The Sanya EDITION, a spectacular oceanfront destination on Hainan Island, just off the coast of Southern China, is the latest addition to EDITION hotels, the brand Ian Schrager conceived in a partnership with Marriott International. EDITION redefines the codes of traditional luxury by balancing sophisticated design and personalized, attentive service with one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings reflecting the best of the cultural and social milieu of each location.
Schrager states, “The Sanya EDITION was conceived for the China of today and the China of tomorrow. The resort is a unique sophisticated vision and embodiment of a cosmopolitan China for all the world to see.”
In ancient times, Sanya was known as “the end of the sky and ocean.” The Sanya EDITION embraces this concept by responding to China’s ever-changing landscape and introduces travellers to a new kind of luxury hotel experience. Centrally located in Haitang Bay, The Sanya EDITION is set within 50 acres of meticulously landscaped lush tropical greenery. Featuring a striking 20,000 square meter private ocean overlooking the South China Sea.
The Sanya EDITION comprises 512 residential-style guestrooms, including 46 suites, and an additional 17 exclusive hotel villas nestled into a terraced hillside, each one with a private pool and private outdoor space. Delivering on the new-luxury promise, all guestrooms in the horseshoe-shaped hotel offer stunning ocean views. While the standard rooms are well suited for families, the loft suites, with their sleek and sensual finishes, are designed to appeal to couples.
The villas emphasize wood and stone textures. The warm and inviting interiors exude a comfortable, simple sophistication, using light oak finishes and airy fabrics to evoke the relaxed beach vibe. The spacious, light-filled rooms contrast stone floors against a clean, light colour palate. The inventive design extends to the main room where Lofts and Suites feature a striking standalone bathtub. The placement allows guests to fully luxuriate in and appreciate the surrounding natural views.
While adventurers climb the rock wall or ride the paddleboards, friends gather in the Mahjong Rooms. As toddlers explore the water slides and fantastical treehouse, wellness seekers retreat to the meditation forest or find sanctuary in the 11 exclusive treatment rooms in The Spa at The Sanya EDITION. Throughout the lush tropical landscape, a village of family cabanas and relaxation pavilions – each one fitted with comfortable couches, flat-screen TVs and minibars – encourage lounging. Families can take advantage of designated child-friendly entertainment zones spaced throughout the property, from the outdoor movies and arcade games to the saltwater pool and rock-climbing wall. Driving entertainment in a new direction, a private bumper car rink invites youngsters – and the young at heart – to experience excitement behind the wheel of a brightly-coloured bumper car.
The spectacular 20,000m2 private ocean overlooking the South China Sea is unique to China and serves as the property’s focal point with numerous activities radiating around this vast body of water. The private ocean beach on the north shore, which is shaded by coconut palms, offers pristine white powdery sand and is designed for swimming and enjoying the water and its magnificent view. To maintain the private ocean within the resort, 10 million gallons of sea water is pumped in from the South China Sea throughout the day, recycling once every 32 hours. As a compliment, a series of age-specific pools in a number of different sizes are dotted around the private ocean, each one with their own program of special activities.
Another unique and special element within the resort is Limited EDITION a lifestyle shop, co-curated by UCCA (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art) Beijing and Steven Giles of Miami EDITION. UCCA Beijing collaborates with over 80 artists and 100 designers to produce specially commissioned works from Chinese artists and beyond, displaying cutting-edge design and one-of-a-kind original merchandise for EDITION guests. No other store in China offers such a broad range of limited edition lithography, photography, sculpture, ceramics and installation art from the biggest names in contemporary art in China. From unique Chinese novelty items and hand crafted items to books and fashion created by both established and up-and-coming artists, the store represents a microcosm of current and contemporary art and culture, making it accessible and affordable for everyone. UCCA aims to promote an inclusive, cosmopolitan vision of China in the world.
Throughout the property, specialty restaurants celebrate culinary innovation and creative design. The largest of these, Market at EDITION, references Sanya’s history as a trading port with a design evoking an old Chinese warehouse. Rustic wood and faded tiles add texture to the high-ceiling space where guests congregate for breakfast and enjoy a vibrant marketplace atmosphere. Divided into distinct sections, Market is designed to feel festive but also casual and relaxed.
Take an idyllic evening boat-ride on a customized boat at Xian Hai By The Sea, the hotel’s signature seafood restaurant where the focus is on specialty Cantonese dishes. Introducing a new level of dining luxury, guests can opt to dine atop illuminated floating platforms in the private ocean. The custom-designed live fishpond features fresh seafood for guests to select from to enjoy under the starry night sky. From afar, the picture-perfect venue appears to be a collection of glowing lanterns skimming the water.
Beach Barbacoa at EDITION captures the casual cool of beachside dining and the full-bodied flavours of Indonesian cuisine. With an enticing menu, that includes authentic Balinese-style satays and Tiger Prawn Balinese Curry with coconut milk, Beach Barbacoa takes its culinary cues from the traditional market restaurants that line the beach fronts at Sanya.
For drinks, the Jade Egret welcomes guests with a selection of cocktails, craft beers or premium wines and a selection of appetizers, including Peking duck pancakes, hand rolls or small plates inspired by Spain’s famous tapas bars, in a yacht inspired space.
The rooftop bar is Sanya’s premium gathering place for sophisticated guests. A relaxing poolside haven by day, the space transforms into a stylish lounge at night and is the best spot in the resort to enjoy sunrise and sunset. While the rooftop bar’s open-plan layout and sleek design promote socializing, the private booths provide an exclusive escape.
Nearby attractions abound, such as shopping at luxury designer outlets, but once guests cross the entrance into The Sanya EDITION, they become part of an experience that is other-worldly.
The Sanya EDITION| No. 100 North Haitang Road | Sanya, Hainan | 572013 China
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