Luxury in China

Kempinski Hotels to open new properties

By: J.L. Erickson

International luxury hotel group Kempinski Hotels is ratcheting up its expansion in China with seven hotels scheduled to open in the next three years, more than doubling its properties in the country.

Kempinski entered China in 1992 with its flagship hotel, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, and since has opened five hotels in major Chinese cities, as well as a resort on Hainan Island.

The new hotels will be opening in Huizhou, Qingdao, Shanghai, Sanya, Tianjin, Wuxi and Yinchuan, said Rene Schmitt, Kempinski’s senior vice president for China.

Kempinski is also opening this summer in Urumqi, capital of the autonomous region of Xinjiang Uyghur near the Mongolian border, and in south China’s Shenzen.

“We initially targeted cities whose populations exceeded 10 million in order to establish the Kempinski name and brand. We are now targeting cities with more than 2 million inhabitants, as this is where the growth is forecast for the coming decade,” Schmitt said.

In the heart of Beijing’s diplomatic and financial district, the Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center includes offices, serviced apartments, showrooms, shopping, fitness center and city spa, several restaurants and a micro-brewery.

The Commune by the Great Wall Kempinski offers a different ambience in the Shuiguan valley, half an hour from Beijing and a stroll from a private entry to The Great Wall. The property recently opened an Anantara Spa with Asian-inspired treatments.

On the tropical island of Hainan, the tranquil Kempinski Boao Canal Village is surrounded by the Wanquan River, with 115 villas offering
prime waterfront or garden views, sports facilities and activities as well as the opportunity to soak in the island’s famed natural hot springs.