fresh seafood and barbecues. ‘Scene’, ‘Zig’ and ‘Cube’ also offer guests a great selection of drinks and snacks in luxurious settings in the resort.

The ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya will be the biggest Ritz-Carlton spa in the region offering 24 private treatment rooms – six of which are private spa suites. The spa will feature cool mist showers, jade steam showers, outdoor vitality pools with jets, plus a number of relaxation and fitness studios making it an unrivalled retreat for those in need of pampering. ESPA treatments are a marriage of ancient Eastern philosophies and the latest relaxation and rejuvenation techniques. Signature treatments will use advanced natural skin-care products and will be performed by fully qualified and trained ESPA therapists. 

A designer on-site boutique shopping arcade with five of the world’s top brands: Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tod’s, Paul & Shark and Zegna is a first for Sanya and is ideal for visitors wanting to mix shopping with sun worshiping. Discreetly located at lobby level, the stylish arcade blends in with the remaining hotel architecture and all retail outlets are open daily.     

Other resort facilities include four swimming pools, a full-service fitness centre, tennis courts, Ritz Kids®, an on-site florist, and business, technology and babysitting services.  

The resort’s mystique is further enhanced by the ‘Romanceologist’. Prepped with the essential skills for igniting romance in any relationship, they are on-hand to organize a special something to meet a guests’ every whim, be it an intimate beach BBQ or lavish and unforgettable ‘will you marry me moment’. As The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya also boasts a stunning beach-side wedding chapel, there can be no better or more romantic place to say ‘I do’.

For meetings, conferences and special social events, The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya provides 18,300-square feet of flexible space, including a 9,800-square foot ballroom that is divisible by four, along with an additional nine meeting rooms. The resort is just 40 minutes from Sanya Phoenix International Airport, so it is very convenient for meetings and incentive groups flying to the island.

Opening prices to stay in a one-bedroom private pool villa begin at USD$650 per night, while Lagoon rooms are priced from USD$330 and The Ritz-Carlton Club Rooms from USD$385. 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., (U.S.A.) currently operates 71 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Over 30 projects are under development around the globe with future openings including Shenzhen and Rancho Mirage. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which recognized outstanding customer service. 

For more information or reservations please contact your travel professional, The Ritz-Carlton U.S. toll free reservations at 1 (800) 241-333, The Ritz-Carlton, Sanya at (86 898) 8898 8888 or email rcsy.reservation@ritzcarlton.com.  Please visit www.ritzcarlton.com for more information.  

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Contact:

 Vivian A. Deuschl
Corporate Vice President, Public Relations
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
4445 Willard Avenue,  Suite 800 
Chevy Chase, MD 20815 
Direct 703.941.6225
Email: vivian.deuschl@ritzcarlton.com

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Also See: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Opens Fourth Hotel in Mainland China, the 351 room Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou / March 2008
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Opens Third Property in China, the 305-room Ritz-Carlton, Beijing / December 2007
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