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Another New Hotel Brand For China: Ahn Luh Resorts & Residences

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December 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM | by | ()

China is hot in the world of hotels, as we all know. There’s the dizzying number of properties being opened or announced on a near daily basis, and then InterContinental Hotel Group went and created an entire brand (Hualuxe) just for the Chinese market.

It’s perhaps no surprise then that another new premium hotel brand dedicated to China will be showing up in the next few years: Ahn Luh Resorts & Residences. But, there are a number of reasons why we are intrigued by Ahn Luh, not least among which is the fact that one of the people behind it is Adrian Zecha, founder of drool-worthy (and bank-account busting) Amanresorts and co-founder of GHM Hotels.

Defined as an “urban resort brand that epitomizes a contemporary China meaningfully influenced by a long history of cultural traditions”, Ahn Luh is aiming high. That starts with each property only featuring between 50 and 100 rooms, to keep it intimate. But that's the only small aspect about it. Guest rooms average 645 square-feet and suites come in at 1,300 square-feet.

There's a long list of amenities guests can look forward to, which include such necessities as a Tai Chi center (with resident Tai Chi master), indoor and outdoor pools, a Chinese-style tapas bar, a cigar lounge (there’s a surprise), a fleet of private cars with WiFi, and concierge/business team.

The first hotel to open is Ahn Luh Dujiangyan, located in Zhongxin Town, near Chengdu, in the heart of China. Dujiangyan is famous for its irrigation system, which together with nearby Qingcheng Mountain, are both recognized as Unesco World Heritage sites.

The hotel will count only 80 rooms but covers an area of 160,000 square-feet, with all rooms having a view of Qingcheng Mountain. An all-day restaurant will serve authentic Chinese cuisine, including a dian-xin (dim sum) breakfast.

Ahn Luh Xunliao Bay, scheduled to open in 2016, will be a 100-room beach resort a few hours from Shenzhen (near Hong Kong) on Delta Bay, famous for its white sand and clear water. Projects in Beijing, Lhasa (Tibet), and other major Chinese locations are also being planned.

Not much is available currently in terms of renderings of the hotels or their accommodation, but we’ll report back when we have more details for you.

[Photo: Ahn Luh Resorts & Residences]

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