Name: Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort
True, blissful, tropical paradise is waiting for luxury travellers on Hainan Island in China; it’s easy to see why it’s dubbed “The Hawaii of China”. The beautiful Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort lies on the most breath-taking bay on the southernmost tip of the island and is the place to stay.
The exclusive 70,000sqm. resort is located on a stunning inlet with an internal lake and gorgeous private white-sand beach. You are just minutes from Sanya’s famous crescent-shaped Yalong Bay; the boardwalks are the place to be seen and there’s a chilled, hip vibe. This is an up and coming island that is still only known by a select few considering what it undoubtedly will become – go now basically!
The resort is a true sanctuary and it’s all about relaxation but if you’ve itchy feet, there’s tons to occupy you too; the resort lays on water sports at private Baifu (Fortune) Bay, a national soft coral reserve with some of the best dive conditions in China and there’s also convenient access to Yalong Bay Golf Club and Sun Valley Golf Club.
Style & Character
The buildings are almost as stunning as their surroundings; designed to resemble a private mansion by the sea the resort was designed by award-winning architect Jean-Michael Gathy who created a modernist masterpiece; you’ll love the chic entrance hall, high ceilings and serene water features. The sprawling resort has that magical quality where you can stay all day there and feel as if you’ve had it all to yourselves; exactly how paradise should be.
Service & Facilities
There are seemingly endless swimming pools here (it’s actually 5 but you’ll be too relaxed to count!); choose from a 130-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor pool, a fun children’s pool, a slightly larger family pool and there’s also a super-chilled infinity pool in the Spa. When you’re feeling active head to the fitness centre and for some pampering, book a spa treatment at the seriously impressive Spa village; using a blend of traditional Chinese practices and modern international spa techniques you’ll sure to leave a revitalised version of yourself. The hospitality is wonderful here; they anticipate your needs but it’s all done subtlety so you don’t even realise you’re being waited on.
There are 205 spacious and sophisticated guest rooms and suites measuring 62–240 square metres. The vast majority of the rooms are blessed with unadulterated, breath taking views of the South China Sea – make sure yours does! The spa-inspired bathrooms are a treat; with oversized rain showers and deep-soaking tubs, and my personal favourite; twin sinks, I do hate to share! All rooms have your usual luxury amenities, plus espresso machines and personal bars. The standard rooms are beautiful (make sure you opt for one with a view if you do choose these) but the 25 Suites understandably offer that little bit more; they are about twice the size of the rooms, have huge king-sized beds and separate living and dining spaces. But the 25 Park Villas would be my preference; basically, everything is maxed out – the space, the design, the views all benefit from an extra bit of wow!
Food & Drink
There are numerous elegant drinking and dining venues at the resort so there’s something to satisfy your every mood; from casual pizza to alfresco seafood; from fine-dining Chinese-style to cocktails at the pool bar. Beautifully crafted authentic Chinese and Western dishes are both well represented, there is a consistency to the produce used as they pride themselves on sourced locally and growing organically. The resort has a residential concept which means you are welcome to eat what you like, when you like and where you like; you’re totally spoilt basically; the ultimate in holiday-pampering.
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