Sunlight peeks through the partially drawn curtains, announcing daylight's arrival. Rays of gold lure you away from the luscious embrace of your bed and towards your suite's balcony. You open the doors. A gentle breeze takes you by surprise as you gaze upon the deep azure sea. A new day has come to greet you at Shangri-La Hotel, Haikou.
Although eager to experience the island of coconut palms, Café Kool beckons for a sumptuous breakfast. Energized and ready for an adventure, you meet your guide for the day and head to the first destination - Volcanic Crater Park.
Home to 36 relics of volcanic craters, you can see why it is considered the best preserved volcanic cluster in the country. You traverse the park, admiring the sights. Along the way, quaint souvenir shops attract you with their exquisite handicrafts - perfect mementos to remember your trip.
After a simple lunch at a local eatery, you head to the nearby park for a stroll. As you walk, a sea of balloons catches your eyes. It is the annual Haikou Hot-air Balloon Festival. You shield your eyes from the afternoon sun and watch in awe. Dozens of multihued balloons take to the skies, adorning the blue canvas with a myriad of colours.
Tired but contented, you return to the hotel where a delectable dinner at Shang Palace awaits. Oriental interiors set the mood as you savour the restaurant's authentic Cantonese and Hainanese cuisine. Every dish tantalizes your taste buds, leaving you wanting more.
Back in your suite, you recline in the balcony's rattan lounge chair. Time seems to reach a standstill as your mind wanders to vivid memories of a rewarding day. Let time linger, as every moment at Shangri-La Hotel, Haikou, is one of everlasting enchantment.