10 Luxurious beach resorts in Vietnam
Every season, more and more tourists are discovering Vietnam’s incredible combination of stunning beaches, rich heritage, atmospheric villages and cities alive with noise, colour and toothsome scents. What is really impressing though is the remote luxury offered by its beach resorts.
Vietnam’s beach resorts are among the best hotels in South East Asia. Though prices might seem low, Vietnam’s luxury beach resorts are highly competitive in a booming market. Each resort below is pulling out all the stops to provide the most luxurious beach resort experience possible.
1. Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Two-time winner of the World’s Leading Luxury Resort award, Asia’s Best Resort Spa and Vietnam’s Best Resort Spa, the Intercontinental is a sprawling resort and spa set above a sparkling private bay. In the unlikely event of wanting to leave, the resort is situated near the beautiful Hoi An Ancient Town and the aptly named Monkey Mountain. Amenities are lavish, butlers are discerning, and the views unspoiled, and that’s all without mentioning that the resort’s head chef has three Michelin stars to his name. Rooms begin at $440, while the three-bedroom villa will set you back $4,045 a night.
2. Sunrise Premium Resort Hoi An, Hoi An
Also located by the luxurious unspoilt beaches of Hoi An, Sunrise Premium Resort is a cut above even the five-star standards that Vietnam can boast today. It’s noted for its exceptional service and attentive staff, Sunrise Premium’s capacity to handle the diverse clientele. If the infinity pools and nearby beaches don’t work for you, the glorious architecture and rich history of Hoi An will. Deluxe rooms start at $260 a night, while the Grand Villa situated right on the East Sea costs $1,445.
3. The Grand Ho Tram Strip, Phuoc Thuan Ho tram
Private beach? Tick. High-end fashion stores? Absolutely. Surfing, beachside yoga and Tai chi. Yes, yes and yes. Don’t let the $198-$600 a night price fool you, the Grand Ho Tram Strip is one of the best hotels in Vietnam. A Greg Norman-designed golf course sits right by one of the most gorgeous swathes of Vietnamese coast. If you fancy living as a high roller, The Grand boasts one of South East Asia’s glitziest casinos and for $5,000 you can register as a VIP guest, (the equivalent treatment in Macau starts at US$250,000). All this right on the best beach near Ho Chi Minh City. It’s hard to beat.
4. Sheraton Nha Trang Hotel & Spa, Nha Trang City
With rooms that range from $127 to $1270 a night, the Sheraton Trang Hotel & Spa is a sprawling beach resort perched on the edge of Nha Trang Bay on Vietnam’s south-east coast. For those holidaymakers who want a bit of city life with their beach getaway, the Sheraton Nha Trang offers luxury shopping, nightlife a mix of local and high class international dining options and, of course, palm-fringed beaches. Nha Trang is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful bays, and was one of the first protected marine areas in the world.
5. The Imperial Hotel and Spa, Vung Tau
If you want a beach resort that looks like it was built from the ‘Perfect Beach Resort Construction Guide’ then Imperial Hotel Vung Tau is what you’re after. Boasting an idyllic setting on the white sands of Bai Sau Beach, the turquoise waters are almost annoying beautiful, suggesting “well, this is as good as it gets”. The Imperial Hotel is a rambling Victorian-styled mansion that has twice played host to the Miss World beauty pageant. It offers a more old-world opulence than many of Vietnam’s other great beach resorts: rooms have private balconies, six dining options, three swimming pools and a private beach club but this is in a league of its own. Rooms start at $350.
6. Naman Retreat, Danang
If you’re looking for a luxury beach resort that never lets you forget you’re in Vietnam, Naman Retreat is the place for you. Bamboo architecture, Vietnamese heritage and modern luxury resort convenience combine to offer one of the finest beach resorts in South East Asia. Danang has a nearby international airport, white sand beaches and too many World Heritage sites to visit without needing a holiday, and has been designed to offer the very best of Vietnam to those with limited time and a need to relax. Of course, there are spas, but these have a focus on wellness and the Retreat offers 3- to 14-day Detox Journeys, experiences that promise physical and spiritual renewal. Prices begin at $411 for a Babylon Room and progress to $2125.
7. Furama Resort, Danang
As the competition between Vietnam’s beach resorts intensifies, so the need for a unique angle emerges. Not content with being an acclaimed five-star resort, Furama promises to be Vietnam’s first culinary beach resort. A favourite of Asian heads of state and royalty, the resort’s five restaurants are the key to its fame in Asia. Unlike many other resorts that are focussed on cocooning their guests, Furama opens up to its environment. It offers diving and snorkelling trips along the coral and reef-lined coast, and guided excursions into the thriving port city of Da Nang, the Marble Mountains and the World Heritage Phong Nha Caves, and My Son Valley and the UNESCO protected towns of Hoi An and Hue. Rooms range from $337 to $3327.
8. The Nam Hai, Hoi An
There are many luxury beach resorts near the 15th century beach town of Hoi An, and there’s a very good reason why. The Nam Hai offers 60 one-bedroom villas and 40 pool villas scattered across 35 hectares of tropical gardens and the fringe of Ha My Beach. It’s a location that is almost impossible to beat. Like many resorts there are infinity pools, spa treatments and a focus on wellness, but what Nam Hai offers is something next level. ‘Treatment pavilions’ that float “like lotus flowers” on the resort’s koi-fish filled lagoon is an escape that allows privacy, serenity and the opportunity to relax unlike any other. Rooms range from $619 to $4101.
9. Six Senses, Ninh van Bay
A white sand beach, a towering mountain and a five-star beach resort between, Six Senses could stand apart from Vietnam’s other beach resorts on its location alone. Prioritising sustainability more than any other resort on this list, Six Senses works with the landscape and stunning setting that gives it such a unique quality. Nestled in a calm, sheltered bay that feels like an island, Six Senses is a world away from the chaos and hustle of Vietnam’s cities. Six Sense offers a sanctuary in the form of villas with private beaches or hillside retreats that look out over the East Sea. Gentle waves lap the white sand beaches or the rocks around the beachside private swimming pool, organic produce grown nearby is transformed into delicious meals, and the win cave has to be seen to be believed. It’s a place built to offer the most luxurious relaxation possible while prioritising the ecology and sustainability that keeps Vietnam going from strength to strength. Private villas range from $976 to $4,105 a night.
10. The Shells Resort and Spa, Gang Gio Beach
Right at the other end of the country, on the island of Phu Quoc in the Gulf of Thailand, lies The Shells. A world away from the other resorts, here the warm breeze blows in from the bay, the garden-view terraces offer an escape from heat and the crescent shape of the hotel acts as a sanctuary against the rest of the world and allows every room to have a view of the beach and the landscaped pool. Spa options focus on individualised wellness programs that incorporate the steam room, sauna, treatment rooms and beauty salon. Prices range from $346 to $630 a night.
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