The Ritz-Carlton’s expansion in Asia, particularly China, is proof, once again, that luxury is here to stay.
President and COO Simon F Cooper said: “Asia-Pacific is a key territory for Ritz-Carlton and this can be seen by our growth and development in the region. We have opened two new hotels in China already in 2008 in Guangzhou and Sanya, and will open a third in Shenzhen later in the year. This is in addition to opening our first new Reserve product in Krabi in southern Thailand in the last quarter of the year.
“We have seen great demand for The Ritz-Carlton brand in Asia and we are increasing our footprint in key areas such as China… The increased wealth in the region, coupled with the increased foreign investment into the region from international corporations, has driven a greater demand for luxury brands and Ritz-Carlton is at the forefront of meeting that demand and providing luxury lifestyle experiences.”
The latest to open, and its fifth in China, is The Ritz-Carlton Sanya (pictured), following The Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou in March. The Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen, due to launch this year, will be the group’s sixth and the other openings are in Macau, Hongkong and a second in Shanghai (all in 2010).
Guests of The Ritz-Carlton Sanya will be able to appreciate the delicate work by WAT&G Design. The property draws influence from the classic building design of Beijing’s Summer Palace through high-pitched ceilings, dark rich wood, intricate carvings and mosaic detail. There are 450 rooms including 33 Pool Villas, each with their own butlers, in addition to 21 suites.