MY TRAVEL STYLE: If possible, I try to stay away from business and strongly prefer resorts that resemble the Four Seasons, Aman, and Oberoi but try to find similar properties at lower cost. I seek out the “wow” experiences and I encourage you to view hotels I have stayed at and their respective reviews (by clicking on my name). We stayed at this hotel since we were not allowed into Yalong Bay for few days since the President of China was there.
LOCATION: Good, not excellent. There is a road between the beach and the hotel. The hotel is on the best part of Sanya Bay, but not on the best beach in Sanya (Yalong Bay). There are no restaurants in walking distance. Must take a 30 Yuan, 25 minute taxi to walking street that has a few restaurants, tons of shopping, and McDonalds and KFC. There is less people on this beach than Yalong Bay but not nearly as beautiful.
BEST WAY TO GET THERE: Taxi from the airport costs 40 Yuan (not metered) and takes about 10 minutes.
TYPE OF ROOM: Standard, mountain view.
BED/SHEETS/PILLOW: Bed was soft after we filled out a card to change the bed from hard to soft. Sheets are average and pillows are thin and great.
LIGHTING: Very good lighting in bedroom and bathroom.
BATHROOM/SHOWER: The shower is both a Rain shower and handheld. Very good water pressure and temperature can be made hot if desired. A few times the shower temperature would change from hot to warm.
TOILETRIES: Fine, but nothing special.
CLEANLINESS: The room is very clean. Bathroom is clean with some minor mold in the grout.
A/C: Quickly and quietly gets the room cool.
CLOSET SPACE: Average, enough for two people to hang most items.
STYLE OF ROOM: Standard mountain view has a view of water buffalo, mountains, and the airport, a nice room but definitely worth the extra cost for the sea view since I was able to check out one of those rooms.
QUIET/MORNING LIGHT: The room is quiet from hotel noise, but an occasional plane can be heard as late as 1:00AM. Not too loud and didn’t disturb our sleep, but noticeable while awake.
FOOD: Average to good with never once in 4 nights having a really great meal. But nothing was bad. Breakfast had pancakes, eggs, 3-4 cereals, yoghurts, and breads. Pancakes had corn in them a few days, kind of gross. Mostly Asian food.
TV/INTERNET: TV has 3 english channels, CNN, HBO, and Cinemax. The internet in the room is wired and very slow (same speed as our hotel in Yalong Bay). The internet is provided at no charge.
SERVICE: Mixed. Amazing over the top service is combined with really poor, slow service. Dislike that no one comes by the pool loungers asking if you want drinks.
COMMON AREA: Lobby is nice 4+ star with a very nice pool. Not a “wow” experience but tons of plants, trees, and gardens make the pool area really nice. The band that plays at night in the lobby is good and definitely better than most hotel bands. Beach is similar to California and nice but nothing incredible or as good as Yalong Bay.
ROOM & CITY TIPS: The mountain view room has a nice view, but definitely worth the extra cost for the sea view. We also stayed at the brand new Aegean Conifer Resort in Yalong Bay (see my review). Clearly the best two hotels in Sanya bay area is this hotel and the Kempinksi. This hotel is an absolute bargain at about US$100/night including breakfast and internet. I highly recommend this hotel but if you want the absolute best and are willing to pay for it, head over to Yalong Bay where all the 5 star resorts are located.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Resort - The Pearl of Sanya Bay, situated on the scenic Sanya Bay. It overlooks beautiful Sanya Bay sandy beach, East Island and West Island. The Resort is 15 minutes away from the famous The End of the Earth, Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Zone, Sanya Phoenix International Airport and the downtown. 226 tastefully decorated guest rooms and suites with wide balconies overlooking spectacular sea & mountain views. The Executive Club Floor features 35 guest rooms & suites and an elaborate Club Lounge, which provides coffee, tea and evening cocktails. You can enjoy a hot spring shower in the room.Every restaurant offers a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. The Marina CafÃ©, an oriental bistro restaurant & cafÃ©, features global favourites with specially designed set menu and lavish authentic buffet spread to suit local taste and international travellers. Guest can enjoy exquisite Cantonese cuisine, as well as local popularities of Hainan Province in the Southern Hill Chinese Restaurant.A place overlooking the distinctive swimming pools and spectacular panoramic ocean view of Sanya Bay, the Harbour Lounge features snacks, pastries, coffee, teas and cocktails.Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Resort offers a very relaxing environment that features comprehensive recreational facilities. Hot spring massage gives you a wonderful experience. Only at the Holiday Inn do we provide a festive Philipine band for your dinning enjoyment! 'a colorful trio of guitars'. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Sanya Bay Hotel Sanya
- Sanya Holiday Inn