By Andy Sambidge
Hotel operator signs new management agreements to bring pipeline of Chinese properties to eight
Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, on Thursday announced three new management agreements to operate luxury hotels and resorts across China.
The Jumeirah Haikou Resort is set in an exclusive golf community on a private island in Hainan; the Jumeirah Wuhan has a prime city centre location near to Hankou; and Jumeirah Nanjing is set in the new Hexi business district, the hotel operator said in a statement.
Gerald Lawless, president and CEO of Jumeirah Group, said: "We are delighted to be expanding our portfolio of hotels and resorts in China, which is a significant market for Jumeirah.
"We are honoured to have been asked to operate these three new hotels in key cities, bringing our pipeline of new properties in China to eight, in addition to Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai, which has been operating successfully since 2011."
The Jumeirah Haikou Resort is set within an exclusive golf community on a 136 hectare private island and is expected to open in 2018. Known as the 'Hawaii of China' Hainan is the only non-industrialised province and only tropical island resort destination in the country.
The mixed-use development will comprise a golf course designed by Tom Doak, 60 luxury residential villas and a luxury hotel comprising 140 guest rooms including 26 suites.
Site preparation work for the Jumeirah Wuhan is ongoing and the anticipated opening date is 2020, Jumeirah said.
The property, designed by Foster and Partners, will feature 200 guest rooms including 23 suites, an all-day dining and Chinese specialty restaurant, lobby lounge, bar, function space, executive club lounge and business centre. Recreational facilities will comprise a fitness centre, Talise Spa and indoor swimming pool.
Both properties in Wuhan and Haikou are owned by subsidiaries of Yuexiu Group, a Guangzhou-based property development company.
The third property Jumeirah Nanjing is currently under development and expected to open in 2016.
Designed by architect Zaha Hadid, the 250-room hotel will include 32 suites, an all-day dining and Chinese specialty restaurant, café, lobby lounge, tea lounge, bar, junior ballroom, executive club lounge, business centre, fitness centre, Talise Spa and an indoor swimming pool.
Jumeirah currently operates 22 hotels, resorts and residences, including 11 in the Middle East, six in Europe and five in Asia. A further 17 hotels are now under development. Jumeirah now has a pipeline of eight properties in China including hotel developments in Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Sanya, Macau and Qiandaohu.