This was pure bliss and much needed to recharge the body (from the walking up Nanputuo Temple and trek around Gulangyu Island).
If you come to Xiamen, do not miss this.
This should really be higher on the attraction list in Xiamen as it beats the other places hands down.
- If possible get a Chinese friend/local to purchase the tickets on Taobao (an online market) which has reduced prices. Not sure if there were cheaper deals but I paid RMB 238 per ticket which included the return shuttle bus (normally RMB 30), entrance fee and buffet dinner (normally RMB 138)
- Even if you do not manage to buy this on taobao, still try and take the shuttle bus to the resort as the ride is around 40mins and will cost at least RMB 100 each way (I'm guessing but was told it was around RMB 150 - 200). Regardless, the shuttle bus is cheap and convenient
- Shuttle Bus is on the same side of the road as Lundu Ferry Pier (about 50m further up). Best landmark which others have mentioned is the two tall buildings on the other side of the road, one is CCB (China Construction Bank) with a big CCB sign at the top and the next one along is brownish in colour (no sign that I could see at the top) with ABC (Agricultural Bank of China) branch at the bottom.
- If you get a bus here (various buses from my hotel - Tegoo Hotel, next to Millennium Harbour View Hotel) you can get off at the ferry stop. Walk towards the two buildings above (you can't miss them as they are the tallest buildings around) and you will see an underpassage to go opposite the road. The shuttle bus leaves every hour on the hour and is gold in colour - Riyuegu Hotel Resorts is on the side. Just in case, it will be parked outside a seafood restaurant called "Lucky Full City Seafood Ltd".
- Either show the SMS to verify the bus is included in your deal or pay (I assume it is RMB 30 as everyone has said this)
- Once you get there, just try out all the springs, pools and saunas - if you want to splash out/pay extra try the fish spa and the various spas/massages. You are given a bracelet that acts as your credit - you swipe your bracelet to pay for food, massages etc
- Bring swimming costume and cap (you will need to wear a cap in a number of pools/springs)
- Bring a waterproof zip bag (to carry your valuables) - otherwise, use the lockers
- On leaving, your total cost is calculated from your bracelet - they will give you a card to exit the resort as well as a pass for the shuttle bus back to town
- Very professional throughout (from boarding the shuttle bus, arriving at reception and leaving the resort) - I speak ok Chinese so I'm not sure the staffs level of English
- Clean: I was actually surprised had well kept this was
- Free fruit (10am - 12pm) - didn't try as went to the Moonlight Pavilion restaurant to have breakfast as I was starving - food was okay and not expensive
- The hot springs/pools - had various pools with different 'ingredients' from beer, wine, lavender, roses etc - just try them all!
- Very good buffet dinner - fresh seafood (oysters and prawns), good selection of Chinese food and also had turkey and roast pork (not sure the norm but I guess as it was Christmas)
- Safe for the whole family, young and old
- Gowns require a fee of RMB 10 (whole day) - it was cold and the towels were not abundant (you had to go back to the changing rooms to replace your wet towels)
- Can see this place getting very crowded on weekends (I went on a Tuesday - Christmas Eve so it was not busy)
- A few guys were smoking in public areas (I didn't see any No Smoking signs so I didn't complain) but I guess expected in China. It didn't ruin the day at all so not a big issue - would be if more people were doing it though
100% would go again if ever I go to Xiamen. I spent over 8hrs at the resort and enjoyed every minute. Not to be missed.
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