Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay

Rates per night from$279.35

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (VND6,490,476.19), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

All-villa thriller

Setting

Jet-set jungle

The tinkle of your butler’s bell will be all that disturbs the peace at An Lam Retreat Ninh Van Bay – an exotic, all-villa beach resort that acts as the Zen to Vietnam’s zing. Accessed by boat, this calm, collected resort rests between a crescent-shaped, southeast Asia beach and the jungle-backed Hon Heo (Orchid Peninsula). The sculpture-like Sen Restaurant is the centrepiece, floating over the water like a lotus – Vietnam’s national flower – with a necklace of exclusive villas strung up the hillsides, crowned by the Jungle Spa.

 
 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Thirty-four villas.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, from 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $279.35 (VND6,490,476), excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include Continental breakfast, served in the Sen Restaurant, or in-villa on request.

Also

The hotel is geared up for honeymooners, with barefoot beach cocktails, dinner under the stars and the chance to take a private boat out at sunset, all available for newlyweds (and not-so-newlyweds).

Hotel closed

The hotel takes no holidays, so you can plan yours whenever.

At the hotel

Two bars, a spa, yoga platform, sauna, gym and jungly grounds. In rooms: fruit on arrival, daily afternoon tea with cookies, butler service, outdoor space (either a private terrace or separate pool), free bottled water, coffee- and tea-making facilities, WiFi, TV, DVD player.

Our favourite rooms

The owner’s background as a wood importer (with his own furniture factory) takes root in the smart, stand-alone villas. Inside and out, wood intertwines with other natural materials, from curtains hand-dyed using local plants to wardrobes decorated with bamboo canes. The Beachfront Pool Villas are best for those who want immediate access to the sea, though the Treetop Pool Villas – with their dramatic views over Ninh Van Bay – take some beating.

Poolside

The main, freshwater pool falls in line with the hotel’s organic ethos by resembling a natural lagoon, shaded by swaying palms and with direct access to the beach. For adults only, its Balinese-style, double day-beds help set the grown-up tone. All rooms except the Jungle Rock villas also have their own private pools, so there’s no risk of early-morning sprints for the sunloungers.

Spa

Set in the surrounding rainforest, the Jungle Spa has two open, airy treatment rooms – ideal for honeymooners and more-established Smiths seeking sanctuary. There’s no nerve-jangling spa music here either: natural streams and birdsong are your only accoutrements. Thailand’s natural skincare specialists Thann supply the products for treatments that span from facials and four-handed massages. A yoga platform and gym are on hand for woodland workouts.

Packing tips

Soludos espadrilles and Kate Spade straw hat, with lots of light, layered linen.

Also

Daily, round-trip boat transfers from the mainland to the resort are included, meaning you can whizz back and forth to Nha Trang and other attractions easily.

Children

Currently, only children 12 and above are accepted, except for 10 June–15 September when all ages are welcome. From 1 November 2018 onwards, the hotel will be over-16s only. Extra beds are available from US$75 a night (includes breakfast).

Eco‐friendly

The resort uses natural spring water from a mountain stream to supply bathrooms and for drinking water (after filtering). A solar-power system is used to for heating it and glass bottles are provided instead of plastic.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

The wooden-slatted, open-air design of the Sen Restaurant means that sea views are in strong supply. Tables look out over the hotel’s private pier towards the bay and its string of humpback islands. As the tide ebbs, large rocky, boulders emerge.

Dress Code

Off-duty Alice Temperley: flowing fabrics and a free spirit.

Hotel restaurant

Good looking with substance to boot, the architecturally arresting Sen Restaurant specialises in Vietnamese cuisine, from super-crispy spring rolls to signature pho noodle soup (…though we wouldn’t say no to the pan-fried duck curry, either). The same striking building also houses a teppanyaki kitchen where chefs put on a nightly show and the laid-back, daytime-only Beach Bar, for fresh smoothies and snacks.

Hotel bar

Set in the semi-open petals of the Sen Restaurant’s lotus-like roof, the Sunset Bar is the place for far-reaching views of Ninh Van Bay. Only open in the evenings, the emphasis is on cocktails, from Singapore slings to sidecars… prepare to work your way through. By day, the deckside Beach Bar, on the ground floor of Sen, offers healthy, lemongrass teas, fresh-fruit juices and tropical smoothies.

Last orders

Chef Huy and his local Vietnamese team keep the Sen restaurant serving from 6pm until 11pm. The Beach Bar opens during the day from 8.30am to 5pm and the rooftop Sunset Bar takes over from 5pm until 10pm. Breakfast is served from 7am until 10am.

Room service

There's an around-the-clock room service menu, with breakfast from 6.30am-10.30am; à la carte from 10.30am-10.30pm; and a reduced selection from 10.30pm-6.30am.

Location

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Address
An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay
Ninh Vân
Nha Trang
Viet Nam

Planes

The main points of entry to Vietnam are Hanoi in the north and, most conveniently for An Lam Retreat Ninh Van Bay, Ho Chi Minh City in the south. From Ho Chi Minh City, you can connect with Nha Trang’s Cam Ranh International airport via a range of airlines. Contact the Smith24 team for bookings.

Trains

Vietnam’s main railway line runs between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, stopping at Nha Trang Station, 15 kilometres away from An Lam Retreat Ninh Van Bay.

Automobiles

Car hire is unnecessary in a resort that’s only accessible by boat. On arrival, the hotel includes road transfers from Cam Ranh International airport to its mainland pier, before a 15-minute boat journey across.

Worth getting out of bed for

This flick-off-your-flip-flops resort is designed for those who want to escape. Maybe you’ve whizzed around Vietnam’s main sights already, or you’re straight here on honeymoon – either way, it’s time to relax. Being cut off by water means real-world distractions are kept to a minimum. Though, for those that do want to explore, there’s the eighth-century Cham temple of Po Nagar just outside Nha Trang, with its russet-red collection of four towers rising from the foothills of Cù Lao mountain. Another Nha Trang highlight is Long Son pagoda, famed for its peaceful gardens and gleaming-white Buddha statue, raised atop Trai Thuy mountain. Both are easily accessible on day trips, as An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay runs a handy (and free) daily shuttle back and forth to the mainland. Finally, foodies should delve into Dam market, which brims with all the unusual ingredients that make southeast Asian shopping trips so enthralling, from soft-shell crabs to souvenirs. For Halong Bay-style natural beauty, head to Heo Sin Chai Cave at low tide, which opens up to reveal a series of sea-smoothed boulders and an iridescent, internal lake. A hike to Ka Lam waterfall is also accessible behind the hotel. The resort runs many of these guided excursions for Smiths who don’t want to go it alone.

Local restaurants

Having a destination restaurant on your doorstep means you don’t have to go far for a good meal. However, if you do want to branch out, another local option on the same peninsula is Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, which serves prawn and calamari satay, Nha Trang hand rolls and braised pork belly, flavoured with southeast Asian spices.

Reviews

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The first thing that strikes you about An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay is its imposing, orb-like Sen restaurant, which hovers over the water like a lotus – Vietnam’s national flower. Everything about this laid-back resort seems to sit in an eternal lotus position – eyes closed, palms raised skywards – the Zen antidote to Vietnam’s zing. A stay at An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay is all about living in the moment and letting go. You’ll feel your shoulders unfurl as you putter across the waters of Ninh Van Bay towards this boat-accessible-only resort, set between a crescent-shaped beach and jungle-clad mountains. Once you’ve passed the impossible-to-miss restaurant, the rest of the retreat blends organically into the hillside. And not by accident: the owner is a wood importer, so natural materials – from the stilted Treetop Pool villas to the airy Jungle Spa – take root.

 
 

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