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Jean-Michel Gathy Designs Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort

TORONTO—Park Hyatt recently unveiled its first beach resort project in China, Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort in Hainan Island, designed by Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy of the design-consultancy firm Denniston International Architects & Planners.

The modernist development comprises six standalone, arch-shaped buildings designed to allow chi to flow unhindered between ocean and mountains, according to the company.  Located next to Nan Hu Lake, every building and internal space has been designed to maximize guests’ enjoyment of the views. The six buildings are interlinked by wide walkways, furnished and decorated with paintings and sculptures to create multiple mise en scène, offering a tranquil art-walk experience, according to the firm.

Designed to resemble a private mansion by the sea, the interiors are residential in style with a subtle Chinese sensibility. The hotel offers 207 rooms and villas across the 753,474-sq.-ft. property, and almost all the guestrooms offer beach and ocean views from panoramic windows stretching from one side of the room to the other, further extended by perpendicular mirrored glass at one side, creating the impression of a 270-degree view.

The resort’s entrance is lined in roughly hewn Shanghai brick and red tiles. Guests then enter a long passageway lined with deep-red leather banquettes. Through the passageway, the ceiling height rises as guests emerge into a four-story lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows. The lobby also has an infinity water feature, wooden latticework and long tables peppered with books and objets d’art

The resort also offers five swimming pools and eight F&B venues, including the Dining Room, Cellar, Pool House, Pool Bar, Bath House, Library, Terrace and Tea House, all of which follow the concept of rooms within a large residence. Meeting spaces range from 452 sq. ft. to 3,606 sq. ft. and offer natural light, outdoor terraces and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and lighting.