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Four Seasons plans island retreat in Suzhou, China

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s leading luxury hospitality companies, and China’s Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) have planned a new Four Seasons hotel in historic Suzhou, China, set to open in late 2023.

Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou will comprise 9-hectares (22 acres) of a private island surrounded by the landmark Jinji Lake, a popular attraction in the region. The city of Suzhou is a thriving centre of both economic and leisure activities, with many historic attractions, offering something for travellers of all sorts and ages. Suzhou is home to the scenic and historic UNESCO World Heritage listed Classical Gardens dating between 11th to 19th century, picturesque pagodas, canals, stone bridges and museums, as well as the neighbouring Jinji Lake International Golf Club.

“SHKP has always been committed to developing premium quality projects. Our upcoming Four Seasons Suzhou will be one of the most inspiring luxury hotels in Suzhou and the greater Yangtze River Delta region, renewing a sense of glamour to this culturally rich destination, and providing an ideal choice for business executives, family holiday makers and cultural travellers interested in exploring dynastic history and the area’s artistic heritage,” said Albert Lau, Executive Director of Sun Hung Kai Properties (China) Limited.

“We are very pleased to have Four Seasons managing our first hotel development in Suzhou. Our new luxury hotel will further enhance and diversify our hotel portfolio in Greater China and provide a range of unique experiences to discerning Chinese and international travellers,” said Tasos Kousloglou, CEO – Hotel division of Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited.

Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou will be led by General Manager Arthur Ho, a seasoned hotelier with a breadth of experiences in senior roles in Asia and Europe, including at Four Seasons properties in Hong Kong, Macao and Shanghai. In particular, Arthur has led the pre-opening phase of several new developments, including that of Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen in 2012. Arthur is already hard at work building his team and preparing to welcome guests to Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou in 2023.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Sun Hung Kai Properties after our successful collaboration with the acclaimed Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, and look forward to building on our relationship with this landmark project in Suzhou,” said Bart Carnahan, President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management. “China is an important market for us, and it is with great excitement that we expand our portfolio with this exceptional project in Suzhou, giving international and domestic guests a new and unique opportunity to experience Four Seasons in the region.”

Perched on a private island and connected via a private bridge, Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou will be the very epitome of luxury and sophistication; intimately sized with just over 200 well-appointed rooms, suites and oversized private villas all within easy reach to a broad range of sought-after amenities including a tranquil spa, fully equipped gym, lakeside jogging track, lush grounds and gardens, indoor and outdoor pools, and a fully supervised Kids for All Seasons facility designed especially for children and even a special venue for pet dogs.  

Dining experiences will include a premier Chinese restaurant with seven lavish private dining rooms; an all-day dining restaurant serving a wide selection of international cuisine; a lobby lounge and lobby bar with a panoramic view of Jinji Lake serving selected tea, beverages and snacks; and an Executive Lounge overlooking the hotel’s private landscaped lagoon.

Within easy access to Suzhou Industrial Park, the hotel will also have a grand ballroom, a multi-function room and several meeting rooms that can be tailor-fitted with state-of-the-art equipment for important meetings, presentations, conferences or social events.  The ballroom/meeting area has its own individual entrance accessible by car or bus.  For newlyweds, the hotel boasts a penthouse honeymoon suite overlooking Jinji Lake as well as an outdoor wedding lawn for romantic and photogenic events amid the hotel’s generous landscaped gardens inspired by the beauty and fame of Suzhou historical heritage.

Just half an hour by train or an hour by car from Shanghai, future guests of Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou will experience a lifestyle that is uniquely Suzhou and uncompromising service that is uniquely Four Seasons. – TradeArabia News Service

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