Go for a soak: Best hot springs in Sanya

What better way to start or end your day on holiday with a soak in a natural hot tub. Top China holiday destination Sanya has the best hot spring resorts imaginable.

  • Jetstar
  • September 2018

Hot spots in Sanya

Looking for a natural hot tub, filled with crystal-clear, mineral-rich waters to soak away your stress? Here are five hot spring resorts in Sanya, billed as the Hawaii of the East, on Hainan Island, Southeast China.

1. Heavenly Scents

Lying north of Haitang Bay, about 30 minutes away from the city centre, Pearl River Nantian Hot Spring Resort is a 93-hectare expanse of modern accommodation boasting more than 60 au natural Jacuzzis terraced on natural landscapes and coconut trees, with warm mineral-laden waters that are scented with anything from flowers and herbs to coconut milk and pungent red wine. It’s easy to find your Zen here as these waters contain plenty of elements that are good for the body and soul. Touted as being the largest open-air hot spring base in China, this family-friendly resort gets busy, so head to the full- service spa and melt away if seeking a more solitary experience. Day trips are common, and are a steal at just RMB198/adult (SGD$42) and RMB99/child (SGD$21).
Where: Tengqiao Expressway Entrance, Nantian Tourism City

2. GET BACK TO NATURE

Hainan Qixianling Hot Springs is a luxurious, world-class resort and gets extra credit for hosting relaxation sessions in an epic location – bubbling in the belly of a national forest park, surrounded by scenic mountain and golf course views, 5,000 native flora and 500 species of animals from macaques to pangolins. With outdoor hot spring pools (including one where large schools of ‘doctor fish’ nibble off your rough skin), simply lie back and let the heat seep into your bones. Craving some solitude? Rooms come equipped with a private hot spring pool in the balcony, so you can soak away without any inhibitions. It’s a 90-minute drive from Sanya Phoenix International Airport.
Where: Qixianling National Forest Park, Baoting

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3. IN-ROOM HOT SPRING WATER

Conveniently located just half an hour away from the main hub of the island, the majestic Haitang Bay Gloria Sanya Hot Spring Resort sits in one of the island’s most scenic spots. Surrounded by other beacons of luxury such as the Rosewood and Conrad, this resort claims to be the only resort in Haitang Bay with in-room hot spring water supply. It also has nine food and beverage outlets and more than 5,000sqm of pools. From the resort’s private beach, enjoy views of Wuzhizhou Island, popular among divers who crave a taste of unspoilt coral reef ecology and wildlife, and with families for its wide range of recreational activities from jet skiing to banana boating.
Where: No. 9 Haitang Bay, 301 Rd, Haitang Bay

4. A CHILL CITY GETAWAY

Looking for a more central location with easy access to the island’s must-see destinations? Sanya Ocean Sonic Banling Hotspring Resort opened in late 2016, and features private villas for up to 11 guests, complete with hot spring baths, full kitchen amenities and pool-front home theatres. Surrounded by a water park, plenty of food and beverage options, BBQ facilities and even yoga and fitness classes, this hot spring resort makes for a plush city-style getaway with comfort and pizzazz. The nearby areas are popular for biking, so rent a bicycle and pedal your way to Luhuitou Park, a small peninsula and hilltop park offering up sweeping vistas of this volcanic island.
Where: No.169 Luobidong Lu

5. AFFORDABLE UNWINDING

Featuring 20 outdoor soaking pools filled with geothermal goodness, J Hotel Luxury is the most economical and modest of the five. Meander through the city-based resort and you’ll find small water structures hidden away, which you can bask in face-down while being immersed in warm sprays that promise to soothe sore muscles. Remember to ask for a room with views of the South China Sea. It’s not hard to spend a couple of days in this spacious sanctuary, enjoying some hometown hospitality in an atmosphere that brings back the leisurely vacations of yesteryear.
Where: No. 63, Sanya Bay Rd

Jacuzzi over looking the mountains
Private balcony hot spring pool

2. Get back to nature

Hainan Qixianling Hot Springs is a luxurious, world-class resort and gets extra credit for hosting relaxation sessions in an epic location – bubbling in the belly of a national forest park, surrounded by scenic mountain and golf course views, 5,000 native flora and 500 species of animals from macaques to pangolins. With outdoor hot spring pools (including one where large schools of ‘doctor fish’ nibble off your rough skin), simply lie back and let the heat seep into your bones. Craving some solitude? Rooms come equipped with a private hot spring pool in the balcony, so you can soak away without any inhibitions. It’s a 90-minute drive from Sanya Phoenix International Airport.
Where: Qixianling National Forest Park, Baoting

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Round tub in a open room

3. In-Room hot spring water

Conveniently located just half an hour away from the main hub of the island, the majestic Haitang Bay Gloria Sanya Hot Spring Resort sits in one of the island’s most scenic spots. Surrounded by other beacons of luxury such as the Rosewood and Conrad, this resort claims to be the only resort in Haitang Bay with in-room hot spring water supply. It also has nine food and beverage outlets and more than 5,000sqm of pools. From the resort’s private beach, enjoy views of Wuzhizhou Island, popular among divers who crave a taste of unspoilt coral reef ecology and wildlife, and with families for its wide range of recreational activities from jet skiing to banana boating.
Where: No. 9 Haitang Bay, 301 Rd, Haitang Bay

Jacuzzi on a balcony
The chill sanctuary

4. A chill city getaway

Looking for a more central location with easy access to the island’s must-see destinations? Sanya Ocean Sonic Banling Hotspring Resort opened in late 2016, and features private villas for up to 11 guests, complete with hot spring baths, full kitchen amenities and pool-front home theatres. Surrounded by a water park, plenty of food and beverage options, BBQ facilities and even yoga and fitness classes, this hot spring resort makes for a plush city-style getaway with comfort and pizzazz. The nearby areas are popular for biking, so rent a bicycle and pedal your way to Luhuitou Park, a small peninsula and hilltop park offering up sweeping vistas of this volcanic island.
Where: No.169 Luobidong Lu

5. Affordable unwinding

Featuring 20 outdoor soaking pools filled with geothermal goodness, J Hotel Luxury opens in new window is the most economical and modest of the five. Meander through the city-based resort and you’ll find small water structures hidden away, which you can bask in face-down while being immersed in warm sprays that promise to soothe sore muscles. Remember to ask for a room with views of the South China Sea. It’s not hard to spend a couple of days in this spacious sanctuary, enjoying some hometown hospitality in an atmosphere that brings back the leisurely vacations of yesteryear.
Where: No. 63, Sanya Bay Rd