Four Seasons to build luxury Chinese island retreat
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Hong Kong-headquartered developer Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) are teaming up to create a five star hotel in historic Suzhou, China.
Set to open in late 2023, Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou will comprise nine hectares (22 acres) of a private island surrounded by the landmark Jinji Lake, a popular attraction in the region
Perched on a private island and connected via a private bridge, the luxury retreat will house just over 200 rooms, suites and oversized private villas. Amenities include a tranquil spa, fully equipped gym, lakeside jogging track, lush grounds and gardens, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fully supervised ‘Kids For All Seasons’ facility designed especially for children and a special venue for pet dogs.
Dining experiences will comprise a Chinese restaurant with seven private dining rooms; an all-day dining restaurant serving a selection of international cuisine; a lobby lounge and lobby bar with a panoramic view of Jinji Lake; and an executive lounge overlooking the hotel’s private landscaped lagoon.
Within easy access to Suzhou Industrial Park, the hotel will also have a grand ballroom, a multi-function room and several meeting rooms that can be tailor-fitted with state-of-the-art equipment for meetings, presentations, conferences or social events. The ballroom/meeting area has its own individual entrance accessible by car or bus.
For newlyweds, the hotel boasts a penthouse honeymoon suite overlooking Jinji Lake as well as an outdoor wedding lawn for events amid the hotel’s landscaped gardens inspired by Suzhou historical heritage.
Four Seasons’ president, global business development and portfolio management, Bart Carnahan, said: “We are proud to continue our partnership with Sun Hung Kai Properties after our successful collaboration with the acclaimed Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, and look forward to building on our relationship with this landmark project in Suzhou. China is an important market for us, and it is with great excitement that we expand our portfolio with this exceptional project in Suzhou, giving international and domestic guests a new and unique opportunity to experience Four Seasons in the region.”
Albert Lau, executive director of SHKP, commented: “SHKP has always been committed to developing premium quality projects. Our upcoming Four Seasons Suzhou will be one of the most inspiring luxury hotels in Suzhou and the greater Yangtze River Delta region, renewing a sense of glamour to this culturally rich destination.”
Tasos Kousloglou, CEO of SHKP’s hotel division, added: “We are very pleased to have Four Seasons managing our first hotel development in Suzhou. Our new luxury hotel will further enhance and diversify our hotel portfolio in Greater China and provide a range of unique experiences to discerning Chinese and international travellers.”
Other Four Seasons developments underway in China include the 200-room Four Seasons Haitang Bay in Sanya, delivering in Q1 2023; scheduled to complete in the same quarter is Four Seasons Hotel Dalian, a 250-key site within a mixed use development in the eastern Chinese city; and Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou Center, a 200-room property due to open in Q4 2023.
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