Eating around the clock

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 June, 2011, 12:00am


Eating out in Sanya is sure to be an adventure and a pleasure, no matter if you hit the street and try the first seafood restaurant you see or stay at your hotel and have a romantic dinner for two on a private beach.

One great example of innovative and downright delicious resort options in Sanya is the Intercontinental Sanya's Chinese restaurant over the pier. The restaurant is a collection of wooden buildings built on top of a simple, elegant stone pier 100 metres out into the sea. Each building provides a full five star dining set-up and the main building is a large open kitchen from which one can watch the incoming tide splash white against the columns of the pier. The dishes are excellent Cantonese, Hainanese and other Chinese-influenced dishes.

The Hilton Sanya Resort and Spa boasts the signature water-themed .Ize Beach Cuisine restaurant, which offers fresh, modern interpretations of classics complimented by an extensive array of fine wines. Transparent glass floors over a koi pond and a centrally located floor to ceiling aquarium set the mood for seafood.

The Pullman on Sanya Bay also has top tier dining options, including the creative energy of Sands and its international buffet and live action cooking, as well as the classical Cantonese dishes of the elegant restaurant 'The One' with many Hainan specialties along with a great Dim Sum menu.

And Haitang Bay's Renaissance Resort has put together an eating 'tour' of sorts that leads guests from a heart breakfast all the way to a relaxing night-cap: Start with the grandest of breakfast buffets in Red Star Cafe that is anchored by floating red glass box kitchens each one specializing in a different Chinese cooking technique. Then slip in for a dessert, Pastry Chef's Bruce chocolate croissant comes highly recommended.

Later on try an indulgent lunch in a private dining room at the resort's Star Anise Restaurant floating over a water feature where guests can feast on Cantonese cuisine and trying local delicacies like Dongshan lamb and Hele Crab. End the day kicking back with a Haitang Iced Tea with fresh coconut juice in the Star Fish Bar followed by a seafood platter at Starfish Market.