The beack was OK in February - wonder what happened since. They were building the new addition then - money talks in Taiwan.
However, after having read the thread someone posted a link to, I might venture to say that the fuss is overblown.
The beach tends to get carried away after typhoons, and then the sand comes back autumn, winter and spring. If you have a year with no typhoons, then the beach will be very wide - if not, then it will be a rocky disaster. Since the hotel opened, they have seen that cycle back and forth on a nearly yearly basis.
In other words, there are natural cycles in play here, and the building of the hotel is not a major factor, as the important moving of the sand to or from the beack takes place underwater.
An employee actually posted that the closure of Dawan beack was a godsend to the animals living there - especially the crab population. They have a bit more wildlife than they would have if the beack was totally open with water scooters, discarded beach umbrellas, and the huge amounts of waste, the average Taiwanese beach visitor deposits.
I don’t condone the closure of a beach and the building of eyesores next to it. However, the beach is a fair bit cleaner than it would have been (when it’s there, that is), and compared to what you normally see of construction near beaches here, the Chateau looks pleasant.
That said, it was scratched, a bit run down, and the service could have been a fair bit better.