Looking to spend a romantic time with your significant other but feeling uninspired?
This is part two of our roundup of three tropical paradises in Asia (excluding the crowd’s favourite, Bali) that will grant you a blissfully memorable Valentine’s day. Before you book the trip, make sure none of you are allergic to seafood!
Sanya lies on the southern isle of Hainan. It is the next glitzy beach holiday destination among Instagrammers. Sun is plentiful, and temperatures hover around 30 degrees celsius year-round. The once-neglected coastal town is revitalised with resorts, an airport, a highway and rail links.
As the only tropical isle in China, Sanya is enjoying its rising fame as the Hawaii of Asia – bright blue seas hugging its golden shore, luxurious resorts, shopping malls and tourist attractions. Sanya is every pleasure-seeker’s paradise (but it comes with a hefty price tag!).
Where to stay? If you are wishing for a glamorous retreat, we recommend checking in one of the exquisite hotels at Yalong Bay (亚龙湾) like The Sanya EDITION. Alternatively, DaDong Hai (大东海) is dotted with mid-range guesthouses and villas such as Dadonghai Hotel Sanya.
We recommend spending 4 to 5 days in Sanya with at least two days in DaDong Hai and the rest in Yalong Bay.
From outdoor adventures and wildlife viewing to spectacular dining and relaxing afternoons, there is never a dull moment in Sanya.
Locks of Love at Luihuitou Park
Luhuitou Park literally means Deer Looks Back Park. It is Sanya’s only mountain top recreation park. Legend has it that a hunter was about to kill a deer for a pair of horns requested by a tyrant ruler. Approaching the edge of the cliff, the deer looked back and transformed into a beautiful lady, and he fell in love with her.
Tianya Haijiao (The Lovers Rock at the Edge of the World)
The Lovers Rock is impossible to go unnoticed as it is the famous landmark of Sanya City.
Tianya Haijiao which literally means ‘At the Edge of the World’ is rooted in a legend about a pair of star-crossed lovers.
The young couple from two feuding families fell in love, had no other choice but to run away from their disapproving families. In a desperate attempt to get away from the agents sent by their families, the lovers jumped into the sea during a thunderstorm and were struck by lightning and turned into two giant boulders.
Today, the two boulders have bewitched couples from all over the globe and appeared in dozens of wedding photos as they stand for eternal and faithful love.
Wuzhizhou Coral Island
Also known as ‘The Maldives in China’, Wuzhizhou Coral Island is a playground for holiday-goers. While it is the best location for scuba diving, there are many places of interest to explore including the Lover’s Bridge, Sunrise Rock, and Lover’s Island, just to name a few. You may want to spend a night here to catch the sunrise at the Sunrise Rock.