Stayed in HoJo Sanya for 6 days in May 2013 during Chinese Labor Day holiday. My pregnant wife and I took our 2-year old son with us with the hopes of a relaxing getaway from work at a warm location.
1. The resort facilities were good. Design quite beautiful. Private section of Sanya Bay beach blocked just for HoJo guests. Photo opportunities here and there.
2. There's a huge, clean grass park area between the hotel's pool and the main road which our son loved to run on barefoot. Doesn't get a chance to do this safely in any other parts of China that we've been to.
3. Nice options for young kids. There are kiddie pools, very nice outdoor jungle gym with trampoline, indoor Childrens Club had balls, games, and puzzles, and you can buy plastic pails and shovels for cheap right on the beach (RMB15 for a set)
4. The hotel is big (as other reviewers already mentioned) so during crazy Chinese tourism season, this was a comfort because we still had space to stretch our arms and legs.
1. The hotel is big so make sure you take everything you need for the day when you leave the hotel room. Its a good 20 minute stroll from hotel room to the beach.
2. Staff service. In 6 days I think we had one wait staff smile at us as we went from elevator to breakfast area. Everyone else seemed too stressed out.
3. No nearby bars or restaurants within walking distance. We found a mediocre Xinjiang place within 10 minutes walk but that was it really.
4. Hotel room service food was expensive and very bleh. Fish and Chips included TINY pieces of fish the size of a child's thumb. Spring Rolls could be swallowed whole, they were so small. Thank god for the Hainan Flat Noodle dish - one of the cheaper things on the menu at RMB 58+15%, good portion, and tasty. Had this 4 times on the trip.
5. Dinner buffet RMB 258+15% when we were there. I suppose this is to control the crowds.
6. Tons of mosquitos after 6pm. Bring insect repellant.
7. This is a con for Sanya in general - not just the hotel - every interesting landmark or tourist attraction had an entrance fee. Lowest was RMB 50 and most expensive was around RMB 180. Just something to be aware of that we didn't know about until we arrived.
We are from Malaysia so we know nice beaches. We know good food (using our palates). And we know a good bargain. HoJo ranked below-average on all of these scales. How much you will enjoy it is relative. A person's first time to the seaside should have a blast here if they have the money to spend. A person who has been to other top-50 beaches worldwide... this will not be anything too special.
Its also worth noting that we couldn't relax during our first 3 days in Sanya / HoJo due to the May holiday, the place was jam-packed with Chinese tourists. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were flooded with guests and we almost had to squeeze shoulder-to-shoulder to get the last pieces of bread and fruit. This is not a knock against the HoJo - in fact, I would applaud their service staff for replenishing things as quickly as they did. Its just the reality of tourism in China during the holidays. Once May 3 came around, it felt like half the hotel was empty - we could finally start to relax.
For us, we made some good memories with our young son who swam every single day for almost a week. But for next time, with how much we paid, we'd rather use that to visit a beach in South-East Asia, eat food closer to home, and receive a few more smiles.
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