Mandarin Orientals set a very high standard, and this one makes no exception! There are 297 rooms, 18 suites and 15 2-storey villas to choose from all sprawled out over a generous 12 hectar beach front property.
The pools...Aahhhh the pools...I must say that the Activio pool beats all other pools i have experienced. And that includes several Four Season and One and Only resorts! The main pool is positively enormous and has the best child set-up ever. The small children literally have their own beach leading into the freshwater pool! It is also divided into very small kids, and a little bit older. Neat!
The Tranquillo pool is nothing short of stunning and has gorgeous views over the ocean!
In fact there are water features throughout which is lovely. Also some beautiful statues generously sprinkled throughout the resort which provides a nice ambience.
Sanya is Chinas Southernmost city and Hainan Island is Chinas only tropical island. Approx 25 min´s from the airport.
Please do take my tip and book the resorts car for the pick-up!!! You truly can end up anywhere but the MO otherwise. We sure did...
We booked an Ocean view suite which are approx 100sqm big + a large balcony. We had requested a top floor and were accomodated.
Room nr 6703 is located almost in the middle of the resort which comes in handy whenever you need to go somewhere as the resort is very large....They do have an excellent buggy service too which helps!
I cannot fault housekeeping with one single thing as the room was kept immaculate throughour our stay!
There were also numerous charming little touches that we appreciated such as our toddlers bed was made up as perfectly as our own. She was surprised in the room with little gifts out of the blue + her ammenities were lovely.
The bed is quite firm, and huge! The duvet and pillows are very comfortable and lux. The bathtub is oversized, and actually better if you´re 2 in it. Fantastic shower with 2 different showerheads + a rainshower as well as a bench to sit and relax on.
Loads of storage possibilities for both clothes and other items throughout the room.
Now where to begin...? There are not words to begin to describe how lovely they are! Always there to help (discreetely too!), without ever needing to be asked. I would also like to mention how incredibly childfriendly they are!
There are some difficulties with being understood in English every now and then. But there is always a supervisor, or similar, around to help out.
I must say that I am impressed with the very high and consistent standard of the food throughout the resort!
Breakfast is served at the Pavillion. Has a big selection, most of it Asian influenced. They also serve lunch and dinner there. Lovely location being surrounded by water and both an indoors and utdoors area to choose from.
Mee & Mian is a fantastic noodle restaurant! They "only" serve lunch, but are conveniently located close to the Tranquillo pool and right by the ocean.
Fresh is their fish restaurant. And Fresh it is! We had a lovely dinner there one evening when could actually be open despite the terribly weather we had! Amazing table right in front of the ocean and excellent food and impeccable service (Hej och tack igen Iljas!)
Yi Yang is a beautiful Cantonese restaurant where we had some lovely meals too.
Didn´t try Mo bar, Sunset bar or Wave.
Aahhhhhh the Spa. Not only is it large and gorgeous, but it is also excellent! Stephan Wagner (the manager) and i emailed before arriving and he provided me with excellent service and good suggestions and bookings.
Me and my husband do not normally spoil ourselves with treatments in resorts, but couldn´t resist... We both had a lovely bodyscrub each. I can truly recommend their Pearl powder and rice milk one, smells delicious, and then a full body massage. I tried the Filipino Hilot massage and was not dissappointed one bit. My therapist was a lovely lady from Burma who i highly recommend.
I also had a Revive facial, sumptuous is the word!
Last but definitely not least! They also have their very own Gong Fu Master (amongst a lot of other talents of his such as tea ceremonys etc) by the name of Master Hu. Please do book a session (or a few) with him if you get the chance! I had a brilliant time and got to experience something totally new and exciting :)
Details that matter:
We did for instance mention to Jenna at the Pavillion during a breakfast that we were thinking of changing our flight for a later one. Upon arriving at the concierge desk and starting to explain, my husband discovered that they had already prepared everything for him due to her sending an email asking them to look into it. Very nice!
The staff at the Spa had heard that our toddler loved the dried pineapple, so next time i was there the therapist (a very nice girl from Shangri-La in Yunnan who gave me the Revive facial. Sorry i am terrible with names)) had prepared a small bag for her to snack on. Very nice!
At check-in the toddler was given a whole set of beachtoys. Very nice!
Things to think about:
Ah yes, the rainy season...I guess the weather could have gone either way as the end of it was nearing. But alas, of course the worst weather Hainan Island had experienced sine 1961 had to happen while we were there...No fault of the resort of course, but do look into what season it is before booking.
Wireless internet can be free depending if you´ve booked a package where it´s included or are in a villa. Not superfast, but stable.
Once again, do book your transportation through the hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoying the privacy of a secluded 1.2 Km nationally protected coral bay and nestled amongst lush tropical flora, Mandarin Oriental, Sanya is an exclusive retreat where nature is celebrated and tranquillity is assured. The luxury resort features a series of private low rise and villa accommodation with ocean and tropical garden views, innovative restaurants and bars, recreational facilities for both adults and children, a blissful Spa Village and distinctive indoor and outdoor conference and banqueting facilities. Located just 20 minutes from Sanya International Airport, the luxury resort provides convenient access to all of the area's major tourist attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Mandarin Oriental Hotel Sanya
- Mandarin Oriental, Sanya Hainan