Hainan is often called the ‘Pearl of China’ and the ‘Oriental Hawaii’, and Park Hyatt Sanya is located on the southern tip of this beautiful island. The resort occupies a private inlet called Sunny Bay and is just 5km from the premier beaches of Yalong Bay. The main building resembles a large mansion and is just metres from the sea and nearby lake, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The concierge offers a multilingual service, and is able to make travel and entertainment arrangements for guests.
Park and Ocean View rooms measure 62sqm and are among the largest entry-level rooms available on the island. The design of these rooms, with perpendicular mirrored glass windows, creates the impression of a 180-degree view. Rooms also feature a separate dedicated work area and have balconies with stunning views. The Park King suite measures 124sqm, has a dining table with views of the South China Sea, spacious living/sleeping areas and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Chairman Suite measures 240sqm, with one king and two twin beds, separate living and sleeping areas, a kitchenette, a study area, a private gym, and a balcony with sun beds and views of the sea. The 17 Park Villas measure 185sqm, each with its own dedicated butler, with one king and two twin beds, a living room, a kitchenette, a balcony and a pool.
There are seven venues at the Park Hyatt Sanya, though guests may order from any menu regardless of where they are dining. The Dining Room has indoor and outdoor seating and two semi-private rooms for medium sized groups. The Dining Room menu serves modern European cuisine and speciality dishes from the provinces of Guangdong, Sichuan and Zhejiang, with a focus on local seafood and high quality meats. The Tea House occupies a traditional Chinese building with a mezzanine dining area and three different styles of afternoon tea available including: Cantonese, consisting steamed dumplings and pork pastries; Taiwanese, with rice, noodles and pineapple cake; and traditional English, including cucumber sandwiches, quiche and scones. The Pool House offers informal dining and has a menu that includes pizzas, seafood, salads and speciality Hainanese Chicken Rice, while the outside Pool Bar serves fresh juices, cocktails and both Asian and Western nibbles. The Library is a grand space, ideal for relaxing and reading while the Terrace is ideal for enjoying cocktails, whiskies, cigars and snacks, and taking in the incredible views of the sea. The Cellar has a private dining room for up 12 guests and a special room for wine tasting which is available by request.
The Spa has a traditional Chinese design and there are eight luxurious treatment villas, each of which has a couples treatment room, a specialised foot-treatment room, a bathtub, a shower, a walk-in wardrobe and a daybed. The villas surround a courtyard with a two-story spa centre forming the main spa area, with four additional treatment rooms, three rooms for foot treatments, a TCM consultants chamber, a yoga studio, a lounge, and a fully equipped fitness centre. There are a total of five swimming pools, including the 115m Sunny Bay Pool, one of the longest in China; the family pool and adjoining children’s pools; a 25m indoor pool; and an outdoor infinity pool that is directly connected to the spa. Camp Hyatt provides entertainment for children, with cookery classes, treasure hunts and a wide selection of computer games, toys and books. In the surrounding area, guests may explore Baifu (Fortune) Bay, a private inlet ideal for snorkelling, boating and kayaking. The island also boasts an area with one of the greatest concentrations of butterflies in China, with 2,000 species to be found in Butterfly Valley; an open-air flight cage covering an area of 1,680sqm. Golfers don’t have to travel far to find the Yalong Bay Golf Club; a 120,000sqm, 18-hole course that ranks in the top 10 in China.
40 minutes (40km) by car from Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX)
December – April