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Tianfuyuan Resort
Ranked #73 of 1,328 Hotels in Sanya
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united kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2009

My husband and I went for 6 days with our two year old and four year old. We had a 4 night deal which was 1600 CY including two breakfasts, we paid 480 CY per night for the two extra nights. Our two year old had free breakfast and we paid 150 CY for the 6 days for our four year old to have breakfast. We were told it was Western Style breakfast but there was toast, boiled eggs, occassionly bacon and then a lot of chinese food. My husband went for fried egg on toast every morning, I settled for fried egg and rice with veg and bacon if they had it. The kids had yogurt, toast and boiled eggs and cake if they were good. Coffee was ok but not great. We had a nice room with one large bed which slept my husband and i and our two year old, as the free baby bed was too small. we had an extra bed for our four year old which cost 100 CY per night. The view from our room was nice, we overlooked the large pool and had a view of the sea and mountains.

The pool had quite a large childs pool area with large steps going into the pool which our two year old loved as he could roll around and play with his toys in the water without going in too deep. Our four year old loved it too as at the deepest part it only came to her chest so she loved splashing around and ducking under the water. The larger area of the pool was much deeper but again with large steps leading down to the deep end. There was a basket ball net if you wanted to take a small ball and play. There were also two hot spring plunge pools which were lovely and one extra pool for the kissing fish, it said that the fish are only found in Hainan and Egypt, I don't know how true that is but with the four night deal we got an half an hour with the fish for free. It was great, it looks like they are kissing you but it tickles like hell for the first five minutes, it doesn't hurt at all and all we could think was that they ate the dead skin cells. It was great fun anyway and we paid an extra 10 CY each for the kids to join us and they loved it one minute then when there wanted to get out they just sat on the side until we had finished.

The staff were really helpful and did speak enough english to be able to help. My husband and I know a little mandarin to get by so I think that helped too. The taxi from the hotel to Sanya city took about ten minutes and the price varied depending if you got a nice driver or not, some charged on the clock and was about 25 CY others would do it off the clock and charge you 40 CY. Make sure you don't pay any more than 40 as it would be a total rip off. I felt at times that we were taken advantage off being westerners. We did see other westerners there but mainly Russian. There were a dutch family but we didn't feel out of place with all the chinese there. Watch out for the seafood restaurants that all the locals recommend on the beach front, the food is nice but very expensive and make sure you know how much everything is before you order.

There were two singers on most nights a man and woman, I think they stay at the hotel as we saw them at breakfast most mornings too. The singers are good but not excellent but very friendly and great with the kids, our four year old made friends with a five year old who was staying at the hotel with her family and they were up singing with the female singer and dancing along to the music.

The evening BBQ was nice, well cooked but a little expensive. The meals off the menu were nice and average prices from the UK between 30 CY for french fries and 50 CY for a plated meal, we had rice and chicken and it was very nice. The drinks however are much more expensive 32 CY for one bottle of SOL and 10 CY for one small bottle of water. The second day we made a trip to the supermarket in Sanya city and bought a crate of Anchor beer and two crates of water for 25 CY so well worth the trip.

The grounds are very nice and well kept and there are plenty of opportunites for photos. The beach was nice and private, we didn't drink at the beach bar but it was always open from early morning to late evening. The beach was nice, smooth with a few shells, look out for the small crabs that scurry along the sand as you walk along, our kids loved looking for them and trying to catch one, they never did though, they are just too fast. The sea was great no jelly fish, quite choppy but then we only had a paddle with the kids so only up to knee high. The kids loved it and you have free sun loungers with umbrella.

The maid made up our room every day even if we didn't put the sign out asking them to. Plenty of clean towels, beach towels and dressing gowns too, all changed every day, obviously if used. We had a small fridge in our room along with a kettle and cups. Although the electricity was turned off when you took your key card out so leaving anything in the fridge for a long period was a bit of a waste of time. It is ok for water and beer though and we had juice and snacks in there for the kids which kept ok.

All in all it was a lovely place and we all enjoyed our time there. We had two days of rain but it was still quite hot which meant we just stayed in the pool but the rest of the time it was lovely sunshine and even with a cloudy day we still got slightly burnt so do take extra care.

Take a look at some of the pics hope you like them.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Ystradgynlais, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2007

Tianfuyuan Hotel is aimed squarely at the Chinese and Russian market, so as two Brits we stood out somewhat. This is however great, as we experienced a level of service and friendliness, that made the stay a joy.
Okay it a chinese 5 star and that means it's a euro 2 or 3 star, but if you expect the quirkiness and can accept it as such, then it's quaint and not frustrating.
There is little to no English spoken beyond hello and bye bye, however that's part of the charm, sharing quizzical looks and strange mimes, plus plenty of smiles and giggles.

The facilities are reasonable for the price-sort of Spain 1970s but with touches that lift it above the run of the mill.

An example is the kissing fish pool-small fish nibble your body. Try it, even just once. The beach and sea are pleasant if lolling around are your thing. Transport varies from the VW with LCD Karaoke screens, to tuk tuk bikes, where rust and a prayer hold them together...again both are experiences, so give them a go.

I'd encourage some independent travel up into the hill villages...it's China raw, and all the more enjoyable for it. We hired a m/cycle and took off. Stop often, avoid the water buffalo, pigs, dogs, people and you'll be okay. Expect to be the centre of attention, share yourself with them and enjoy the honest enthusiasm that interaction brings when no one has a clue.

Finally, it damnably humid, drink all the time, the fresh coconut is particularly good, wear lightweight moisture wicking clothes as even T shirts can leave you so damp it's uncomfortable. Imagine a sauna with a view, but no iced plunge pool.

In summery, we're glad we visited when we did, where we did and adopted the approach we did.
Would we come again?
Probably not, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. We would however visit China again. My recommendation is get here sooner rather than later. It's changing fast.

Stayed September 2007
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San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2006

Thanks to the person who stayed at this hotel in April (thank you!), we booked this hotel too this past November 06. It was great! We were needing to be conscious of what we spend, and it was much less than the chain hotels. Per night with view (not full but partial) was less than $60US. The Western breakfasts were fine.. lots to choose from: juices, breads, Chinese food, and an egg stand. The Chinese restaurant downstairs was great too - wonderful seafood!

The only disadvantages about staying at this hotel is English is not widely spoken here at all. So that could be frustrating. The rooms were plenty spacious (provided you w/beach towels too), but I agree with the other post: the beds were quite firm. Chinese people like firm beds and this is just like that! The pools were WONDEFUL!

The beach was right across a main road and was great to walk on. We ended up not swimming much since 3 out of the 6 of us got jelly fish stings! But it was still beautiful to look at.

Town was about a 20 min ride - either bus, taxi or motorcycle-taxi. We happened upon a seafood restaurant there (many to choose from), and it was super! You pick out your own fish/seafood and how you want it prepared. This is much cheaper than eating at one of the hotels. We never made it over to YaLong Bay; I hear the hotels there are really great but prices to reflect that as well. Oh, and be sure to walk along the beach at night in town. There is a large park there and many of the Sanya residents dance, exercise and have a grand time. It's fun to watch - around 8pm every night? Can't remember.

We also took a boat ride to Ximao Island. That was fun to relax there under the trees (had hammocks).. all free of charge once you get on the island. Again, the jellywish was a big deterrant in swimming.
Have fun!

  • Liked — The pools and the view
  • Disliked — Not many could speak English..
  • Tips/Secrets — Book directly with hotel
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with family
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Property: Tianfuyuan Resort
Address: No.208 Sanyawan Road, Sanya Bay Haipo Resort Zone, Sanya 572000, China
Region: China > Hainan > Sanya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#31 Top resorts Hotel in Sanya
#67 Luxury Hotel in Sanya
#71 Best Value Hotel in Sanya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Tianfuyuan Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 473
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