What are the five best things to see and do in Sanya?

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Melanie Nayer

You’ll be tempted to do little more in Sanya than spend your afternoons lounging around at the beach, but there’s much more to do and see in this seaside city. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors think these are the five best things to do in Sanya – including sinking your toes into the sand.
 
1. Golfing. Hainan Island in Sanya has nearly 30 golf courses, including the championship-caliber Yalong Bay Golf Club, which was designed by famed course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula Golf Club, a scenic 36-hole course designed by Tom Weiskopf.
 
2. Snorkeling. The calm waters of the South China Sea off the coast of Sanya make for perfect snorkeling conditions. Ask the concierge at your hotel for recommendations on planned trips.
 
3. Spas. While we wouldn’t advocate spending too much time indoors while you’re relaxing at an island known for its 300 days of annual sunshine, we don’t feel you should pass up the opportunity to visit a luxury spa in Sanya. Massages are available right on the beach, but the spas at luxury hotels such as Mandarin Oriental, Sanya and Banyan Tree Sanya have well-trained therapists who can knead your worries away in serene surroundings.
 
4. Beaches. Sanya is surrounded by soft, white-sand beaches, so plan to spend at least one day soaking up some sun while you’re in Sanya. If possible try to wake up early to watch the sunrise, when the sky is awash in colorful purple and pink hues and casts a beautiful glow on the white sand.

5. Markets. Even if you’re not planning to buy anything it’s well worth taking a stroll through some of the most popular markets in Sanya, including First Market (food) and Pearl Market (pearl jewelry).

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