HIT THE LINKS
- Go deep into a tropical rainforest
- Snap shots of exotic plants and animals
- Play a gorgeous 72-par course
There are quite a few international standard 18-hole golf courses on the island, but Sanya Forest Valley Golf Club is the only one surrounded by a dense tropical rainforest. Play a few rounds on the pristinely manicured 72-par course with undulating hills, valleys, and lakes — all set against the jaw-dropping background of the Ganshiling Forest, a National Nature Reserve. Ready to book a tee time? Have the concierge at the Conrad make a reservation to play, along with a caddie and a golf cart.
Sanya Forest Valley Golf Club is a 30-minute drive north of the Conrad; ¥1180 covers the greens fee for 18 holes of golf, a caddie, a cart (for two), and lockers.
SPICE THINGS UP
- Feast on authentic Hainan food
- Get spicy with your order
- Try dishes of the native Li and Miao tribes
Locals, expats, and clued-in visitors all flock to Haiya Restaurant for authentic Hainanese cooking, just like ma ma makes. Once a street stall, Haiya is now—by popular demand—a proper sit down spot. The island’s four famous dishes (Wenchang chicken, Jiaji duck, Dongshan lamb, and Hele crab) all make an appearance, but these classics can be on the subtle side (read: bland). Spice things up with ginger and garlic in a casserole or deep-fried calamari with punchy chili salt. You can’t go wrong with dishes of the native Li and Miao tribes that are a riot of indigenous wild herbs and mountain vegetables grown on the island. The stir-fried winged beans (called si jiao dou or “four-angled beans”) with minced pork and savory pickled Chinese olive greens pack a wonderfully waxy crunch. No matter what you choose, ask for a plate of coconut rice (grains steamed in an coconut shell) the moment you sit down as they often sell out.
Ask the hotel to set you up with a taxi to take you the 45-minutes on G98 highway to Haiya Restaurant.