So you’ve settled on Sanya as your next exotic getaway – congratulations! Known by many as the Hawaii of the Orient, it’s surely a decision you won’t regret. As the only tropical city on the island of Hainan, this idyllic location boasts the best beaches in all of China, diverse cultural traditions and some of the finest seafood you’re likely to taste.
It’s no surprise then that the town becomes inundated with tourists throughout the whole calendar, who come to take advantage of the year-round pleasant climate. In the last decade, a plethora of hotels have sprung up to accommodate this growing demand, ranging from five-star luxurious hotels to backpacker hostels. As such, there’s sure to be something to suit your budget and your tastes in this wildly popular destination.
With well over 100 accommodation options on offer, it can be difficult to know where to begin. The five suggestions below are a good place to start your search when it comes to laying down your head in Sanya.
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At the top end of the scale, Banyan Tree offers a clutch of exquisite five-star villas perfect for a romantic break to get away from it all. Each villa comes with a spacious terrace, complete with ocean- or garden-views, while en suite options have a spa or bathtub in addition to the comfortable lounge area. Onsite facilities include both Chinese and Western dining options, as well as a wellness and beauty centre and 900m-long private beach.
The InterContinental is superbly located in Haitang Bay, offering exclusive access to the unspoiled cove. Each room has fantastic vistas across the South China Sea, while en suite facilities, a flat-screen TV and minibar come as standard. As for the cuisine, the trio of onsite eateries will meet your every need, with the Aqua Seafood Restaurant located directly adjacent to the breath-taking aquarium, making for an unbeatable backdrop to your meal.
At just a stone’s throw from Dadonghai Beach, Jin Jiang offers picturesque rooms complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, thus affording guests scintillating views of the water. The spacious pool is a great way to stretch those limbs, while the massage and beauty centre offers a more relaxed option when all you want to do is unwind. A four-star affair, this is a more affordable option which still retains many of the advantages of its more prestigious counterparts.
A sociable option, BlueSky International was renovated in 2013 and now offers state-of-the-art facilities which put European hostels to shame. The clean and sizable interiors of each room are complemented by cable TV, private bathroom and wooden flooring. Meanwhile, there are a range of group activities to get involved in, including fishing, snorkelling, cycling and barbecues, with plenty of other sports equipment available for hire, as well.
SHC is the budget alternative in Sanya – but don’t think that entails a compromise on quality. Whether you choose to stay in a shared dormitory or private habitation, you’ll be reclining in comfortable and uncluttered surroundings. It’s just a six-minute leisurely stroll to the beach, while the onsite tour desk will help to organise bar and cycle rentals, as well as giving advice on sightseeing highlights.
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