Hainan’s most popular resort area is Sanya, which is situated at the island’s southern tip. Vast stretches of soft golden beach line the main strips here, with some of the finest hotels found in Luhuitou and the neighbouring area of Yalong Bay. When you’re not relaxing by the pool or swimming in the warm turquoise waters, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Sanya, including amusement parks, shopping malls and scenic hilltop parks. Up the eastern coast from Sanya, the areas of Shimei Bay and Riyue Bay offer more delights for travellers seeking sun, sea and sand. Famed for its laid-back vibe and white sand beaches, Shimei Bay is lighter on resorts than Sanya, but big on relaxation. In neighbouring Riyue Bay you can enjoy some excellent surfing, while inland you can visit the Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden. Beach resorts aside, Hainan boasts some incredible areas worth exploring. The forested highlands of the centre are home to dramatic mountain peaks, hot springs and rice terraces, and provide plenty of excellent walking and cycling routes. In the northern city of Haikou, you can explore the atmospheric old town and learn the history of the island at the excellent temples and museums.