We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Sanya for 3 nights in July 2009 and loved every minute of it. I can’t rave enough about the place. The facilities are beyond stunning and the staff couldn’t have been more courteous or friendly.
We stayed in a Sea Breeze Pavilion Room which was incredibly spacious and modern, but still with a holiday-resort feel. It was private and quiet – something I haven’t experienced much in resorts or hotels that are as large at the Mandarin Oriental. The bathroom was enormous, with double sinks, huge shower and the most fantastic indoor/outdoor bath. It was like a mini-pool! One huge bonus was the amount of storage space they had for our clothes. I have never been in a hotel room that had that much storage space. The room was really almost the size of a mini-apartment with a couch, desk, flat screen TV, huge balcony with day bed and comfortable bed. The beds in China can be so hard it is like sleeping on the floor, but this one was perfect.
One of the highlights of the MO was the gardens (stunning) and pools – yes, pools – there are 3 of them! They were never crowded – no securing lounges at 7am – with a variety of lounges all over the resort. There were always plenty of towels laid out by the staff, who would come around to the guests regularly handing out trays with a bottle of cold water, a cold towel and cold mist spray – truly luxurious and most welcome on a hot day (July & August are the hottest months). There was even a staff member who came around cleaning the guest’s sunglasses! We were in total heaven. We didn’t go to the beach (hardly ever do on holidays – prefer the pool) but it was closed a lot because of the rough seas. It was smaller and rockier than the beach at Dadonghai.
Breakfast was included in our package and was sensational (was served until 11am), as was dinner at the restaurants. Breakfast was always busy around 9.30 - 10am, but there were plenty of tables outside (no aircon outside, but there are fans). One of the restaurant staff said that a lot of guest turn up there at 9am and stay for a few hours – can’t say I blame them! The funny thing is, is that although you saw a lot of guests at breakfast, it was always fairly quiet everywhere else in the resort. I think it was due to the large expanse of grounds and facilities. We used the gym on a couple of occasions, which have new and modern facilities. Love the treadmill with the personal fan!
The Mandarin Oriental is about 3-4kms from Dadonghai – where there are shops and restaurants. It is pretty quiet around the resort, but that is just what we wanted – lots of relaxing and sleeping. You can borrow DVD's from the activity centre (refundable deposit), there daily activities for you to join in if you wish (tai chi classes, walking groups, etc) if you want to do something other than lie by the pool. If you want to go out to clubs, restaurants, etc. you can catch the complimentary bus from the resort that runs during the afternoon, or catch a taxi which only costs about 8RMB each way. It costs around 50-60 RMB to get to the airport (non-peak hour). The resort is serviced by a myriad of chauffeur-driven golf buggies – so no walking if you are feeling lazy, just give them a call or jump on one wizzing by.
We stayed at the Pearl River Garden Hotel at Dadonghai for 6 nights before moving to the Mandarin Oriental because of the excessive noise (refer to my other posting on Trip Advisor for the PRGH), and we couldn’t have been happier. It was obviously more expensive than the PRGH, but when you are looking for a relaxing holiday, it is worth paying a bit extra.
- 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:
- Mandarin Oriental, Sanya Hotel Sanya
- Mandarin Oriental Hotel Sanya
- Mandarin Oriental, Sanya Hainan