Establish Asia-Pacific’s first Ritz-Carlton golf resort hotel
(HAIKOU, China) – The Mission Hills Group – the world’s leading golf brand and driving force behind the sport’s rapid growth in China – announces it has partnered with Marriott International to manage new Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance Hotels at Mission Hills on Hainan.
The proposed Ritz-Carlton, Haikou will become the brand’s first Asia-Pacific golf resort hotel. Along with the new Renaissance Hotel, it will cater to the ever-increasing number of tourists and business visitors to Hainan Island. Guests at both hotels will enjoy access to all resort amenities at Mission Hills Hainan, including 10 golf courses carved through lava rock fields, spa and volcanic mineral springs, and leisure town center established by Mission Hills in partnership with Lan Kwai Fong, featuring lifestyle, shopping, entertainment, dining and cultural elements.
Mission Hills expanded its reach from Guangdong to Hainan in 2008. Since then, it has invested more than USD1 billion in Haikou, the capital city of Hainan. Dubbed as “the Hawaii of the East,” the island is developing a strong international tourism industry, with eyes on becoming the world’s leading tourism destination by 2020.
“It is a win-win situation for both companies,” said Dr. Ken Chu, Chairman and CEO of Mission Hills Group. “Mission Hills prides itself on offering world-class golf and hospitality facilities, and The Ritz-Carlton is a market leader in the provision of luxury lifestyle experiences. The partnership will boost the local economy, attract a broad range of new clientele and benefit current Mission Hills members and guests by offering enhanced access to state-of-the-art facilities. By combining our areas of expertise, we will provide the ultimate high-end golf and holiday experience.”
Simon Cooper, President & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Marriott International and formerly President of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, said: “Hainan represents a massive growth market for the hotel industry and one which Marriott is keen to maximize. Mission Hills’ vision is very impressive and we look forward to our new partnership providing visitors to Mission Hills Hainan the ultimate in modern hospitality.”
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel at Mission Hills Hainan will adopt a traditional Spanish hacienda theme offering a striking contrast to the captivating volcanic landscape and native lava rock formations of the Blackstone Course. The facility will include 180 rooms, 20 villas, one presidential villa, a spa and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Clubhouse. The Renaissance Hotel will feature 300 rooms and fuse contemporary styling with touches of luxury and creativity.
Construction will commence early next year and project completion is targeted for the fourth quarter of 2013. Mission Hills will make an estimated investment of USD 200 Million.
About Mission Hills Group
Mission Hills Group (www.missionhillschina.com), owner and operator of Mission Hills Shenzhen and Mission Hills Hainan, is the pioneer in China’s fledgling hospitality, sports and leisure industry.
Mission Hills, recognized as the leading golf brand in the world and synonymous with high-end, luxurious residences of rare and exquisite design, has created two superb leisure and wellness resorts. It has held more than 100 international tournaments, including the 1995 World Cup of Golf and the Tiger Woods China Challenge in 2001. In 2007, Mission Hills began its role as host of an unprecedented 12 editions of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup.
Mission Hills Shenzhen
Stretching across the lush, rolling hills of southern China, Mission Hills Shenzhen is the country’s premier golf club, and also the “World’s Largest Golf Club” as accredited by the Guinness World Records. The property is home to 12 signature courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo, Annika Sorenstam, Ernie Els, Jose Maria Olazabal, Vijay Singh, David Leadbetter, David Duval, Jumbo Ozaki and Zhang Lian Wei.
Mission Hills Shenzhen is a full-service, luxury resort, featuring four clubhouses, three award-winning spas, two five-star hotel, three golf academies (including one from world-renowned instructor Cindy Reid), Asia’s largest tennis facility with 51 tennis courts and professional tennis academy, and numerous fine dining establishments serving cuisine from around the world.
Mission Hills Haikou
Mission Hills Haikou lies in the volcanic region of exotic Hainan Island, China. The resort sets a new standard in leisure, recreation and wellness experiences. Nestled amid lush, green gardens, it caters to golf enthusiasts and comprises specially-designed golf courses, each incorporating native lava rock formations. Other state-of-the-art features include 518 elegantly designed guest rooms and suites, a three-story clubhouse, China’s first Hank Haney Golf Academy, meeting facilities, 12 world-class restaurants, a fully-equipped sports and recreation center, Hainan’s only aquatic theme park, therapeutic volcanic mineral springs, a spa oasis, and shopping arcade.
Mission Hills Haikou’s Blackstone Course hosted the inaugural Mission Hills Star Trophy in October 2010, a ground-breaking celebrity pro-am golf tournament for Asia. It will also host the Omega Mission Hills World Cup in November 2011. A magnificent addition to Hainan’s tropical island paradise, Mission Hills is poised to become the island’s premier sanctuary, attracting visitors from around the globe.
Getting There: Mission Hills Shenzhen is a 45-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). Mission Hills Hainan is 15 minutes from Haikou Meilan International Airport (HAK). Flights from major cities throughout Asia — including Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore — to Haikou are available.
About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company nearly 3,700 lodging properties in 71 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, AC Hotels by Marriott, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; licenses and manages whole-ownership residential brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Residences, JW Marriott Residences and Marriott Residences; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers.
The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 129,000 employees at 2010 year-end. It is ranked by FORTUNE as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best companies to work for. In fiscal year 2010, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $12 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.