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Escape at Raffles Hainan

Luxury hotel offers special Chinese New Year rates and fabulously relaxing beachside environment to chase away the winter blues.

BEIJING – Keen to escape from the chill of China’s midwinter to somewhere warm, welcoming and tropical. Few places work better as an antidote to the winter blues than the Raffles Hainan, on the famed tropical island, which, as an extra bonus, is offering special rates over the Spring Festival holiday season.

The luxury resort is located in a very special spot on an especially lush island, with the option of swimming in crystal-clear waters, splashing around in the lagoon pool, sampling the extensive menu of spa treatments, tucking into the gourmet food or completing a round of golf at one of two close-by 18-hole courses.

In short, the perfect place to recharge the physical and spiritual batteries in a calming soothing environment, a short flight away from many major Chinese cities. To make the holiday stay even more enticing, Raffles Hainan is offering a generous discount for early bookers: reservations made for suites and villas before the end of this year quality for a significant discount, along with extra benefits such as afternoon tea, evening cocktails, round-trip airport transfers and round-the-clock Raffles Butler service.

The Chinese New Year Holiday, or Spring Festival, is a time when many people head off to foreign parts, seeking warmer weather, but opting for Raffles Hainan means a much shorter journey time and no immigration-queue delays. The holiday isle of Hainan is often described as China’s answer to Hawaii and there are many similarities including the superb beaches, laid-back lifestyle and hilly interior.

Raffles Hainan also offers the legendary service that the Singapore-based hospitality group is famed for, with meticulous attention paid to guests’ needs and wants. The property is located in an especially glorious location, on Clearwater Bay, a 12 km stretch of tropical beach, and features deluxe private residences, two 18-hole golf courses and an atmosphere of pampered luxury.

The hotel itself has 299 rooms and suites which start at an expansive 80 sq m and a total of 32 super-luxury villas. Guests can choose from four restaurants and two lounge bars and stroll along corridors and open spaces that feature striking pieces of art and sculpture. In fact the design theme of the hotel takes its inspiration from another legendarily exotic island – Bali – as well as from the local ethnic groups of Hainan itself.

Inspiration from other parts of Asia is also evident at the Raffles Spa, which is a calming and tranquil oasis, guaranteed to put guests in holiday-relaxation mood. The signature treatments include The Eternal Beauty of Lotus, a two-hour treatment that is a regenerative experience, based on the three stages of a lotus-flower’s growth. Another speciality, the Oriental Infusion, uses traditional Chinese herbs and jade stones placed over specific points to boost energy flow.

A more vigorous way of banishing accumulated stresses and worries is with a round of golf. Aficionados of the sport will be thrilled at the prospect of being able to choose from two courses, both of them set in stunning settings and offering challenging play. Both the North and South courses are par 72s, magnificently designed to include undulating terrain that features picturesque lakes and lush coconut groves.

The interiors of Raffles Hainan are inspired by that self-same natural scenery, with earth-tones, stone and wood all featuring heavily, ensuring that guests are lulled into laid-back mood from the minute they enter the resort. There is art, too, to sooth the soul including 1,000 fine art antiquities, specially commissioned pieces by contemporary Chinese artists and, in one of the lobbies, a bespoke sculpture by Ho Sin-ying that stands along antique wooden columns repurposed from Balinese homes.

Influence from Bali, legendary Raffles service and a beachside location on one of China’s prime beaches. All those elements combine together at Raffles Hainan to ensure that holiday guests begin the Year of the Horse in a buoyant and positive mood, warmed by the winter sun, kissed by the gentle ocean breezes and pampered by attentive, highly-trained staff.

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