Sanya’s almost 3 hours away from Shanghai, which was further away than I’d expected (for some strange reason, I was thinking it was only 1.5 hours away). However, that meant that we stepped out of Shanghai’s downright miserable rainy cold weather (we’re at the end of March so I have NO idea how we’re still in winter here!) and into glorious 29 celcius Sanya. The entire time we were there, it was crystal blue skies, fluffy clouds, and a lovely warm climate. One of the nicest climates I’ve experienced… next to the Maldives, of course. It was heavenly being able to wander around in a swim suit, or a simple light dress. Have been so sick of wearing 4 layers every day in Shanghai!
The Banyan Tree resort is a sprawling garden of villas in a laid-back, serene atmosphere. There’s actually hardly anyone around, just a lot of service staff. It meant that throughout the trip, the service was top-notch and attentive to the extreme. And due to the lack of people, there was NO pushing and shoving, and no spitting whatsoever. Ahhhh… bliss.
The main foyer of Banyan Tree resort
The restaurants surround the massive water feature
A pond with lillies and fish
The check in/out area
Chilled lemon-spiked water and cold towels to refresh whilst checking in
Looking tired after our flight, and just eagerly anticipating our villa!
In the buggy driving to our villa (the resort is huuuuge, despite only having a few villas)
Our villa! Basically a house with a private pool inside those doors… Heavenly!