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HK Magazine Archive

Park Hyatt Sanya Opens and the Singapore Sling Turns 100

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 May, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:42pm

Well, Hyatt There

While Sanya may not be your first choice of beach destination, what with Thailand and the Philippines so close by, there is at least one great reason to go: the new Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort. I went to check it out in person and was at first a little put off by the drive—it took about 45 minutes from the airport to the hotel—but once you enter into the private inlet near Yalong Bay, the view goes from dusty countryside/construction to gorgeous cliffs and turquoise ocean. The hotel itself doesn’t disappoint: the design here is sophisticated Shanghai chic, with powerful red decor, lots of circular sculptures to enhance the “chi” and open-air walkways throughout. It’s meant to feel like a Chinese mansion, one that’d we’d be thrilled to move into. One of the coolest parts about the place is the pool, which is a jaw-dropping 115-meters long—just for perspective, that’s more than twice the size of an Olympic pool. No complaints about the food, bars or rooms but the beach was disappointing. They might call Sanya the “Hawaii of China,” but Hawaii it is not. Plus, due to some construction (an Andaz will soon join the Park Hyatt in the bay), it’s a bit of an eyesore at the moment. Once that wraps up though, the Park Hyatt will be a no-brainer for an easy weekend beach trip. 
From $2,374. 5 Sunny Bay Rd., Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya, China, (+86) 898-8820-1234, sanya.park.hyatt.com.
 


 

Sugar, Sugar

If you’re one of those travelers who is always looking for hidden gems and local recommendations, then you might want to download Sugar. The new “city discovery” app launched in Singapore in 2014, and has already branched out to cover Jakarta and Hong Kong, with Thailand in the works. The idea is to direct people to word-of-mouth local businesses, rather than the obvious choices that might pop up at the top of TripAdvisor. Using your location, the app trawls its database for offers and discounts at food, nightlife and shopping establishments within walking distance. I’m trying the app in Sheung Wan, and the top deals include a $47 toffee apple cider at Crafty Cow ($78 value), $141 tea-smoked duck at Sohofama ($238 value), and a $30 wine voucher at Chateau Zoobeetle (value $50). The more you scroll, the more options pop up. All in all, sounds like a pretty sweet way to explore a new city and save a bit of dough. 
Free from iTunes, www.wewantsugar.com.
 

Raffles My Feathers

The Raffles Singapore is celebrating the Singapore Sling’s centennial—the iconic pink drink is officially a century old, having seen its first sip in 1915 thanks to bartender Ngiam Tong Boon. Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday bash without some traditional Raffles peanut shucking, and in addition, at the Long Bar you can learn to mix one of your own at one of the upcoming Singapore Sling masterclasses ($513), or check in for night with the Singapore Sling 100th Anniversary Suite Package. The deal includes a courtyard suite, breakfast, a 30-minute private session with the Long Bar bartenders, complimentary memorial “gift basket” and a slew of Sling memorabilia. 
Package from S$1,380 ($8,051).  1 Beach Rd., Singapore, (+65) 6337-1886, www.raffles.com/singapore