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Bensley-designed Capella Sanya to open in late 2018

Bensley-designed Capella Sanya to open in late 2018

Capella Hotel Group has announced Capella Sanya will open toward the end of 2018.

Located along the coastline of Blessed Bay on Hainan Island, Capella Sanya is the new luxury landmark offering 190 elegantly appointed rooms, suites and villas across 13.8 hectares of tropical paradise.

Offering panoramic views of the South China Sea, Capella Sanya is a collaborative art piece by two of the world’s most celebrated designers: Jean-Michel Gathy and Bill Bensley. 

With their combined creative genius, Capella Sanya is a showcase of spectacular luxurious hospitality, landscape design and recreational facilities. 

Inspired by a Chinese trader’s adventures along the Silk Road, Capella Sanya encapsulates the rich culture and heritage of ethnic communities along this historic trade route.


The legend of Blessed Bay dates back to about 600 years ago, when a group of Persian traders arrived in China. 

On their way home, they were pounded by typhoon at sea.

The survivors floated to an unknown bay, where they rallied their way home and made a good fortune eventually. 

In honour of their experience and blessings, they named the area Blessed Bay (Tufu Bay in Chinese).

“We are grateful for the opportunity to introduce the Capella Experience to China’s leading resort destination,” said Nicholas Clayton, chief executive of Capella Hotel Group.

The property will open in partnership with developer China Gezhouba Group Real Estate.

“Capella Sanya will be the new benchmark for China’s luxury beach resorts. 

“Our pursuit of excellence in real estate development is complemented by Capella Hotel Group’s expertise in creating exceptional guest experiences,” said He Jingang, chairman of China Gezhouba Real Estate.

Capella Sanya features 190 of the island’s most luxurious rooms, suites and villas. 

Elegantly appointed accommodation choices include executive suites, two- to four-bedroom villas and a Presidential Suite within the Manor House, as well as five low-rise Mansions for an elevated sense of residential experience.