China’s first Atlantis resort in the city of Sanya has officially opened, culminating four years of anticipation for a CNY 11 billion (close to US Dollar two billion) project, developed by owning company – Fosun International and managed by reputable and global hospitality leisure brand operator, Kerzner International. Atlantis Sanya promises to redefine holidaymaking and propel Hainan Island into a new era of world-class hospitality and tourism.
Atlantis Sanya’s grand opening, which coincided with the 30th anniversary of Hainan Province Special Economic Zone festivities, was marked by a gala unveiling event that was attended by Hainan government officials, business leaders, and international and Chinese celebrities.
Overlooking the South China Sea, Atlantis Sanya boasts one of the largest open-air aquariums in the world, The Ambassador Lagoon, a unique underwater habitat, home to more than 86,000 species of marine life, mesmerising visitors as they journey to discover the mythical heart of Atlantis. The resort’s 1,314 guest rooms and 154 suites not only offer spectacular island and coastal vistas, but also serene views of life below the waves, from seven uniquely designed underwater suites – the first guest experience of its kind in China. At the heart of Atlantis Sanya is the Lost Chambers Aquarium, which allows visitors to immerse themselves in the mysteries of the ocean and learn more about the richness and diversity of its inhabitants.
Guests can also enjoy exhilarating water play at the 200,000-square metre Aquaventure Waterpark and enjoy interactive sea mammal experiences at Dolphin Cay and Sea Lion Point. Atlantis Sanya’s wide range of dining options include 21 restaurants, cafes, and lounges, including Bread Street Kitchen and Bar by world-famous celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and Ossiano Underwater Restaurant and Bar, which are poised to become Hainan’s top gastronomic spots. For conferences, events, and meetings, Atlantis Sanya offers an expansive 5,000 square metre MICE facility. The resort also provides families with a playful Miniversity recreational centre and operates the first AHAVA Spa in the Asia-Pacific region.
In building Atlantis Sanya, Fosun Tourism and Culture Group envisioned a high-quality, one-stop tourist destination that caters to families – part of the company’s mission of helping families live happier lives. Guo Guangchang, Chairman of Fosun International, sees Atlantis Sanya as a response to the growing trend of family–focused hospitality, ushering in a new era for tourism in Hainan and China as a whole.
“We call it ‘FOLIDAY,’ Fosun’s distinctive holiday brand that seeks to take the tourism industry to greater heights,” Guo said. “At Atlantis Sanya, families will have everything they want and need for a breathtaking holiday experience. With something for every family member to enjoy, we’ve designed the ultimate, multi-generational resort experience, focused on delivering quality family time and treasured memories that last a lifetime.”
Atlantis Sanya has turned the concept of traditional hotels on its head by reinventing the complex holiday market. Atlantis Sanya will form a distinct tourism ecosystem in Hainan as well as play an industry-leading role in promoting structural reforms of the tourism industry in Hainan in order to improve the quality of tourism in Sanya and Hainan. From a broader perspective, Atlantis Sanya is in a class with Shanghai Disneyland and the upcoming Universal Studios in Beijing in promoting China as a world-class tourist destination and enhancing the overall tourism industry.
Michael Wale, CEO of Kerzner International, believes Atlantis Sanya will continue the company’s tradition of providing extraordinary holidays to tourists from all over the world. Atlantis Sanya joins Kerzner’s flagship destination Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, as well as The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences in Dubai and Atlantis, Ko Olina in Hawaii, both of which are currently under construction.
“We are delighted to be welcoming Atlantis Sanya into our family as not only the first Atlantis resort in China, but also a proud first step into the Asia Pacific region,” said Wale. “Atlantis Sanya is the next generation of Atlantis resorts, offering a wide variety of guest entertainment experiences.”
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