From dappled light filtering in through leaf-sheltered skylights to stacks of salvaged Chinese roof tiles echoing coastal cliff faces, the first Chinese resort from luxury brand US-based 1 Hotels draws its design inspiration from the rugged beauty of the island. Sitting in a prime location on Hainan island’s beautiful shoreline, the beautifully designed 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya, is a celebration of nature and sustainability.
The eco-conscious architecture combines locally sourced natural materials, such as lava stone and red cedar, with innovative green technologies.
Paying homage to the tropical flora and fauna of Sanya’s forests and the crystal-clear waters of the ocean, the interiors to capture the textures, diversity and spirit of the island.
Encapsulating the biodiversity of the area’s local species and natural surroundings, verdant landscaped gardens sprawl across the grounds and building exterior. A lush mangrove tree courtyard offers a tranquil retreat, while living green walls planted with local vegetation – such as ficus pumila and ferns – flourish across staggered roof terraces and semi-open courtyards. Additionally, the off-site farm showcases Hainan’s seasonal produce.
Capturing the beauty of nature inside and out, the overall impact of the resort’s design is a gorgeous retreat that revolves around Mother Nature and builds upon the area’s rich resources.
The hotel boasts 294 spacious and beautifully furnished rooms, suites and villas, ranging from 62 square-meters to 1,300 square-meters. Bringing a slice of island life inside, the contemporary guest rooms feature unpolished and locally sourced volcanic basalt stone and wood throughout and an abundance of natural furnishings: stools made of tree stumps, live-edge timber desks, rattan rugs, bespoke artworks made from sun-bleached driftwood, and organic cotton upholstery.
Incorporating reclaimed timber and steel from old fishing boats and authentic textured surfaces, 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya’s seven dining and drinking venues mirror the island’s natural wonder.
The refined outlets offer some of Hainan’s freshest flavors, including handcrafted noodle restaurant Noodle House; breezy lobby lounge Drift; al fresco rooftop lounge Sky Bar – opening soon that offers unparalleled ocean views; relaxed pool-side bar The Sandbox; and The Juice Bar for guests on the go.
1 Hotels’ signature all-day dining concept 1 Kitchen evokes imagery of rocky coastline, featuring a rammed earth wall to form a beautiful backdrop that complements its use of natural and organic ingredients.
True to its name, Chinese fine dining restaurant Green House has floor-to-ceiling windows that allow sunlight to stream through and bring life to an exotic collection of edible plants, hanging ferns, palms, and orchids.
Focusing on a mission-driven luxury lifestyle, 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya is carefully designed to minimise its footprint by utilising the natural elements. Alongside using reclaimed and locally sourced materials, the hotel features a solar water heating system, grey water is harvested for back-of-house use and landscape irrigation, and rainwater is collected and stored for reuse. Skylights and clerestory windows allow daylight to be used over artificial light wherever possible. To keep areas cool, vertical landscaping and trellising provide shade and natural ventilation systems take advantage of the sea breeze in key areas such as the guest corridors and lift lobbies.