May 11, 2009
Luxury beach options near China
Many travelers visiting China often ask us how they can add on a few days at a luxury beach resort after their cultural touring in mainland China. There are several recommended options nearby. For an extraordinarily luxurious and spectacular beach experience, we recommend the Amanpulo resort, located on a private island in the Philippines.
A stay at Amanpulo can be easily added on to any private tour ending in mainland China or Hong Kong. The resort is perfect for honeymooners, couples, and even families. The facilities and beach are among the finest in Asia.
Once travelers arrive in Manila (just a short flight from China), they are met by a charter seaplane for the one-hour flight to the resort.
Once there, the private casitas and villas are a haven of relaxation and luxury. The beach is one of the best in Asia, and there are endless water activities and other options such as spa treatments, cruises, and island tours.
As for luxury beach resorts in China, the best options are in Hainan Island, the country’s own tropical paradise, just off the southernmost coast of the mainland (less than three hours by air from Shanghai). Hainan Island is often compared to Hawaii because of its temperate climate and crystal clear waters. Until recently, the island has fallen under the radar for many international travelers, but with the development of several luxury properties–including a Banyan Tree, a Mandarin Oriental, and a Ritz Carlton–Hainan has become an attractive option for international travelers seeking relaxation and luxury after touring China.