Twelve years ago or so, my Dad built a golf course on this paradise island. I remember spending time there, rolling around in the fareways and greens, drinking fresh coconut water, and playing in the hotel. Years later, this island has grown into a holiday destination for many Russians, golf aficionados, and spa lovers.
These were my favorite things about Hainan this time around:
1. Mission Hills Resort
- this massive establishment is home to around a dozen different golf courses and a hot spring spa. Let me tell you something friends; if ever you wish to put your patience and emotional limits to the test, play a round of golf. Phew, I admit that I'll my head a little at least once every time I play. Nevertheless, the courses are absolutely gorgeous and also quite challenging due to the nature of the terrain. After a long but rewarding day of golf, I highly advise an evening visit to the spa. The hot springs are free to hotel guests but additional fees apply for the spa treatments. Honestly, you won't be needing to pay for a massage because the fifty different mineral, herbal, and jet baths will be sure to turn the achiest muscles to jelly. The fifty or so baths are divided into sections themed via different continents in the world. In the Americas, you'll find the jet baths where each is configured to target a different area of the body. You can soak in a tequila bath, or steep yourself in flower water. The Asian section was hands down my favorite, specifically the Turkey baths (no goofballs, not the tasty bird, but the country). In each bath is a floating bag filled with a certain spice. I swear I took a dip in every spice in my mothers multicultural panty - and it was fabulous!!! :D (so yes, you absolutely must go)
2. The Old Main Street
- here you'll find architecture you would never expect to find in China (at least I didn't XD). It's fun to explore and shop around. Vendors there sell all kinds of souvenirs and lots and lots of beads (but watch out, some are fake!).
3. Boundary Island
- oh this place is so neat! If you stay overnight, chances are you'll stay in a bungalow on super tall stilts. The island is owned by an old man who used to be a dive master and dive shop owner. He's very humble and hosptable. Just looking at him on the street you would never guess that he owned this amazing vacation spot. The island is small and mountainous, with beaches, water sports, and an open water aquarium. The aquarium is home to dolphins, jumbo grouper, sea turtles, sea lions, and whale sharks! (I'll try to post a video soon ;)