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Family Vacation Fun

The bustling metropolis of Haikou, on the beautiful island of Hainan just off the coast of mainland China, makes for an ideal family vacation for kids of all ages — especially from the base camp of The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou, your tropical paradise at Mission Hills. The stunning resort offers easy access to the best of Haikou, from white-sand beaches and world-class golf courses to a kid-friendly entertainment complex.

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  • Breakfast for Every Taste.

    Take the first meal of the day at The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou’s elegant yet approachable all day dining restaurant, Terra. The sumptuous breakfast buffet features both local and international favorites and opens at 6:30 a.m. every day.

AFTERNOON
  • Beach Fun.

    Holiday Beach is not only white sand and ocean breezes, but it’s also the site of a Fun Zone with attractions for the kids like Music Square and the Kingdom of Butterflies. Don’t miss World of Water’s diving and water ballet performances.

EVENING
  • Centreville Style.

    The Haikou Outlets at Mission Hills Centreville is a shopping and dining mecca, with more than a dozen eateries and restaurants and hundreds of your favorite international brands. A stroll through the grounds is extra fun for little ones, with attractions for them at seemingly every turn.

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  • Meet Tropical Wildlife.

    The 800-acre Hainan Tropical Wildlife Park and Botanical Garden is the largest tropical wildlife- and botanical-themed garden in China. More than 4,000 birds and 200 animal species live here, including lions, tigers, ostriches and crocodiles.

AFTERNOON
  • Tee Off.

    Kids and adults alike will love the miniature golf experience on the outdoor lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou. You can work on your short game while the little ones take their first swings.

EVENING
  • Local Flavor.

    Meander the Qilou Old Streets in Haikou’s Longhua District, where marvelously restored arcade-style buildings line the pedestrian-friendly streets, full of local shops and eateries.

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  • Haikou History.

    In Haikou, you’ll find two easy-to-access historic relics from the Ming Dynasty in close proximity to each other: Tomb of Hairu and Wugong Ci (also known as the Temple of Five Lords). The tropical grounds of Wugong Ci are particularly breathtaking.

AFTERNOON
  • Underwater Mystery.

    Head over to Dongzhai Harbor to glimpse the sunken villages, called Submarine Villages, a fascinating sight of well-preserved homes and buildings on the ocean floor. The structures are believed to have been drowned more than 300 years ago by a massive earthquake.

EVENING
  • Camping Adventure.

    The little ones can have a camping adventure right in the room, courtesy of the Ritz Kids Program, which provides a tent and featherbed, a lantern, an activity book with crayons, and a s’mores kit. 

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MORNING
  • Just for Kids.

    Ritz Kids offers a separate children’s pool, playground toys, games and daily activities for kids ages 3–10. Meanwhile, mom and dad can play nine holes at one of Mission Hills’ 10 championship golf courses.

AFTERNOON
  • Introduction to Tea Time.

    Between 2 and 5 p.m., The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou hosts its signature afternoon tea in the cozy lounge and bar, complete with sweet and savory small plates. Well-behaved
    children are welcome.

EVENING
  • Go Hollywood in China.

    Check out the action in Movie Town, in Mission Hills Centreville, a must-see fantasy village built to replicate eras of Chinese history, movie sets and European cities. Besides being a tourist attraction, it’s also a movie and television filming location with a variety of dining options.

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  • Eco Trail Excursion.

    Pick up the Eco Trail at Hole 9 at the Vintage Course. This 2.5-mile walking path winds through both forest and grassland, with signage to point out the ecological highlights and diverse flora and fauna, including the Hainan gibbon, the world’s rarest ape. Only 20 to 25 are known to exist.

AFTERNOON
  • A Museum for Kids.

    In the China Grove section of Mission Hills Centreville, you’ll find a first-of-its-kind establishment called the Teddy Bear Museum, a truly adorable way to introduce young ones to the wonders of museums.

EVENING
  • An Unforgettable Water Show.

    At dusk, Head to the Quarry Lake section of Mission Hills Centreville to catch the massive water fountain show, a mesmerizing multi-sensory experience that mimics the energy of a volcanic eruption.