We got to visit the Sanya area of the Hainan Island, the most southern part of China–“their Hawaii”, we found a gem in the China Pacific, the the Pullman Sanya Hotel Resort on Yalong Bay. Yes! We arrived on Friday, May 4th and departed on Tuesday, May 8th. Some of our criteria for finding our dream resort was access to beach (walking from room to beach preferable), an affordable price, clean, good food and a great pool. Our greatest desire was to be able to eat, play, sleep and swim all from an attractive resort. Our thoughts were, why would we come to Sanya to sight see with 30 degrees Celsius with 92+ in humidity, clear blue water and light sand? I have always dreamed of being able to walk from my hotel room to the beach and being able to see my feet in the ocean water.
At this resort, my dream wasn’t perfect, but the short ride, few minutes on what they call ‘the buggy’, which is a electric super-sized golf cart, took us to an amazing beach with tasty food and drink bar, hammocks and lounging chairs. The water was clear and a warm 27 degrees Celsius, the service was nice and the beach was everything we had hoped for and we did not miss having foot access to the beach. Kids had a blast surfing the waves in with a body board we purchased for 100rmb from the shop at the hotel and catching little light colored crabs on the beach. Our beach, which was shared with the Ritz Carlton and Hilton Hotels, does get little moon jellyfish. They are clear with purple/blue tentacles. We had the luck of swimming with a few of them while there. The sting was not bad, but having Basil Oil from Young Living (yes, the spice) on hand back at the room was a winner and calmed the sting and itch.
We booked our Thai Villa with the same .com company we purchased our inexpensive flight tickets from. I read over and over in the reviews to get the Thai Villa. So we did. Oh my, were they right. It was the best decision on the trip and it was surprisingly affordable. The whole darn trip: Flight, room, drinks and food, was less than it would cost for the five us of to fly to Hawaii. And where in Hawaii, could we afford, even one nights stay in a villa? The Villa had two buildings, a very large pool, a gazebo resting area, two lounge chairs and a gate as a front door with a little garden too. The main building had the massive bathroom with two showers–indoor and outdoor and a Jacuzzi big enough for four and master bedroom with walk in closet, couch and sliding door access right into the pool. The other had a sitting room with a small mini bar–sink and dining table. For us, this building was rearranged to house the kids. Two twin beds were brought in and a bed was made on the couch for the other. It worked out well. The rooms were clean, air-conditioned and well maintained by the staff. The few times a day we went to get a meal or go to the beach, we would call for a buggy. We figured the call, alerted the staff the Villa needed cleaning because we would return to a fresh towels, made beds and new items in the bathroom.
We ate at the Bar, American Grill, Chinese and the Buffet. All were good. The Bar was great for lunch time. They offered sandwiches, pizza and a yummy iced mango tea–the kids and I could not get enough of. We had an late lunch one day over a dinner. The American Grill was very tasty and a nice treat since we have been living in China for a long time. Grilled chicken & steak with the bread and fresh veggies were our favorites. The Chinese restaurant serves all kinds of dishes from lots of areas in China. We enjoyed the Sichuan food. We are all fond of spicy. Bonus, the food in this restaurant was more affordable than the Buffet. No endless dessert though, Briana was sad. The Buffet was great for dinner and breakfast. Breakfast was included in the room rate and the dinner themes varied: One night Seafood, the next BBQ, etc. The breakfast is very filling. We found ourselves eating the Chinese breakfast foods over the American style. Funny how our taste buds have changed over time here in China.
The kids’ favorite part in the morning was to go out to the pond and feed the fish the bread in the basket. Wild eaters and fun to watch, those fish were. With the heat, we found a good breakfast and a dinner was all we needed each day with some drinks down at the beach. The hotel had three main pools. With our pool at the Villa, we found we did not want to hang around the main pools of the hotel.
The Thai Villa was by far the best part of this whole experience. The pool is large, warm and so amazing to swim in anytime of the day or night. We practically lived in it the entire time. I think we all would have slept in it if we could have since it was a wonderful temperature and size for the five of us. Ours was the best causing us to pinch ourselves often and rub our eyes in disbelief to how amazing our time here was. We kept wondering, is this real? What a way to end our stay here in China! Ending with a dream fulfilled. Thanks, Mike! Enjoy the photos…
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