Mandarin Oriental, Sanya
What We Love
- The beautiful tropical beachfront setting, surrounded by lush gardens and pools
- Expansive rooms, and decor inspired by local indigenous communities
- The excellent spa, where treatments are performed by traditional Chinese doctors
What To Know
- A 15 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Especially well suited to families; all accommodations are large, and there are lots of family-friendly facilities
- The beach, while lovely, is very narrow and shelly (read: hard to walk on) and not very swimmable, as the currents can be quite rough
- WiFi is an additional cost of $16 per day
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This modern beachfront resort eschews Mandarin Oriental’s typically opulent style (shades of gold, brocade fabrics, rich jewel tones) in favor of wooden accents, tribal fabrics woven by Sanya’s native Li and Miao people, and indigenous artwork. The public spaces are dotted with antique jewelry, framed and hung on walls, and decorative vases in vibrant colors. The low-slung buildings don’t obstruct the views of the surrounding gardens and crashing ocean, and the slate-gray roofs are modeled after local homes. The sprawling layout comes courtesy of lauded landscape architect Bill Bensley; the 30-acre plot is made up of tropical gardens, pathways, palm tree–lined swimming pools and impressive water features.
Bed and Bath
The 297 guestrooms are capacious (Entry-level Terrace Rooms start at 650 square feet). Common features include the use of native woods (in the floors as well as the furnishings) and Mandarin Oriental’s standard luxuries (high-thread-count linens, surround-sound entertainment systems, and espresso machines). All feature walk-in closets and private terraces or balconies overlooking the gardens. Bathrooms are kitted out with oversize tubs and large walk-in showers.
The superlative spa is a 35,000-square-foot village with gardens, ponds, pavilions and elaborate treatment rooms with outdoor baths, private steam rooms and alfresco massage areas. This is Hainan Island’s only spa to be certified in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and a range of services provided by a TCM doctor are on offer, including indigenous massages. Oh, and tai chi classes are taught by a shaolin kung fu master. There are plenty of fun activities on-site, including a rock-climbing wall, kayak rentals and a golf simulator. The dining options are generally excellent. There are 10, including the beachfront haute seafood restaurant, Fresh, and the Phoenix Tea House, where you can sip through more than 100 different tea varieties. The property is located on protected Coral Bay (it’s the only hotel on the island to have its own bay), and the beach, although beautiful, is very narrow, full of shells, and doesn’t offer many swimmable spots, as the current can be quite rough. Luckily, the three pools, with their sunken bars, landscaped “beaches” and many loungers, more than make up for seaside shortcomings.
In the Area
The hotel’s own beach might not be the best for aquatic pursuits, but nearby Wuzhizhou, a butterfly-shaped island 18 miles off Sanya City’s coast, is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. Sanya is a big surfing destination, and lessons are on offer at nearby beaches (the hotel can arrange them). For another adrenaline-filled experience, try Wuzhi Mountain, where you can raft the rapids-filled Wanquan River. Or for a wildlife fix, head to Nanwan Monkey Island, a state-protected preserve for macaques on a peninsula at Hainan Island’s southern end.
How to Get There
A friendly, smiling and welcoming hotel staff with top service. A wonderful place to really feel relaxed with an astonishing view at an extraordinary safe location with perfect surrounding. However, the beach for swimming in the sea could have been better, but a number of nice pools did almost replace this.
We enjoyed our stay at this hotel with numerous pools and great restaurants. Our room was very spacious, clean and relaxing. Gym and activities are organized and fun. Very helpful personnel. And amazing breakfast that was included in our room charges. Would highly recommend this serene resort. Shuttle service to nearby mall is available for guests.
overall a very pleasant stay, superb breakfast, nice facilities. very clean environment. hotel staff is friendly espeacially Ricardo of the Guest Relation Manager and Ivan Alvarez the Executive Chef of the Hotel has been very accomadating to my needs.
I spent three nights in Mandarin Oriental Sanya and was very much impressed by the facilities and service. Buggy service is very convenient and can take you anywhere within the big resort. The main pool area provides a great place to watch sunset. Spa is a must try - I’ve got May(may be spelled differently) as my masseuse and she is the best.
Special thanks to Front Officer Manager Allen, MOD Shirley and Guest Relations Officer Mihai who made my stay great.
If you ever visit Sanya, highly recommend you stay here!
We travelled as a family with two young children and we're deciding between a number of luxury properties in Sanya. We were not particularly interested in exploring Sanya and so a destination resort was our preference and there are a few in this category in Sanya. We visited a few for meals during our stay at MO but if we ever returned to Sanya, we would most definitely stay at the MO again. PROS- the staff make a genuine interest in getting to know and remember your preferences (eg what coffee you want in the morning)- if you need something irregular, they will seek a way to make it possible or offer an alternativeCONS- airport transfer is a bit expensive- staff by the pool are a little inattentive so if you want to order something you'll have to chase them rather than waiting to be asked