Looking for a glam resort experience in China? Look no further than Sanya, the new international resort city that is set on an island along China's southern coast. Sanya event venues are found in and around a host of 4 and 5 Star resorts, world-class golf greens, and the beautiful waters of the South China Sea. Everything seems shiny new — and is, since most of the touristic development was begun and completed in the 21st century.
The majority of international and domestic groups traveling to Sanya will fly into Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX). International carriers include United Airlines codeshare partner Air China and Delta Airlines; and China Southern and China Eastern Air. The U.S. and 20 other countries have conditional visa-free status, but since 2002, all overseas travelers are granted visas upon arrival. It is also possible for groups to arrive in Sanya via passenger ship, the city being a stop on the Star Cruises line.
Among the hotel venues in Sanya, the 254-room HNA Resort Sanya has the stand-alone Asia Pacific International Centre, with 58,125 square feet of meeting space and 16 meeting rooms; other hotel venues in Sanya include the 445-room Ritz-Carlton Sanya, which has 60,000 square feet of meeting space in 17 meeting rooms; the 295-room Mandarin Oriental, which has 55,000 square feet of meeting space, with nearly 10,000 square feet of banquet space and five, stand-alone function pavilions; and the 511-room Sheraton Sanya Resort, with 55,000 square feet of meeting space in 18 meeting spaces.
Special event venues in Sanya include the exclusive Visun Royal Yacht Club, where the Hainan Rendez-Vous, a luxury exposition that draws millionaires from all over the world (but especially China) is held. The water is also the place for powerboat and dragon boat races, both of which make for memorable entertainment activities.
There are many international restaurants in Sanya, but many diners agree that fresh seafood is the specialty of this upscale beach destination. Resort restaurants are generally good, and Thai restaurants, like Lemongrass, are very popular. Off the resorts, recommendations include the Hai Ya Restaurant, which has authentic Chinese cuisine and a celebration hall that can accommodate 1,000 guests.
Just when you think that Sanya is very posh indeed, the sun goes down and nightlife commences. Groups can let down their hair at such nightspots as the world-famous (or notorious, you decide) Dolphin Bar and WOS Beach Bar.