I stayed at the Marriott almost a week. Lovely hotel on a lovely beach. Yalong Bay is easily the nicest beach in China. As with every hotel in China, especially Sanya, English is limited, but usually good enough. Overall, staff is quite friendly. I liked the bright colors of the room, unlike Hilton next door. Marriott definitely has the best gardens compared to its neighbors. The front garden is especially nice for a walk or jog. I highly recommend this resort and this destination to all.
Sanya was lovely, have to admit I was highly dubious about the China of Haiwaii, however as soon as we landed the island was lovely. We took a taxi to the Marriott which took around 45 minutes, 120 RMB. Check in was relatively smooth, we were given some cute shell necklaces as soon as we arrived. Staff speak english although it's a bit limited, not 100% but you can communicate mostly. The rooms were a good size, we had the mountain view which was lovely, balcony which was nice and good to sit out to catch the breeze. Bathrooms very clean and big with a good shower and seperate bath. I highly reccomend the Vietnamese Restaurant in the hotel and suggest going nextdoor to the Sheraton for drinks at night as they have a great singer and much better atmosphere over there. The pools were good, bit chilly however there is a whirlpool which'll warm you up. Gym and spa also very good-note the massages in the fitness centre are half the price of the spa at 300RMB and we had full bosy massages twice and they were very good. We hired a driver for 8 hours who took us out in a van and endlessly sold tourist destinations to us, my advice plan a route and stick to it, don't take suggestions as they take commission.
the room and staff were very wonderful, made our stay most enjoyable, also have many things to do, so it was very nice, even though it rained very much when we where there 1) room service dinner took over an hour, 2) i think a detailed map of the facility, with location of every thing that we can do would be very helpful, 3) i think to have a shuttle bus that goes to city, or various locations nearby, and comes back at some time, would be good service to have, we got our own taxi and just when and did things, but not everyone has a chinese perosn with them to help like this. 4) i wanted to go water skiing, but for some reason didn't see this, maybe due to rain?
The Pool and the Scenery 1-Hotel had agreement with a few public Taxis and would charge the guests 3 to 5 times more than what would Taximeter show as the real fare. Unfortunately guests had no choice but paying such a unfair price, since hotel management would not allow other taxis enter the Hotel premises.