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The ‘7-star’ Mangrove Hotel: where art meets luxury

By Weiwei Guan

December 28

“Some people think it’s a butterfly, some people think it’s a seashell and some think it’s a boat sailing. Nevertheless, it touches the heart of everybody who sees it.”

“Some people think it’s a butterfly, some people think it’s a seashell and some think it’s a boat sailing. Nevertheless, it touches the heart of everybody who sees it.”

Coining itself the “first seven-star hotel in China,” Sanya Haitang Bay Mangrove Hotel in southern China’s Hainan made its debut on December 24.

Designed by Zeybekoglu And Associates,INC. (ZNA), a Boston based firm of architecture, urban design, master planning and interior design. SanyaHaitang Bay Mangrove Hotel in southern China’s Hainan was opened on December 24, 2016. [Photo provided to China.org.cn]
In 2008, Antaeus Group stood out from among 21 bidding competitors because of the conceptual framework by Atkins who designed the world’s first seven-star hotel in Dubai. Covering an area of 21.5 hectares, the entire project of Sanya Haitang Bay Mangrove Hotel took eight years to complete.

“Some people think it’s a butterfly, some people think it’s a seashell and some think it’s a boat sailing. Nevertheless, it touches the heart of everybody who sees it,” llhan Zeybekoglu, founding principle of ZNA said when talking about the exterior design at the opening ceremony of SanyaHaitang Bay Mangrove Hotel.

First guests of SanyaHaitang Bay Mangrove Hotel are enjoying the seascape at the bar of hotel lobby. The Future Tower, lies not far away out of the hotel window, is a landmark of the hotel. [Photo provided to China.org.cn]
Walking into the hotel is like approaching a world of art. Entering the lobby, guests can see the hotel’s landmark the Future Tower 230 meters away and a broad seascape.

A designation displayed in the hotel lobby by European designer Milan Sipek. [Photo provided to China.org.cn by Gao Lei]
Inside the building, the corridor leading to the guestrooms has the world’s longest painting by European designer Milan Sipek, which extends for 1,000 square meters.

A parking apron was built on the top of the hotel building, which is also the world’s highest boxing platform. While standing on it, the guests can see views of Wuzhizhou Island more than 2.7 kilometers away.

SanyaHaitang Bay Mangrove Hotel in southern China’s Hainan
SanyaHaitang Bay Mangrove Hotel in southern China’s Hainan was opened on December 24, 2016. [Photo provided to China.org.cn]
A team of athletes from the World Wingsuit League (WWL) attended a competition at Tianmenshan Mountain, Zhangjiajie in Hunan in October. They were invited to give a wingsuit performance at the ceremony. Cason Klein, one of the fliers on the team from the US, told China.org.cn that he felt excited to attend this ceremony, saying Sanya is his favorite city in China.

In addition, 29 villas, each with swimming pools, were built around the hotel zone. These villas are elevated so that patrons will have a better view of the seascape.

With so much to offer, this inspiring architecture has become a new destination for high-spenders.

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