While some snowbirds flock to Sanya for the sunshine and golf, many winter refugees simply dream of lounging by a pool.


The coastal tropical city has become known for having the highest density of luxury hotels and resorts among all the cities in China.


Whether you want the infinity pools overlooking the ocean in tropical environments or artificial wave pools, there are swimming pools at these hotels that are destinations in their own right.


Here are some hotel pools in and around Sanya where you can ditch your winter coats and boots.


Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa三亚万丽度假酒店





This enchanting pool, one of the largest in Sanya, gets its startling color from a base of mosaic glass tiles in white and blue. The effect is heightened at night as the underwater lights transform the swimming pool into a dazzling spectacle on the seafront and its shoreline deck often becomes a backdrop for glamorous events like international fashion shows.


The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort三亚亚龙湾瑞吉度假酒店


Visitors staying at the resort can enjoy a leisurely swim or simply relax on a sun bed at the Family Pool. Located on the central axis next to the central lawn, the pool is 900 square meters of beauty.


Meanwhile, a 2,000-sqm heated pool located between the beach and the main building features views of tropical gardens, coconut palms, and the deep blue ocean. Sun beds are available to ensure pure relaxation.


Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa三亚金茂希尔顿大酒店   



This 492-room Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa spreads its water play area over 3,800 square meters, with a handful of themed interlocking pools with a lazy river, waves, a man-made beach, a massage area and a waterfall. Families with kids can take part in Beach Olympics, scavenger hunts, soccer games, and play on a giant outdoor chessboard.


Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Hainan Longmu Bay海南龙沐湾温德姆至尊豪廷大酒店    




Guests can start the day with a rejuvenating swim in one of the 3 outdoor swimming pools in the resort. The main pool is huge and gorgeous with a waterfall feature, the South Pool with a children’s zone as well as a Jacuzzi and a North Pool. The main pool is where a lot of water activities are, so it’s a fun place to hang out.