Paradise Found At The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort

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    Designed to complement its extraordinary beachfront proximity, The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay is an elegantly casual resort that will introduce South China to an elevated dimension of luxury and sophistication. The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort offers 401 guest rooms and suites along with 28 exquisite beachside villas. The contemporary architecture by Brennan Beer Gorman Architects, the St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort was inspired by the mythical concept of two intertwined dragons. From the soft concave arch of the arrival pavilion to the repeated form of the “dragon’s back” incorporated in the guestroom wings, the St. Regis presents a dramatic shape on the skyline, echoing the ridgeline of the surrounding mountains and the movement of the waves.

    Inspired by its nautical surroundings, DiLeonardo’s approach to the hotel’s interiors celebrate the sea, sand and nearby marina. The impressive Porte Cochere and main lobby are expansive, clean-lined voluminous spaces that have been appointed with clean, rich wood finishes evoking the world’s most luxurious yachts. Additional nautical-inspired detailing elements include sand-colored exotic stones as well as upholstered furnishings that mimic those found on the elegant trans-ocean liners of the past. Finely finished woodwork and polished metalwork contrast with rough-cut stone creates an interesting juxtaposition that is both luxurious and relaxing.

    The spacious guestrooms and villas feature sweeping views of the sea, marina and surrounding mangroves. Designed as relaxing island sanctuaries, the guest rooms evoke a sophisticated and relaxing “guest quarters by the sea” environment. The spaces are appointed with an eclectic collection of fine furnishings and artifacts collected from around the world. The creamy neutral color palette is accentuated by local raw silks and tonal damasks with vibrant, rich colors that add dimension to the room. The high-gloss wood and polished metal finishes contrast with the use of natural materials that reflect the region’s plush and unique local surroundings. Elements of nautical whimsy, such as yacht cleats for hanging clothing, add character and familiarity. The contemporary bathrooms are appointed with local materials, including indigenous “woven” stone tiles, onyx vanity tops and Macore wood. A generously proportioned shower and contemporary soaking tub provide stunning views outdoors.

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    Daniel Fountain / 06.03.2012

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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