Designed as an oceanfront retreat on the shores of the tranquil, tropical Haitang Bay, Rosewood Sanya is the first luxury resort in mainland China by Rosewood Hotel & Resorts. The brand’s philosophy is ‘A Sense of Place’, using natural materials and decorative objects from the surrounding area to create a contemporary hotel that celebrates the nature and culture around it.

The building itself is comprised of a tower – the ‘lighthouse’ – with residential apartments above and the sinuous, curved hotel space at its base, and a connected ‘rock formation’, which houses the Sanya Forum convention centre. The interiors achieve a sense of comfortable refinement, with elegantly crafted furniture, soft colors and carefully curated art. Water and bathing are a key part of the restorative atmosphere. Of the hotel’s 241 rooms, many have sunken bathtubs with great views across the sea, and 45 have their own private balcony plunge pools. GROHE Rainshower Allure showers add to the feeling of watery indulgence.