Sun Island is an aging property and it shows, despite recent attempts to bring the it upscale with a lavish new spa, restaurant, and sparkling new check-in lobby. Our suite, despite being spacious, was very old with worn furniture, a dank musty smell, and filthy from top to bottom. Suites and villas are arranged in a cramped neighborhood layout far from any of the attractions or restaurants, requiring a shuttle bus ride and a long wait. Shuttle buses rumble throughout the neighborhood's narrow roads disturbing guests early in the morning and late at night.
Food was another low point. The resort's "Entertainment Food Street" features a selection of uninspired restaurants. We tried the Chinese restaurant and it had so-so food with terribly indifferent service, even by Chinese standards. The brand-new restaurant at the spa was worse. Although the food was better, the incompetent staff provided excruciatingly slow service. Breakfast buffet at the main lobby featured good food but was quickly overwhelmed by a crush of hungry diners, with huge crowds jockeying for limited space at the egg, noodle, and fruit stations. Inadequate seating and a kitchen that couldn't replenish the food quickly enough only added to the misery.
Non-golf activities at Sun Island included horseback riding (30 rmb for a 600 m ride on an old, tired horse) and a go-kart track. The go-carts were fast, fun and expensive, but safety is suspect, with a chaotic scene of track workers shouting at wandering patrons to get off the course, coupled with untrained drivers crashing through stiff tire barriers into the adjoining lane and oncoming traffic, and no seat belts in some of the karts. Luckily there were no serious injuries but plenty of spectacular crashes and close calls were witnessed during our short time there. At night, there is nothing to do here other than KTV.
Don't be fooled by the "Shanghai" address. The Sun Island resort is 1 hour away from anything of interest in Shanghai. So if you're here to visit Shanghai, it is much better to stay in one of the city's many fine 5 star hotels. In fact many local Shanghai residents come to Sun Island to escape the crowds and noise of the city. It is not a relaxing getaway and was a disappointment overall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sun Island Resorts, Shanghai is a leisure and wellness resort destination, located just outside of Shanghai city, surrounded by lush greenery and the Mao River, upstream of Huangpu River. The resort is a perfect escape from the busy streets of Shanghai with just 50-minute drive from Shanghai city or Pudong International Airport.With two 18-hole international golf courses, a man-made beach with wave pool and wide range of activities such as horse riding, handicraft workshop, yacht cruise and go-kart, the resort is an ideal getaway for the holidaymakers. The Wellness Research Centre on the island integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into spa treatments coupled with nutrition and wellness programme such as yoga and meditation to further enhance your wellbeing, is a sanctuary for guests to rejuvenate. With its iconic Mao Pagoda overlooking the island, one of the five ancient lighthouses left in China, ancient food streets and plenty of space, Sun Island Resorts, Shanghai offers a unique venue for teambuilding, incentive parties with an Oriental theme and for events and exhibitions. The Sunshine conference center in the resort offers state-of-the-art conference facilities for up to 500 people with ample meeting rooms for break out sessions or intimate high-powered meetings. Sun Island Resorts, Shanghai is an ideal getaway destination for guests looking to rejuvenate from the pressures of the big city and for corporate meetings and retreats to recharge the team for future challenges. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Island Hotel Shanghai