Ski resorts debut in China and bring new level of sophistication to the Changbai Mountains.
CHICAGO - December 19, 2013 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the official opening of two new properties – Park Hyatt Changbaishan and Hyatt Regency Changbaishan – marking the first Hyatt ski resorts to open outside the United States and the first dual-branded properties to debut in China. With snowy peaks, breathtaking scenery and world-class skiing on Changbai Mountain, the hotels have opened just in time for millions of travelers and serious skiers this holiday season.
With both hotels located side-by-side in the Changbaishan International Resort development, this new multi-season destination offers a variety of mountain activities and experiences year round. Skiers and travelers from all over China and around the world have the opportunity to enjoy multiple experiences in one destination.
"It is with great pride that these two hotels open in the beautiful Changbai Mountain region, which shows our commitment to strategic, thoughtful and purposeful growth in China where we know our guests are traveling," said Christopher Koehler, Vice President of Operations, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, China. "Park Hyatt Changbaishan and Hyatt Regency Changbaishan bring the best of luxury, accessibility, and relaxation to this outdoor lifestyle destination, and we are thrilled to be growing our Hyatt brand presence in this critical market."
The highest peak in a range that borders China and North Korea, Changbai Mountain has a 5A rating as a Scenic Spot from China’s National Tourism Bureau and enjoys a reputation as ''the highest mountain touching heaven.'' Meaning ''ever white'' in Mandarin, it is also said that when couples visit Changbai, they will stay together for their entire life – even after their hair grows white. This romantic region has spectacular scenery, a rich ecological environment and its own unique culture and food that make it a standout destination.
"Opening these two properties here at Changbai Mountain has been quite a privilege," said Anthony Gain, General Manager of Park Hyatt Changbaishan and Hyatt Regency Changbaishan. "It is an absolute joy to welcome travelers to this incredibly beautiful and historic location in China, and I am confident that both Park Hyatt Changbaishan and Hyatt Regency Changbaishan will exceed guest expectations, whether they are in town for skiing, spa breaks, business or simply to relax and take in the great outdoors."
Just a 20-minute drive from Changbaishan Airport and Songjianghe Railway Station, Park Hyatt Changbaishan and Hyatt Regency Changbaishan have access to international-quality ski fields, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, a 36-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course, a cinema, a Karaoke club KTV, and a shopping complex. There is an abundance of both outdoor and indoor activities for guests to enjoy, including local attractions such as the West Gate of Changbai Mountain and the Heavenly Lake.
The first luxury hotel in the Changbai Mountain region, Park Hyatt Changbaishan is an elegant fusion of classical Chinese art forms, modern design and local residential touches. Nestled further into the forest, its secluded location reflects the hotel’s sophistication, making Park Hyatt Changbaishan the clear choice for discerning guests looking for a personalized journey in a rare and intimate atmosphere. Spread over a spacious 300,000 square feet, the hotel features generously sized guestrooms, high-end dining options, and a combination of modern and traditional spa treatments.
Park Hyatt Changbaishan has 163 spacious guestrooms, including 36 suites spread over 10 villas. Guest can enjoy views of the ski fields and surrounding mountains from their finely crafted guestrooms, featuring polished, dark wooden floors, and elegant furniture in a modern Asian style, complemented by a curated selection of fine art. The guestrooms range in size from 590 to 5,200 square feet, making them the most spacious rooms in the Changbai Mountain area. Luxurious facilities including an LCD TV, satellite TV channels, broadband and Wi-Fi, and individual espresso coffee machines add to the comforts of home. The rooms have a walkthrough closet to a spacious bathroom with an oversized bathtub, twin vanities, a rain shower, and a separate toilet.
The Living Room, located on the lobby level, is a collection of spaces where guests can relax, eat and drink in a residential-style environment. Delicious Chinese and Western breakfast fare is served both from the buffet and prepared a la minute by the chef. During the day, the Living Room offers casual all-day dining and can also be the place for morning and afternoon tea, or an evening nightcap. The entire length of the Living Room looks out into the nearby forest, offering breathtaking scenery from the comfort of the indoors.
The Dining Room, located beyond the Living Room bar, offers an elegant dining experience with cozy semi-private areas. The Chinese grill menu offers generous cuts of prime meats served alongside delicate traditional accompaniments. Throughout the different seasons of the year, a hot pot menu is also available.
The Spa at Park Hyatt Changbaishan is a reflection of life in the dense, virgin forests of the mountain. It offers a true, deeply-rooted wellness experience using the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine, taking a holistic approach to restoring balance to the body and mind. The Spa takes up an entire wing of the first floor in the hotel’s Manor House and features six private treatment rooms, of which two are couples rooms, as well as a range of foot treatments in the foot spa.
The Spa is a total leisure facility, allowing guests to unwind in the saunas, steam rooms, whirlpool bathtub, and warm mineral pool, or in the indoor and outdoor heated pools. A 24-hour gym featuring state-of-the-art cardio and strength building equipment is also available to guests. There is a Ski House where guests can store their ski equipment during their stay, conveniently located at the entrance to the ski field for easy ski-in and ski-out access.
An intimate Events Center has been designed for exclusive meetings and events. There is a residential feel throughout the area, utilizing natural daylight in the rooms and an open kitchen-style breakout area. The Events Center comprises of a small ballroom, a meeting room, a boardroom, and a VIP room, which are all serviced by the professional Events Service team and the Business Center. Each room has its own state-of-the-art audio-visual system to ensure events run smoothly.
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan is an expansive and spacious resort covering an area of nearly 485,000 square feet in a unique mountain lodge setting with large, exposed wooden beams, oversized leather furniture and exposed stone floors. Guests can cozy up next to a roaring log fire and take in the snowy views from its convenient position in the village at the base of the ski field. The hotel also offers direct access to various mountain activities.
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan is a destination resort ideal for couples, families or conference groups. Facilities include spacious and comfortable guestrooms, extensive food and beverage options, multi-function events venues, and a wide variety of recreational facilities such as a spa, gym, indoor and outdoor pools, ski valets, outdoor activities, and a Camp Hyatt program for children.
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan has 278 rooms, including 33 suites, offering a wide range of ski, mountain, forest, and village views. In keeping with the style of the hotel, the spacious guestrooms are residential in design, offering a warm, welcoming feel, and starting at the generous size of nearly 485 square feet. Modern facilities include an LCD TV, satellite TV channels, broadband and Wi-Fi, an ample bathroom with a separate bathtub and rain shower, and a view through to the rest of the room.
Half of the hotel is made up of the exclusive Regency Club with a private lounge for check-in and checkout, as well as full concierge services. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, it allows easy access to a private ski valet and the slopes. Within the lounge, complimentary daily breakfast is served in the morning, as well as all-day refreshments and evening drinks and snacks. There is also a small meeting room available on a complimentary basis for an hour each day.
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan has two year-round restaurants and two seasonal restaurants, covering a wide range of culinary styles incorporating Eastern and Western flavors. The two year-round food and beverage options are in the multi-level Changbai House restaurant complex, which offers a variety of food and beverage options over three levels with easy access to the village.
Changbai House Tea Room offers all-day menus that include breakfast items in the morning and light noodle and rice snack dishes throughout the day, turning into a casual bar at night. It also stocks unique local deli items for purchase.
Changbai House Dining Room is the hotel’s specialty Chinese restaurant featuring delicious local Dongbei-style cuisine, such as braised pork belly with northeast pickled Chinese cabbage, or braised houtou mushroom with chicken stock. Changbai House also serves the dining room menu in the exclusivity of private rooms, catering for groups of eight to 22 people.
Another year-round option is The Lounge located in the lobby, where guests can enjoy a variety of drinks and light snacks throughout the day in a stylish bar and lounge environment.
During the winter and summer months, the Market Café and Chalet BBQ provide a variety of seasonal offerings.
Situated along the ski slope, the Market Café offers a Chinese buffet complemented by international flavors. With a central show kitchen, guests can pick up their favorite dishes straight from the pan, grill or wok, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Taking barbecue to another level, Chalet BBQ’s dishes are prepared at the diner’s table, with a variety of fresh meats presented on platters that are then cooked on charcoal grills built into the center of the table. Meals can be taken in the central dining room or the six private cabins for small groups of up to eight, all which are scattered amongst the forest.
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan has extensive spa and recreation facilities. Shui Liao Spa embraces the local environment of ever-white mountains, the powerful Baekdu volcano, crystal-clear waters, expansive skies and dense green forests. The unspoiled nature of Changbaishan offers all the essentials for wellness, bringing together the powers of the fresh earth, heavenly light and pure mountain water, providing natural spa therapies in the tradition of Changbaishan to balance and improve the flow of qi. It has a large foot spa and six private treatment rooms, of which two can accommodate couples.
In addition to the sauna and whirlpool tubs, guests can also unwind and exercise in the pool or the well-equipped 24-hour gym. Conveniently located at the entrance to the ski field for easy ski-in and ski-out access, the Ski House will allow guests to store their ski equipment during their stay. Camp Hyatt is a fun and interactive family learning center that teaches junior guests about Changbai Mountain’s diverse natural environment.
Hyatt Regency Changbaishan has more than 20,000 square feet of meeting and events space. The ballroom is one of the largest on the mountain at just under 13,000 square feet and is complemented by six smaller salons, a boardroom and a VIP room. There is a residential-style open kitchen area for interactive breakouts or a casual meeting place with very large pre-function areas. All rooms are fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment that can be managed by a professional event service team. The Business Center can be used as a base for meeting planners.
Park Hyatt provides discerning, affluent business and leisure guests with elegant and luxurious accommodations. Guests of Park Hyatt receive highly attentive personal service in an intimate environment. Located in several of the world's premier destinations, each Park Hyatt is custom designed to combine sophistication with a distinctive regional character. Park Hyatt features well-appointed guestrooms, meeting and special event spaces for groups, critically acclaimed art, food and beverage programmes, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. There are currently 32 Park Hyatt hotels in the following locations: Abu Dhabi, Baku, Beaver Creek, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Busan, Canberra, Carlsbad, Changbaishan, Chennai, Chicago, Dubai, Goa, Hamburg, Hyderabad, Istanbul, Jeddah, Maldives, Melbourne, Mendoza, Milan, Moscow, Ningbo, Paris, Saigon, Seoul, Shanghai, Siem Reap, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Washington D.C., and Zurich. www.parkhyatt.com.
Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travellers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world. Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups looking for a functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings. For more information, visit: www.regency.hyatt.com.
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