By V. Sivaji

The Dusit Thani Sandalwoods Resort Shuangyue Bay Huizhou, Guangdong, a deluxe resort overlooking the emerald waters of the South China Sea in Pinghai Ancient City opened its doors recently.

The Dusit Thani brand is a Thailand-based global hospitality company.

The resort has 350 well-appointed rooms and suites set within a 30-storey tower.

It also features seven different restaurants, a 1,150 sq m ballroom, eight multi-function meeting rooms, a fully equipped gym, a Kids’ Club, an archery range, a cinema, and other recreational facilities.

Among the dining highlights are Asian Kitchen, serving a choice of Cantonese and Thai cuisines, plus noodles and local seafood prepared fresh-to-order; Fisherman’s Cave, an all-day-dining restaurant serving international favourites; and Luna Café, which showcases regionally sourced ingredients, fresh seafood, and the finest cuts of meat served in a vibrant top-floor setting with sweeping views of Shuangyue Bay.

This family-friendly resort also features an extensive outdoor water facility with four different swimming pools, including a grand swimming pool, a boat-shaped pool, a children’s pool, and an infinity pool overlooking the sea.

The Skyline Swimming Pool on the 30th floor provides a tranquil retreat for guests to swim and soak up views of the impressive mountainous landscape.

Well-known for its pure white sands and crystal clear water, Shuangyue Bay is a popular retreat for travellers seeking a relaxing break from inner-city life. Shenzhen and Huizhou city centre are only two hours away by car, while Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province, can be reached in three hours. Huizhou Airport and the high-speed train station are just a 90-minute drive away.

Visitors to Shuangyue Bay can also explore the architectural and historical wonders of Pinghai Ancient City, known as a ‘living fossil’ of culture, which was built in the Ming dynasty more than 600 years ago.

“We are delighted to enhance our presence in China and bring our distinctive brand of gracious hospitality to this beautiful and historical destination.

“With its prime location, well-appointed rooms, numerous restaurants, extensive meeting facilities, and unique outdoor water centre, Dusit Thani Sandalwoods Resort Shuangyue Bay Huizhou, Guangdong is ideally positioned to provide memorable experiences for domestic and international travellers while delighting the local community too.” said Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer, Dusit International.

Dusit International was founded in 1948 by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose first hotel was the Princess on Bangkok’s Charoenkrung Road.

Today the company is a leader in hotel management and hospitality education and comprises a unique international portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts operating under four brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana.

Alongside growing its operations globally, with more than 50 properties in the pipeline across key destinations, Dusit International is also expanding its business to provide new experiences for customers across the lodging spectrum.

The company recently entered the vacation rental market with the full acquisition of Elite Havens, the leading provider of high-end vacation rentals in Asia, and it also announced plans to enter the lifestyle market with the launch of ASAI Hotels, a distinctive new brand designed to link curious, millennial-minded travellers with authentic local experiences in vibrant cities and resort destinations worldwide.

The company also operates the signature Devarana Spa and has a fast-growing Education Division. The latter, established in 1993, comprises Dusit Thani College, which offers vocational and postgraduate hospitality degrees at campuses in Bangkok and Pattaya; and Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School.

In 2019, Dusit International will redevelop its flagship Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel as part of a landmark mixed-use project comprising residences, an office building, retail areas, and a new Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel. The new hotel is expected to open in 2023.