One&Only Sanya Resort Debuts Soon on China’s Hainan Island

Chongqing, China
Chongqing, China // Photo by SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

One&Only Sanya, Hainan Island

Could China’s Hainan Island be the next big tropical destination? A favorite vacation destination for visitors from mainland China (and Russia), this island in the South China Sea is referred to as “China’s Hawaii.” Hainan is witnessing a bumper crop of new luxury hotel openings, with One&Only expected to make a splash in early 2014. Located on a 40-acre estate with its own stretch of private beach, One&Only Sanya will be the brand’s first foray into China.

Designed with local materials to reflect the island’s natural beauty, the resort will prioritize privacy and discreet service. It’s expected to attract a robust wedding and honeymoon clientele, along with business retreats. There will be 180 guest rooms housed in villas overlooking the sea. A highlight will be the One&Only Spa with its private treatment villas. Recreational activities on Hainan Island abound-- from snorkeling the archipelago’s coral reefs to trekking excursions to Wuzhi Mountain. For more information, visit

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