Holidays in Sanya

I should be in Spain right now, but you know what happened with the plans we had for 2020: They all went down the drain. So Spain was off the table, but because the situation in China has been pretty much normal for a few months already, except for a few very localized outbreaks that were contained immediately, travelling domestically was a possibility. There are so many places in China that I want to visit, but not with a 2 year old that gets tired and bored and needs his nap in the middle of the day, so the decision was easy: we would go to the beach. And China’s most popular beach is Sanya, in the province of Hainan.

In case you were wondering where Hainan is.


Hainan is a tropical island located in the south of China, very close to Vietnam. It is relatively unspoiled and pristine and its main industries seem to be tourism and coconuts. It has a lot of resorts on the beach and that’s where we were headed. We stayed in an area about 20 km from the city of Sanya which is called Yalong Bay.

Our hotel on the right and lush mountains in the background.

The beach at Yalong Bay.


I had never had a holiday like this, in which I haven’t done anything apart from eating, sleeping and going to the beach or swimming pool. I always want to do and see many things! But I felt our first family holiday, just the 3 of us, had to be relaxed. Plus, as I said at the beginning, I really didn’t want to go hiking or to visit museums with a 2 year old… So our days in Sanya consisted of waking up, stuffing ourselves in the breakfast buffet, going to the beach or swimming pool, eating some more, swimming some more and eating again. Rinse and repeat for 6 days! Baby A. had a blast as he loves being in the water.

I booked this hotel because I fell in love with the swimming pool when I saw it online. It was fantastic!

The water was so clear, but the sand was not very clean. Too many cigarette butts!!

Family picture.


Hainan is actually very popular among Russian tourists and many places had information signs in Russian. This time, however, 99% of the holidaymakers were Chinese, as the borders are still pretty much closed and international flights cost an arm and a leg. Sanya was not a place on my bucket list (actually, I had been there before, in 2009) but I’m glad I had the chance to dip my toes in the sea this very complicated year.