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HAIKOU, CHINA – February 2017 – The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou, the newest prestige address in Haikou on China’s tropical Hainan Island, offers a luxurious sanctuary for the tailored modern golfer. Reminiscent of an elegant Golf Manor, the hotel’s interiors are designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), an American international hospitality design firm headquartered in California, and pay homage to the age old traditions of classic golf grandeur.

Haikou was established as a port city in 110B.C. during the Han dynasty and is marked by its past international influence, with historic buildings constructed in an array of styles by the Portuguese, French and Southeast Asian traders who routinely docked in the port. The construction and design of The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou is inspired by the island’s unique blend of customs and traditions, as it combines traditional classic detailing with a luxurious contemporary flair.

“Upon arrival, guests will immediately feel a strong connection between the interior space and the sweeping golf course beyond,” said Mr. Christopher Sommers, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou. “The design concept creates a feeling of intimacy rarely experienced within a hotel room.”

Golf’s notable insignia, the traditional tartan weave, has been reinterpreted as a distinct stone floor pattern, grounding the space and creating immediate character. Warm natural timber, refined profiles and clean timber wall paneling add a layer of texture and elegance. Aged leathers enrich the classic furniture pieces while tufted buttoning and metal stud details elevate the overall style. Clusters of golf trophies complete the look with a relaxed, homey feel.

The main lobby features a dramatic double volume ceiling with oversize contemporary artworks of landscape paintings for an upscale mansion set up. The famous lobby lounge is filled with cozy seating, commodious balconies, and warm and rich textured finishes that blend into the tailor-designed furniture pieces while gridded ceiling panels reflect the tartan floor patterns below.

A 3-story-high grand staircase with a stone finish is the heart of the ‘manor’s’ interior, connecting to the lower floor for restaurants. Timber wall paneling and decorative metal screen provide a touch of interior historic architecture juxtaposing a modernized design.

The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou’s subtle sophistication carries on throughout its various dining venues such as Terra, the All Day Dining Restaurant was designed in a strong Tuscany country style. At the entrance foyer, a tall wine case display clad with fine crafted timber motif exudes a warm masculinity. For Cantonese fine dining, Tin Lung Heen accentuates a classic interior design with a backdrop wall of abstract Chinese landscape embroidery artwork that gracefully echoes a low key, classy setting.

Resonating across the vast green, the bagpiper’s lament signals the end of the day as vibrant hues of orange and blue take the skies during sunset, which can be viewed at the roof top Flair Bar – The Ritz-Carlton’s stylishly hip nightlife venue - featuring rustic wood, bolded timber ceilings and textured stone for a mysterious atmosphere. The over-scaled outdoor drinking lounge provides breathtaking views overlooking the dramatic landscape of the championship golf course.

After a long day out on the courses, The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers sweet respite with a signature Golfer’s Retreat treatment within an elegant and modern setting. Light and warm color tones contrast a chic stone floor below custom lighting fixtures designed with agate material for a cozy flow, leading guests from one zone to another.

Located on the 19th floor, the Club Lounge is truly a ‘hotel within a hotel’ pairing exclusive and elevated services with a classic touch of residential ambience. Guests can chat about their golfing stories by a stone fireplace, or share a private moment in the library sitting room with an English geometric inspired rug design, surrounded by bookshelves and art for a cultured atmosphere.

The Grand and Junior Ballrooms both attribute capacious, upscale event spaces for conferences, meetings, or fancy weddings, with ivory color painted wall paneling and three-dimensional floral motifs hinting a botanical fairyland story. Royal blue tones, antique mirrors and pleated handcrafted details further add dramatic elements to the ballroom interior.

Meanwhile, the guestroom tower embodies the spirit of a golf manor, with more textured fabrics and geometric patterns inspired by vintage golf elements – moldings are applied to create a series of framed vignettes for structure, stitching features incorporated into wall paneling and light fixtures evoke memories of handmade golf shoes, and antique leather on the bed end bench reference an aged and patinated golf bag.

The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou’s uniquely refined design concept brings to guests a space of restrained elegance redolent of the historic cultured golfer.  Discerning leisure and business travelers to the island will also discover a golfer’s paradise at the nearby Mission Hills Resort Golf Course with ten internationally acclaimed golf courses to explore.