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First Hilton worldwide resort in China`s tropical “Hawaii” to open 2005

Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa, a low-rise beachfront resort is due to open later this year…

Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa, a low-rise beachfront resort is due to open later this year in what has been hailed by tourism officials as the budding “Hawaii of China”.

Located in Yalong Bay on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island and separated from the mainland by a 20 kilometre stretch of South China Sea, the luxury resort will be Hilton’s first Worldwide Resort in the People’s Republic of China and will form an important part of the steadily growing network of seven Hilton hotels in China.

“Sanya has everything the classic holidaymaker wants,” says General Manager, Mr Dirk De Cuyper. “Post card perfect views, white sand, magnificent mountain backdrops and a year-round tropical climate. We plan to help put the destination on the world traveller map.“

In 2004, 3.7 million tourists visited the island, marking a 20 percent increase over the previous year. De Cuyper’s long term strategy for the luxurious resort is to attract the European traveller.

“In terms of the European traveller, Hilton Sanya will initially be a niche destination for a few days beach holiday at the end of a two week cultural tour. But, with the global spotlight fixed on China in the lead up to the 2008 Olympics, we have an enormous opportunity to create an association between China and tropical beaches. Hopefully we can shift the focus to travellers looking for an alternative destination and a one-stop relaxation spot.”

Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa commands prime position on 746 metres of unspoiled beach front at the western end of Yalong Bay, a 30 minute drive from the city of Sanya and the international airport. Based around a low-rise village set in lush tropical gardens, the key feature of the resort is a meandering lagoon that runs the length of the site and a villa-style spa for total indulgence.

The average room size will be 55 square metres, with almost three quarters of the rooms overlooking a wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach and the South China Sea. The remainder have vistas over the surrounding National Park. Other facilities include five swimming pools, two tennis courts, Kidz Paradise, and a full recreational and leisure centre. The resort will also feature separate meeting and banquet facilities and a 1,500 square metre function room.

Hilton International has teamed up with one of China’s foremost developers, China Jin Mao Group Co., who are the developers behind China`s tallest building, the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai. Wimberley Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) have been appointed the architects. WATG are renowned for the stunning Conrad Bali Resort & Spa which opened in March 2004.

Hainan is served by three airports offering flights to more than 50 destinations. It is linked to the mainland by the recently opened Guangdong-Hainan railway and 13 deep-water berths for passenger and cargo transport. The island offers many activities including fishing, diving and golf.

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