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Ohhh how nice to sleep on a mattress- instead of the box spring back at the apartment. Rob was up and full of energy at like 6:00AM. Lucky for him I did not hear him get dressed and go down to the ocean for a walk. He and I went down to the lovely breakfast buffet about 8:30 Max was the first kid to arrive about 9:30. Everyone ate their fill and we …
Today is a national holiday "Dragon Boat Race Day". Since it was on a Saturday many businesses and schools were closed yesterday. It's amazing how early the kids can get themselves up and packed and ready to go if the days itinerary includes a trip to the sea side. They all were up and dressed by 7:30AM and to get them to a 9:00AM school class was …
... to enjoy the red rice wine Jacuzzis and were
joined by a Chinese couple from Beijing and their 13 year old son. He had been
taking English lessons and took the opportunity to practice, translating
between his parents and us.
Friday morning, we started the task of
packing to head to Shanghai. Having gotten past the halfway mark of our trip,
we didn’t want to leave Hainan as it signified that we were getting nearer to
the end ...
... t want us to leave and
started yelling free drinks. Another hour and 3 free mojitos later, we hopped
in a cab and headed back to the hotel. Olga found out breakfast was not
included in our stay and became extremely agitated. Her and Sean had breakfast
included and wanted us to join them. When we got the lobby, Olga put her front
desk hotel reception face on and convinced the hotel staff to throw in free
breakfast, a 350 yuan add on to our already great stay!
... br> taken by a local man. At first we thought that they wanted us to take a picture
of them, but he motioned for us to stand beside his father so he could get a
picture of us. It seems that some local Chinese outside of big cities do not
encounter “westerners” and when they do, love getting pictures taken with them.
It would be like us going to say any foreign country or exotic land and having
our picture ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa
I chosed Hilton Sanya because of the renowned top hotel brand. Upon arrival, I and my girlfriend were impressed by the Hilton smiles like the rest of the world, and we were accompanied by the smiles during the rest of our stay.
I brought my family to the Hilton last week, have to say that the facilities are really great, rooms are spacious and my son loved the pool so much that had to force him leave for meals. Tried to swim in the night as well, cool. Did not encounter problems of the service, may be due to the same language. Chinese restaurant is very good, nice food and price are fair, you could choose to have a meal for 2 adults and 1 kid at around 200 RMB.
I stayed at the Hilton in Sanya with a group of friends for 2 nights. On looks alone, the resort was very impressive. The rooms were spacious as well as creatively decorated and designed and therefore very memorable. The poolside area was also stunning and finding ourselves merely metres from a beautiful white beach was a great plus. I would also say that the food throughout our stay was quite tasty (although not as good as in luxury hotels in major Chinese cities).
We enjoyed a long weekend break here for our wedding anniversary. Although we had some initial troubles trying to arrange an accommodation + spa package via email (direct with the hotel) we were subsequently given very personalised service and greatly enjoyed our stay.
I had a hard time deciding between the Sheraton and the Hilton, and finally chose the Hilton because of a special package (breakfast/spa/golf included in rate). As everyone else said, the rooms are nice and have an airy resort feel to them. The spa was a "miss" for me, on many levels. The Spa Retreat is separated from main guestroom buildings, so it's a short 2 minute walk. But in sweltering sweaty humid 100 degree weather, this walk seems a lot longer. The treatment rooms are pavilion style (which I loved at the Datai in Langkawai) but this was also a problem, it was SOO bright that by the time I turned over onto my back half way through my massage I was temporarily blinded, this happened again at the end of the massage after the therapist took the face towel off my eyes. The massage itself was a 2 on a scale of 1-10. I wondered if the therapist had any training at all, and wasn't too happy about her coughing, clearing her throat, blowing her nose, etc. throughout the massage. If you've a therapist and you have a cold, you shouldn't be touching people and breathing on them as you hover over their head! Regarding the F&B, lunch was a little slow but nothing to complain about. We also went to the Sheraton for lunch (great food) but also encountered the same slow service. But this can be said for most of China. As plates are cleared, there's no, "Anything else? How about dessert? Alright, should I get the check for you?" It's more like someone clears the plates and then you're there for another 10 minutes with no one in sight. Finally I got up and found someone and asked for the check. That was at the Sheraton, but this sort of thing happens to us all the time in China, so I've gotten a bit used to it. My biggest beef was with the Chinese restaurant back at the Hilton. After our Sheraton lunch, we came back to the Hilton and took a peek at the Chinese restaurant. The decor was beautiful and reminded me of Ye Shanghai. So we decided to have dessert, sago milk for me and fruit for my dad. After 20 minutes, I asked the server, "Is our food coming soon?" And she said, yes, I'll tell them to prepare it now. If her English was correct - was the order going in NOW? After 20 minutes???? Or, did she mean she was checking on it? After another 10 minutes, my sago milk came out. Within minutes, I was almost done and the fruit was nowhere in sight. I flagged down another waitress and said, we've been waiting a long time for the fruit! In my mind I was thinking maybe it'll come out in an ornate half pineapple or an intricately carved watermelon, but 10 minutes later, the fruit arrived. It was four cherry tomatoes, a slice of dragon fruit, a slice of orange, and a slice of watermelon. I asked the waitress why it took so long and she said the chef is very busy, he had to cut the fruit.... It didn't make sense but she starting slinking away so that was the end of that. We were ready to leave and couldn't get anyone's attention for the check. We finally got up and went to the reception area and asked for our check but I again mentioned how annoying it was to wait 40 minutes for 4-5 slices of fruit. Our waitress asked us to wait to check if we could cancel it and we started talking to the receptionist and explained what happened. He apologized and said we shouldn't have to wait so long and we don't have to pay for it. It was a nice gesture and we appreciated it. All and all, the properties themselves are 5 star, it's the staff that will ultimately make the difference in service. Most of the employees we encountered did have below average English skills, but they do seem motivated and sincere in trying to help. We have another two days left, so we'll see about the rest of the stay.......
Just came back after 4 days. They upgraded us to a gorgeous suite the size of the average family's mansion. Front and center ocean view, beautiful decor. 2 balconies to ourselves. BUT:
We spent 4 days there and should say that we are very much enjoying. Decoration is predominantly teak wood column, stucco walls and stone floor. Nice pitched high ceiling are found at important locations. Regret to say that the whole hotel lacks one very impressive view that would stick into your memory. Yet, the pool is vast and partitioned into many different areas. The bigger leisure pool extends itself with lengthy canals across the whole width of the landscape area. The central rectangular pool is large and spacious enough for lap swimming for a lot of guest. Artifical sandy beaches add variety to the experience. The room at 1/F is huge. Open circular bathtub is a really eyecatching feature. All sanitary wares are nice "K**ler" brand. The Chinese Restaurant offer pricy regional food. The settings is OK for the price, though. The Big Kitchen offers regular hotel menu and some south east asia crusine which we found too spicy for our cantonese taste. Breakfast time can be crowdy. Being a conference hotel, you could find eager businesspeople lurking around, sitting at your table, making it no nicer than a factory canteen. One last complaint, pillows are smelly, the second time we encounter such problem in a few months period for the same hotel group.
The room was very spacious with contemporary decor. The circular bath tub, rainforest shower head and open plan washroom design was magnificent. The pool area was the best among the other nearby hotels ( Marriott, Sheraton, Gloria.
Yalong Bay is an Oasis. Beautiful beach, lovely scenery and now the addition of another top class hotel. The investment that the Hilton have made is significant, and the end result is a wonderful structure with a myriad of facilities that will keep the holidaymaker or conference attendee very busy. They have laid down the new benchmark in terms of luxury in Sanya, and I await the Ritz Carlton's attempt of bettering the Hilton's new offering.
We recently held our company sales meeting at the brand new Sanya Hilton. The hotel just opened up on Christmas Day 2005 and has not yet had their official "grand opening", which will happen in March 2006. For now its not even possible to book a room online at Hilton (-) and they seem to be filing the hotel with conference groups, which is probably a good thing to do as they ramp up the facility and staff (you can always book directly by phone).