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Cactus Resort Sanya by Gloria
Ranked #30 of 1,328 Hotels in Sanya
Shanghai
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice hotel, not much to do”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel for 8 nights. The resort itself is beautiful, very clean. Dining options are not so good. The hotel offers a buffet breakfast in one resturant, and a buffet dinner in another. Neither are open for any other meals. The food choices at both are alot to be desired, especially if you're a westerner. Breakfast was 118 RMB per person, which had us filling up on cold, hard fried eggs and potatoes. Dinner was 188 RMB per person, and the only food we could tolerate were the chicken scewers. A waste of money. There are no choices for lunch unless you walk 10 minutes down to the beach, where you can get a hot dog, a sandwich, or a plate of fruit. The directory showed 2 lounges and resturants on the property that weren't even open. We found ourselves ordering room service for breakfast and dinner and skipping lunch. The beach is nice, but they don't offer cushions for the hard wooden chairs, so we couldn't stand to sit or lay on them for more than an hour. We ended up taking a taxi to the Sheraton down the road, where they had a buffet set up on the beach each evening for dinner. 503 RMB per person!! Was not nearly worth that, since we're not into chinese food containing mostly fat and bones in their dishes. But, the atmosphere at the Sheraton was beautiful so we spent the next 2 days using their comfortable beach chairs and beautiful pools (300 RMB each per day), but worth it. The best food we had our entire week was lunch at the Sheraton on the beach, we ordered ground beef sliders. Delicious! We were getting so bored that we took a taxi to the Yalong Bay National Resort district, cost us about 75 RMB for the ride, but it is a fun place with lots of resturants and bars, and bands at night. The most entertainment we'd had all week! All in all, we were pleased with the resort and it's beauty, especially for the price. Also, bring your own coffee if you want it in your room. And be patient with the staff, very few speak English!!

Room Tip: I highly recommend a deluxe pool view room. The view is beautiful, especially at night, and you get...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2012 via mobile

If your objective is to enjoy outdoors, a very nice and huge swimming pool, easy acces to the beach a nice and convenient location near a nice mall, and you want to maximize your budget, this is your hotel. Rooms are clean, quiet and decent, food has good variety for a chinese hotel. People at the hotel seems to try their best, flexible and nice. We stayed there for 5 nights, family of five, and we just loved it. Is not the sheraton or ritz, but highly reccomended to have a nice time off. They offered scuba diving service as well which is not that overpriced, compared to the typical cost of that in that area.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Shantou
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

Greta hotel, with most things covered. ideally located opposite the Butterfly valley. Great rooms.
B warned most of the staff only speak Mandarin and Russian. very little English is spoken here. AS such most of the guests are Mainlanders and Russians, mostly affluent families and couples in their 30s. this is reflected in the prices at the hotel- which are all mostly a rip off. Expect to pay way over the odds for everything- from laundry, to the shop to food.
The restaurant is definitively not good value for money and there is very few shops close buy to buy anything from s- bring your own food.
The hotel is a pleasant 10 minute walk from the beach, however complimentary golf carts whisk you to the beach and buss stops daily from 7-7.
Free wifi in the lobby and dining areas, wired internet in the room. the room was very impressive, excellent bed and all the mod cons

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2012

The hotel is quite recommendable. It has a vast green territory with lots of nice small details, like hanging chairs, hammocks, fresh water showers.. The smimming pool is huge and has a great view of the hotel and a number of comfortable lounge chairs. There is a small pool bar with a limited choice of drinks.
The hotel's beach is about 12 minutes walk away and there is a shuttle car service to and from the beach running every 5-8 minutes. The beach has lounge chairs with umbrellas exclusively for the hotel guests. However, the chairs at the beach unlike at the pool have no mattresses and are therefore quite hard. The hotel does not provide beach towels, but the guests are not prohibited to take the regular shower towels from the rooms to the beach.
We did not like our room much, as it was rather small and had no balcony. The bathroom was extremely small and the bathtub was leaking, so the bathroom floor was always wet.
However, the beds were very comfortable. And there was everything necessary in the room, including a kettle, a fridge, lots of mirrors, a table, a wardrobe.. Complimentary water. Complimentary broadband internet. Free wifi in the lobby.
The breakfast was great, a mixture of Chinese and Western dishes. Fresh pastries. Indoor and outdoor seating. However, there was not that much seating space at peak hours. A bit pricey at 80 rmb per person per day.
Unfortunately, we found it a bit tricky finding passable dining options in the Yalong Bay area. The hotel only offers buffet dinner in the evening (188 rmb a person - too pricey. You could also go to the other hotels, but their meals are also rather expensive and nothing special. There is an entertainment (shopping+dining) complex at Crown Plaza hotel (about 15 minutes walk to the right from the Cactus along the beach ). There you can get some Chinese restaurants, a Pizza Hut, expensive and deserted shops and a small supermarket.
For more dining and shopping options one has to go to Dadonghai Bay (10 rmb by bus, 50-60 rmb by taxi).

  • Stayed December 2011
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

terrific resort,nice outdoor area with large pool,Not far to the beach.
big nice room and nice clean bathroom.
very good food at the buffet:)

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Zagreb, Croatia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2011

Everything about this resort is average. We booked it because of the price comparing with other hotels. The rooms are nice, hotel beach is very good with a nice bar. As well this resort is in Yalong bay, so if you want to go where all the action is in Sanya expect a 30 min drive and 60 Yuans one way. Breakfast overpriced.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Room Tip: pool view
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Cactus Resort Sanya by Gloria

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:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Sanya
#10 Family Hotel in Sanya
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Sanya
#13 Romantic Hotel in Sanya
#27 Spa Hotel in Sanya
#29 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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