Kerzner to Bring $1.5 Billion Atlantis Resort to China

SHANGHAI—Fosun International Limited has entered into an agreement with Kerzner International Holdings Limited for an Atlantis resort along the Haitang Bay National Coast in China. This will be the first Atlantis resort in China and only the third Atlantis worldwide.

Overlooking the South China Sea, Atlantis will encompass over 62 hectares and include Aquaventure Waterpark, exotic marine exhibits, and incredible dining experiences. Architectural and conceptual planning is under way for Atlantis, Sanya Hainan and construction will begin by the end of 2013 and will be complete in 2016.

“I am very excited to be bringing Atlantis to China,” said Sol Kerzner, chairman of Kerzner. “I know this property will astonish and amaze guests—I have been working with the designers to come up with something that captures all the wonders of Atlantis, with its magnificent sense of discovery, whilst also introducing new experiences specifically for Sanya. I can’t wait to unveil this resort to the world.”


Atlantis resorts are unique, ocean-themed destinations offering restaurants by world-renowned chefs; a range of bars and lounges; extensive slides and rides at Aquaventure Waterpark; fresh and salt-water pools, lagoons and marine exhibits, including an open air marine habitat; and a dolphin interaction and education center.

Brennan Beer Gorman Architects (BBG), headquartered in New York, has been engaged for the architectural design of Atlantis, Sanya Hainan working with Kerzner’s development and design team led by Sol Kerzner, chairman and Alan Leibman, CEO, Kerzner International. Jeffrey Beers, having previously been part of the team who brought to the world both Atlantis resorts, Paradise Island and Atlantis, The Palm, has been enlisted to define the interior design of the resort.

A team of over 10,000 craftsmen will be engaged in building the resort. With approximately 1,300 guestrooms, the resort will employ over 3,500 staff members to bring the Atlantis experience to life—from marine biologists and lifeguards to top chefs and innovative event planners.

“China is the perfect location for our next Atlantis destination resort. This resort is set to quickly become a new landmark in China and will introduce the fun, interactive entertainment experiences at the heart of the Atlantis philosophy,” said Alan Leibman, CEO of Kerzner. “Fosun is an incredible partner and will ensure that this Atlantis resort offers unprecedented experiences to its guests.”