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Holiday Inn Resort Sanya Yalong Bay
Ranked #56 of 1,329 Hotels in Sanya
Basel, Switzerland
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127 reviews
68 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“lovely position but very expensive”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2009

We enjoyed the Holiday Inn but we found it very expensive. The rooms are a little faded too. Try to get a package out of Shanghai or Beijing (we live in Shanghai) - for every additional thing that was not included it was pricey. The bikes, the beer, the spa etc. The spa is quite good I had a fabulous massage there. The swiming pools are nice too although there was no service by the pool and we had to sort out the umbrella's ourselves.

The beach outside of the private beach area is packed with day trippers. There is a little market next door and further along the beach is a foot massage place which is worth a visit. Yalong Bay is beautiful and the sea gorgeous. I wouldn't rush back though!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2009

The only commendable thing about Holiday Inn Yalong Bay is the location - right at the beach front. The water and beach is very clean and we had a lot of fun play at the beach. However, don't be mislead by the hotel pictures -- it is NOT a private beach and many local tourists crowd around the area for day trip touring. But the convenient location would allow you to walk past the jetty over to the right side of the bay where it is less crowded and wider.

Hotel staff were not very professional or friendly. For instance, the staffs at the front desk didn't smile much, and wouldn't mind keeping a patron standing and waiting in front of them, while they mind their own business. Another example, they converted a function room into an indoor recreation room, but was not open according to the posted opening hours. No staff was around to help us with that. The only cleaning lady who was around just told us that the staff was not yet in and we just had to wait. We ended up going back to the lobby reception area and asked for help, and got the same reply!! We couldn't accept that no staff is available to help us even though it was already over one hour past their opening hours!

Buffet breakfast food selection is very limited and in general the food looked very tired, especially the cold food like salad, cold cut, etc.

The swimming pool -- we did not even try because it did not look very clean.

Room -- there is not much of a decor. A very basic 3-star kind of hotel room. The furnitures and curtains looked very worn out. Even the bedside clock was not showing the right time (we fixed the clock time the first night we got in, and by the second night it was slow by 1.5 hours!!)

Most patrons are local chinese, and many of them enjoy smoking. Fortunately we got a room on the non-smoking floor and the air was clean.

Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2008

Plenty of great hotels nearby at Yalong Bay, this one here is a basic and standard Holiday Inn with a bit outdated facilities but within the touch of a good beach just a foot step away from the hotel. The beach is clean and water is clear [however, not crystal clear]. It is about 50 minutes away from Sanya airport and at the end of the east of Yalong Bay.

If you have more budget, Marriot, Ritz Carlton, No:5, Hilton and some 5-stars local non-international brand along the Yalong Bay is not a bad idea. If you are to select his hotel for its value-for-money rate, 400r-500mb plus during low season, then, get a sea-view room. Food in the restaurant is generally so so but you really have no others places to eat unless you go to others hotels nearby or drop by seafood restaurant in the city.

  • Liked — Beach and sea under the sun.
  • Disliked — Outdated facilities and food.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled on business
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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles 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!

  • Liked — Location / view
  • Disliked — Hard bed!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Liked — Lobby and Lobby Bar
  • Disliked — Room, Beach and Service
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Liked — Clean beach and water. Beatiful Views.
  • Disliked — Isolation from Sanya city.
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
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Thank AltaMales
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Hong Kong
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Liked — Tea Tree Spa
  • Disliked — Breakfast Buffet Selection and Price
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
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2 Thank Ms_Mano
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Property: Holiday Inn Resort Sanya Yalong Bay
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:
#24 Top resorts Hotel in Sanya
#30 Best Value Hotel in Sanya
#42 On the Beach Hotel in Sanya
#54 Luxury Hotel in Sanya
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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