Guests of all ages checking into the newest resort in Haitang Bay – Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort and Spa, Hainan – will discover a paradise dedicated to play. The 340-room resort, which has just opened, is set on 45 acres and offers the most recreational activities and facilities in Haitang Bay, including its own Adventure Zone and Kids’ Water Park.

Shangri-La’s first resort to open in mainland China boasts 300m of pristine beachfront and striking views of the surrounding mountains and hills. Activities are spread out across two designated areas (Oasis and Sands) with five activity centres.

In addition to the Water Park and Adventure Zone, the resort features two free-form pools; jogging and bike trails; a beach football field; sand volleyball court; water games; a state of the art gym with an outdoor deck for activities such as Tai Chi and yoga, and additional recreational activities that are complimentary for guests.

Inspired by island paradises from around the globe, the resort’s design features elements found in nature and the tropics. The open-air lobby is decorated in neutral tones with ceiling fans, stone and wood carvings, floral patterns and tropical plants adding texture and warmth.

Guestrooms are located in the seven-storey Ocean, Coral and Palm wings and also take their design cues from nature, with hardwood floors, closet handles carved to look like seashells and gold-leaf seashell artwork. Every king-bedded room has a pull-out sofa bed. And family amenities include robes and slippers for kids.

Restaurants include Kon Tiki, whose menu plays homage to Sanya’s nickname as the “Hawaii of China”. Kon Tiki offers flavours from the South Pacific and draws inspiration from Polynesian culture. Interactive live fire dance performances, grass skirt dancing and a drum show keep the atmosphere lively and match the menu, which features items such as Banana Ducky Pizza – a smoked duck breast with mashed banana in tangy tamarind sauce.

The all-day dining restaurant, Chuyi Wutai, presents authentic Chinese home-style cuisine along with international fare across six open theatre-style kitchens. The 366 seat restaurant has its own kid’s corner with a buffet designed specifically for children.