Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam

Amanoi

Rates from (ex tax)$950.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,107.70), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Palatial pavilions

Setting

Coruscating fishing cove

The Aman group’s first foray into Vietnam, luxury retreat Amanoi, has flourishes from traditional south-east Asian architecture in its sleek, temple-like design. Pagoda-style rooms are hidden amid the Núi Chúa National Park’s greenery; some gaze out across the South China Sea. Families and groups can stake out one of the multi-pavilion residences and take lantern-lit meals by the infinity-edge pool. Days are spent unwinding at the serene lakeside spa, exploring the surrounding wildlife-roamed sanctuary, or kayaking and paddle-boarding before supper – courtesy of the local fishermen and whatever their boats have brought in.

Smith Extra

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A 60-minute massage each for two

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

36 suites.

Check–Out

2pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, noon, also flexible if your room’s ready.

Rates

Double rooms from $950.00, excluding tax at 16.6 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD1,107.70), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include return transfers for two passengers from Cam Ranh Airport and a daily afternoon tea. Breakfast isffrom $20 a person, each day. A three-night minimum stay applies in high season (a five-night minimum over Christmas and New Year’s Eve).

Also

Hobbies can get a little help at Amanoi: improve your repertoire of south-east Asian dishes in a cookery class; bolster your backhand with some private tuition from the resident tennis coach; and work on your Chaturanga (‘planking’ for the uninitiated) with the yoga teacher.

At the hotel

Spa, private beach, two tennis courts, free watersports, gym, library, valet parking and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: Bose iPod dock, Nespresso machine, bath products made in Thailand, beach bags and sun hats.

Our favourite rooms

The hotel’s lofty clifftop perch ensures most rooms come with a view – the most difficult decision will be choosing which you prefer. Decisions, decisions… Our closely contested favourites are the Ocean Pool Pavilions, which ogle both the Eastern Sea and the Cliff Pool. The multi-roomed residences will come in handy for groups, especially those who enjoy having the unwavering attention of a private chef.

Poolside

There are two pools within the resort: a 50-metre one in the Beach Club, and the 20-metre infinity-edge, sunlounger-surrounded Cliff Pool overlooking the ocean. Several suites have their own, too.

Spa

The spa, set by a lotus-filled lake, aims to energise and relax guests in equal measure, with Pilates in an open-air pavilion and sessions with a personal trainer; or you can simply soak in the indoor pool. Book a treatment for two in one of the five suites, each with its own double bath tub, private shower and dressing room.

Packing tips

Bring swimsuits, sarongs and snorkelling gear – you’ll be spending a disproportionate amount of time submerged in seawater.

Also

The resort isn’t especially suited to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility should avoid booking rooms 17 and 18, as they involve a few stairs.

Children

All ages are welcome. Cots can be added to rooms. Babysitting can be arranged with eight hours’ notice; the cost is US$15 an hour (a minimum three-hour booking is required).

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Head to the Eastern Sea-facing terrace for a meal lit by the glow of the moon and the roving searchlights of boats far out on the water.

Dress Code

Elegant and ecclesiastical – the communal spaces could double as temples.

Hotel restaurant

There are two: a beach club for lunch, and the main restaurant in the central pavilion for evening meals; the latter has a terrace overlooking Vinh Hy Bay's rugged coastline and the surrounding green hills. The local fishing boats’ daily catch takes up a large part of the menu: fish, lobster and squid are prepared with aromatic herbs and vegetables grown nearby, followed with fresh tropical fruit for dessert. Authentic Vietnamese dishes are also on offer, such as grilled baby scallops, pomelo and prawn salad, barbecued pork ribs and clay-pot-cooked fish; more international fare includes tapas dishes served at the bar or grilled meats from Australia and New Zealand.

Hotel bar

The bar is in the same pavilion as the main restaurant and was designed to mimic a local tea house. Settle in on a leather armchair to admire the collection of photos and paintings by Vietnamese artists on the walls as you sip on home-made ginger beer or an orange- and cinnamon-infused margarita.

 

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 11am. Lunch is on offer from noon until 3pm. A free afternoon tea is served from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the main restaurant. Dinner is from 7pm till 10.30pm.

Room service

The full restaurant menu is available round the clock.

Location

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Address
Amanoi
Vinh Hy Village, Vinh Hai Commune
Ninh Hai District
Viet Nam

Planes

The nearest airport is Cam Ranh International; from here the hotel provides free transfers for up to two guests (extra passengers are charged US$85 each); the journey usually takes around an hour and 20 minutes. Domestic flights are the simplest way to navigate Vietnam’s vast distances; VietJet Air and JetStar Airways offer services to Cam Ranh from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Vietnam Airlines has direct routes between London and Hanoi.

Trains

Those with the patience to ride the cross-country train can arrive at Tháp Chàm Railway Station, an hour’s drive from Amanoi. Free transfers are provided from the station to the hotel for up to two passengers.

Automobiles

The hotel is a two-hour drive south from popular beach hangout Nha Trang; it lies in between Cam Ranh and Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm, just off the AH1; there’s free valet parking when you arrive. Ho Chi Minh City is eight hours by car – it’s easier to reach the hotel by hopping on one of the frequent 60-minute flights that depart throughout the day.

Worth getting out of bed for

The resort is on the edge of a Núi Chúa National Park, which guests can explore on guided nature walks; off-road biking through the neighbouring vineyards and villages can also be arranged. On Amanoi’s private beach, watersports such as kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, snorkelling and sailing are on offer. For something a little more relaxing, try yoga, Pilates or tai chi. Further afield, the Po Nagar Cham Towers temple complex is an hour’s drive south, where four of the eight structures built between the seventh and 12th centuries remain; one of the oldest pottery villages in south-east Asia, Bau Truc, is a 90-minute drive away; and, a similar distance from the resort, the village of My Nghiep offers an insight into the ancient craft of brocade-weaving. Closer to home, explore the sleepy fishing village of Vinh Hy, on the edge of the Núi Chúa park, five minutes away by car.

Local restaurants

A 20-minute drive along the coastal highway, you’ll find restaurants floating off the shore at Binh Hung Island – the hotel will be able to direct you to the best ones. There are also plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants in resort town Vinh Hy.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Vietnam and unpacked their swimsuits and spice kits, a full account of their coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Amanoi in Ninh Thuan Province

Aman hotels are no stranger to serenity – the very name means ‘peace’ in Sanskrit, and their oh-so luxurious stays reflect this in architecture that harmoniously blends into its surroundings, discreet, helpful staff, and breathtakingly beautiful locations. In the case of Amanoi, which has all of the above, the ‘noi’ part simply means ‘place’. And so at this place of peace, slate-grey, sloping pagoda roofs peek out from the lush green vegetation of Núi Chúa National Park. Sleek pavilions are dotted around the estate, with views either of the wave-lashed boulders along the rocky coastline or the mountains that encircle the resort. If you want to withdraw further from the world, the spa is set on the shores of a calm, lotus-blossom-topped lake, and therapists are ready and waiting with vials of essential oils. The Buddha may have said that peace comes from within, but we reckon guests will be in with a good shot of finding it without here, at this uplifting Aman retreat.

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