Operator of Dubai's Atlantis, The Palm opens $1.6bn resort in China
Kerzner International, which is also involved in the development of Dubai's The Royal Atlantis, confirmed the launch of Atlantis Sanya on the Haitang Bay National Coast
The Atlantis Sanya, an integrated entertainment resort worth $1.6bn (AED5.9bn), has opened in China.
Located on the Haitang Bay National Coast, Atlantis Sanya is the first Atlantis resort in China, and is part of Kerzner International's hospitality management portfolio.
Kerzner manages Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai, and is also involved with The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences, which is under development in Dubai.
Atlantis Sanya comprises 1,314 guest rooms, of which 154 units have been developed as suites. Five of the 154 suites are underwater, Atlantis Sanya's managing director, Heiko Schreiner, said.
The Aquaventure Waterpark has also been developed within the 54ha development, as has The Lost Chambers Aquarium, which spans two floors.
In a press statement, the development team added that the resort includes the world's largest open-air aquarium, The Ambassador Lagoon, in addition to 21 food and beverage (F&B) options.
Commenting on the project, Serge Zaalof, chief operating officer of Atlantis Resorts and Residences, said: "The Atlantis brand is known for unique, ocean-themed destinations offering a wide variety of entertainment experiences, and Atlantis Sanya is no exception.
"The owner, Fosun International, is an incredible partner, and together we have created a resort that offers unprecedented experiences to its guests."
In 2014, Investment Corp of Dubai (ICD), the emirate's sovereign wealth fund, announced it had bought a “significant” stake in Kerzner International, Hotelier Middle East reported.
This February, S&T Interiors and Contracting won two contracts for The Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences, another property under Kerzner's Atlantis brand.
The $1.4bn (AED5.14bn), 46-storey development will include 800 guest rooms and more than 230 serviced apartments. It will operate as a sister hotel to the Atlantis, The Palm upon completion.
The contracts include packages F3 for complete interior fit-out of 219 apartments and F9 for all back of house areas.
Ssangyong Besix JV was appointed as the main contractor for the project in Q1 2016, with Kohn Pederson Fox Consultants, WSP, and Faithful & Gould part of the design team.
NFT supplied 10 Potain MR 418 tower cranes to support construction works on The Royal Atlantis Residences site in May 2017.
The Royal Atlantis is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.