A lot of thought went into choosing our final destination as we wanted a resort that offered all of the summer pre-requisites like pools, beach access and lots of places to relax but wasn’t overly large and crowded. We had to head out to Haitang Bay (which is by no means downtown Sanya City) but boy did this property deliver.
We arrived late in the evening into Sanya Airport and the hubby decided that a little luxury was in order so he arranged for one of the hotel’s Bentley cars to collect us from the airport and whisk us to the hotel’s reception. Upon our arrival we were immediately greeted with Hawaiian Lays and shuttled to our villa where the check in processes was finalised and we were showed around the features of the room. My immediate impressions (despite it being very dark outside at this time) were WOW. The four posted bed, lush marble bathroom huge with gold fittings and tropical garden aspect and huge living space all screamed French classics despite our mainland China location.
The ensuing days went pretty much to schedule; wake up to the drawn curtains letting in the warming sun and allowing me to look out upon our private courtyard and swimming pool, hop directly to what is (without any hesitation) the best breakfast buffet of any hotel I have ever been to (think all of the usual offerings you would find at a buffet then add daily western and Chinese specials cooked to order as well as the freshest juices and tropical fruits and even a whole coconut), hop to the main pool by the beach and lounge around in the sun (we preferred this pool over the hotel’s other main pool which was more covered less conformable), head up to the main reception area for afternoon tea (complimentary for villa staying guests) and enjoy the hotels stunning view of Haitang Bay, back to the pool, back to the main reception area for evening drinks and canapés (complimentary for villa staying guests), then head out for dinner. In between, we managed to laze around our private pool and utilize our free mini-bar on the villa patio, use the hotel's complimentary shuttle to head into Sanya City, grab lunch/dinner and desserts at the hotel’s (and the adjoining sister property – the Hilton) numerous food and beverage outlets and generally RELAX!
In the end it was the small details that won me over (the various comfortable seating options around the hotels pool, the friendly service we received all of the food and beverage outlets, the inflatable pool toys that came with our villa and the over-the-top amount of sandstone that is used through the resorts grounds) that lead me to the conclusion that this was the best resort we stayed out anywhere in our trip in China (and one of the best we have stayed at anywhere in the world).
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