La Veranda Resort in Phu Quoc
A short drive from Hội An’s historical quarter, this eminently lovely boutique offers cosy rooms by the sea. Much of Victoria Hoi An's design was derived from nearby fishing villages, grounding it in the local culture and imbuing it with a strong sense of place. The palm-lined pool beckons guests to catch the last, long, golden rays of each day. If you can pry yourself from the loungers, take an exhilarating ride on a vintage motorbike sidebar through neighbouring vegetable gardens and rice paddies. You might find yourself stopping to chat with locals or swerving to avoid a lazily grazing water buffalo.
It doesn’t get more opulent than this sleekly designed haven, which draws aesthetic inspiration from ancient feng shui philosophy and the architecturally striking royal tombs of Hué. As you enter, a series of tiered infinity pools decending toward the cobalt blue sea make a dramatic first impression. The Nam Hai's 100 villas range from one-bedrooms perfect for a romantic getaway to lavish five-bedroom retreats with infinity pools and private butlers. Despite its size, the resort feels intimate thanks to the warm, personalised quality of the service and the extraordinary attention to detail.
A marvel of modern design courtesy of Bill Bensley, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort occupies a prime piece of hillside on the stunning Son Tra Peninsula. Traditional motifs drawn from Vietnamese temples are scattered throughout the villas and interiors. Ornate windows recall the form of Hội An’s flickering lanterns, while carved lions, dragons and other beasts add to the ambiance. The 700-metre private beach is perfect for swimming, sunning or simply sinking your toes into the amber-hued sand.
With crystalline waves and white sand for days, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled upon a Crusoe fantasy at this remote retreat. The resort’s untrammelled surrounds are part of a protected national marine park that extends throughout the Côn Đảo archipelago. Rather than mar the natural beauty of Côn Sơn Island, Six Senses Con Dao sticks to an understated aesthetic reminiscent of a traditional fishing village. Underneath that minimalist-chic facade though, you’ll find state-of-the-art amenities including an award-winning spa and a sophisticated Asian-fusion eatery right on the beach.
Unlimited daily spa treatments make this unabashedly luxe retreat ideal for those seeking rest and rejuvenation. All guests stay in private pool villas decked out in contemporary style and flooded with sunlight from immense windows. You could easily spend a week here indulging in healing massages, beauty rituals and energy treatments -- and of course, exploring the magic of nearby Hoi An. On top of this Fusion Maia Da Nang has crafted tailored wellness packages complete with healthy meal plans and more.
Heralded as the region’s hottest up-and-coming destination for years, Phú Quốc has managed to retain its somnolent charms and chilled out vibes in spite of its rising popularity. Locals here still ply the waters in wooden craft and produce the finest fish sauce in the region, much as they have for generations. Nestled among the palm-fringed shores, this graceful French Colonial-inspired manor exudes Old World elegance with its dark wood detailing and light-filled rooms. Abundant greenery lends an intimate atmosphere to the place, which feels at times like a private retreat despite its 70 guest rooms and suites.
Situated on a quiet stretch of the Biển Đông coastline, this plush resort exudes a beachy, breezy atmosphere. Days around the pool slow to a languid pace. Guests spend their time at the swim-up bar or relaxing with one of the signature Vietnamese-inspired spa treatments. While Anantara Mui Ne's stylish suites and villas certainly provide a draw, most guests choose to stay and return to this place for its unimpeded access to the seashore.
It may be set high in the hills of Núi Chúa National Park, but the sweeping views of Biển Đông more than make up for the minor exertion. Amanoi’s design is so striking and the service so accommodating that you make never want to venture down to the coastline at all. Instead, many guests choose to while away the hours sunning themselves by the jaw-dropping infinity pool. The secluded location of the beach below adds an undeniable charm.
From the superb Sir Nick Faldo-designed golf course to an award-winning spa, this ocean-side oasis has everything a traveller could possibly want. Set well apart from the world outside, Banyan Tree Lang Co gives guests more than enough room to roam in a sublime setting along the Central Coast. To add a touch of romance to any holiday, the resort offers couples’ yoga, cooking classes and cycling tours, as well as boat excursions around Lang Co Lagoon, and visits to Hue’s renowned UNESCO sites.
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Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa: https://www.victoriahotels.asia/en/hotels-resorts/hoian.html
The Nam Hai: http://www.ghmhotels.com/en/nam-hai
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort: http://danang.intercontinental.com
Six Senses Con Dao: http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/con-dao/destination
Fusion Maia Da Nang Resort: http://maiadanang.fusion-resorts.com
La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc: http://www.laverandaresorts.com
Anantara Mui Ne: http://mui-ne.anantara.com
Banyan Tree Lang Co: http://www.banyantree.com/en/ap-vietnam-lang-co