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Holiday Inn Resort Sanya Yalong Bay
Ranked #62 of 1,347 Hotels in Sanya
Reviewed June 13, 2008

Spent 4 nights at the Yalong Bay location and found it to be a great stay and probably the best location on the beach among the many hotels in the area. Though we arrived rather late at night, the front desk was very accommodating, especially when I found that the bed in our suite was rock hard, which is typical of hotels in China. (I try to book "western" hotels when in China in hopes of finding a softer bed because of my bad lower back).

The front desk sent a somewhat "softer" mattress alternative to the room right away, and the next morning continued the search for a "pillow top" insert (which they found), and threw in an extra duvet comforter as added padding to boot! Made all the difference in the world!

This time of year is low season for the resort, so the hotel was not very busy, but the service was not lacking and the food offerings were more than adequate. The weather was hit and miss thunder showers, but the ocean / air temp was perfect and the pool(s) like bath water. The location is closest to the beach compared with the other hotels in the immediate area, and with an ocean view room on the top floor, the view and sounds of the surf were just what we were hoping for.

We were credited with RMB200 towards food during our stay, had two hours of free bicycle rental, a free hour on the tennis court and a fruit basket greeted us in the room upon our arrival.

All in all a great stay, and I am looking forward to going back again!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2008

I went to Sanya with a friend and we booked the Yalong Bay Holiday Inn based on the Trip Advisor Reviews we read.
We weren't too impressed:
The Mountain View Room overlooked the Bus Port, where more than 50 Busses arrive every day to crowd this part of Yalong Bay. Obviously this proved quite noisy. Even if we had wanted to sit on the balcony overlooking the Parking, we couldn't have: no furniture out there.
The beach is very crowded as there is a public amusement area next door, water was pretty dirty and don't go out to the left, there is some military installations.
The lobby area is quite nice, if you speak Chinese, the staff is helpful, restaurant service is ok. The Pool Service is pretty much non existent, we had to get the sun chair covers ourselves after asking 3 times and waiting until 2pm. The choice of cocktails both at the pool bar and the beach bar is a little limited. The Outdoor BBQ is average, neither fish nor meat are on ice, put out around 5pm and you have to carry the raw food across the restaurant yourself to get it BBQed. The staff spoke no English.
Breakfast is ok, Chinese standard, not much Continental stuff like ham, cheese and the likes, anyway not what you expect from an international standard Hotel with 5 Stars.
The Spa was quite expensive for Chinese standards, the massage cut short and the staff again speaks no English.
After half our stay we decided to change Hotels and for pretty much the same price got rooms in the Crowne Plaza, which is pure bliss and at a nice part of Yalong Bay, where there is less people and the sea is cleaner.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 28, 2008

My partner and I visited the Holiday Inn with about 10 other family members. Our stay was short (only 1 night), as we were on a tour of Hainan Island visiting many regions. The Holiday Inn was by far the most comfortable and enjoyable hotel we stayed at on Hainan Island. It also provided pretty good value when compared with other beach side hotels in other parts of Asia.

The hotel is fairly new and very well maintained. It's located directly on a very clean beach with crystal clear water ideal for swimming. The grounds are beautiful and the pools looked inviting. Our room faced the beach and we had a fantastic view of Yalong Bay. The room was pretty standard Holiday Inn fare, with a comfortable bed and tasteful decor. The service was attentive and polite. The food at the breakfast buffet (our only meal at the hotel) was excellent, with a large variety of western and Chinese dishes.

The hotel is located in a large complex of hotels, so you are quite isolated from the "real" Sanya. There are numerous restaurants and shopping facilities catering to tourists, but if you want to go into town you must arrange transportation. Sanya itself was a fairly clean and attractive city by Chinese standards, but does not really offer the foreign visitor much in the way of things to see and do. We were fortunate that some family members spoke Mandarin, which allowed us to eat a pretty good meal at a restaurant in town frequented by locals. If you don't have a Mandarin or Hainanese speaker with you, it will probably be difficult to get around.

A couple of sights you may be interested in visiting include a nicely maintained park located at the southern tip of Hainan (and therefore the southern tip of China). It's a nice place to walk around, enjoy the clean beach, and see the local tourists enjoying themselves. The Goddess of Mercy park is expensive to visit at about $30USD, but is also interesting. It features numerous temples scattered around the lush park, and a giant Goddess of Mercy statue jutting out of the sea.

In conclusion, if you find yourself in Sanya the Holiday Inn is an excellent choice at a reasonable price. You'll be kind of isolated, but if your main goal is to enjoy the sun and sand, then this is a great place to be.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 21, 2008

A friend and I booked a spa weekend at the Holiday Inn, and it turned out wonderfully. Both Holiday Inns in Sanya, as well as the Crowne Plaza, have Tea Tree Spas. We booked a package of four treatments over two days. The prices were much cheaper than the same treatment would be in the U.S., and were similar to/slightly less than prices in Hong Kong. The spa treatment areas were very clean, spacious, and tastefully decorated, and the spa staff was extremely professional.

As for the rest of the hotel, we took the advice of previous reviews and made sure we got a Sea View room - it was definitely worth it. Unless you've been to Sanya before, I would highly recommend making sure you get a sea view at any hotel you stay at.

The hotel staff was friendly and helpful. As someone who speaks passable Chinese and has lived in China for more than 1 year, I can say that the service was far better than I expected - many hotels in China don't know the meaning of the word. Their English wasn't great - if you can speak a little Chinese, their enthusiasm increases ten-fold.

The food was far more reasonably priced than I expected, with the exception of the breakfast buffet (which was not included in the cost of our room for the package we booked). We skipped it after the first day and got room service breakfast instead (which was cheaper). As a vegetarian, I was surprised by the number of vegetarian options on the restaurant menu - I never repeated a dish, which is often rare in China. I liked a lot of the food and I felt that the kitchen was certainly trying to put varied items on the menu.

This hotel, similar to many, also caters to Russian tourists. They have a Russian-speaking tour organizer and concierge on call. We didn't go on any tours while in Sanya - a number of my colleagues have had some negative experiences with tours that are short on results and long on hard sells. For a short visit, staying at the resort, walking along the beach, relaxing at the pool, and taking full advantage of the spa is more than enough to keep a person happy. I would be happy to go back to Sanya and to the Holiday Inn Yalong Bay.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 3, 2007

I agree with the last report from adrianelain.My travel airplane was terrible you would be more worried about catching something from the plane than you would from the resort!! We were not Premium Class but to be honest it did not look any better than the other seats.BUT the Holiday Inn was beautifull the staff were helpfull from start to finish,Lily was one of the waitresses and she tried really hard every day to learn something new,It is a clean and tidy hotel the only thing you need there is your sun cream as everything else is provided.I have read afew of the other reports about Rats and the beach area and i think they must have too,but it looked like they have sorted all this out as everyone that we met on this holiday all said the same thing on the last day.WE DON'T WANT TO GO HOME>
Enough said.Get there soon but DO NOT GO MY TRAVEL until they clean up there act.

Stayed: September 2007
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Reviewed September 30, 2007

My wife and i flew out from Manchester on Sunday 09/09/2007 with My travel . We had paid for the upgrade to premiair gold, and we were both very disapointed with the service we got.
The aircraft was very dirty and the staff , well lets say monkeys could have done a better job.
We stayed at the Holiday inn Yalong bay , and it is a great hotel to stop at . The staff always speak and are very friendly and will do anything to help you, there is a small problem with their english and they are willing to learn from you, but if you have any problems there is a good english speaking member of staff at reception.
The food is of a very high standard and you can go back as many times as you like , the BBQ around the pool is a must, with free beer you cannot go far wrong.
The trip to Beijing is a real eye opener to the westners, as many of the Chinese have never seen us , and they do like to take your picture, and have a look to see how big your nose is , and that is what they call us (big noses)
We did a trip to see the terracotta warriors at Xian, we have to arrange this by ourselfs and it worked out about £320 pounds , this would have been alot cheaper if the reps had sold it, we got the feeling from our rep that it was alot of effort with no comission for him.
Our rep was called Rob and he`s a waste of space , if there was no comission in it for him he was not intrested in it , but if their was any freebies like food and the foot massage he was there, and there is so much to see and do in and around Sanya.
The flight home was very event full when we were both given the wrong seats after a near mutiny, we was aloud to sit in premiair gold and that is what i had paid for, the cabin staff was very rude to alot of the passengers.
My advice is go to China soon , before it gets to commercial and do not fly with My travel, because they are the worst in the airline in business.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank adrianelaine01
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Reviewed August 16, 2007

We wanted a holiday with a difference & happily found it. Arriving at the hotel, after a long and tiring flight, we were pleasantly surprised by the good service that we received. We were alotted a sea-view room, on a non-smoking floor and found that the Chinese beds were very hard, which was quickly rectified after a phone call to the front-desk and a mattress change within 30 minutes. The room & en-suite was serviced every day, clean sheets & towels and a fully supplied bathroom with no need for any personal toiletries.
The Staff were really helpful, the food was great and the choice was endless.
The pool area was huge and loads of recliners and umbrellas & 'elephants' spouting cold water from their trunks (they were stone elephants) which was very cooling in the tropical heat.
The grounds of the hotel were very well kept and the beach was beautiful.
It was great fun to watch the Chinese go swimming at the end of the day, mostly half clothed, as they had a disaffection to sunbathing !
We also had 3 days excursion to Beijing which should not be missed, Tinan'amen square, Great-Wall, Silk Factory, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and not to forget Beijing Duck Mmmmmmmmmm !
Our tour guide, Robbie was very helpful & informative.
We were welcomed back to the Holiday Inn, like long-lost friends and are pleased to say that the Staff were genuinely friendly and helpful, at all times of the day.
We would highly recommend this holiday and would certainly return to Yalong Bay, like a shot.

Stayed: June 2007
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Address: National Resort Area, Yalong Bay, Sanya 572016, China
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Location: China > Hainan > Sanya
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Top resorts Hotel in Sanya
#47 On the Beach Hotel in Sanya
#58 Luxury Hotel in Sanya
#62 Best Value Hotel in Sanya
Price Range: $19 - $863 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Holiday Inn Resort Sanya Yalong Bay 5*
Number of rooms: 346
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Holiday Inn Resort Yalong Bay Sanya is located on the white sand beach of Yalong Bay, Sanya, Hainan Island, featuring crystal clear ocean, blue skies and only a few short steps to the water’s edge.1 hour’s flight from Hong Kong / Guangzhou 3~4 hours’ flight from Beijing / Shanghai3 hours’ drive from Haikou, capital of Hainan Island 50 minutes’ drive from Sanya Phoenix International Airport ... more   less 
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