Launched in partnership with the award-winning Hope & Sesame to celebrate Hainan’s local ingredients and flavors.
SANYA, CHINA - Set on Hainan island’s beautiful shoreline, eco-conscious luxury lifestyle destination 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya - the first Asian destination from US-based 1 Hotels - welcomes Sky Bar, an alfresco cocktail lounge and the newest addition to the hotel’s collection of sustainability-driven food and beverage outlets. Launched in partnership with Hope & Sesame - No. 36 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 and named DRiNK Magazine’s Sustainability Award in 2019, Sky Bar presents a sustainability-centered cocktail menu that celebrates the local ingredients and flavors of Hainan.
Committed to sustainable practices and taking diners back to nature, 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya’s culinary program is built around slow food and farm-to-table movements, with the aim of forging strong connections between people and the natural world through what we eat. From the use of locally-sourced ingredients to guest experiences, Sky Bar implements eco-conscious initiatives with the goal of reaching zero waste in the near future.
"Sky Bar’s sustainability practices are embedded in every aspect of the guest experience. Aside from a cocktail menu developed using unique, locally-sourced ingredients, we hope to deliver an experience that embodies the sustainability-focused and mission-driven lifestyle advocated by the 1 Hotels brand," says Chris Liu, Bar Manager at Sky Bar.
Andrew Ho and Bastien Ciocca, co-founders of Hope & Sesame, comments, “We are delighted to collaborate with 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya to create the sustainability-focused Sky Bar with the goal to advocate an environment-friendly and healthy lifestyle. From its food and beverage program to the hotel design, the concept of giving objects a ’second life’ is applied throughout the hotel and is aligned with Hope & Sesame’s vision. We hope guests can get a taste of green living through the experience and look forward to seeing Sky Bar reach new heights."
Sky Bar’s menu presents an array of cocktails that shine a light on Hainan’s indigenous produce and flavors while minimizing the carbon footprint from transportation. Fresh strawberries, watermelon, basil, mint as well as native ingredients like yellow passion fruit and prickly pear are harvested from local farms and combined with unique Hainan beverages including Xinglong coffee, baijiu and sweet potato liquor. In a bid to minimize food waste, leftovers that are typically discarded such as pineapple pulp and watermelon rinds are incorporated into the cocktails, composted or used as livestock fodder at the hotel’s farm.
On the selection of liquor, Sky Bar uses spirit brands with fairtrade and Sucrbon certifications and share their eco-conscious values such as Flor de Caña. The bar will also be the first in Hainan to partner with ecoSpirits, a zero-waste bottling service geared towards ending single-use glass by swapping out traditional 750ml size wine bottles for 5-liter reusable containers.
Other environmentally-friendly initiatives also encompass coating-free paper straws, tissues made with recycled fiber, and handy tips and reminders to educate guests and staff to reduce waste. In the future, there are plans to introduce water-reduction taps to lower water and electricity consumption.
Sky Bar intends to offer guests an opportunity to discover the indigenous crops and herbs from Hainan’s distinct terroir at 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya’s own off-site farm Sunshine 18 Degrees. Here, guests can taste a variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs incorporated in the cocktails.
1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya boasts seven unique food and beverage outlets where locally-sourced ingredients take center stage. In addition to the 24-hour in-room dining service, the talented culinary team also provides catering services for a range of events at the hotel’s spacious facilities and garden venues, from mindful meetings at the Boardroom, intimate wedding ceremony at Ballroom, to a gala party on the sprawling green lawn, with tailored menus customized to taste and preference.
1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya has 294 distinctively designed rooms, suites and villas ranging from 62 to 1,300 square-meters with stunning views of the garden, poolside or the sea. The hotel boasts 630 square-meters of meeting facilities and 4,000 square-meters of garden venues. There is also a Feature Pavilion, sunlit Sky Deck, natural farm, fitness center and Bamford Wellness Spa from the UK. The five swimming pools mark another highlight of the resort, including the Family Pool, Children Pool, Sky Pool, Lagoon Plunge Pool and Adult Pool. 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya is conveniently located on the beautiful Haitang Bay, just 40 minutes away from Sanya Phoenix International Airport. It is also close to a number of leisure, recreation and entertainment attractions such as Duty Free Shop, Fantasy Town, and Water Park.