Marriott International has opened a new JW Marriott hotel in Sanya in China’s southern tropical island of Hainan.

The new property, JW Marriott Sanya Haitang Bay, marks JW Marriott’s second resort in Hainan – the other one being JW Marriott Hotel Sanya Dadonghai Bay – and the 18th hotel in the Greater China region.

Located on a 21.8km-long shoreline in Sanya’s Haitang Bay, the hotel is a 40-minute drive from Sanya Phoenix International Airport and is close to Yalong Bay National Tourism Resort. The area is home to a variety of tourist attractions including Wuzhizhou Island, Sanya Haichang Fantasy Town, Nanshan Temple and the Wanda International Cinema.

The hotel said its design is inspired by a “stone” theme and features arcades, ceramic accents, an octagonal fountain and peacock pavilion. Its 142 guestrooms and 18 villas, which have room sizes ranging from 735 to 7,180 sqft, are all outfitted with private balconies.

The in-house dining outlets include the all-day open-kitchen restaurant JW Kitchen and the JW Lounge that serves signature cocktails and wines from around the world. What’s more, both dining options feature farm-to-table dining experiences with the hotel’s JW Garden, which offers fresh and local ingredients and provides opportunities for cooking classes.

For events and meetings, JW Marriott Sanya Haitang Bay has over 37,600 sqft of meeting space and 86,000 sqft of outdoor lawn. Recreational options include a Health Club with over nine different-sized pools as well as the Spa by JW.

“The increase and transformation of the tourism market within China and specifically Hainan is significant, with the island now housing 23 hotels, covering different lifestyle needs,” said Henry Lee, president, Greater China, Marriott International.

“The expansion of the JW Marriott brand in Sanya allows us to add unique offerings and enriching, thoughtfully-curated experiences for guests, leaving them with unforgettable memories.”

Hainan is the China’s southernmost province. Travellers from 59 countries now enjoy 30-day visa-free access to Hainan, though they will still need a visa for other parts of China. Under the scheme that began on 1 May 2018, eligible travellers must apply for the visa waiver through a Hainan-registered travel agency and submit all the documents as required.

Sanya is a popular leisure destination situated in the southern coast of Hainan and is home to a variety of coastal resorts. Business Traveller Asia-Pacific previously reviewed two resorts in Sanya: Capella Sanya and The Sanya Edition.

What’s more, US-based eco-friendly hotel chain 1 Hotels will also open a new hotel in Sanya this year – 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya – which will mark 1 Hotels’ first property in Asia.