Myself and a friend stayed in twin-bedded room 6026 for three nights. (NB. We were offered suite 6104 for the second and third nights after complaining about the adjoining door in 6026, but the suite's second bed was more suited to a child so we declined the offer).
The resort has 452 rooms.
-Taxi pickup/drop off on 3rd floor.
-Marriott Hawaiian-themed necklace and blackcurrant drink on arrival. Pocket map of premises provided.
-Helpful and friendly staff across the whole site. Duty Manager - Sophia - was particularly helpful.
-Free WiFi (no registration required) in Lobby.
-On check-in I signed up for the Marriott Rewards card to get free WiFi in my room. It took 30 seconds to register, as all I needed to do was provide an email address. I then logged on with my room number and surname. Otherwise prices in room start from RMB 40 per hour.
-Key card entry (one per person) to solid door with bedroom containing two single beds, shared bedside table (with torch), bedside lamps, telephone, 2 upholstered chairs & round glass-topped table, writing desk & chair, lamp, power sockets (including a UK 3-pin mains socket), telephone, hotel information pack, Philips flatscreen multi-channel TV (English language channels include CNN, BBC World News, HBO) atop a storage unit, suitcase area, tea/coffee making facilities, 2 free bottles of water, fridge, electronic safe (it could comfortably an 8-inch tablet), wardrobe with hanging space plus shelves, iron & ironing board. Effective blackout curtains. Effective and quiet air-con. Sliding doors onto balcony with sea view containing 2 chairs & table, clothes dryer. Sliding doors into en suite bathroom with a bath, a walk-in shower, sink, lotions, hair dryer, scales, toilet.
-3rd floor spacious Lobby includes Reception desk, Resort Shop (drinks, swimming goggles/shorts/costumes, memorabilia), comfortable seating areas, Business Center, public telephones, ATM cash machine.
-1st floor includes Grand Ballroom, Marriott Cafe (open 7am-11:30pm), Edogin Japanese Restaurant, Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Meeting Rooms, Fitness Center (open 24 hours) with fixed/free weights area and cardio area (treadmills, cross trainer).
-Other facilities include the beach (white sand, public beach - cordoned/buoyed off area of sea), beachside games area, Deep Blue Beach Bar (open 11am-10pm), Sea Breeze Pool Bar (open 11am-6pm), two-tier pool (open 7:30am-10pm), hammocks, Ocean Front Chapel (for weddings), Quan Spa (open 10am-midnight). Ocean sports - motorised and non-motorised. Beach Services (open 8am-7pm) can provide complimentary towels, umbrellas, single loungers, double cabanas, beach soccer and volleyballs. Kids Club (computer games area, playroom, playground, bicycle rental) with kids pool & waterslide (open 9am-5pm), lane pool (open 8am-8pm), 2 tennis courts - with floodlights (open 8am-8pm).
-Immaculately maintained gardens at front and rear of premises containing a wide variety of plants.
-No free airport shuttle service. We had to pay RMB 100 (blue taxi) each way. The old blue coloured taxis (rusty, no seatbelts) are cheaper than the newer yellow/brown coloured taxis.
-There's a RMB 5 pickup charge from the taxi company if a taxi is called to Marriott.
-Adjoining door between our room and the next room. I've had noise issues with this setup in the past. We were told that "90%" of rooms in this Marriott have adjoining doors.
-Expensive: Pizza = RMB 148 (plus 15% service charge) in Marriott Cafe. Can of Pepsi = RMB 30 in the Resort Shop. The same can in Sanya City was RMB 2.30 - thirteen times cheaper than the Marriott! A blatant rip-off. See supermarket in Notes below.
-Breakfast buffet - served in the vast Giant Ballroom, rather than the Marriott Cafe due to 'high occupancy' during our stay. We felt like we were eating in a sports hall.
-Breakfast buffet - long queues for omelettes.
-Free shuttle bus to Sanya City once a day (11:10am) is only one-way. The Marriott bus had a 'Downtown' sign at the front. However, everyone was dumped at Dadonghai Bay which we quickly discovered was nowhere near Downtown Sanya City. We were forced to enquire in a nearby hotel (Linda Seaview Hotel, Yuya Rd) about the whereabouts of Downtown, then use Bus No.8 to get to it. Fortunately we'd brought along a map of the island. That said, apart from the seafront promenade at Sanya Bay near Phoenix Island, the rest of Downtown was an eyesore, so perhaps Marriott got it right with their drop-off. We had to pay RMB 60 for the blue taxi (30 minutes) back to Marriott.
-Beware aggressive taxi touts at Sanya Phoenix International Airport. Only use the official taxis, located in a line at the front of the airport. Our guide in Guilin wrote the Marriott Resort & Spa name in Chinese to show a taxi driver. We paid RMB 100 (blue taxi) to Marriott. The journey took 35 minutes.
-There's a supermarket 4 minutes walk from the Lobby. Turn right out of the Marriott Lobby, go down the exit ramp, then follow the road to its end. The supermarket is on the left down an escalator. Can of Pepsi = RMB 5.
-The nearest mall - La Floret Shopping Center - is approx 1 mile away - is a RMB 8-10 taxi fare (blue taxi) each way. Alternatively it's a 20 minute walk. The mall includes a Pizza Hut, Haagen-Dazs, and a two-storey Starbucks. There's also a Century supermarket tucked away around the back-middle of the mall.
-Segway on the beach (adjacent to Marriott's beach) is RMB 300 for 30 minutes.
-The Yalong Bay Golf Club (18-hole) is located opposite Marriott.
-Sanya is popular with tourists from Russia.
-Well known English-language social networking and video sites are blocked in China (although not Hong Kong). Signal strength was sufficient for WhatsApp (text), Bing, TripAdvisor, Skype (voice).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a pristine sweeping 7 km crescent of white-sand beach cupped by rainforest covered mountains and caressed by crystal-clear waters, the resort’s 452 rooms offer commanding views of the famous Yalong Bay. The direct access private beach is complimented by a large 10 hectare tropical garden perfect for peaceful walks in the sea breeze. Multiple swimming pools, a dedicated Kids Club, and signature Quan Spa ensure the complete resort experience while an Ocean Front Wedding Chapel, outdoor self-contained meeting center surrounded by water features combined with a range of conference rooms offer innovative venues for meetings and celebrations of all kinds. Two championship golf courses are easily accessible from the popular resort which itself is just a 30 minute drive from Sanya Phoenix International Airport and a 10 minute drive from Yalong Bay high-speed train station. Whether dining at the award winning Japanese restaurant or strolling across the Bermuda grass beach lawn, Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa is the best choice for an authentic beach holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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