For a site on Xiao Dong Hai Bay that is close to the town of Sanya, the Singapore-based firm WOHA created a project that works as both a resort and a city hotel. For business travelers, the hotel offers guestrooms and meeting spaces in a curving 10-story block. But the sprawling complex also features 20 one-bedroom villas facing the beach and 204 two-story suites wrapping around large water courtyards, so people on vacation can enjoy themselves.
By placing gardens and reflecting pools on the roofs of the resort rooms, WOHA's partners Wong Mun Summ and Richard Hassell turned these guest quarters into a living mosaic of green and blue that steps down to the beach. Viewed from the "skyrooms" in the tower block, the rest of the hotel recalls the terraced rice fields found on many parts of Hainan island.