Summer is coming, and there’s no better way to enjoy the season than to find a secluded spot at one of Vietnam’s most exclusive resorts. As high-end resorts spring up throughout Vietnam, the country is can now boast about its luxury options for visitors.
Exquisite architecture, gorgeous landscapes, and spas will take you straight to Eden—with a hefty price tag, of course, but still affordable by international standards.
Here at Vietcetera, we’ve done the homework to show you the best vacation spots money can buy in Vietnam. Unlike other reviews, we won’t go into the details of what each hotel has to offer. You can click on their links and check that out. We’ll just focus on everybody’s favorite topic—money.
Note that the resorts are listed in no particular order.
Fusion Maia (Da Nang)
Located on the stunningly beautiful My Khe Beach between Da Nang and Hoi An, Fusion Maia is a beachfront spa resort that offers a minimum of two spa treatments for every guest, plus fitness classes and wellness consultations. The resort also boasts a mouth-watering ‘breakfast anywhere, anytime’ concept, with well-crafted Vietnamese, Mediterranean and Western menus.
Starting from a cool $3,200 per night for a one-bedroom villa, Fusion Maia’s 87 villas are quite spacious: each and every one has a private pool and courtyard. Of special mention are the Three Bedroom Grand Beach Villas ($6,600 per night) with a 70m2 pool.
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Amanoi (Cam Ranh via Nha Trang)
Situated on a secluded beach, south of the splendid Vinh Hy Bay and Nui Chua National Park, Amanoi is a hillside resort that dubs itself as a “meditative retreat”. It’s hard not to agree with that, seeing how the stunning views from Amanoi’s infinity pool are simply out of this world. You just have to be there to understand how apt the resort’s naming is. Aman is Sanskrit for “peace”, while noi is Vietnamese for “place”.
Amanoi has 31 pavilions, some with their own swimming pools, plus five magnificent hillside villas. A pavilion costs $1,050 per night, while a villa starts from $3,500 for a two-bedroom, then runs all the way to nearly $8,200 for a five-bedroom.
Banyan Tree Lang Co (Hue)
Conveniently located near both Da Nang and the Hue Airport, Banyan Tree Lang Co is the perfect place for the budding historian and explorer: three of Vietnam’s greatest World Heritage Sites are all within a 90-minute’s drive, from the grand imperial citadel of Hue to the mysterious ruins of My Son and the charming old town of Hoi An.
Oh, and did we mention that it’s an “all-pool villa resort”, in which every villa has its own private pool and a dramatic view of the nearby lagoon?
For the more athletically inclined, there’s also an 18-hole golf course designed by Sir Nick Faldo, meandering through rice paddies and streams, all against the backdrop of the magnificent Truong Son mountain range.
At Banyan Tree Lang Co, the most affordable option (Lagoon Pool Villa) starts at nearly $700 per night, while the more exquisite choices range from a bit over $900 (One-Bedroom Seaview Hill) to almost $1,400 (Three-Bedroom Seaview Hill).
Six Senses (Ninh Van Bay and Con Dao)
Both of the Six Senses are known for their rustic yet luxurious architecture and great food. Six Senses Con Dao even stands out as the first and only five-star hotel in Con Dao, the island that the New York Times called “one of Southeast Asia’s most untouched and breathtaking getaways”.
Evoking the atmosphere of a traditional Vietnamese fishing village, Six Senses Con Dao offers a wide variety of activities for those seeking a closer bond with nature, thanks to Con Dao’s protected status as a national and marine park. Guests can go trekking in the nearby rainforest, snorkeling, and diving in crystal clear waters, or fishing and sailing on the open seas.
The pricing is much more budget-friendly than the other destinations in this list, but it’s still up there at an average $500 per night.
The Nam Hai (Hoi An)
Just a stone’s throw from the gorgeous ancient town of Hoi An, one of Vietnam’s prime tourist spots, the Nam Hai is known for its pristine beaches, peaceful atmosphere and stunning architecture. Designed by the French architect Reda Amalou and Indonesian interior designer Jaya Ibrahim, Nam Hai is luxuriously decorated with dark wood furniture and sleek amenities in a contemporary setting.
Starting at around $600 per night for a one-bedroom villa to $2,400 for a three-bedroom, Nam Hai has a lot of options for both people wanting an occasional splurge and the international jet-set royalty.
Evason Ana Mandara (Nha Trang)
Another beachfront resort belonging to the Six Senses group, Evason Ana Mandara provides a space for stillness and relaxation just a short distance away from the bustling downtown area of Nha Trang. Conveniently located next to the Nha Trang Airport, Evason boasts an impressive number of 74 garden villas, two generously sized pools, and a splendid beach where guests can have a clear and spectacular view of the Nha Trang Bay. Numerous day beds and hammocks lie among the palm trees, offering plenty of space for the sun worshipers.
The most affordable option at Evason is a garden-view room, starting at a bit over $600 per night. Sea-view rooms will cost an extra $200-500, with the most luxurious option being the beachfront suite that can go up to $1,300 per night.
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