Is The Sanya EDITION the luxury resort China has been waiting for?



Ian Schrager expands his global influence with the opening of his first hotel in China. The Sanya EDITION, a spectacular oceanfront destination on Hainan Island, just off the coast of Southern China, is the latest addition to EDITION hotels, the brand Ian Schrager conceived in a partnership with Marriott International.

Schrager states, “The Sanya EDITION was conceived for the China of today and the China of tomorrow.  The resort is a unique sophisticated vision and embodiment of a cosmopolitan China for all the world to see.”

The Sanya EDITION was designed for people of all ages, which is a delicate balancing act. The fundamental idea behind this resort was to divide the property into different specialised zones that overlap with each other but simultaneously retain their own unique identities. The zones include water, fun, sports, kids, adult, family, eating, nightlife, entertainment, sensory and relaxation.

While adventurers climb the rock wall or ride the paddle boards, friends gather in the Mahjong Rooms. As toddlers explore the water slides and fantastical treehouse, wellness-seekers retreat to the meditation forest or find sanctuary in the 11 treatment rooms in The Spa at The Sanya EDITION. Throughout the tropical landscape, a village of family cabanas and relaxation pavilions – each one fitted with couches, flat-screen TVs and mini-bars – encourage lounging. Families can take advantage of designated child-friendly entertainment zones spaced throughout the property, from the outdoor movies and arcade games to the saltwater pool and rock-climbing wall. Driving entertainment in a new direction, a private bumper car rink invites youngsters – and the young at heart – to experience excitement behind the wheel of a bumper car.

The Sanya EDITION draws inspiration from local influences, remaining respectful of Hainan Island’s rich cultural heritage, yet infuses each space with ultra-modern twists. The landscape was conjured as a tropical oasis reflecting the island’s indigenous flora and fauna and 900 trees chosen and transported to the resort from across the island of Hainan to create a sustainable environment.

The reception area reflects the duality of the hotel where a traditional lotus pool and live bamboo grove serve as a counterpoint to a curated art gallery displaying the work of renowned Chinese artists. Guests are greeted with a striking view of the resort’s private ‘ocean’. The spectacular 20,000-square-metre private ocean overlooking the South China Sea serves as the property’s focal point with numerous activities radiating around this vast body of water. As a complement, a series of age-specific pools in a number of different sizes are dotted around the private ocean, each one with their own programme of special activities.


The Sanya EDITION comprises 512 guestrooms, including 46 suites, and an additional 17 hotel villas nestled into a terraced hillside, each one with a private pool and private outdoor space. All guestrooms in the horseshoe-shaped hotel offer stunning ocean views. While the standard rooms are well suited for families, the loft suites, with their sleek and sensual finishes, are designed to appeal to couples.


Throughout the property, specialty restaurants celebrate culinary innovation and creative design. The largest of these, Market at EDITION, references Sanya’s history as a trading port with a design evoking an old Chinese warehouse. Rustic wood and faded tiles add texture to the high ceiling where guests congregate for breakfast and enjoy a vibrant marketplace atmosphere. Divided into distinct sections, Market is designed to feel festive but also casual and relaxing.

The Jade Egret welcomes guests with a selection of cocktails, craft beers or premium wines and a selection of appetisers, including Peking duck pancakes, hand rolls or small plates inspired by Spain’s famous tapas bars.

Take an evening cruise on a customised boat to be transported to Xian Hai By The Sea, the hotel’s signature seafood restaurant where the focus is on specialty Cantonese dishes. Guests can opt to dine atop illuminated floating platforms in the private ocean. The live fishpond will feature fresh seafood for guests to select from to enjoy under the starry night sky. From afar, the venue appears to be a collection of glowing lanterns skimming the water.

Beach Barbacoa at EDITION is beachside dining with a menu of Indonesian cuisine. Beach Barbacoa takes its culinary cues from the traditional market restaurants that line the beachfronts at Sanya. Guests can choose their fresh fish, meats and vegetables and have their selections cooked to order on an outdoor charcoal grill.

The rooftop bar is destined to be Sanya’s premium gathering place. A relaxing poolside haven by day, the space transforms into a stylish lounge at night and is the best spot in the resort to enjoy sunrise and sunset.


Playland at EDITION is a new kind of family entertainment area bringing generations together. A world of entertainment and imagination for adults and kids of all ages, Playland is a large dedicated area within the resort that has been transformed into an activity and fun zone, featuring everything from games and interactive experiences to entertainment and educational activities to train rides, bumper cars and mini-golf.


Another unique and special element within the resort is Limited EDITION a lifestyle shop, co-curated by UCCA Beijing and Steven Giles of Miami EDITION. UCCA Beijing collaborates with over 80 artists and 100 designers to produce specially commissioned works from Chinese artists and beyond, displaying cutting-edge design and one-of-a-kind original merchandise for EDITION guests. No other store in China offers such a broad range of limited edition lithography, photography, sculpture, ceramics and installation art from the biggest names in contemporary art in China.


Sanya’s year-round tropical climate and lush landscape provide the ideal stage to set any conference, wedding or social gathering. The Sanya EDITION’s Forum, a grand ballroom which measures an expansive 1300 square metres, with seating for 900 guests, is one of the largest ballroom spaces in Haitang Bay. Striking views of the surrounding forest provide a refreshing backdrop in the meeting centre. Adjacent to the meeting centre is amphitheatre offering a perfect setting for open-air concerts and events.



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