We had a great time at the HOJO Sanya Bay.
When we first arrived, we were a bit early for check-in so we left our bag with the concierge and roamed around the resort. It is huge! It is beautiful! When we did get a chance to check in, we weren't very pleased with our room as our view was just of the construction going on behind the building and a tiny bit of the sea (our room was "Superiour Sea View")...We went to the front desk and they helped us out, moving us to the other side of building with a much nicer view of the pool area and the sea.
The pool area is enormous, we never had trouble getting a chair to sit on for the day (keeping in my mind, it wasn't during a holiday or anything). The beach was very nice - a bit of a trek from your room and across a road but there is an underground tunnel for the resort that gets you there. It was the same way for almost all resorts (having to cross or go under a road to get to the beach).
The drinks were a bit overpriced, so we ended up just going across the street from the front entrance of the hotel where they had a super market and a few local stores and stocking up on a some stuff on our own. The meals were reasonably priced and the dinners were good. We mostly ate at the four seasons cafe (western restaurant) and it was up to par.
In terms of location, depending where you want to go, it can be far away or close to things. We travelled to a few places including Tianjian Hairou and Yalong Bay and the taxis were fairly cheap. We wanted to make it out to Nanwan Monkey Island but it was just too far away from the resort to waste two hours getting there and two hours getting back, although I have heard it would have been worth it!
One thing I didn't like was that you had to pay to play table tennis (50 RMB) and billiards (60 RMB).
Overall, if we were going back to Sanya we would probably choose a different resort just to be in a different area, but I would suggest here 100% to anyone looking for a nice relaxing vacation.
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay Hotel Sanya
- Howard Johnson Sanya
- Howard Johnson Resort Sanya Bay Hainan