When it comes to China, Beijing and Shanghai tend to grab most of the attention, but there are plenty of other places in this vast nation well worth incentive planners' attention. One lesser-known destination that's turning heads is Xi'an. A historic city best known for its 2,000-year-old Terracotta Warriors, it has just become more appealing to incentive groups thanks to the Ritz-Carlton, Xi'an, which opened its doors this month in the business-centric Gao Xin District.
"We are delighted to bring the legendary service of Ritz-Carlton to Xi'an, a city that blends the majesty of the past with the pulse of the present, and the promise of the future," said Lisa Holladay, global brand leader for Ritz-Carlton. "By creating a unique sense of place while also celebrating the vibrant cultural legacy of the destination, the Ritz-Carlton, Xi'an, will offer guests and visitors from around the world a truly authentic experience."
Featuring interior design elements created by local artisans, traditional Chinese pipa music, and locally inspired drinks and snacks, the Ritz-Carlton, Xi'an is a tribute to the history of Xi'an, which is the ancient capital of central-northwest China's Shaanxi province and the eastern end of the ancient Silk Road that connected Eastern with Western civilization thousands of years ago.
Along with 283 guest rooms and suites, the hotel features a club floor with a club lounge overlooking downtown Xi'an; five restaurants and bars, including a teppanyaki restaurant with six live cooking stations and a rooftop bar affording 180-degree views of the city; a fitness center and yoga studio; a pool; a spa specializing in ancient Chinese treatments and ingredients; and over 30,000 square feet of meeting space, including an outdoor garden and interactive live kitchens for culinary events and activities.
"We are extremely pleased to debut the Ritz-Carlton in historic Xi'an and expand our portfolio in major cultural destinations in China," said Henry Lee, chief operations officer and managing director, Greater China, Marriott International. "Affluent Chinese and international tourists traveling to Western China are increasingly seeking enriching experiences, and this opening reflects our continued commitment to provide those travelers with opportunities to explore destinations like Xi'an."