A Paradise Holiday At Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China

Sunset View of Le Spa at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China
Sunset View of Le Spa at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China

Pristine private beaches and home to many five star resorts, Yalong Bay is located in South China’s Hainan Province, Sanya.  Many people have described Sanya as Asia’s Hawaii which I can’t really relate to since I’ve not been to Hawaii. Perhaps it’s because of the sea, sandy beaches and resort feel or the colourful beach wear that the local tourists wear.  Being my first trip to this part of China, I was looking forward to a trip of exploration.

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Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa Private Beach | SUPERADRIANME.com
Private Beach of Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa

Last year, the Miss World beauty pageant was held in Sanya on 30 October 2010.  This has helped to increase tourism and exposure for Sanya and its Mayor Lu described this as the “Miss World effect”.

Le Spa during Sunset at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, ChinaPullman Sanya Yalong BaySunset at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and SpaBicycles at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa

Three year old upscale international resort under Accor Group’s Pullman Yalong Bay Sanya Resort and Spa offers travelers 193 rooms, 115 exclusive private villas with private swimming pool and garden, 6 spacious suites and 72 well appointed rooms.

Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Entrance

High Ceiling Structures at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
High Ceiling Structures at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Lobby

So how does one get to the resort.  It takes 40 minutes by car from Sanya Phoenix International Airport, 20 minutes by car from downtown Sanya and approximately 30 minutes by train or 3 hours by car along the east highway from Haikou Meilan International Airport.

I was given a warm welcome by a friendly French gentleman, Thierry Douet, the General Manager of the resort upon arrival where we adjourned to a great steak dinner at American Steak House.  Thierry tells us that we can get the best steak in Sanya here.

Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa: American Steak House | SUPERADRIANME.com
The American Steak House boasts the best steaks in Yalong Bay

After dinner, I was driven on a buggy to one of the Myanmar villas that was assigned to me for the next 2 nights.   The resort has three Asian architectural styles: Thai, Myanmar and Nanyang.

Buggy transport around the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa | SUPERADRIANME.com
Buggy transport
Myanmar Villa 7022 was My Room at The Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort
Myanmar Villa 7022 was where I stayed
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Villa Sign Board
Directional Signs
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Villas
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Villas
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Villas
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Villas

I was rather impressed by the villas.   The villas are perfect for romance or quiet time away from one’s usual day to day life.  Once you enter your own private villa domain, you have the choice to just chill within a separate living room which sits around 3 to 4 comfortably where you can enjoy your wine, have a cigar or cigarette and watch television.  You could also go straight into the bedroom next to it and soak in the 6 jet jacuzzi tub.

Or if you cannot resist the very inviting private pool, you can very well hop in without having to worry about other people invading your privacy.  After all, not all of us have hot bods that we are proud of to parade for others to appreciate.  Well, at least I skinny dipped just before I checked out,  just for the fun of it.  Wouldn’t it be a waste to not even utilize the private pool when you have access to one!!  And no, I won’t be sharing a photo of me skinny dipping.

The Living Room at the Myanmar Villas of the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China
In the living room of my Myanmar Villa
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China - Myanmar Villa and pool
My private pool in the Myanmar Villa
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China: Walk in Wardrobe area in the Myanmar Villas
Walk in Wardrobe area in the Myanmar Villas
Generous Amenities at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China, Myanmar Villa
Generous Amenities
The Myanmar Villa bedroom at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China
The Myanmar Villa bedroom
Six Jet Jacuzzi Tub at the Myanmar Villa at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Six Jet Jacuzzi Tub at the Myanmar Villa
The 6 jet jacuzzi bath tub in the Myanmar Villa: Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
The 6 jet jacuzzi bath tub in the Myanmar Villa
Shower facilities within the Myanmar Villas at The Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Shower Facilities with a full view of the pool at my villa

 

The resort offers a wide variety of well being and discovery.  With 2 resort swimming pools with sun decks, a fully equipped fitness centre, spa with 7 treatment suites, a kids club that also offers baby sitting services, a game zone that offers table tennis, snooker, private mahjong and card game rooms and two international golf courses which are a short drive from the hotel, you’ll be kept busy during your stay in Yalong Bay.  There’s even a private beach which took me a ten minute slow walk the next morning to appreciate the fresh air and peaceful surroundings from the resort.  I was busy snapping as many photos as I could.   The Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa does not face the beach directly.  In fact, there are other big name hotel resorts between the Pullman and the beaches.  With such a beautiful peaceful resort, who needs it to be beach facing.  There is a shuttle service from the resort to the beach as well.

Sights of Fauna and Flora from The Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa to the Private Beach | SUPERADRIANME.com
The Fauna and Flora You Get to Appreciate while walking to the Private Beach
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Private Beach
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Private Beach

Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Private Beach

Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Private Beach

Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Private Beach

Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China - Read the Warning Signs
Read the Warning Signs
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China - Check the transport timing from the hotel to the private beach
Check the transport timing from the hotel to the private beach

 

Get a relaxing massage at Le Spa after a round of golf at the Yalong Bay Golf Club which is a short 2 minutes walk from the resort. I was told November to May are the best time to golf. In 2010, Leanne Perce from South Africa won the Ladies European Tour at the Yalong Bay Golf Club. Pullman offers golf and stay packages.  More about the golf course in another post.

 

Directional Signage to LeSpa and the Private Beach of the Pullman Sanya Yalong Beach Resort and Spa in China
Directional Signage to LeSpa and the Private Beach of the Pullman Sanya Yalong Beach Resort and Spa in China
Sunset View of Le Spa at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China
Le Spa during Sunset

 

You’ll also get to enjoy various cuisines at the food and beverage outlets within the resort.  Besides the American Steak House you can enjoy a fusion of East and West at Rive Gauche, Cantonese, Shanghainese and Sichuan influenced Chinese cuisine at Le Chinois and the two bars Soda Lobby Bar and Azur which serves fresh juices, refreshments and light healthy snacks at the pool.  Of course, if you prefer to stay in your villa, there’s always in-room dining which is available 24 hours any day.

Relax at the Soda Lobby Bar at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China
Relax at the Soda Lobby Bar
Soda Lobby Bar at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Soda Lobby Bar at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Le Chinois at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Le Chinois

Cooking Classes

The resort offers cooking classes as well.  I got the chance to learn how to prepare three dishes from the Executive Chef Alexandre Balier.   Now I understand why I enjoy eating and not preparing.  The amount of work put into preparing the food made more so hungry.

I learnt to make Marinated seafood salad with herbs dressing and tropical fresh mango, Crunchy king prawn, scented mint and lemon grass with pressed preserved turnip and tomato, passion fruits and mango sauce and finally Green tea Chantilly with strawberries ice cream and berries.

I had to chop up vegetables, de-shell prawns, mix batter in the process.

Cooking Class at Pulman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China | SUPERADRIANME.com

Cooking Class at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa

Prawns Rolled with Rice Paper: Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Cooking Class
Prawns Rolled with Rice Paper
Marinated Seafood Salad with Herbs Dressing and Tropical Fresh Mango : Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Cooking Class
Marinated Seafood Salad with Herbs Dressing and Tropical Fresh Mango
Executive Chef Alexandre Balier and the final product
Executive Chef Alexandre Balier and the final product
Crunchy King Prawn Scented Mint and Lemon Grass with Pressed Preserved Turnip : Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa Cooking Class
Crunchy King Prawn Scented Mint and Lemon Grass with Pressed Preserved Turnip
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa's Executive Chef Alexandre Balier and the finished dessert
Executive Chef Alexandre Balier and the finished dessert
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa's GM Thierry Douet helps out in the Kitchen as Executive Chef Alexandre Balier looks on
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa’s GM Thierry Douet helps out in the Kitchen as Executive Chef Alexandre Balier looks on

 

I was fortunate to be able to catch the sunset at the resort while I explored and captured some of these photos with the Sony Alpha A33.  Be sure to explore and enjoy the fresh air, sights, fauna and flora, nature during your stay.

 

The Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa is made up of man-made water features and lots of fauna and flora.
The Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa is made up of man-made water features and lots of fauna and flora.
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa: The pool by the villas
The pool by the villas
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China: The Public Pool at the Villa Area
The Public Pool area near the Villas
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China: The area leading to Le Spa
Leading to Le Spa
Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China: The walkways to the Villas
The walking path to the Villas

Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China: Asian Architecture and designs within

There's lots of water features at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
There’s lots of water features
Lotus ponds at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China
Lotus ponds at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China
The Swimming Pool at the hotel at Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China
The Swimming Pool at the Hotel End of the resort

Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa, China

Enjoy Chinese birds at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Lonesome bird posing for the camera atop a villa.

VIP transport at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa

Cycling at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Cycling at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa

Bicycles at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa

Sunset at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Sunset at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Fitness Centre at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
Fitness Centre
Limited retail therapy at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa
There’s some retail therapy albeit basic at the resort.

 

The overall experience at the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort and Spa was memorable one for me.  I wish I could have stayed for a full 3 day 2 night to fully absorb its beauty.

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  4. Gembira79

    Looks like the Miss World organisers made the right choice in choosing Sanya and showcasing it to the world.

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