Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa Chosen As One Of China's Foremost Luxury Brands

This information originated in UK English.

March 02, 2009

SANYA, China -  Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa, China’s first Hilton Worldwide Resort, has been chosen as one of China’s foremost luxury brands at the Gafencu Best of the Best Awards 2009 Ceremony, held in Beijing last month.  This is the second year that Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa has received this prestigious award.
Situated at Yalong Bay overlooking 400m of powdery white beachfront, the extensive 100,000 sqm resort has consistently received positive feedback from guests for its outstanding design and exceptional hospitality since opening in December 2005. Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa is also recognised by industry experts for its concept of “A True Resort Experience with a Difference” and for setting the benchmark of service and operational excellence among resorts in China.

Commenting on the award, Mr. Jean-Pierre Mainardi, General Manager of Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa, said: “We are extremely honored that this award acknowledges our team’s efforts in offering travelers a unique resort experience for past three years. Going forward, we will continue to offer travellers an excellent experience of our high quality hospitality thanks to attentive service and the diverse range of available amenities.”

Gafencu Best of the Best is an annual awards ceremony organized by Gafencu Men magazine. The 2009 winners, who were chosen by the magazine’s editors, cover various sectors including fashion, automotive, beverages, hotels, luxury yachts and private jets. Gafencu Best of the Best is now in its third year running and is firmly established as a hallmark of quality brands in China.

About Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa
•    Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa features a total of 501 guestrooms, suites and villas. It commands a prime location on 400m of unspoilt beach front at the western end of Yalong Bay, a 30-minute drive from the city of Sanya and the international airport. The average room size will be 48.5sqm, with over 50% of the rooms overlooking a wide, crescent-shaped sandy beach and the South China Sea. The remainder has vistas over the surrounding National Park. A 6780sqm Spa Retreat that encompasses a spa with eight treatment pavilions, a fitness centre offering exercise equipment, a reflex zone for traditional massages and foot reflexology, a relaxation area with deck lounges, steam room and sauna, and a tea lounge. Other facilities include six restaurants and bars, a 3800sqm resort pool resort, two tennis courts, Kidz Paradise, and a one-stop Yalong Bay Adventure Club. The resort also features a detached all-inclusive MICE Pavilion that offers extensive meeting and banquet facilities, more than 3000sqm of space in two storeys as well as two spacious outdoor event lawns.
•    Hilton International has linked up with one of China’s foremost developers, the China Jin Mao Group Co – the company behind the striking Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai.
•    The island enjoys a year-round tropical climate. It offers a treasure trove of activities including fishing, scuba diving, golf, visits to minority villages, cultural sites as well as proximity to the mainland and visa-free access. Infrastructure in Hainan is fast developing, with two international airports, wide railway network and accessible ports. The Island has been chosen venues for several prominent events including the Hong Kong-Sanya International Sailboat Race held every November, Hainan Discovery Triathlon in 2002 and 2003, as well as the recent Golden Rooster Film Awards, Sanya Happy Festival, and more.

Ms. Serena Liu                       
Marketing & Communications Manager   
Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa   
Tel: +86 (0)898 8858 8888 - 8860                
Fax: +86 (0)898 8858 8838                    
Email: serena.liu@hilton.com

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