Following the recent opening of the Sanya Edition in the south of Hainan in December, a new hotel opened its doors in the north of the island earlier this week.
Offering a distinctly golf-oriented experience, The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou is the hotel group’s first golf resort in China and is set within the Mission Hills golf resort, which is home to ten 18-hole championship courses designed by renowned golf architects.
“Hainan Island is one of the most exciting emerging destinations in Asia-Pacific today,” said Hervé Humler, president and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “With our partners, Mission Hills Group, we have created one of the most immersive golf and leisure travel experiences anywhere in the world. The island is rich in culture and off-the-beaten track experiences that reflects a China many have not seen, making it an ideal spot for families and friends to travel and explore.”
Featuring 175 rooms and 16 suites, the new Ritz-Carlton has been designed to resemble a golf clubhouse – guestrooms include fabrics and patterns inspired by vintage golf designs, while wall panels and light fixtures include stitching akin to that used in handmade golf shoes. Meanwhile, vintage golf bags are reflected in the antique leathers used in the property and Scottish-inspired tartan flooring has been lain down.
A number of key F&B options are available to guests. Flair Bar on the hotel’s rooftop features a private patio overlooking the course and offers cocktails using local fruits – a good place to view the Scottish bagpiper whose playing signals the beginning and end of the day’s golfing. A private dining room offering single-malt whiskies and cigars is also present. Meanwhile Cantonese restaurant Tin Lung Heen features recitals of T’ang Dynasty poetry along with cuisine ranging from Tuscany to China.
A “Golfer’s Retreat” spa treatment is available to golfers at the hotel’s seven-room spa, as is a steam room, mist showers and indoor vitality pools. A fitness centre, swimming pool and yoga on the lawn round out the resort’s lifestyle offerings.