Atlantis has opened its first resort in China on Hainan Island with a waterpark and two giant aquariums on-site.

The 540,000 square-metre Atlantis Sanya features 1,314 rooms including 154 suites, five of which are underwater.

It is located on the Haitang Bay National Coast and run by the same group behind Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai.

The resort’s Lost Chambers Aquarium spans two floors and is designed to give guests the feeling they are exploring the ancient civilization of Atlantis. The resort says its second aquarium, the Ambassador Lagoon, is the largest open-air aquarium in the world.

Serge Zaalof, chief operating officer for Atlantis Resorts & Residences, said: “The Atlantis brand is known for unique, ocean-themed destinations offering a wide variety of entertainment experiences and Atlantis Sanya is no exception.”

Heiko Schreiner, managing director of Atlantis Sanya, added: “Following an intense development period of long days and nights by a team of approximately 3,000 colleagues, we are proud to introduce Atlantis Sanya to our first guests and the public.

“When you combine 1,314 guestrooms including 154 suites, five of which are underwater suites, impeccable design from talents like Jeffrey Beers International and Hirsch Bedner Associates Design and an incredible water adventure at Aquaventure Waterpark, we know we are giving people unparalleled experiences new to Hainan Island and China, that only Atlantis can deliver.”

Atlantis Sanya has 21 restaurants, cafes, lounges, and bars including celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Bar. It also features the AHAVA spa, conference centre and multi-function ballrooms designed to attract leisure and MICE events.

Other properties in the group’s pipeline include The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences in Dubai and Atlantis, Ko Olina in Hawaii.