by Michael J. Shapiro | August 22, 2017
The 246-room Rosewood Sanya opened yesterday, the lodging company's first property in China. The lush luxury escape occupies 40 acres on Hainan Island, overlooking the South China Sea.

Every guest room at the Haitang Bay, Sanya, hotel has an ocean view, and 45 of those rooms feature a private balcony plunge pool. Rosewood incorporated wood, tribal totems and aquatic elements into the resort's design, in keeping with the brand's approach to creating serene environments that reflect the natural surroundings. A curated art collection includes pieces from a variety of international artists.

Rosewood Sanya is part of an integrated resort that includes the Sanya Forum, the largest convention center on the bay. The hotel itself has nearly 37,000 square feet of meeting space, which is made up of a 16,000-square-foot, pillarless grand ballroom and six function spaces. The Pavilion is another event venue on site, a residential-style facility with a large outdoor terrace looking out to the sea. 

Among the property's five restaurants and lounges is East Kitchen, a 13th-floor contemporary eatery with stunning views and sophisticated comfort food. The adjacent Lounge offers light fare, cocktails, rare wines and craft beers. Also on the 13th floor is the HAI infinity pool bar, which features panoramic ocean views to accompany its signature cocktails.

The Chop House is an elegant seaside restaurant, and the Fishmonger, slated to open in late September, will be a market-style seafood restaurant with open kitchens.

The hotel also offers a number of local culinary experiences. Epicurean Encounters are private, guided tours that provide access to indigenous sites such as Da Mao village, from where seasonal, local produce is sourced, and Xue Gu Li farm, which provides local dairy products. Private culinary experiences also can be arranged, such as "A Sanya Sunset Beach Barbecue" and "A Culinary Journey Under the Stars."

Sense, a Rosewood Spa, features two double-treatment rooms, four single rooms and one VIP treatment room, as well as a fitness studio, an indoor yoga studio and an outdoor yoga platform. Other on-site fitness amenities include an outdoor pool (in addition to the 13th-floor infinity pool) and a kids' club.