First visit to Sanya and stayed here on a recommendation from friends who have been a few times. Lobby building was an amazing Chinese Palace like structure - very cool. Excellent lounge bar on the floor above the lobby - called Tradewinds lounge. Room was nice and big and the king size bed very comfortable. Quite an off smell when we went into the room. Kind of a mouldy/smoky smell. Bathroom was quite clean but shower a bit mouldy. Room was a bit tired and could do with a spruce up. Free wired broadband in the room - should have taken my laptop.
Had a swim in the lagoon pool but very shallow and the water luke warm - not very refreshing. Ordered a Pina Colada from the pool bar but wasn't what I expected. Walked the 500 metres or so to the beach and had a swim. Beach is amazing and the high point of our stay. Would be a great family destination.
Quite a variety of restaurants attached to the hotel. We ate at the ZEN Cantonese place and enjoyed the food. Breakfast buffet pretty good as well.
Big downer for the weekend was the taxis. Most refused to use the meter and quoted us an inflated cost. Haggling with taxi drivers is not my idea of fun. Weather was brutally hot as well. May is the low season because of the heat, I was told. It's a shame the hotel was kind of rundown as it could be really nice if maintained properly. Highlight is the beach and, if we ever came back, we'd stay a a newer resort right on the beach - something like the Marriott which we visited and which was shiny clean and looking very well maintained.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On December 30th 2005, Huayu Resort & Spa opened its doors for the first time and has since been welcoming guests from around the world with true Huayu passion. The property is well recognized for its classical Chinese architecture standing proudly alongside the tropical seaside. Whether you need a short refreshing vacation, a couples getaway, family holiday, or corporate annual meeting, we can promise that all your desires will be fulfilled. Whatever experiences you seek, the Huayu Resort & Spa works to provide them all. We provide 583 spacious and luxurious rooms including Executive Suites, Honeymoon Suites, Lagoon Rooms, Sea View Rooms & Town Houses. Five star luxury at your fingertips and outstanding facilities to cater for your every need, recreating the comforts of your own home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanya Crowne Plaza