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What is Sanya and why should I go there? might be the first question even seasoned travelers ask even before asking why September is a good time to go. In our experience it is one of the best luxury destinations in the world right now that’s not on everyone’s radar.
Santa is a tropical resort town along the Southern coast of China’s Hainan island. It is literally packed with a who’s who of hospitality names and the growth shows no signs of letting up. Beautiful tropical beaches, undeveloped land and idyllic weather make this a natural paradise and the development has taken off in the golden era of Chinese hospitality which makes this an unforgettable experience for anyone who loves the perks of discerning luxury travel.
This time of year is one of the best to go because it comes just at the end of the hottest time of the year and at the end of rainy typhoon season. It is not the peak time in which population and prices are high so that is an added benefit that you will have doting attention and a great value for your stay.
Names like St. Regis, Anantara, Ritz Carlton, Raffles, Conrad, Edition, Mandarin Oriental are just the starting point for all of the big players looking to be part of the boom that is happening here. Hotels are big and lavish resorts yet deliver a sense of privacy and exclusivity that many Western resorts lack. There are dedicated adult areas as well as areas for families so that everyone can have the type of vacation they’re looking for. The level of service in all of these hotels is exemplary, China has some of the best hospitality we’ve seen in over 130 countries visited and its kicked up a notch here because it is such a chic vacation destination.
It all depends on the type of traveler you are, but the hotels are really bastions of luxury and relaxation, they have innumerable places for relaxation, treatments, exercise and cuisine such that you can have everything you need on site. For those who want the experience of excursions or seeing the city there are of course plenty of things to do too. Walking along Sanya’s public beach you can see exotic seafood restaurants, pick up soccer and volleyball games as well as live music and festivities. There are many golf courses nearby with world class standards and plenty of sea and nature excursions as well as religious and historical monuments for those looking to engage more of the local culture.