Sanya Bay is the central resort district in Sanya, and it leads within Hainan in terms of infrastructure. Hainan’s tourism industry has exploded in the past 20 years, and Sanya Bay is still the most convenient place to be based. Virtually everyone visiting Hainan Island is a tourist, and those who book rooms near Sanya Bay are typically mainland Chinese eager to get a taste of life in the islands.
Hotels in Sanya Bay District line the 25-kilometer beach, which is better suited for sunbathing and sunset walks than it is for swimming. Coconut Dream Corridor follows the beach for some 20 kilometers, connecting the city center with a few of the outlying resorts. This area is loaded with land-based activities. Seafood restaurants abound, and a busy night market picks up every evening.
Sanya Phoenix International Airport is immediately north of Sanya Bay. Getting directly to the bay takes a mere five minutes by taxi, though travel time to specific Sanya Bay hotels may be longer. Flight paths at the airport avoid the beach, so guests enjoy easy access and quick transfers without the annoyance of noisy flyovers.
The resorts on Sanya Bay fan out and give each other plenty of space. Five-star amenities are standard here at very reasonable prices. Better yet, most of the international hotels along Sanya Bay have been built in the past few years, and they offer rooms that are spacious, modern and well-kempt.