Hyatt’s latest outpost in southern China has a locally inspired design that highlights the region’s maritime and cultural ties with Southeast Asia.
Touted as one of China’s most livable cities, Xiamen draws domestic travelers for its coastal scenery and 19th-century architecture. This week marked the debut of the Andaz Xiamen, the brand’s second hotel in China (after Shanghai’s Andaz Xintiandi), at The MixC, a downtown development a short drive from the Xiamen Botanical Garden.
The property has eye-catching interiors by JID—the firm founded by the late and great Indonesian designer Jaya Ibrahim, who worked on a slew of notable high-end resorts throughout Asia and around the world. JID conceived the hotel as a modern mansion that celebrates Xiamen’s reputation as a “garden city” and its cultural ties to Southeast Asia. Waves of emigration from Fujian Province over the past few centuries saw local men boarding ships to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore to seek their fortunes abroad. Some who returned built villas influenced by their experiences living in colonial-era Southeast Asia, creating a tropical East-meets-West aesthetic locally termed the Nanyang (“Southern Seas”) style.
Andaz Xiamen’s 284 rooms and 20 suites present a contemporary take on the Nanyang style with high ceilings and classic fittings using natural materials and textures: think rattan-backed armchairs, woven bamboo wall paneling, and timber louvers. The same design language is evident throughout the hotel’s communal spaces, where graphic tiling and carpeting also play up the Nanyang feel. Most of the specially commissioned artwork on the property depicts tropical flora and fauna, and all were created by artists either from Xiamen or those with a strong connection to the city. And as expected of an Andaz property, staff members choose their own clothes from a ready-to-wear collection by the locally born designer Wan Yifang, instead of wearing a standard hotel uniform.
Downstairs, the hotel operates four drinking and dining venues. One of these is Andaz Lounge, a skylighted, plant-adorned space where guests enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic drinks and snacks throughout the day. Free-flow wine, beer, and locally inspired canapés are served every evening, while the menu at Andaz Lounge also offers snacks and light bites for afternoon tea. Meanwhile, chefs at No. 101 Chinese Restaurant, the hotel’s all-day eatery, prepare Minnan and Chaoshan specialties with a modern twist. The venue shares an outdoor terrace with More Than Wine, whose design recalls the ocean-faring culture of Xiamen through a central bar tiled to look like fish scales. Bartenders here put a local spin on classic tiki cocktails, and the drinks selection includes curated wines, craft beer, and artisanal spirits. Housed in a glass structure at The MixC mall just a few steps away, Sugar Pavilion is a European café and bar that serves contemporary Italian fare by Andaz Xiamen’s executive chef Alessandro Martinelli.
Other facilities range from a heated 25-meter outdoor pool and a second-floor gym (with an attached yoga room) to nearly 2,000 square meters of event space. The latter is split across seven venues, including the Pool House with a show kitchen and the 900-square-meter ballroom, which has 9.5-meter ceilings, nautical-style chandeliers, and bougainvillea-inspired carpeting and wall paneling.
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