Sun, Sea and Sanya
Relax at the resort, indulge in some shopping or explore further afield.
With an abundance of coral and brightly coloured tropical fish in the surrounding waters, it is also a great place to go scuba diving or snorkelling.
Located at the southernmost tip of Hainan, Sanya has long been hailed as China’s answer to Hawaii. Among the many jewels of the island, Haitang Bay has a sandy coastline of nearly 19 kilometres – more than three times that of the better-known Yalong Bay – a secret waiting to be discovered northeast of downtown Sanya.
Occupying part of that pristine beachfront is Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort & Spa, Hainan, recently opened to welcome holidaymakers. It is the first Shangri-La resort to open in China and, with its stellar restaurants and myriad of activities, one that might be hard to leave.
A resort holiday’s emphasis is on effortless relaxation for the whole family, and it is no different at Shangri-La’s resort in Sanya. The resort offers a dazzling array of activities, most of which are free for guests. With so much sunshine, the kids will definitely need coaxing away from the water park slides and it may be difficult to tear yourself away from the two free-form pools, even if you choose to just lie on a lounger and bask in the glorious sun - you can choose to be as active or inactive as you like.
To tempt the children is the Adventure Zone. The zone’s 80° slide is not designed for the faint-hearted and would thrill the daredevil kids. There is also plenty more at the resort to keep the active adults happy. For those with energy to spare, work up a sweat at the gym, which overlooks the pool and South China Sea, or enjoy a Tai Chi or yoga session on the terrace. Joggers and bikers won’t be disappointed by the trails nearby, and groups can head out for beach football and volleyball on the pearly white sands.
After a day under the sun, a delicious meal is called for to replenish the body, and the resort’s dining options will suitably sate your appetite. Chuyi Wutai is open all day and has six cooking stations, plus the only children’s buffet in Sanya. It offers local specialities, such as Hainan chicken rice, Dongshan lamb and Wujiao pork as its signature dishes. Kon Tiki’s offerings are Polynesian themed with an emphasis on food from Hawaii and the surrounding islands. S.E.A specialises in the flavours of South East Asia using local seafood. Regular dance performances take place at the restaurants, so check with the front desk for the schedule.
Wuzhizhou Island just off the coast of Haitang Bay can be seen from the resort’s beach and is a popular day trip destination among water sports enthusiasts. It is accessible by ferry and, once you get there, facilities for surfing, paragliding, sailing and canoeing will have you spoilt for choice. With an abundance of coral and brightly coloured tropical fish in the surrounding waters, it is also a great place to go scuba diving or snorkelling. Needless to say, sunbathing on the soft sandy beaches and a dip in the azure sea are obligatory.
On the outskirts of Sanya is Binglanggu, a valley covered in areca palms. At this nature reserve, tourists have a chance to meet the Li and Miao people–the two largest ethnic minority groups of Hainan–in their villages. You can catch regular performances of the rice-hulling dance, developed from the women’s task of hulling rice. There are also displays of fish shooting, a unique fishing method of the Li people that uses bows and arrows instead of nets and lines. They are also renowned for their handiwork, in particular, their colourful brocades that make ideal souvenirs for a trip to Hainan.
Further afield, climbing Wuzhishan (Five Finger Mountain) takes you to the highest point on the island at 1,867 metres. The five peaks represent the Li’s five most important gods; scaling the magnificent mountain through the surrounding lush vegetation can take up to eight hours round-trip. For a less challenging hike, the area’s Qixianling (Seven Fairy Mountain) is 1,126 metres high, with a route that passes through tropical rainforests and hot springs.
Whether you choose to take the active or relaxation path, the resort’s well-appointed rooms are always a good place to return to. The friendly staff can help you get the best out of your stay.
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