1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya

Where sustainability meets sophistication

At first glance, 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, Sanya feels like a cross between a tropical playground and a secret garden — something you might expect to find in Bali or perhaps Miami. Yet it’s Sanya, nicknamed the “Hawaii of China,” that this LEED-certified hotel calls home.

Set on the southern edge of Hainan Island, 1 Hotel Haitang Bay impresses from the moment you stroll into the breezy, biophilic building that was brought to life by noted Hong Kong firm Oval Partnership and Singapore design studio FARM. Everywhere you look, find raw materials that celebrate the imperfect beauty of nature — think reclaimed wood furniture, lava stone and living plant walls.

The luxury hotel also showcases Chinese ingredients and craftsmanship whenever possible. In the same vein, an ultra-natural approach at Bamford Wellness Spa underscores the brand’s approach to sustainable luxury while channeling the rustic beauty of Sanya.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The Sanya hotel is set away from the coastline on a hill, so head to one of the five impressive pools for sunbathing or swimming. Among them, the heated Sky Pool is undoubtedly the pièce de résistance. Hovering over the resort’s terraced gardens, the 50-meter-long pool features a glass bottom that’s excellent for family photoshoots.
  • 1 Hotel Haitang Bay feels at one with the island and rooted in character thanks to the prolific use of raw materials. Look for untreated steel, rattan recliners, tree-trunk tables and stone-clad walls.
  • The beach resort contains seven restaurants and cafés — each with a distinct personality and menu. Look forward to ultra-fresh home-cooked meals at 1 Kitchen, the hotel’s signature farm-to-table all-day-dining concept, or celebrate a special occasion with fine-dining Chinese cuisine at the ethereal Green House. Hand-crafted noodles await at the aptly named Noodle House, while sushi, tapas, live music and ocean views make for an unforgettable evening at Sky Bar.
  • The spacious eco-friendly hotel takes farm-to-table dining quite literally. Not only does the tropical oasis cultivate its own organic farm, where chefs can pluck fresh herbs and vegetables ahead of each service, but it also partners with local farmers and fishers to showcase the island’s best produce.
  • Let the nature-fueled experience continue with a visit to Bamford Wellness Spa, which features the British brand’s beloved organic, natural skin-care products in a woodland-inspired space. Put your feet up for a local specialty, such as the hot lava seashell massage. This deep-tissue service uses locally produced coconut oil and shells to tease out tension and recharge your batteries.

The Rooms

  • Natural light streams into each of the 294 rooms and suites at 1 Hotel Haitang Bay, where warm gray, stone and wood accents create a simultaneously restful and rejuvenating atmosphere.
  • Eco-conscious touches flow freely throughout each room — picture organic cotton bedding, platform beds made from reclaimed wood, locally sourced stone in the bathrooms and artwork made from upcycled driftwood.
  • Even the gadgets see an environmentally conscious spin, from an eco-ionic hairdryer to sustainably produced speakers by audio brand House of Marley.
  • If you’re craving space and fresh air, you’ll undoubtedly find it here. Entry-level rooms feel luxuriously large, stretching across 668 square feet with a soaking tub, daybed, and views of the pools and gardens.
  • Elevate the stay in an Ocean View room, where you’ll discover a private balcony with sweeping views of Haitang Bay. Meanwhile, the 1,400-square-foot Lagoon Plunge Pool Family Suite brings nature to your doorstep with an inviting outdoor space, gorgeous houseplants and direct pool access.

24-hour room service
Fitness classes
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
No. 4 Haitang South Road, Sanya 572000, Hainan, PRC
SYX (50 min)  
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