The Lang­ham, Haikou

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - TRIED & TESTED -

BACK­GROUND The Hong Kong-based Lang­ham Hos­pi­tal­ity Group opened its eighth Chinese ho­tel in May last year on Hainan Is­land. The Haikou prop­erty is the group’s 20th world­wide, of­fer­ing 249 gue­strooms and suites.

WHERE IS IT? The lux­ury busi­ness ho­tel is lo­cated in the Guo­mao dis­trict, in the heart of the city cen­tre, and backs on to leafy Ever­green Park. It’s a 20-minute drive from Haikou East Sta­tion (where you can catch the high-speed train) and around 40 min­utes from Haikou Meilan In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The ho­tel oc­cu­pies 14 floors of a mixed-use de­vel­op­ment – one of the tallest build­ings in the dis­trict. On the ground floor is Palm Court, of­fer­ing a calm, el­e­gant sanc­tu­ary away from the busy streets, with high ceil­ings and a so­phis­ti­cated set­ting to en­joy af­ter­noon tea.

Help­ful staff whisked away my lug­gage and di­rected me to the lifts to reach the ho­tel lobby on the top floor (level 43) for a smooth check-in. Thanks to its lofty po­si­tion, the lobby was flooded with light, with white mar­ble walls em­pha­sis­ing the bright­ness.

ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES I stayed in a gen­er­ously sized 50 sqm Ex­ec­u­tive room on level 40. It had floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows over­look­ing Ever­green Park and the South China Sea be­yond. In ad­di­tion to the natural light, the room had a pale colour tone with lots of mir­rors, which made it feel ex­tra spa­cious and bright.

A fab­u­lous chan­de­lier with nu­mer­ous crys­tal pen­dants added a lux­u­ri­ous el­e­ment to the room, though when the air con­di­tion­ing was on high speed the chan­de­lier acted a bit like a wind chime.

The mini­bar, fridge and ket­tle were dis­creetly hid­den in a stand­alone wooden cab­i­net.

I was im­pressed to find all sock­ets were in­ter­na­tional stan­dard, although some were rather stiff, pos­si­bly be­cause the ho­tel is still new and the plugs have not been used frequently.

The bed was big and soft, and I slept well through­out my stay. The bath­room was spa­cious and came with Chuan Spa bath kits.

CLUB LOUNGE The Lang­ham Club is lo­cated on level 42, with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows again tak­ing ad­van­tage of the park and ocean views. The area is split into a liv­ing room and din­ing area. There were only about ten other guests when I vis­ited for the evening cock­tail ses­sion (5.30pm-8pm), so it was quite com­fort­able and not too crowded. A range of food was on of­fer, from cheese and salad to hot dishes such as dim sum and de­li­cious wasabi fried shrimps. How­ever, it was strange that the lounge did not have any white wine avail­able. I tried the red in­stead, which wasn’t bad.

RESTAU­RANTS AND BARS The ho­tel has five restau­rants and bars, of­fer­ing a mix­ture of Asian and West­ern cuisines. The high­light has to be the Can­tonese fare served at T’ang Court on level 43, af­fil­i­ated to its Miche­lin-starred coun­ter­part in Hong Kong. The restau­rant is bright with a chic de­sign and feels very ex­clu­sive. I sam­pled a seven-course menu and par­tic­u­larly en­joyed the main course of fresh pan-fried cod­fish paired with ten­der braised beef. Thank­fully, the por­tions weren’t too big, so I was able to fin­ish ev­ery­thing. Or­der­ing in ad­vance is rec­om­mended so the kitchen team can pre­pare the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents.

MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES The Ball­room on the fifth floor cov­ers 562 sqm and can ac­com­mo­date up to 500 guests for cock­tail and busi­ness events. There are also four mul­ti­pur­pose rooms rang­ing from 35 sqm to 100 sqm for meet­ings and con­fer­ences.

LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES These are all lo­cated on level 6, in­clud­ing the out­door swim­ming pool, 24-hour gym and low-lit Chuan Spa. I tried a hot stone mas­sage but found it was too in­tense. Quickly and pro­fes­sion­ally my ther­a­pist adapted the treat­ment by heat­ing her hands to mas­sage my back in­stead, en­sur­ing I was com­fort­able.

A fab­u­lous chan­de­lier with nu­mer­ous crys­tal pen­dants added a lux­u­ri­ous el­e­ment to the room

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