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31 January 2014

HOK’s MGM Grand Sanya Brings Luxury to Hainan Island in China

MGM Grand Sanya 2 - 640Hospitality Design magazine features HOK’s MGM Grand Sanya, a tropical resort in an urban setting.

“Known as the Eastern Hawaii, China’s Hainan Island now has a new take on paradise with the MGM Grand Sanya. ‘The owner sought a sophisticated resort that celebrates the area’s sub-tropical and Chinese locale,’ explains Julia Monk, senior principal and director of hospitality with HOK in Shanghai, who completed the design under New York-based BBG-BBGM. ‘The end result is an energetic and inviting guest experience.’”

Beginning with the lobby, the resort introduces a nature-themed yet urban look inspired by the island’s beautiful scenery and abundant butterfly population. “‘The [lobby] sculpture represents an abstraction of butterfly wings, enlarged to a fantastic scale,’ says Monk.” 

“In addition to native flora and fauna, the unique locale also inspired the remaining interiors. ‘We integrated traditional and classic Asian motifs in unusual ways,’ says Monk. The fine dining restaurant, Silk, applies the idea of Chinese silk markets into its design. Rich woods, crystal chandeliers, and traditional Chinese motifs complement the material along with deep red, orange, and yellow-gold hues.”

“‘Part of our design challenge was to adapt this urban brand to a seaside resort,’ says Monk.’In marrying these two concepts together we were able to create an experience that is truly unique.’”

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