Hotel Review: Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay

Conrad Sanya Villa Pool

The Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay is a luxury hotel on the most prominent Chinese island. In this extensive review, we’ll explain what you need to know about satying here and whether it is worth it!

With the Chinese middle class growing very quickly and millions of Chinese looking for great holiday destinations, the island of Hainan is booming like never before.

  • Classification: Five Stars
  • Room Category: Pool Villa
  • Month of Stay: February

There are dozens of luxurious hotels, especially close to the Southern city of Sanya. One stretch, which basically feels artificial as there are only luxury hotels on a beach strip is Haiting Bay. One of the properties here is the Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay, which left a good, yet not perfect impression on me. See what I liked and disliked about the property, especially in comparions to other Conrad properties in Greater China, including the Conrad Hong Kong or Conrad Macao.

Pool Villa at the Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay

While the Conrad Sanya also offers base room in theory, nearly all rooms are free-standing villas. I had a beautiful Pool Villa, which comes with different views. I ended up having a nice sea view, which I guess was an upgrade of sorts.

Conrad Sanya Villa Pool

The villa as such has a nice private entryway, that directly leads to the beautiful terrace with a private pool.

Conrad Sanya Villa Pool

I really loved the little pool with the greenery and ocean views in the back.

Conrad Sanya Villa Pool

The terrace comes with two loungers, which are comfortable and offer amazing views.

Conrad Sanya Villa Pool

There’s also an area with a roof, where you can find a table with two chairs – a great spot to enjoy room service food.

Conrad Sanya Villa Terrace

The villas as such at the Conrad Sanya aren’t particularly spacious, but absolutely fine for relaxed holidays. Upon entering, there’s a small entrance area with a drawer. This is also where you can find the free minibar as well as the nespresso machine.

There’s also a small storage room, where you can put your luggage and hang your clothes. What’s cool is that the Conrad Sanya offers some free laundry for Hilton Diamond members.

Conrad Sanya Villa

Other than that, the villa consists of one larger room, which is dominated by the very comfortable and nice looking bed.

Conrad Sanya Villa

I slept very well here, especially as it is really quiet and the bed linen are high quality.

Conrad Sanya Villa

It’s worth noting that on request you can get the hotels signature stuffed animal, a dolphin!

Conrad Sanya Animals

Right in front of bed, there’s a nice lounger, which is not only good for storing things, but also to sit down or relax for a while.

Conrad Sanya Villa

There’s also a table right in front, which had a really nice welcome note once we arrived.

Conrad Sanya Room Service

To the side, there’s a flat-screen television as well as a sound system, which is also great for listening to music while chilling on the terrace.

Conrad Sanya Villa

Next to that, you can find a working desk, which is fairly spacious. The chair is also quite comfortable, so it’s definitely a decent setup for working while on holidays.

Conrad Sanya Villa

On the other side of the villa, you can find the really spacious and surprisingly light-filled bathroom.

Conrad Sanya Bathroom

The design is a bit odd and opulent, if you ask me, but that’s the only matter of complaint.

Conrad Sanya Bathroom

Otherwise, the bathroom feels really nice with two sinks with lots of space to put things and all the typical things, including toothbrushes, mouthwash and more.

Conrad Sanya Bathroom

Furthermore, there’s a large marble bathtub, which is one of the nicest hotel bathtubs I’ve seen in a while.

Conrad Sanya Bathroom

Then there’s also a separated room, where you can find the toilet. As you’d expect, there’s also a shower with two shower heads, including a rain shower one. I really enjoyed that this part of the bathroom also has daylight.

Conrad Sanya Bathroom

All in all, I really liked the villa at the Conrad Sanya. While it’s not as amazing as the one at the Conrad Koh Samui, I though that they still did a great job with the villas!

Breakfast at the Conrad Sanya

My breakfast experience at the Conrad Sanya was somewhat mixed. I’d say that the atmosphere in the open-air restaurant definitely is nice, while the food choice is a bit supbar for a property on this price point.

Conrad Sanya Breakfast

Especially compared to properties like the Waldorf Astoria Beijing or the Four Seasons Shanghai, the choice was just a bit limited in most areas, including Western and even Asian dishes.

I also had the feeling that the quality of the dishes wasn’t all that great, particularly when it comes to Western options like cold cuts, cheeses or bread rolls.

Conrad Sanya Breakfast

The warm options were the best part of the buffet, in my opinion, as they were plentiful and the quality was also fairly decent.

Conrad Sanya Breakfast

Furthermore, the Conrad Sanya offers the options of ordering made-to-order dishes, among those different kinds of omelets, eggs benedict and also sweet options, plus a daily special.

Overall, I’d consider the breakfast at the Conrad Sanya to be fairly good, but not overly great.

Food & Beverage at the Conrad Sanya

Generally, my dining experiences at the Conrad Sanya were just alright. As a Hilton Diamond member, I was entitled to daily complimentary afternoon tea in the lobby, including amazing views.

Conrad Sanya Afternoon Tea

While some of the sweet items were fairly okay, the overall quality was lackluster, in my opinion.

Conrad Sanya Afternoon Tea

The drinks were quite nice though and something I did enjoy, particularly as there was a great choice of milkshakes, coffees and more. I also ended up ordering a burger once and a pizza another time while having afternoon tea in the lobby bar.

Both dishes were alright, but definitely nothing to write home about. The same is true for most room service dishes I tried during my stay.

Conrad Sanya Room Service

The better options for dining at the Conrad Sanya definitely are the Asian options, including the dumplings or the fried noodles.

Conrad Sanya Room Service

To sum it up, I’d say that dining in one of the Chinese outlets or ordering Chinese dishes via room service is recommendable, while I would stay away from the Western dishes.

Pools & Beach at the Conrad Sanya

What’s a bit odd about the Conrad Sanya are the public areas. For example, there should be two pools, but the one in the middle of the resort is now closed for swimming – explanation not given.

Conrad Sanya Pool

That leaves you with “just” one public pool, which is nice enough and located closer to the beach.

Conrad Sanya Pool

It’s actually quite a nice pool with lots of loungers and views of the greenery and somewhat even the ocean in the distance.

Conrad Sanya Pool

The next oddity are the hot pools located right next to the main pool. This is actually a cool idea with hot tubs next to the beach, but the pools are empty and the loungers abandoned – once again, no explanation given.

Conrad Sanya Hot Tubs

Especially as I visited the Conrad Sanya in high season made this all feel slightly odd.

Conrad Sanya Pool

Let’s also quickly speak about the beach, which is public and can be reached through a small pathway.

Conrad Sanya Beach

I think that it’s actually a really nice stretch of beach and ocean, but you should be aware that there is no swimming allowed at all in Haitang Bay.

Conrad Sanya Beach

Furthermore, there are no loungers or anything at the beach, so don’t expect the typical beach holiday. The Park Hyatt Sanya or the InterContinental Sanya sure are a better choice in that regard.

Conrad Sanya Sunset

It’s also worth noting that the Conrad has a spa and a gym. I only visited the latter and thought that it was really disappointing for a resort.

Conrad Sanya Fitness

There are a few cardio machines and a few weights in a dark room – that’s it. I was told that you can also use the gym of the nearby DoubleTree hotel, but I still expected a bit more.

Conrad Sanya Fitness

What’s nice though is that the hotel organized that I could play tennis at the nearby Sofitel (I was even driven there) for a fee.

Conrad Sanya Tennis

Anyways, I’d say that the recreation options are a bit limited for a resort, the likes of the Conrad Bali or the Conrad Algarve just offer more in that regard.

Overall impressions of the Conrad Sanya

It’s out of question that the value for the money at the Conrad Sanya is phenomenal. The villas are luxurious, spacious and offer an amazing pool and garden area. The service was decent despite the language barrier and the food and beverage options were at least alright. While there are a few things that I find questionable like the limited recreation options or the mediocre food quality, I’d still return in a heartbeat as the value for the money for a villa in a tropical retreat like this is just tought to beat.

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