Market in Sanya

No.1 Farmers Market

Sanya’s most popular market is ostensibly a place to bargain for and buy locally grown produce, but its real appeal lies on the fringes, where food vendors set up shop. Stop for barbecued seafood, grilled corn...

Beach in Sanya

Houhai Beach

A crescent-shaped sandy beach about 30km northeast of Dadonghai, Houhai Bay, which is in Tenghai village (滕海村, Ténghǎi Cūn), is the place for those looking to get away from the crowds. Be prepared though: the...

Beach in Sanya

Yalong Bay

Yalong Bay is the most picture-perfect of Sanya’s beaches, though jet skis and banana boats do buzz through (there are roped-off swimming areas in the shallows). This is resort central, with all the attendant...

Beach in Sanya

Sanya Bay

The long sandy strip off the city centre at Sanya Bay is where you’ll find crowds of mostly mainland Chinese tourists kicking back. In little covered areas locals play music, sing, write characters in the sand...

Noodles in Sanya

Wàngjiǎo Měishí Diàn

Right in the heart of the action around the No.1 Farmers Market, this colourful place has all the Hainanese classics: bàoluōfěn noodles (抱罗粉; ¥12, choose from meat or seafood) and Wenchang chicken (文昌鸡, Wénchāng...

Beach in Sanya

Dadonghai Bay

Dadonghai Bay sports a wider beach than Sanya and has a shaded boardwalk running along most of its length. The setting, in a deep blue bay with rocky headlands, is simply gorgeous, but it does get busy here. At...

Italian in Sanya

Casa Mia Italian Restaurant

A jaded traveller might pooh-pooh the thought of finding top-notch Italian in a Chinese resort town. But they’d be wrong. Casa Mia has truly divine pizzas, pastas (try the special seafood linguine) and classics...

Bar in Sanya

Banyan House Beer Supermarket

Tucked on the riverside beside Chaojian Bridge (the more easterly of the two bridges that connect Dadonghai to downtown Sanya), this bar has a pleasant outdoor seating area and a huge range of international...

Pub in Sanya

Dolphin Sports Bar & Grill

International tourists and expats mingle with locals at this always-packed western-style pub. Wash down a (very good) cheeseburger with a pint while watching football on the multiple TVs, or wait until after...

Club in Sanya

M2 Club

You’ve got to dress the part to get into M2, one of the swankier clubs on Sanya’s Times Coast Bar Street – think lots of hair gel, high heels, skinny suits, minidresses etc. Chinese big shots wheel and deal by...

Thai in Sanya

Baan Rim Nam

Dine on Thai classics such as curried crab, green papaya salad, and basil pork at this hushed and elegant restaurant in the Anantara Resort, a spa-like resort all done up in mirrors and dark wood. Service is...

Cocktail Bar in Sanya

Sunset Bar

A two-for-one happy hour (5pm to 7pm) makes this terrace bar at the cool and collected Mandarin Oriental almost a good deal. Watch the sun drop behind the headland while sipping a signature ginger lycheetini...