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Cactus Resort Sanya by Gloria
Ranked #33 of 1,345 Hotels in Sanya
Copenhagen, Denmark
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“A good and relaxing atmosphere!”
Reviewed 28 June 2011

Read the previous reviews and despite the mostly negative reviews, i booked a 3 night stay and i am glad I did. The hotel has seemingly undergone a thorough renovation and it boasts a very pleasant and welcoming atmosphere. Everything looked clean and new.

They have free wi-fi in the lobby and wired internet in the rooms. A bit slow but functional

The rooms are spacious enough, bathroom's a little smaller, but it was ok for me since i was a solo traveller. Breakfast buffet was big, but i was not particularly impressed with the food available. It was very "lunch" kind of food, typical of asian breakfasts. I agree with most, the dinner buffet was quite pricey, but there is an optional a la-carte restaurant on the lower flower with good food and affordable prices.

I was quite disappointed with the spa. I tried to book for a massage session, but they only had the spa menu written in russian and chinese and the staff in there spoke no single word of english.

As the hotel is not located opposite or close to the beach, they have recently and conveniently made available two golf carts that run at 10min interval, transporting hotel guests to and from the beach. However, should you choose to walk, it takes less than 10min each way.

Overall, it was good. I had a very relaxing time.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Chandler, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2011

This hotel was close to what I expected. It is not a five star resort but is very nice. Hotel is clean and new with little of the peeling paint and constant construction you often see in China. The one thing that this hotel is lacking is really top notch service but this is typical throughout China. As an expat who has lived in China for the past year, this hotel is China good - excellent from a Chinese standard. The Bar, Moon Bar, was under construction and I would have really liked to have had some place to have a drink the nights we were there. My wife (who is Chinese) arranged tours while we were there that so we were able to eat off property. The property restaurants are expensive from a Chinese standard. I think the English was limited but I let my wife do that talking so we had no issues. If you want to do mostly sightseeing, you might be better staying downtown Sanya but this place is nice if you want to spend the day at the pool or beach.

Room Tip: Our mountain view room had no view at all.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 3 February 2011

The hotel is next to the butterflies park but don't have direct access to the beach. You have to walk a bit to reach the sand; however there a part of the beach is belong to the hotel. Room are large and very comfortable. Nice sea view and excellent pool in the middle. You can take a nap under jack fruit tree in the afternoon , it's quiet.
There is a buffet BBQ sometimes around the pool which is good as there is no much others restaurants around the hotel.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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Bavaria
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Reviewed 23 January 2011

Good clean rooms, beds large and comfortable, washing room a bit small, but sufficient
Internet connection slow but reliable
Breakfast medium quality, food not as good as in the great shopping mall nearby - neither in variaty, freshness nor taste.
Service in general good - but allmost nobody has a decent knowledge of english.
Pool and Beach good - shuttle with golfcartype buggies is working in daytime.
All together good for the price but certainly nothing special.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled on business
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Wuhu, Anhui, China
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Reviewed 12 December 2010

I came to the Cactus Resort after staying several nights at Ocean Sonic - primarily to come to the Yanglong Bay area for the better beaches.

It was immediately disappointing. Big swarms of people everywhere in the lobby, the decoration was worse than Ocean Sonic, and you have to walk 10 minutes through corridors to get to your room.

Once inside the room it's much nicer. We booked two identical rooms, and one of them had quite a huge bed that was fit for 4 people rather than 2. TVs were old CRT ones however - and although the room decoration was nice I woke up with a headache both mornings that I was there, and even though we were booked for 4 nights we quit early (losing 1 day's hotel fee due to hotel's cancellation policy). One of my sons slept very badly in this hotel also, and my wife's skin was itching during the stay there.

There is a big pool, but we didn't swim there because there was only cold water option (again a disappointment compared to Ocean Sonic which has a small hot swimming pool and hotter spa pool in addition to the cold on). Also the poolside seats were pretty dirty, and you have to bring your own towels from your room.

The sea wasn't so far off, and that was quite nice. Compared to the Ocean Sonic beach it was a lot better environment at the Cactus one - almost no-one hassling you and no vehicles driving around (I felt the beach at Ocean Sonic was a bit dangerous for children with tourists driving 4*4 quad bikes around). I felt that the sand near the sea was a bit fake though. Quite nice swimming area though.

Restaurants were ok - although I think 18RMB for a coke is a bit ridiculous - apart from that the Korean restaurant was very nice, and the Western resturant was ok. They have a shop selling drinks - again at pretty silly prices so better to bring a bunch of drinks with you.

The hotel gave free tickets to the seashell museum and butterfly attraction. Both are ok although there are constant hordes of local tourists arriving in big groups with guides on loudspeakers.

Staff in this hotel are friendly but not well trained.

If I were to return to Yanglong Bay I would pick another hotel. I am right now in another hotel (having moved out of Cactus yesterday) and tomorrow we are going back to Ocean Sonic for the remainder of our holiday.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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Lohr am Main, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2010

Recent ressort. The rooms, furnitures and facilities were still in good shape.

Ressort located 1 Km away from the beach (Yalong Bay). (10 min. walking, free golf cart shuttle service available)
Tried one of the hotel restaurant: large menu, quite pricy for China, but the dishes we picked were really delicious.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

My family being Grandparents, parents and children, stayed at the cactus resort for 6 days. We were looking forward to a relaxing holiday. This resort did not offer any quiet times, as around the pool the lifeguards are constantly blowing their whistles for the slightest thing. My 6 and 8 year olds were not supposed to swim in the pool which is only very shallow and very hot, and swim in the babies pool, both might I add are very good swimmers. Eventually we signed a waver to allow them in the adult pool which as I said was also quite shallow. Now if you want to use the pool rings that will cost you 20rmb for 1 hour, which you can take a trip into the city and buy one at the same cost. There is no meals served around the pool, you have to go to the restaurant at the resort. Although you could travel by taxi or bus, but by western standards other than other resorts there is not much fine dinning to be done here. The beach is also a bit of a joke, they closed the beach with 1 foot waves, although they were the only resort to do so. The meals were ok, but for the price would have expected better. It is such a shame that they can not get it together as the resort is beautiful and could be a real winner, the owner of this resort needs to spend some time in a resort at Bali or likes and see what really makes it a relaxing worthwhile holiday.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Cactus Resort Sanya by Gloria
Address: Yalong Bay National Resort, Sanya 572016, China
Region: China > Hainan > Sanya
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Sanya
#10 Family Hotel in Sanya
#13 Romantic Hotel in Sanya
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Sanya
#30 Spa Hotel in Sanya
#31 Luxury Hotel in Sanya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Cactus Resort Sanya by Gloria 4*
Number of rooms: 500
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