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Eco-resort proves 'jewel in the crown' for OCT
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16:22, September 01, 2009

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Despite the competing claims of its many theme parks and leisure destinations, the East Overseas Chinese Town complex is regarded by many as the true jewel in the crown for Overseas Chinese Town (OCT), the developers better known for their Happy Valley projects.

Set amid lakes, elegant mountain scenery, cliffs and waterfalls, the OCT East's "Wind Valley" is home to two superb golf courses, both designed by the renowned Canadian designer, Neilson Haworth. One is for reserved members only, whilst the other is temptingly open to the public.

The golf complex includes a luxury clubhouse, a driving range with 66 stalls, and two par-3 courses - one with 6 holes, the second with 17-holes and styled after the legendary Cypress Point range in Florida. Freshly opened, along with the rest of the complex, on August 1st this year, the course is set in 9 sq km of lush green hills and freshwater lakes.

The new development is sited at Da Mei Sha, just 30 km from Shenzhen city. This latest OCT eco-resort incorporates the 5-star Interlaken Hotel, overlooking its very own Lake Interlaken. It is also home to the Interlaken Village, authentically-styled on the famous Swiss resort of the same name. It includes quaint gingerbread houses and shops, streets and parades, together with a 1,400-seat theatre, featuring a daily extravaganza. The resort also offers a tennis centre, an eco-park with working tea plantations and a tea museum, and China's largest indoor and outdoor mineral spring spa.

The Swiss-themed Interlaken OCT Hotel Shenzhen is an ultra luxurious Alpine-style hotel, complete with 308 spacious and sumptuously furnished guest rooms and suites. Guest facilities include a soaring atrium-style lobby festooned with flowers, a choice of international, Chinese, Japanese or Italian restaurants, a health club, a Cathedral-themed cocktail bar, a Viennese-style ballroom and a range of banqueting rooms, ideal for grand occasions and glamorous weddings.

The Interlaken Spa is a large, luxurious and state-of-the-art health facility. Covering an expansive 20,000 sq m, it is modeled after the style of historic European spa resorts. The spa combines indoor and open-air mineral water pools and tubs, health management facilities, Asian and European spa treatments, spa dining and well-being amenities, and a number of mountain cottage-style relaxation areas.

The spas utilize the area's abundant underground mineral water to create a space where one can commune with nature and achieve true inner harmony.

Its rich underground mineral spring water complements a wide selection of pampering and wellness treatments, health care spa courses, health food, health diagnosis, a French anti-aging clinic and a recreation centre.

For visiting families, the Interlaken OCT Hotel has a 'Kid's Club', allowing parents to relax and enjoy the resort's outstanding facilities while their children are entertained.

OCT East is a "green" resort committed to eco-tourism and environmental sustainability, incorporating wind, solar and hydroelectric power, along with numerous recycling and wetland initiatives. A series of themed residences and communities are also planned as a future development within the resort.

A unique and wonderful aspect of service is the use of CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) who devise and integrate a personalized guest experience, depending on each individual guest's desires.

Source: Xinhua

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