Hotel Review: Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay
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.
The villa as such has a nice private entryway, that directly leads to the beautiful terrace with a private pool.
I really loved the little pool with the greenery and ocean views in the back.
The terrace comes with two loungers, which are comfortable and offer amazing views.
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.
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.
Other than that, the villa consists of one larger room, which is dominated by the very comfortable and nice looking bed.
I slept very well here, especially as it is really quiet and the bed linen are high quality.
It’s worth noting that on request you can get the hotels signature stuffed animal, a dolphin!
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.
There’s also a table right in front, which had a really nice welcome note once we arrived.
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.
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.
On the other side of the villa, you can find the really spacious and surprisingly light-filled bathroom.
The design is a bit odd and opulent, if you ask me, but that’s the only matter of complaint.
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.
Furthermore, there’s a large marble bathtub, which is one of the nicest hotel bathtubs I’ve seen in a while.
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.
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.
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.
The warm options were the best part of the buffet, in my opinion, as they were plentiful and the quality was also fairly decent.
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.
While some of the sweet items were fairly okay, the overall quality was lackluster, in my opinion.
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.
The better options for dining at the Conrad Sanya definitely are the Asian options, including the dumplings or the fried noodles.
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.
That leaves you with “just” one public pool, which is nice enough and located closer to the beach.
It’s actually quite a nice pool with lots of loungers and views of the greenery and somewhat even the ocean in the distance.
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.
Especially as I visited the Conrad Sanya in high season made this all feel slightly odd.
Let’s also quickly speak about the beach, which is public and can be reached through a small pathway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.