Just in time for the lunar new year and the massively popular Spring Festival travel season, China is welcoming the new Atlantis, Sanya Hainan resort.
Atlantis, Sanya Hainan is the first Chinese location for the iconic Atlantis brand—known for its over-the-top family activities and offerings—but the third member of the global Atlantis family, joining sister properties, Atlantis resorts, Paradise Island in The Bahamas and Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. (A fourth resort, Atlantis, Ko Olina is also planned for O’ahu, Hawaii, although an opening date remains unconfirmed.)
The 1,314-room Atlantis Sanya has five suites and one restaurant that are “underwater,” meaning that they feature floor-to-ceiling windows that look into the Ambassador Lagoon. The resort covers an area of 540,000 square meters, anchored by the two-story Lost Chambers Aquarium, featuring about 86,000 marine species. Attractions include the twisting water slides of Aquaventure Waterpark, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Bar and an Ahava spa. There will also be an interactive dolphin experience, expansive event spaces and long stretches of pristine beach.
Sanya has seen a dramatic uptick in interest by international hoteliers. Most recently, IHG announced it would open the 251-room Kimpton Resort Sanya Haitang Bay by 2021.
“The growth potential of Sanya and the entire island of Hainan is tremendous, and we believe that the number of visitors, our perfect location in Haitang Bay, and warm weather are the key reasons to launch this first Atlantis resort in Sanya,” said the resort’s managing director Heiko Schreiner, according to a report in China’s Xinhaua.net.
Atlantis, Sanya Hainan is owned by Fosun International Limited, the leading non-state-owned enterprise in China, and will be managed by Kerzner International Holdings Limited, an international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels, including the Atlantis properties in Dubai and Bahamas.
Paying tribute to the lost paradise of Atlantis, all Atlantis resorts are unique, ocean-themed properties, featuring extensive water-related activities including a water park, fresh and salt-water pools, lagoons and marine exhibits, education centers and an open-air marine habitat.