The luxury-drenched resort island of Hainan in China has a new venture from BLINK Design Group underway, Rosewood Clearwater Bay. The property will set new standards of ‘architecture as theatre’ through a series of clever reveals while staying true to the Rosewood brand’s emphasis on the importance of a ‘sense of place’. It is currently under construction, with an opening forecast for 2016.
BLINK’s Bangkok-based Head of Design, Ong-Art Ngamnarongkij, the lead designer on the project, said, “We have decided to use a lot of Chinese light grey granite that looks very luxurious. The design is like a series of stacked boxes and this wraps it all up like a jewel box… Then we emphasize certain features like the swimming pool that sits on top of the lobby with a ceramic tile in a zig-zag effect, which is lit up at night and will be quite spectacular.”
Other BLINK projects under construction in China include Doubletree by Hilton, Benxi, a 500-key property set to open in the famed hot spring resort in 2015, Renaissance & Courtyard by Marriott Resort, Hailing, Qianshen Spa & Hotel, Hefei, and Sheraton Resort Beijing.
Rosewood Clearwater Bay is part of an Asian growth spurt by the brand which will be joined by Rosewood hotels in Guangzhou, Phuket, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Bali and Jakarta by 2017.