Palm tree–studded grounds, home to two natural hot springs
Near the Hainan International Exhibition Center and Haikou Municipal Government Office; ideal for business travelers
Sirena is Haikou’s only Italian restaurant
What To Know
The beachfront, though accessible from the hotel, is not private, and swimming is not recommended; head for Holiday Beach, a five-minute drive from the hotel, instead
Expect business travelers
A 15 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
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Tropical beachfront retreat with two natural hot springs on Hainan Island, China's answer to Hawaii
Reminiscent of a grand European ballroom, the Shangri-La Haikou's lobby features a lotus-shaped chandelier strung with 245,000 crystals under a 55-foot domed ceiling. Custom-made recycled wool carpeting, marble walls, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and intricate 3D murals blend gold with white and blue, and East with West. In the lounge, deep couches of silver, taupe and beige encircle low tables adorned with exotic flowers such as Dancing Lady orchids. A river-like pool snakes through the palm tree–studded gardens, and two natural hot springs dot the grounds.
Bed and Bath
The white, gold and blue color scheme continues in the 337 guestrooms. Hand-painted murals of Asian flora and fauna adorn the headboards, while an embossed minibar cabinet depicts Hainan Island’s cultural heritage and history. The U-shape layout of the hotel ensures that all rooms offer views of the ocean and gardens. Marble of various colors resonates in the bathrooms, which are stocked with L’Occitane products.
All three dining areas overlook the ocean and tropical gardens. Shang Palace, Shangri-La's signature restaurant, offers Chinese dishes from various provinces, such as Guangdong, Huaiyang and Sichuan; try the Dongshan lamb or Jiaji duck, or have a Sichuan hotpot party in the private dining room on the exclusive top floor of the hotel. The appropriately named Café Kool is a laid-back spot for all-day buffet dining (hand-pulled noodles, clay pot soups, barbecue dishes), and Sirena is Haikou's only restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine. The spa is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and treatments use Biodroga products, which hail from the spa town of Baden-Baden in southern Germany.
In the Area
Holiday Beach, a five-minute drive from the hotel, is a recreational hot spot with water activities, seafood dining and the Hot Spring Paradise water park. In the same vicinity is Impression Hainan, a musical and interpretive show featuring more than 300 performers created by Chinese film director Zhang Yimou. Shishan Volcanic Cluster National Geopark offers great views of the city and is home to some of the best-preserved volcanoes in the world. Travel back in time on Qilou Old Street for a taste of Haikou's history and ancient architecture.