Phoenix Island is an island resort located in Sanya Bay. It is connected to the mainland (Sanya) with a bridge. On Phoenix Island you will be faced with 5 very large buildings. At the moment the development is not yet complete, but developers said it will be done by the end of 2014. The end product will consist of luxury hotels and apartments, conference centres, a ferry terminal, a harbour for cruise ships, a yacht clubhouse, restaurants and shopping areas. Many of these are already done and are in use.
Though I didn’t get to spend much time around Sanya, I took a leisurely stroll from Phoenix Island – where the cruise ship docked – over the bridge into Sanya, and walked for a few kilometres along the coast. Sanya is a very popular holiday destination due to its wonderful weather year round with temperatures rarely dropping below 21˚C in the winter, and hovering between 25˚C and 30˚C in summer. Sanya Bay also offers a long, stretched out beach with water usually above 20˚C.
The local people have a relaxed feel about them and are very friendly. It seems like most people own a scooter, and these soundless machines have access to both the streets and pedestrian sidewalks. I’m not sure how they manage this without more accidents, but it seems to works.
Some of the top recommended things to do in Sanya includes:
– Luhuitou Park
– Scuba diving
– Taking a local tour to the surrounding rice fields and farming villages
– Hiking in the forest
– Enjoying the city’s restaurants and bars
There are many other sites to visit around Sanya, but you might not have time to travel too far from the ship in a day. I would recommend having a relaxed day and enjoying the local sites this port has to offer.