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Ideal island getaway

By Guo Shuhan (China Daily)
Updated: 2010-08-21 07:08
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 Ideal island getaway

Sanya Marriott offers a luxurious location for swimming, such as its sprawling, picturesque two-tiered pool. Photos provided to China Daily

Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa offers a perfect white-sand beach experience in tropical Hainan province's Yalong Bay. Guo Shuhan reports

Stephan Stoss is only too happy to have another opportunity to immerse himself in Chinese culture, as he still regrets not seeing more of the country eight years ago.

"I am indeed very interested in Chinese culture and its glorious history. I hope this time I can explore more of the cultural scenes and wonderful historic sites," says Stoss, general manager with Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa.

"I have set aside time in my daily schedule to study Mandarin and I hope that I will be able to master a bit of the language over time."

But he is looking forward to the challenge, and to the responsibility of maintaining the high status of the hotel, which is located on China's booming "international tourism island" of Hainan province.

"The new title is a signal that the government is committed to turning Hainan into an island fully developed for tourism. And I believe that in a very short space of time there will be significant infrastructure changes," Stoss says.

"Many more notable international brands will enter, which will surely bring in more competition and meanwhile the chance to quickly enhance the island's international recognition."

Stoss is not afraid of the potential rivalry and his confidence does not arise out of nothing.

 Ideal island getaway

Sanya Marriott's General Manager Stephan Stoss is confident of the hotel's success in Hainan.

Situated on the pristine white-sand beaches of China's premier holiday destination, Yalong Bay, the Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa is an ideal choice for a relaxing tropical escape. It is conveniently located just a 40-minute drive from Sanya Phoenix International Airport.

Designed by Singapore-based Wilson & Associates, the property features a serene and organic style, including the liberal use of natural stone and warm wood, which reflects the spectacular surroundings.

The 452 fully equipped rooms and comprehensive facilities make the hotel a perfect choice for family vacations and business meetings alike.

An ongoing theme event Kids Eat Free, Play Free is available for all in-house guests and lasts until Sept 30. Kids under 12 accompanied by adults are served free at all hotel restaurants. Besides the food, children can enjoy diversified and funny Kids Competition on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Boasting an outdoor fountain square and a total meeting space of 1,250 square meters, including a grand ballroom divided into five sections, six additional meeting rooms, everything from a small business gathering to grand events can be well accommodated.

The wide lawn is an ideal venue for teambuilding activities and refreshing yoga sessions.

Stoss says the hardest thing about tourists coming to the hotel is deciding what to do first.

Almost all the guest rooms have generous balconies, which invite you to sit back and take in the commanding views of the deep, blue ocean or lush green mountains.

Some guests will head straight to the 450 meters of white-sand beach for sun and surf, while others might prefer to laze around the sprawling, picturesque two-tiered pool. And exercise buffs will have no problem keeping fit at the health and fitness center, complete with sauna and steam room and there are a full range of water sports and two floodlit tennis courts.

Golfers can take a quick shuttle bus across the road to the Robert Trent Jones II-designed Yalong Bay Golf Club, one of the finest courses in Asia. Another world-class golf resort, Sun Valley, is within five minutes driving distance. For a little variety, a number of other top-notch courses are located within easy driving distance.

For those in need of rejuvenation, look no further than Marriott's own Quan Spa. This luxurious, tranquil spa supplies a full menu of facial treatments and massages, using only the finest spa and skincare products, as well as qi water - bubbling water that improves blood flow and metabolism.

Gourmets will delight in the high quality dining choices, delectable Chinese cuisine, the exotic warmth and Japanese flavors of Edogin, the refreshing atmosphere of the poolside Sea Breeze Pool Bar & Grill and the cool coastal ambiance of Deep Blue, and all your culinary cravings can be satisfied alfresco as all the restaurants have outdoor tables.

"Our ambition is to develop the hotel into a romantic and family-friendly getaway resort and the best value for money internationally branded resort in Yalong Bay. Once the guests come, they'll never want to leave," says Stoss, confidently.

(China Daily 08/21/2010 page13)