Atlantis Sanya – more than world’s biggest open-air aquarium

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After the Spa China 2018 summit we could not wait to get back to Sanya, China’s Hawaiian-like Hainan Island, to discover the latest hotel developments such as Atlantis Sanya, good beaches, and white sand. 

Sanya that was mostly frequented by local tourists from China in the past, is now attracting more international travelers. The 2018 opening of Atlantis Sanya is one of the reasons and it changes up the the Chinese hospitality scene.

The 1.74 billion USD Atlantis Sanya hotel investment with 1,314 hotel rooms and 154 suites with great ocean views is a one-stop destination for families and sea life explorers. One of the world’s largest open-air aquariums with more than 86,000 marine life animals and Asia’s largest 200,00 square-meter Aquaventure waterpark within the hotel complex occupy guests for days on end. 

The five-star luxury resort at Haitang Bay design by HOK offers 21 dining options including Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen and Bar restaurant, family-friendly swimming pools, Asia’s first AHAVA Spa, and the Lost Chambers aquarium.

The sister hotel of Atlantis, The Palm, and the two upcoming The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residencies in Dubai, and Atlantis, Ko Olina, Hawaii, has seven underwater suites. These sea-life suites are the first in China. 

And to get even more underwater experience, hang out in the lobby where the ‘The Ambassador Lagoon’, a 16.5 meters viewing panel, allows for glimpses into the marine life. Or dine at the two underwater restaurants on the premises.

Even non-swimmers can get their fill of ocean life. In the Sea TREK main tank, adventurous types can take guided tours to see sharks, stingrays, and various other species of fish close-up and by walking around.

Designers Fallon’s Creative Group, ProSlide Technology, RAD Architecture, and Tianzhu Theme Tourism built a magnificent project that is in class with Shanghai’s Disneyland and upcoming Universal Studios Beijing and positions China as a new tourist destination for the curious traveler.

Soure: some photos of Atlantis Sanya are courtesy of Agoda and Atlantis Sanya.


  1. You should give credit to the architects, HOK New York, who designed the iconic hotel.

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