HONG KONG — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has signed an agreement with Sichuan Jiuzhai Luneng Eco-Tourism Investment Development Co. to open its first all-villa property in one of China’s earliest UNESCO world heritage sites, Jiuzhaigou Valley, it was announced Sept. 30.
With an elevation of 7,546 feet above sea level, The Ritz-Carlton, Jiuzhaigou, will feature 87 villas with panoramic views over the valley and the Min Mountains. The three restaurants and lounges will feature stone-paved terraces with fire pits. Facilities include a mountain spa, and entertainment offered will include a Kids Club, media room and various activity centres.
Located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in Southwest China, the property will provide views close to the waterfalls, lakes and forests for which the 72,000-hectare nature reserve and national park is known.
Juizhaigou Valley, which translates as the Valley of the Nine Village Forts, is a land of Chinese legend and folklore, with stories of its creation embedded in the customs of the local Qiang and Tibetan tribes.
“Working closely with our partners, we will be curating a Jiuzhaigou experience that honours its UNESCO heritage,” said Hervé Humler, Ritz-Carlton’s president and chief operating officer.
Natural wonders of Jiuzhaigou, best explored on foot, include the nearby Pearl Shoal Waterfalls with a 1,000-foot curtain of water, ancient primeval woodlands, a real life Swan Lake famed for visiting birdlife and over 100 lakes in hues of green and blue.