Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort, the ultimate in exclusivity
When people think of Hainan Island — China’s southernmost province known as “the Hawaii of China” (they share the same latitude) — they think of Sanya and Yalong Bay. This five-mile long, crescent-shaped sandy strip overlooking the South China Sea is the island’s most popular destination, with no less than 20 hotels straddling its length and sharing the same beach.
As with all Park Hyatt hotels, location is paramount. Thus, for the new Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort, it is important to offer guests accessibility to this vibrant strip of bars and restaurants while maintaining the luxury of privacy and exclusivity. The property has therefore sequestered a private corner of Yalong Bay all to itself: a secluded inlet named Sunny Bay, a mere 5 km (3.1 mile) drive from Yalong Bay proper. In addition, the resort has also acquired Baifu (Fortune) Bay — a private bay right next to Sunny Bay, which is renowned for having the best dive conditions in China. (The entire area is recognised by nature-protection organisations as a national soft-coral preserve.)
Approaching the private bay and resort along a winding, pristinely landscaped private-access road that hugs the shoreline, guests might easily imagine themselves driving along the Amalfi Coast or Great Ocean Road. Located within the stunning 350,000 sq m (3.8 million sq ft) bay, with an internal lake and a private white-sand beach, is Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort; a number of private branded villas; and soon, sister property Andaz Sunny Bay Resort Sanya.
Concept and Design
Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort was created by the award-winning Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy of the renowned design-consultancy firm Denniston. The strikingly modernist development comprises six stand alone, arch-shaped buildings designed to allow chi to flow unhindered between ocean and mountains. Set amid lush landscaping, every building and internal space has been carefully considered to maximise guests’ enjoyment of the breathtaking views. The six buildings are interlinked by wide walkways, furnished and decorated with paintings and sculptures to create multiple mise en scène, offering a tranquil, rarefied art-walk experience.
With only 205 rooms and villas across the 70,000 sq m (753,474 sq ft) property —few for a development of this size — guests could spend a holiday at Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort and feel as if they have the resort to themselves. However, when service is desired, it will be prompt and of a premium standard: warm, discreet, attentive, intuitive and tailored to guests’ individual needs.
Designed to resemble a private mansion by the sea, the sophisticated, elegant interiors are residential in style with a subtle Chinese sensibility. As in private homes, the spaces are flexible and there for guests to use however they wish.
After arriving at the resort’s dramatic entrance lined in roughly hewn Shanghai brick and red tiles, the eye is immediately drawn along a long passageway lined with deep-red leather banquettes. Through the passageway, the ceiling height rises as guests emerge into a vast, four-storey lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows, adding to the sense of drama as the eye is carried down a long infinity water feature to expansive views of the South China Sea. In the lobby, walls are lined with wooden latticework and long tables are peppered with books and objets d’art.
The room structure at Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort is simple: 28 Park Rooms with balconies, 134 Ocean View Rooms, 25 Park Suites, a Chairman Suite and 17 Park Villas. Almost all the guestrooms enjoy breathtaking beach and ocean views from panoramic windows stretching from one side of the room to the other, further extended by perpendicular mirrored glass at one side, creating the impression of a 270-degree view.
Park Rooms and Ocean View Rooms measure 62 sq m (667 sq ft) and are among the biggest on the island. Grainy wood, leather and textiles with red accents combine to create a warm, modern-Chinese interior. An entire length of each room is devoted to bathing, featuring a powder room with spacious twin vanities and a TV embedded into the mirror; a large rain-shower room; and right by the window, an oversized soaking tub cast from a single piece of black stone. A panoramic window can be opened for an immersive, infinity-pool-like experience while bathing. Meanwhile, the living area includes a sofa that converts into an additional bed, as well as a spacious walk-in wardrobe featuring his-and-her luggage racks and ample storage space.
Park Suites measure 124 sq m (1,335 sq ft) and feature additional large, separate entertaining spaces and dining areas, oversized 3.5 sq m (37.7 sq ft) shower rooms with motion-controlled rain showers and spa-like open bathrooms furnished with round ottomans atop circular carpets. Meanwhile, the Chairman Suite at the highest point of the resort occupies nearly the entire floor, measuring 240 sq m (2,583 sq ft), and can be accessed via a private elevator. Through double-wing doors, guests enter a capacious living space with 4 m (13 ft) ceilings and sweeping views, leading to a 20 m (66 ft) wide private terrace. In addition, the two-bedroom suite features a fully equipped kitchen with a butler entrance; a private dining area; a study; and a spa and fitness space.
Distinct from the main buildings, 17 unique Park Villas overlook the lake and opened on January 1, 2017. Measuring 185 sq m (1,991 sq ft), the light-filled, high-ceilinged villas will feature generously sized living rooms with eye-catching Chinese fretwork ceilings; fully equipped open kitchens and private-dining areas (both indoor and outdoor); as well as two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and walk-in showers. Outdoors, guests will find courtyards inspired by the traditional Chinese siheyuan, as well as 10 m (33 ft) private pools and sun decks with four sun beds, all carefully landscaped to provide complete privacy. Each villa will come with a dedicated butler catering to guests’ every feasible need, whether arranging a barbecue in the garden; preparing a private swimming lesson for children; setting up a tea ceremony; or taking trip to the fish market at dawn.
Drinking and Dining
The culinary ethos of the international culinary team at Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort — led by Chef Kyo Lin from Canada — is to offer fresh seasonal ingredients, prepared simply, authentically and with passion. Thus, a range of authentic Chinese and Western dishes will incorporate ingredients of the highest quality, sourced locally whenever possible. In keeping with the residential concept and ambience of a resort setting, guests are welcome to order off the menu or request bespoke dishes, eat anytime they like and dine anywhere they choose, as relaxed and free as they might be at home. The culinary team is primed to create unique and memorable dining experiences for guests, whether a champagne breakfast on the beach; a private chef’s dinner in a suite; a family barbecue in a villa; or a sunset supper on a yacht.
There are eight main drinking and dining venues — Dining Room, Cellar, Pool House, Pool Bar, Bath House, Library, Terrace and Tea House — all of which follow the concept of rooms within a large residence. At each establishment, guests can order from the menus of any of the other dining venues.
Dining Room is the main, residential-style dining space at Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort, with indoor and outdoor seating and two semi-private rooms, offering Chinese cuisines focusing on seafood and steaks. Cellar is a cosy extension of Dining Room, offering private dining in an intimate setting, as well a private dining room seating 12 and a separate room for tastings.
Next to Dining Room is Pool House, an informal all-day venue adjacent to the pools offering both indoor and outdoor dining alongside spectacular views of the South China Sea. Equipped with a brick oven, Pool House focuses on pizzas, pastas, grilled meats and seafood from the open kitchen, accompanied by views of Sunny Bay. Opposite Pool House is Pool Bar, an arresting lotus-shaped pod offering a wide array of fresh juices and cocktails, plus Asian and Western snacks. Guests will also be able to enjoy refreshing salads, chilled noodles and gourmet burgers — served poolside — in the dramatically lit Bath House, next to Dining Room.
Next to Cellar, Tea House is a traditional Chinese-style building topped with ceramic roof tiles. The impressive, light-filled space, featuring a mezzanine and a 9 m (30 ft) ceiling strung with myriad birdcages, will serve a premium selection of Chinese teas, an afternoon tea menu and regional Chinese cuisine.
Located on the 2nd floor, Library is a serene, book-lined lounge offering semi-private spaces where guests can read and relax throughout the day and evening. Library leads onto Terrace, an elegant indoor and outdoor bar offering spectacular views of the South China Sea and specialising in cocktails, premium whiskies, cigars and light snacks.
Events and Meetings
Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort aims to be the most desirable, upscale event venue in Hainan. With eight unique, residential-style venues ranging from 42 sq m (452 sq ft) to 335 sq m (3,606 sq ft), all blessed with natural light, outdoor terraces and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and lighting, the events team is confident it can arrange a successful, highly memorable occasion for all types of events.
Chamber is the resort’s largest indoor event space, measuring 335 sq m (3,606 sq ft) and comprised of three separate spaces: a reception area, an open kitchen and a main dining area. Equally unique is Gallery, a long, 293 sq m (3,154 sq ft) space with paintings and sculptures decorating both lengths, resembling an art gallery. For smaller events, there are four Salons: three measuring 42 sq m (452 sq ft), which can be used individually or opened up to create one space; plus one measuring 88 sq m (947 sq ft). Nearby, the 157 sq m (1,690 sq ft) Grand Salon, with its 11 m (36 ft) ceiling height and walls lined in wooden lattice, is an ideal venue for a wedding or gala dinner. A 600 sq m (6,458 sq ft) lawn in front of Pool House is ideal for atmospheric outdoor events.
Recreation and Activities
Along with swimming in the private bay, guests can choose from five swimming pools at Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort: a 130 m (427 ft) pool; a children’s pool; a family pool; a spa pool; and a 25 m (82 ft) indoor heated swimming pool and 7 Jacuzzi where release your fatigue, feel calmness and hearing your heart a long time. (the only indoor resort pool in Sanya) located within Bath House. Adjacent to the children’s pool is Camp Hyatt, where kids can be entertained and educated with eco-activities, cooking classes, treasure hunts and art lessons. Alternatively, children can play latest video games; enjoy a wide variety of toys and games; or simply read and rest in the “silent room”.
The Spa at Sunny Bay will open in July, 2017. Located by the lake and accessed by buggy, the spacious, light-filled spa will be built in traditional Chinese style and will be comprised of a main, two-storey building and eight freestanding villas centred around an open-air courtyard. The semi-open-air villas will each include a couple’s treatment room; a private foot-treatment room; a freestanding tub; a shower and an oversized daybed. The main spa building will feature four additional treatment rooms; two foot-treatment rooms; a traditional Chinese medicine consultancy chamber; and a lounge on the 1st floor. On the floor below, guests will find a gym, a yoga studio and an outdoor vitality pool. Results-driven treatments will be carefully conceived to incorporate proven, traditional Chinese practises, as well as the very latest in international spa techniques.
The recreation team has spent years researching and testing activities on the island to offer guests the most unique and memorable recreational experiences during their time at Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort. With a focus on local culture as well as marine and environmental education, the resort will offer activities for all ages. These will include hiking, golfing, cooking classes and stargazing, as well as tours to nearby attractions such as Butterfly Valley, Nanshan Temple, Yazhou Ancient City and the Ganzaling Nature Reserve. Water-sport enthusiasts will be thrilled with Baifu (Fortune) Bay — a private bay right next to Sunny Bay — renowned for offering the best dive conditions in China, as well as for being an ideal spot for boating and kayaking.
Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort
Address: 5 Sunny Bay Road, Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya 三亚市亚龙湾国家旅游度假区太阳湾路5号
Tel: +86-898-8820 1234