Top things to do in Sanya

Top Choice Market in Sanya

Sānyà Market #1

Sānyà’s most popular market is ostensibly a place to bargain for cheap and colourful clothes and accessories, but its real appeal lies on the fringes, where food vendors set up shop. Stop for barbecued seafood, gril…
Beach in Sanya

Yàlóng Bay

Yàlóng Bay is the most picture-perfect of Sānyà’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 luxuri…
Beach in Sanya

Hòuhǎi Beach

A crescent-shaped sandy beach about 30km northeast of Dàdōnghǎi, Hòuhǎi is the place for those looking to get away from the crowds (though ironically it lies in the southern reach of Hǎitáng Bay where the scale of d…
Beach in Sanya

Sānyà Bay

The long sandy strip off the city centre at Sānyà 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 and s…
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 like…
Beach in Sanya

Dàdōnghǎi Bay

Dàdōnghǎi Bay sports a wider beach than Sānyà 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 nigh…
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 10pm, w…
Thai in Sanya

Baan Rim Nam

Dine on Thai classics like 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 extremely …
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 (¥90). …
Bar Street in Sanya

Times Coast Bar Street

Times Coast Bar Street, on Yuya Lu, where it crosses the river, is the nexus of Sānyà’s club scene.