The HOK-designed Xiamen Portman Seven Stars Bay Hotel, located in the eastern coastal area of Tongan District, Xiamen, celebrated its grand opening. This unique location, with its beautiful scenery, provides exceptional leisure and recreation opportunities for guests along with easy access to commercial and cultural destinations.
The resort is modeled on the finest French hotels in Paris, Cannes and Nice. French limestone facades are finished with black wrought-iron decorative elements. The top floors are set back from the main block below, creating large, sea-view terraces. Mansard roofs complete the traditional, European-styled design.
The design for the Phase I hotel, including the restaurants and a stylish 2-story German Biergarten with more than 400 indoor and outdoor seats, stays true to traditional French scale and detailing. The ‘all-day’ restaurant has a youthful and contemporary 21st-century French style.
HOK’s design for the Phase II hotel takes a more modern approach. The bright colors of the Riviera in Southern France provide design inspiration. The region’s architecture, sea, sailing and filigree all contribute to the palette, taking guests on a relaxed yet sophisticated journey of the chic Côte d’Azur. This hotel includes vegetarian and Japanese restaurants, as well as a French ‘village.’ Each building in the village has a different color scheme inspired by the four seasons.
The interior design draws inspiration from a centuries-old legend that a flock of egrets discovered the area known today as Xiamen, bringing prosperity to the city. Elements integral to the bird's natural habitat — sun, sky, sea and sand — inspire the color and material palettes. The design takes cues from classical French architecture, incorporating elements from romantic ‘French Chinoiserie’ and ‘French Coastal Chic’ aesthetics. (Source: HOK)
Project size: 92,500 sq m
Services by HOK: architecture / interiors / landscape
This resort is conceived to include three hotels. To differentiate it in the local market, the developer selected a French theme for the property. The design for the Phase I hotel, including the restaurants, stays true to traditional French scale and detailing. The “all-day” restaurant has a youthful and contemporary 21st-century French style. The design for the Phase II hotel will take a more modern approach.