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Ritz-Carlton lines up second resort in Hainan, China

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teed up a second resort hotel on China’s only tropical island of Hainan, signing a management agreement with Hainan Golden Tide Tourism Development.

Commanding a prized east coast location near the city of Wanning, the private ocean-front setting of The Ritz-Carlton resort with its two crescents of white sandy beach, will also include the debut of the first Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in China. The challenging 18-hole course will be designed by golf legend, Jack Nicklaus.

The Ritz-Carlton, Nanyan Bay is scheduled to open in 2017 offering 244 generous guestrooms and suites in addition to 14 private villas. Five dining options include a Chinese restaurant, pool bar and grill, all-day dining restaurant and lobby lounge. Weddings and meetings will be hosted in lavish settings amid the 800sqm Grand Ballroom and the 1,600sqm of meeting and event venue space. A luxury spa, fitness center, recreation pavilion and multiple swimming pools are among the resort’s private facilities. Completing the ocean view development will be residences, entertainment and luxury retail stores.

The Hainan government has highlighted Wanning as a new tourism hub by completing infrastructure projects such as a new nearby airport, a high speed railway and new roads to improve accessibility.

It has placed emphasis on showcasing the island’s rich cultural heritage and wealth of natural landmarks. The Ritz-Carlton, Nanyan Bay is surrounded by the famed Dongshan Ridge which is known as the First Mountain of Hainan with the oldest Buddhist temples in the province.

The location is also close to several natural hotsprings and nature trails leading into the ancient tropical rainforests with 4,600 kinds of flora and fauna and the home to one of the three important local ethnic tribes – the Miao people. Wanning prefecture is also home to the largest surf club in Asia and the home of international caliber surfing competitions.

Ritz Paris Hotel

Ritz Paris Hotel reopens after four-year, £111m renovation

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The iconic and classically-styled Ritz Paris Hotel has reopened following a four-year renovation, which was blighted by a major fire earlier this year. The Mohamed Al Fayed-owned hotel has undergone a top-to-bottom makeover since it first closed for renovations in 2012.

The property will only have 142 rooms and suites, compared to the previous number of 159, but not all of them will be immediately available as final touches are still taking place.

A major fire in January delated the hotel’s planned opening in March of this year. Instead, to celebrate its much-anticipated reopening this month, the Ritz partnered with director Zoe Cassavetes to make a short film centred around the hotel.

The refurbishment of the hotel, estimated at 140 million euros (£111 million) in 2012, was aimed at ‘sprucing up the ageing hotel’. It now boasts a summer restaurant under a movable glass canopy, a larger ballroom and the latest technology in its rooms.