Overall, my 4 day, 3 night stay was really enjoyable. We had a twin "garden view" room but were upgraded to Ocean View. Given that the hotel is located just off the white, powdery beach it was brilliant. Am in the restaurant industry myself , travelling with a chef, and was pleasantly surprised by hotel's food - expected inedible dishes but they did simple things quite well. Prices were expensive for Sanya, but about average for nice beach resorts in Asia. Hotel was rather full during my stay - their restaurant is not equipped to deal with such high volume. Make the effort to go early as it turns into a zoo after 9.30am.
As with most Sanya hotels, English proficiency was poor throughout. Was travelling with two kiwis and they wouldn't have been able to get by without my basic mandarin. The general clientele consisted of abrasive Chinese families and their famous manners (screaming children, loud parents, generally unpleasant company for those used to pristine resort islands like Bali), and a very small propotion of young to middle aged Russians.
The rooms were comfortable and very modern, I am really picky about bathrooms and it was a good one. The cold water only jacuzzi was actually pleasant given my sunburn. Nice plasma TV with cable, comfy couches. Didn't like that our twin room had single beds as opposed to twin ones - that seems to be common in China as a whole though.
Concierge was rather disappointing - didn't expect much to begin with but there were absolutely zero useful suggestions and recommendations of food places. They tended to pack you up to the closest tourist trap even though I spoke mandarin. Definitely look up reviews, addresses and maps online because they are little help, not even stocking maps of the city or knowledgeable about the more well known dining locations in town.
Pool was fantastic. Really comfortable deck chairs and cabanas. Bring a ton of sunblock, the pool itself lacks any shady spots and the sun is brutal.
For fellow foodies, do stop in the following as we had very good experiences, even though we weren't that adventurous and just visited the bigger, more famous restaurants that I'd seen reviews of:
Dongjiao yelin seafood - reviews all say it was very expensive but I found it more than reasonable for its food quality. Beautiful steamed fish. In dadong hai.
Mediterranea - Surprisingly good babaganoush, hummus, pizza and pasta. Had a shisha which was well prepared by the owner himself. Located along the Sanya river.
Grilled food stalls - just out from Aegean, walk left on the beach. There is one particular food stall that has fridges for all its products and barbeques a variety of items to order. It's dingy, but delicious. Chicken and corn on the cob were brilliant.
Dumpling House - Located inside the mall connected to Crowne Plaza (2 minutes cab ride from Aegean). Their pan fried Chicken and Mushroom dumplings and the pork and chive steamed dumplings were really tasty. Packed the leftovers and microwaved them at the hotel the next day for a really satisfying snack.
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