The next leg of our trip takes us to Sanya, China. Sanya is on the island of Hainan and what they would call the “Hawaii of China”. I had high hopes for this leg. Shanghai was cold and windy so I was looking forward to some heat, sun, and sand.
This time, we stayed at the Ramada hotel. As soon as you step foot into the hotel, you get the amazing breeze from the river. For this trip, I decided to ask for an upgrade. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask. Since we had a toddler we had to share the room with, I was sure they would understand the justification. And it worked! We were upgraded to a corner suite on the 25th floor. We felt like a million bucks.
About that “Hawaii of China” title…I would have to disagree. To me, it felt more like a “Phuket”. Sanya has some nice beaches but it’s a little rough around the edges. The public beaches weren’t as pristine as we had hoped. It was packed and kind of dirty. You couldn’t walk 10 feet without someone trying to convince you to do a water sport. Those google pictures are deceiving! I’m sure those pictures were taken at a private beach.
Of course, we had to dine out all the time and I was disgusted by the customer service in Sanya. People were so incredibly rude! I just about throat punched a waitress at a Thai restaurant. But we won’t rehash those memories, LOL.
Just when I thought the Sanya experience was down the toilet, one of the guys on the trip got us on a yacht for an afternoon. It basically was the highlight and the lifesaver on this leg of the trip. The yacht was so much more than we had anticipated. It had 2 bedrooms, a karaoke room, sauna, dining room, kitchenette, the works. Everyone but Ittybot got to take a dip in the water. My poor baby!
The bright side is that we got to spend a lot of time at our hotel relaxing and catching up on much needed R&R. The pool was great for the balmy days. While we won’t miss Sanya anytime soon, we will miss that gorgeous weather!