French hospitality group Accor has teamed up with Huayu Group to introduce two of its brands, Swissôtel and Grand Mercure, on Hainan Island.

This collaboration is set to enhance the hospitality offerings at one of China’s leading tourist destinations, Yalong Bay. Accor looks to open the properties by the end of this year.

The Swissôtel Sanya Yalong Bay and Grand Mercure Sanya Yalong Bay will form a resort community.

Renovations at the existing site have commenced to prepare for the grand opening.

Yalong Bay, with its tropical seaside location, white sand beaches, and mountain views, serves as an idyllic backdrop for the new hotels.

The two hotels will be part of the Baihua Valley Commercial Center, offering guests easy access to dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

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This location is a short drive from Sanya Airport and the city centre.

Accor Greater China CEO Gary Rosen said: “Sanya Yalong Bay is a sparkling gem at the southern tip of Hainan Island, prized among Chinese and international travellers as a tropical destination and an ideal spot for the wonderful resort community we are creating with Swissôtel and Grand Mercure.

“We look forward to working with our partner, Huayu Group, to step up our presence in this important region, which is poised for an exciting period of growth. As a hospitality leader on Hainan Island, Accor is very keen to bring two of our top brands to Yalong Bay, furthering our plan to double our presence on Hainan Island over the next few years.”

The Swissôtel Sanya Yalong Bay will feature 460 guestrooms and suites. It will also comprise a 1,300m² ballroom, an executive lounge, and meeting spaces to host both business and social events.

Guests can also gain access to a range of dining options, bars, wellness facilities, and a kids’ club.

The Grand Mercure Sanya Yalong Bay will offer 124 rooms and suites.

Huayu Group founder Huashan Zhao said: “We are thrilled to work with Accor to create a lively resort complex that combines the freshness and vitality of Swiss hospitality and the charm of Grand Mercure.

“With its beautiful beaches and relaxing, tropical spirit, Sanya Yalong Bay has long been a favourite of vacationers and business retreats, and we are confident that our new hotel additions will bring a sense of revitalised energy and excitement to the area.”