Sunday, April 7, 2013

Qingming in Sanya

One friend recently gave us a great piece of advice.

“If you are going to survive the fast pace of Shanghai, you need to get away from the city at least once every three to four months.”  I could not agree more.  So to recuperate from the post Chinese New Year blues, we headed to Sanya, Hainan for Qingming (Tomb Sweeping holiday).

I am proud to say for 60 hours, Chris and I did nothing productive.

While on Sanya, we stayed at the beautiful Renaissance SanyaResort and Spa.    
Welcome to home sweet Reniassance!  

The resort is only two years old, so the facilities are beautiful. 
This statue in the lobby glowed in the sunlight!

Lotus pools were planted all around the property.
In the morning we would eat coconut pancakes for breakfast and then stumble to beach on Haitang Bay. 
We found a fairly decent rate that included breakfast on Ctrip.  The service was not stellar, however the coconut pancakes were addictive!
The sea water was rough, but the beach was beautiful!

We had to walk off those pancakes!
The resort had plenty of shaded lounges that were super comfy!
If you didn't want to feel the sand between your toes, there were plenty of cabanna beds.
When we got tired of the South China Sea, we headed to the lagoon pool, where we would laze around for the rest of the day. 

If you plan on visiting China's beaches, I highly recommend getting a waterproof camera. This way you can get some great action shots in the sea! 

The lagoon pool is the largest in Sanya.  In fact, I could not hear kids screeching down the water slides from the other end of the pool!

Kids loved the splash zone area!
The pool was lined with loads of tropical flowers. 

Whoever invented the concept of the swim up bar was a genius!  Hainan mango was in season, so the bar was featuring two for one mango daiquiris, mango margaritas, and mango collins. 

Would I go back to Sanya?  I would return in a heartbeat.  

Despite the smile on my face, I did not want to return to Shanghai on Saturday.
But for now, it is back to teaching kiddos! J