Endless beaches, beautiful sunshine and warm hospitality all within 90 minutes from Hong Kong…
Having gone to Hawai’i several times and being a huge fan (because, Hawai’i.) of the gorgeous sandy beaches and pristine water, I have always had it in my mind to check out China’s equivalent, Sanya located at the southern part of Hainan Island.
With several flights a week that literally only takes 90 minutes, you can be transported to a tropical paradise faster than getting your kids to make their beds, get dressed and eat their brekkie (my kids anyway…). I had the chance to get away to Sanya for the weekend all by myself and for a mama of two, I couldn’t wait to get a proper night’s sleep and time to myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love my littles, but some R&R every now and then is needed!
Upon arriving at the Sanya airport, it felt as though I was already being welcomed into a resort. The airport itself resembled a tropical resort reception with it’s high wooden beamed ceilings, large palm trees and foliage as well as the warm breeze that wafted through the customs area. If it weren’t for the custom officers, you’d think you were already at your hotel!
I got the chance to stay at Club Med Sanya. I had never been before but had heard from devoted Club Med-ers of their warm hospitality, all inclusive F&B as well as a plethora of activities available for the whole family (at no extra cost!). All guests staying at any Club Med’s are referred to as GM’s (gentils membres – gracious guests) and the staff are called GO’s (gentils organisateurs – gracious organisers) while the resort is referred to as a village and the resort manger is called the Village Chief. This Club Med “culture” as some may call it was completely new to me, but after years of success, this French brand of resorts knows a thing or two about making their guests feel like they’re part of a larger family.
A short 15 minute bus ride away from the airport, I arrived to a line of GO’s hailing from all parts of the world who waved hello and gave me the warmest (and loudest!) reception I had ever received.
The resort lobby was above ground and looked right into the gorgeous beach and ocean. From the view of the lobby bar was an aqua blue pool that had twists, turns, and slides which would prove to be great fun for small and big kids alike. There’s also a pool side bar serving whatever tickles your fancy for most of the day.
Right by the pool was a large stretch of perfectly manicured grass where a bunch of kids were engaged in a circus training session. From the sounds of their laughter and the parent’s relaxing nearby, I could tell they were well taken care of by the GO’s. At this facility, they have three different types of kids clubs (Petite Club Med 2 – 3 years, Mini Club Med 4 – 10 years and Juniors’ Club Med 11 – 17 years old) all run by qualified GO’s who not only help make sure your kiddos are well taken after, they also ensure that they enjoy all the facilities the resort has to offer.
If you’re looking for a unique summer camp experience especially for your kiddos, all ten Club Med’s in Asia (including Club Med Sanya) will be hosting a French Summer Camp where your children will get a chance to explore and participate in a wealth of engaging activities which will take place from 1 July – 31 August, 2016. If you book your stay during this time for the summer camp, you can receive two nights free out of a five night stay or one night free for a three night stay.
I was escorted to my room and was greeted by a similar view to the one I just saw at the lobby. The large king size bed was so inviting but what caught my eye was the large hot tub right outside my personal balcony.
The cloudless blue sky and warm sunshine was calling my name, so I made it straight down to the beach to discover that there were a bunch of water sport activities available. They had everything from paddle boarding, kayaking, body boarding, scuba diving, wind surfing… What’s more, just around the corner back at the resort, there was silk aerial lessons, trapeze classes, bungee trampoline, a bunch of court sports, cycling, outdoor yoga as well as an impressive rock climbing wall. There’s also a fabulous spa with private and couple rooms if you wanted to get a massage or facial done during your stay. The Club Med Spa uses products from the luxurious Italian spa line, Comfort Zone.
Although traveling alone, I never felt alone as the GO’s were much more than just staff working at the resort. They were warm, friendly and made sure to always go out of their way to make sure you had everything you needed and was having a good time. Even to the point of joining you for meals to get to know you and grabbing you up to dance for the evening show!
And yes… there’s a daily evening variety show that always ends with a huge dance party that brings all the guests and GO’s together on the same dance floor! I loved seeing pretty much all the guests in the resort participate and attend each evening. The kids were just as much into the entertainment and dancing as the adults were! On my last evening, they had a huge beach party and had an entire section of the beach dedicated to keeping the kids involved and having fun. Now, I have to say, I was a bit weary of all this at the beginning, but by the end of the weekend, I now knew why so many families choose Club Med.
I also got the chance to venture outside of the resort and visited a beautiful scenic point to see the whole island in all it’s beauty. Club Med Sanya also provides guided tours daily based on what type of excursion you’re interested in.
After several siestas by the beach, sunset yoga and of course meeting all the wonderful GO’s it was time to go. By the time I fly back to Hong Kong and got home (which literally only took a few hours), I felt super relaxed, a few shades darker and ready to plan my next trip back to Sanya.