Destinations that will ignite your wanderlust
Set against the crystalline waters and pristine sands of Haikou’s Clearwater Bay, Raffles Hainan is just the thing for discerning travellers in search of a luxurious beachside vacation.
By the numbers: 289 spacious rooms with a private balcony each; 32 sea-facing villas with its own garden, terrace, and plunge pool; and one Presidential Villa—the property’s sprawling 1,300sqm presidential suite, complete with comprehensive jacuzzi facilities— that is billed as one of the island’s best.
From thoughtfully decorated rooms and toys for families travelling with children, to bath towels rolled, folded and knotted into intricate sculptures—not your usual napkin swans here; think elephants, peacocks, dogs and even adorable little bunnies—no detail is too small for Raffles’ legion of well-trained staff in making sure your stay is not just comfortable, but pleasantly full of unforgettable moments. And if you need further evidence of that, the housekeeping arsenal also includes nine types of pillow; just ask your friendly housekeeping staff about their selection.
That attention to detail extends to decor as well: visitors can expect warm, earthy tones of teak, bronze and glass to greet them upon arrival, alongside traditional elements from Balinese art, Hainan’s own ethnic tribes and contemporary Chinese art pieces lining the walls.
Gastronomic options abound, with an eclectic array of F&B establishments catered to both domestic and international tourists on offer. Choose from six onsite restaurants and bars, which includes Clearwater Bay Lounge, for languorous afternoon teas accompanied by magnificent views of the sea; the Long Bar, a homage to Raffles Singapore’s own, which saw the creation of the famed Singapore Sling cocktail; and fine dining Italian restaurant Sapori, helmed by chef de cuisine Giuseppe Buono, for an exquisite meal under the stars. For more regional flavours, head to Bai Wei restaurant, where executive chef Danny Dan dishes out Cantonese and authentic local delicacies such as nourishing double-boiled soups, decadent poon choi, and crispy Wenchang chicken in five, richly appointed private dining pavilions.
We also note that Raffles Hainan is proving itself quite the events space, with a fully equipped 790sqm ballroom, seven smaller yet equally impressive function rooms, plus an expansive beachfront and private chapel perfect for weddings or outdoor soirees. And that’s not all: with a creative, highly responsive team on hand, Raffles Hainan can offer meticulously crafted experiences, ranging from small-group yoga sessions on the property’s exclusive beach to Singapore Sling tutorials by mixologist Rita Liu and chef ’s table dinners starring innovative bites from chef Dan.
Looking to stretch your legs? For a day out in the sun, book a boat ride to the stateprotected Nanwan Monkey Island, located just off the property’s coastline, to spend the morning among mischievous Macaque monkeys. Otherwise, consider Binlanggu Hainan Li & Miao Cultural Heritage Park, for a day of experiential discovery surrounding Hainan’s rural communities.
From now until 20 September, special rates for families and couples are available starting from CNY997, inclusive of round trip transfers from Sanya International Phoenix Airport. Alternatively, Singapore Airlines’ low-cost arm Scoot flies to Haikou’s Meilan Airport out of Changi Airport five times a week.
This writer’s trip was sponsored by AccorHotels and Scoot.
Clearwater Bay Avenue, Yingzhou Town, Lingshui County, Hainan, China. Tel: +86 898 8338 9888; raffles.com