BUILD A SAND CASTLE
- Soak up the sun at Sanya’s newest beach
- Splash around in the South China Sea
Hainan is a haven for sun lovers, and it just so happens that Conrad Sanya is a saunter away from Haitang Bay. This swath of sand, spanning 12 sparkling miles, is also the area’s largest. Far more spacious and quieter than Yalong Bay or Daidonghai, you’ll be left to lounge in peace. As for the ideal set-up? The hotel will pack you off with a chair and an umbrella (or do the heavy lifting and set-up for you). Paddle out into the aquamarine waters in the hotel’s designated swimming area, but be aware that some spots are not safe for a dip.
You’re pretty much already at Haitang Beach and the hotel staff will gladly guide you to the ideal spot.
QUICK JET LAG FIX
- Nourish skin with a signature facial
- Ease into your stay with a massage
- Indulge in coconut scrubs and deep-tissue rubs
First order of business after a long-haul flight: soothe sore shoulders and ease whatever aches at I SPY spa at the Conrad Sanya, Haitang Bay. Relieve fatigue with a head decompression treatment or hydrate parched skin with an essential rose facial. The serene spa, with villa-like treatment rooms and poolside pavilions, exclusively uses Aromatherapy Associates products. Once you’ve had a taste, you’ll be back for more. Clear an afternoon for the Haitang Coconut package: soak in a soothing coconut milk bath, followed by a coconut husk scrub and a coconut oil massage. Bonus: the blend of coconut oils smells like fresh-baked cookies.
I SPY spa is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Take advantage of tax-free shopping
- Browse luxury brands galore
Forget to pack your favorite Chanel scent? Fancy a pair of new Prada sunnies for your beach retreat? CDF Mall Sanya, the world’s largest duty-free mall, is just a shopping bag’s toss from the hotel. Inspired by the Haitang blossom—the local symbol and blooms of the Chinese flowering apple tree—the building’s swooping contemporary design is reason enough for a look. With 300 high-end international brands spread out over three stories, it’s the stuff of your mega-mall dreams. Head over for your fill of tax-free shopping, but do exercise some restraint: tourists have a spending cap of ¥8,000 per person.
CDF Mall is a quick five-minute trip down Haitang Road via cab or the Conrad’s free shuttle service.