Five of the world’s top women golfers traded golf attire for bathrobes as they enjoyed some much needed rest and recuperation at Mission Hills Haikou on China’s tropical island of Hainan.
It didn’t take long for players from three continents to get into the swing of life at Mission Hills, as Inbee Park (South Korea), Feng Shanshan (China), Suzann Pettersen (Norway), Melissa Reid (England), Lee-Anne Pace (South Africa), Carlota Ciganda (Spain) and Ha-Neul Kim (South Korea) visited the luxury resort’s Spa and Volcanic Mineral Springs, boasting 168 hot and cold water treatments, brought together using designs features representing five continents of the world.
Asked of her first impressions of the resort, World No. 8, Suzann Pettersen, looking striking in bathrobes and sandals, summed it up in a single word, “Massive,” before continuing, “It’s great to be here. I’ve heard so many great things about Mission Hills I was just excited to come here and see it for myself.”
Leader of the Korean LPGA Order of Merit, Ha-Neul Kim added, “It’s not so far from Korea but it’s like Hawaii in Asia. It’s great to be here and it’s very beautiful here at Mission Hills.”
The players marveled at the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site – Fujian Tulou – inspired architecture of the Mission Hills SPA before enjoying some water therapy in the Volcanic Mineral Springs complex that is fast putting the resort on the ‘must-visit’ destination list for serious travelers seeking relaxation and wellness breaks as well as the golf that the complex is famed for.
The players had gathered in Mission Hills ahead of this week’s World Ladies Championship golf tournament. In addition to offering visitors no less than 10 championship golf courses to choose from, the resort has been officially accredited ‘World’s Largest Spa Resort’ by Guinness World Records and uses spring water originating 800 meters under the volcanic terrain, lending it its distinctive composition and revitalizing qualities.
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