My girlfriend and I just returned from this jewel on the South China Sea. As a Luxury Collection branded property, we expected a lot and The Royal Begonia did not disappoint. We arranged a chauffeured transfer In their house S-class MBZ complete with wifi service (super cool for the international travelers). The ride to the hotel is about 30 minutes, totally comfortable, some high-end magazines to pass the time if needed. We were greeted by several staffers upon arrival and we were given these great little shell necklaces as arrival gifts. We enjoyed the Abel Spa as a couple, we lounged the days away in one of the great little hidden enclaves throughout the property. We swam, we rented segways and rode them on the beach, we ate like kings on a daily basis, but perhaps best of all:
While touring the grounds on the first day, we spotted a jetty at the beach, a raised stone jetty that juts out into the water about 15-20 feet above the surface. It's obviously very new and quite romantic place to watch a sunset. I asked the hotel manager: Aaron Loy if he had ever had allowed a couple to have a dinner there. He replied that he had not, but that they would love the chance to provide such a romantic time for us. He arranged a very special menu and even brought their 5-star chef "Maurizio" to meet us and discover our likes and dislikes. The next evening we had the time of our lives. Aaron even surprised us by having their house-band come out and sing a quick set of love songs for our enjoyment. They went so far beyond what would be considered luxury service that its almost inexplicable...seriously!
Our room had a view that rivals the best Hawaiian beach, and its own private pool and backyard. Every member of the staff made it their personal goal to see to it that we were happy and wanted for nothing during our stay. There were several standout employees: Aaron Loy of course was the conductor for the most romantic night of my life thus far. There was Kamal Sanusi, who I believe oversees both the Luxury Collection & Sheraton properties (as they share some amenities). Gustavo, my buddy from Portugal who made sure that our coffee was dead-on balls accurate every morning (which is not easy :)
The hotel staff is eager to customize your stay however you'd like. If you need tons of care, they'll give it, if you want privacy, they'll respect it. It's 5-star luxury at its very finest. Every piece of chrome is polished, the frette linens felt brand-new, every piece of fruit is perfectly sliced. 'Life' is in the details, and they absolutely understand that at The Royal Begonia. If the opportunity to return to Hainan arises, I will not even look at another hotel to stay at, I'll go straight back to Phillipp (the sous chef at The Begonia) and have him make me a Luxury Collection Pizza with no black olives.
Two thumbs up for this property. They're craftsman at making memories.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With an idyllic beachfront location facing the South China Sea,and a backdrop of lush green hills under endless azure skies,The Royal Begonia is an island utopia,seamlessly blending nature and refinement. The gentle wafting breezes, tropical landscapes and crystalline waters create a symphony for the senses. A gallery of impressive traditional and modern Chinese art, sculpture, pottery and hand-woven fabric creations showcases the talent of local artisans and it on display throughout the resort. Tours through surrounding villages and cooking classes featuring local indigenous dishes create an unrivalled cultural experience. ... more less
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