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Water plays a big role in the hotel's design ethos

Journey down the historic maritime Silk Road at Hainan’s newly opened Capella Sanya

The newly opened Capella Sanya, located on the tranquil island of Hainan, pays tribute to this pivotal time in the country’s history through every facet of the property

Capella Sanya, celebrating Hainan

China’s maritime Silk Road was a historic part of the nation’s storied past, full of grandeur and colour. The newly opened Capella Sanya, located on the tranquil island of Hainan, pays tribute to this pivotal time in the country’s history through every facet of the property: from its decor, cuisine, landscaping, guests can expect to take a journey into the new Silk Road at the Capella Sanya.

190 exquisitely designed rooms and villas, each set amid lush gardens that overlook the South China Sea, are awash with traditional elements and modern luxuries, although the crowning jewel of the Capella Sanya is undoubtedly the Oceanfront Pool Villa.

Enjoy panoramic views of the sea at the Library bar
Enjoy panoramic views of the sea at the Library bar

As the largest residence of the resort, this 4-bedroom villa comes with its own pool, sunken lawn, and several pavilions, making it the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding or celebration.

The sea is undoubtedly the focal point of the new Capella Sanya. Most rooms and central areas are purpose-built around it, aimed at showing the stunning vista off to maximum effect. The Library is not only a place of relaxation and knowledge at the Capella Sanya, but it also incorporates a modern fusion bar that features some of the most stunning spices, herbs, teas and ingredients that were so prized on the maritime Silk Road. Its the perfect place to unwind with a drink after a day out, with a highball in hand and a spectacular view of the South China Sea to soak in.

The Capella Sanya is set along the stunning Blessed Bay in Hainan
The Capella Sanya is set along the stunning Blessed Bay in Hainan

Modern and traditional elements meld seamlessly in the villas
Modern and traditional elements meld seamlessly in the villas

The Capella Sanya’s wellness facilities, housed in a sprawling 4000 square meter sanctuary, provides a luxurious cocoon for guests to rest and rejuvenate with its extensive menu of treatments and facilities. Be sure to check out Hainan’s first authentic Moroccan bath – its the perfect way to cleanse and detox your body from the city’s stressors.

A trip to Hainan wouldn’t be complete without sampling the island’s emblematic Hainanese chicken rice. The hotel also offers a unique experience where guests will be brought on a local farm tour with the property’s executive chef to savour the most authentic Hainan chicken they’ve ever had.

The Library bar is the perfect place to unwind
The Library bar is the perfect place to unwind

Capella also brings its renowned brand of bespoke hospitality to the resort. Guests will each have their own personal assistant to look after them during their stay – they also serve as wellsprings of knowledge to provide insider access to the area’s rich culture and the best tips on where to go on the island.◼

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© This article was first published online in Jan 2019 – World Travel Magazine.
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