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It looks like a luxury mountain resort, featuring elegant guest suites, lush gardens and water features, an 18-hole golf course, gourmet dining facilities, and an authentic hot-springs spa, but don't bother calling your travel agent.

Designed by HHCP for COFCO, one of China's largest import and export companies, the 245-room resort and advanced corporate management training campus features some 20 interconnected buildings totaling 30,000-square meters. The complex is well-integrated with its picturesque surroundings, occupying a breathtaking 800-acre mountain site covered with vast swathes of flowering fruit trees that provide a dramatic, natural setting. The architecture, meanwhile, is modern, simple, and elegant--a design approach well-suited to the complex's advanced multimedia and other high-tech features, including a sophisticated, real-time satellite communications capability.

The sleek, modern contours and materials of Dragon Spring Resort echo the forward-looking focus of COFCO's chairman and reflects the company's belief that spaces and environments can affect a person's thinking and understanding. By placing their top management employees in a training setting that addresses "the whole person," COFCO aims to build a sense of common purpose among its top managers and foster a spirit of camaraderie within the corporate community.

Focusing on the therapeutic powers of geothermal waters flowing beneath the surface of the resort, the spa has been designed as a retreat to allow guests to remove themselves from the intensive training and business atmosphere. Drawing upon the rich heritage of ancient Chinese healing therapies, the spa will offer a full range of healing and beauty services inspired by both traditional Eastern and Western techniques that will enhance the overall benefits of the natural spring waters guests will luxuriate. The spa features a 530 square meter natural spring rock pool that creates the dramatic backdrop for the reception area, which is segregated into separate areas for ladies and gentlemen to ensure complete privacy and comfort. The spa also features eight all inclusive double occupancy treatment suites, two single occupancy treatment suites, a 24-seat café, and a relaxation lounge. All treatment suites located on the first floor feature two private hot spring soaking tubs/pools to promote healthy circulation and sooth mind and body ailments, one of which is located outside in a private garden. Treatment suites located on the second floor feature one hot spring soaking tub and a private enclosed garden terrace with spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes. To emphasize the importance of nature as a source of healing, all interiors of the spa have a direct connection to the surrounding wildlife/natural environment through the use of natural building materials as well as open views and access to public and private gardens.

In addition to the golf course and spa, the self-contained training campus' amenities include a gym, an indoor swimming pool, and many other recreational facilities. In addition to serving as the project's architect, HHCP is also responsible for Dragon Spring Resort's landscape architecture and interior design.

Contact: Gregory Dungan, AIA, Managing Partner
Company: HHCP Design International, Inc.
Phone: 407.644.2656
Email: dungan@HHCP.com

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