St. Regis & AC Hotels by Marriott at China’s ‘Thousand Island Lake’ • Hotel Designs

Marriott International recently announced it has signed an agreement with Zhejiang Wanhao Wanjia Group to develop two properties in Qiandao Lake, located in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province.

The St. Regis Qiandao Lake and AC Hotel by Marriott Qiandao Lake are expected open in December 2026, bringing the St. Regis brand’s signature luxury and timeless heritage, complemented with AC Hotels’ modern design and intuitive service to a destination famous for its vast expanses of shimmering blue-green waters with more than 1,078 islands dotted over 573 square kilometres of pristine natural beauty.

“We are thrilled to partner with Zhejiang Wanhao Wanjia Group to develop these two projects in Qiandao Lake as part of our ‘Brand + Destination’ approach in offering the best brands and experiences to our guests across various destinations”, said Gavin Yu, Chief Development Officer, Greater China, Marriott International. “Bringing St. Regis and AC Hotels by Marriott to Qiandao Lake’s lush forests and rugged landscapes will further cement our footprint in Hangzhou, while providing our guests with access to a destination of relatively undiscovered beauty that awaits exploration.”

The St. Regis Qiandao Lake will be nestled at the top of Tianyu Mountain, a scenic area in Chun’an county with hiking trails and newly built escalators, offering breathtaking views of Qiandao Lake as well as the nearby Longshan and Meifeng islands. The location is approximately a 30-minute drive to the Qiandao Lake Railway Station, with convenient connections to Hangzhou and Shanghai.

With its landscaping and interior design led by world-renowned designer Bill Bensley, the resort will feature 80 guestrooms and suites, as well as 36 villas including a presidential villa with an outdoor swimming pool and a sun deck. It is also expected to offer four distinct culinary venues including the brand’s signature spaces such as The Drawing Room and The St. Regis Bar. Additional plans for the resort comprise a range of leisure spaces including The St. Regis Spa, kid’s club, swimming pools, fitness room, as well as a total of 235 square meters meeting spaces. The new resort will offer the signature St. Regis Butler service, along with hallmark rituals and exquisite experiences that celebrate the destination.

The hotel is set to feature 185 modern and harmonious guestrooms and suites. A mix of dining options will include the brand’s signature AC Kitchen and AC Lounge. The hotel is also expected to offer facilities such as a Kid’s Club, AC Store, AC Library, Fitness Centre, swimming pool, as well as meeting rooms. With its flexible open spaces, purposeful design and signature moments, AC Hotel by Marriott Qiandao Lake will offer a comfortable, elegant and effortless stay for visitors to this marvellous destination.

“It is our great pleasure to partner with Marriott International to debut two prestigious brands at Qiandao Lake,” said Deyong Kong, Chairman, Zhejiang Wanhao Wanjia Group. “With our shared dedication and passion, we are looking forward to offering elevated hospitality experiences to guests and travellers who come to discover this beautiful region of China.”

In Hangzhou, Marriott International currently operates more than 20 hotels spanning across 10 brands, including The Luxury Collection, Marriott Hotels, Four Points by Sheraton and Moxy Hotels.

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