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Sanya
Travel Guide

Dadongdai Beach which includes a sandy beach and general coastal views

Visit “China’s Hawaii” to discover a tropical getaway featuring white-sandy beaches, forested mountains, monkey-filled jungle and towering monuments to Buddha.

Sanya is a laid back city on the southern tip of Hainan Island, and marks the southernmost point of China. Known as “China’s Hawaii”, Sanya features stunning beaches and a tropical climate. Enjoy seaside activities like swimming, scuba diving and sailing. Hike up the forested peaks of the city’s surrounding mountains and admire the lush tropical flora.

Unpack your bags and head to Dadonghai Beach to enjoy kilometers of white sand. Soak up Sanya’s famous sunshine, swim in the clear tropical waters and refresh yourself with a freshly cut coconut. If you’re feeling energetic, follow the esplanade trail east to the hilltop lookout enjoy views of the beach and surrounding mountains.

Explore Nanshan Temple, which features a monumental 108-metre (354-foot) statue of the bodhisattva Guan Yin. The temple grounds contain an expansive tropical garden dotted with shrines and statues dedicated to Buddha.

You’ll find beautiful forested parkland at the peak of Mount Luhuitou. This mountaintop also features magnificent views of the city and a monument to one of the region’s most famous love stories. For more great views, take a ride on China’s longest over-water cable car to Nanwan Monkey Island. Here you’ll meet hundreds of macaques roaming free in a dense jungle habitat.

Explore downtown Sanya to find a diverse range of souvenir shops selling artisanal crafts and gifts. Food vendors set up in the late afternoons, filling the streets with barbecue smoke as they grill freshly caught seafood. Seafood restaurants also line the beach and outdoor karaoke gets the party started as night falls.

Sanya Phoenix International Airport connects the area to other major cities around China. A high-speed train connects Sanya to Haikou and other cities along the east coast of Hainan Island. The city’s bus system is efficient and inexpensive. Many destinations around Sanya are also easy to reach by foot or taxi. The tropical climate keeps Sanya’s waters warm year-round.

The Sanya EDITION
The Sanya EDITION
5 out of 5
The price is HK$3,006 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Located in Haitang District, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district, 3 mi (4.8 km) from Haitang Bay, and 6 mi (9.6 km) from Wuzihzhou Island ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
"Booked the Premium Room, Ocean View and was quite disappointed. The ocean can be viewed only when you are standing at the balcony, not from the room itself. Besides that, everything else was outstanding. Staff were very helpful, esp Grace from Egert and Elliot the F&B manager from Edition Market. ..."

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2019

The Sanya EDITION
Atlantis Sanya
Atlantis Sanya
5 out of 5
North Haitang Bei Road, Haitang Bay Sanya, Sanya
The price is HK$3,303 per night from 17 May to 17 May
This Haitang District resort is on the beach, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Haitang Bay, and within 16 mi (25 km) of Wuzihzhou Island Beach and Yalong Bay. Qingshuiwan ...
4.3/5Excellent! (138 reviews)
"Atlantis is a great stay for families. While the water park is starting to show some wear and tear, the hotel is still in excellent condition. The breakfast buffet and Imperial Club are really nice. The other food options are either basic or very pricey."

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Atlantis Sanya
InterContinental Sanya Resort, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Sanya Resort, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 1 Zhouji Road, Jiyang District, Sanya, Hainan
The price is HK$1,073 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in Xiaodonghai, this family-friendly Sanya hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Sanya International Shopping Center and Sanya Bay. Dadonghai Beach is ...
4/5Very Good! (82 reviews)
"Nice getaway from the city! Everything was as expected"

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

InterContinental Sanya Resort, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sanya Shanggong Rehabilitation Villa
Sanya Shanggong Rehabilitation Villa
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$2,279 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Located in Haitang District, this villa is 4 mi (6.5 km) from Haitang Bay and within 12 miles (20 km) of Yalong Bay and Wuzihzhou Island Beach. Dadonghai Beach ...
Sanya Shanggong Rehabilitation Villa
Sanya Palmena International Apartment
Sanya Palmena International Apartment
4 out of 5
Located in Tianya District, this apartment building is steps away from Coconut Dream Corridor and Sanya Bay. Jingrun Pearl Museum is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.
3.1/5 (8 reviews)
Good location
"Good location. Close to the sea. Noisy because close to the airport, but there are not many planes. Nice greenery."

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2019

Sanya Palmena International Apartment
Albion Residence Haitang Bay Sanya
Albion Residence Haitang Bay Sanya
3.5 out of 5
Located in Haitang District, this beach aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Haitang Bay and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Wuzihzhou Island Beach. Yalong Bay and Yalong ...
Albion Residence Haitang Bay Sanya
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5/5 - Excellent

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20 Nov 2019

Beautiful location and beach. I feel the access to the beach should be improved.

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Apr 2019

Take Mozzy spray. It can get quite hot. Stay somewhere that has kids amenities like Sofitel if you have small kids. Their kids facilities is great. It was all great to be fair. The suite was spacious and modern.

4/5 - Good

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21 Mar 2019

The Sanya whole area as tropical place looks very nice Just one think I feel like chinese people dont care much about their International visitors