Closer to Sanya town near Dadonghai are the Mandarin Oriental Sanya and the Banyan Tree Sanya along with the more hotel-style InterContinental. And around 30 minutes up the highway heading north along the coast from Yalong Bay is the new luxury strip of Haitang Bay with players like Wanda, Conrad, Doubletree, Sheraton, EDITION, and the Luxury Collection Royal Begonia plonked down seemingly randomly along a fine beach. Big-name brands like Sofitel and Grand Hyatt and Rosewood have arrived, and One&Only, Atlantis (with its much anticipated dolphin show) and Waldorf Astoria are in the pipeline, though Waldorf appears to have foundered. The Sanya EDITION opened December 2016. Don’t expect cut-rate prices anywhere. Your wallet will get a fine workout though summers have slowed with local travellers heading offshore. Remember, Sanya is not just some one-horse town. It has pineapples and rocks. And Hainan chicken, though this may be better sampled in Hong Kong or Malaysia.