Need to know
74, including four suites.
Noon, but flexible subject to availability and a half-night charge before 6pm (after a full night's tariff kicks in). Check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $199.50, excluding tax at 15.5 per cent.
Rates include welcome drinks, a fruit basket and breakfast.
Evason Ana Mandara is home to a watersports centre for that aquatic adrenaline buzz. Choose from speedboat trips to nearby islands, parasailing above the coast, jetskiing or waterskiing on the water, or snorkelling and diving below the waves. When you come up for air, the Six Senses Spa is a must for post-sport pampering.
At the hotel
Six Senses Spa, kids' club, fitness centre, activities centre, tennis court, DVD/CD library, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: free broadband (WiFi on request), flatscreen satellite TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, minibar, free bottled water, Jacuzzi and rain shower, terrace.
Our favourite rooms
Choose between garden, sea or beachfront views, all with private terraces. Deluxe Sea View Rooms 301 to 309 are super-handy for the restaurants, swimming pools and sand, or invest in a Deluxe Beachfront Room for uninterrupted ocean vistas and unbridled beach access. For a real treat, the Ana Mandara Suites offer seductive private walled gardens and alfresco rain showers.
You're spoilt for choice with two generous pools and an expansive beach. The pool near reception is family-friendly so might be a touch lively for the childfree. The infinity pool has an inviting drop off blending with South China Sea horizons.
The five treatment rooms in the Six Senses Spa are palm-frond flanked, thatched open-plan pagodas where sea breezes and the scent of heliconias drift through. Alongside yoga and t’ai chi classes there’s a wide range of traditional Thai, Indian and Vietnamese treatments, using lotions and potions crafted with local flowers and herbs. Choose to indulge or internally cleanse with a menu of massages, body wraps, body scrubs, facials, couples’ treatments, manicures and pedicures, reiki, acupuncture, hot-stone therapy, meditation, and classes for children and adults. Accompanied over-12s are allowed in the spa (female therapists are allocated for 12–15 year olds’ treatments).
Bright sarongs and loungey thongs: that’s the Aussie kind Mr Smith, you’ll have to negotiate with Mrs Smith about her choice of swimwear.
On arrival you'll receive a handy ‘map in a bottle’ to navigate the resort. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only.
Welcome: baby cots are free; extra beds cost US$60 a child a night (though under-11s can stay for free if they don't require an extra bed).
Kids of all ages – you're right on the beach.
Deluxe Sea View and Garden View Rooms, as they offer interconnecting doors. Private terraces in all rooms, and a private walled garden in Ana Mandara Suites, means you've got your own off-beach area to lounge or regroup too.
The resort operates the Just Kids! club for the smalls, catering to four to 12-year olds, open 9am–12pm and 2pm–5pm daily (US$15 for a half day; US$25 for a full day, excluding meals). Gainful activities embrace everything from arts, crafts and cooking indoors to beach games and outdoor fun. Think sand pictures, beach soccer and treasure hunts. Babysitting is available outside these hours or for kids under four, charged to your account. The club is free for kids attending under their parents' supervision.
With two main pools and a long, golden-sand beach on tap, kids will be easily entertained; it's the only beach resort in downtown Nha Trang where you can spill straight on to the sand. Alternative distractions span watersports (including snorkelling and diving for older kids), island tours, sunset cruises, tennis courts and a kids club, as well as the usual city fun in surrounding Nha Trang. The hotel also offers a brilliant three-day sailing course for youngsters, designed to encourage them to work as a team, learn about water safety and the skills of boat balance, steering, nautical language and wind direction. The course costs US$150 a child, starts at 9am and ends at 12 noon, and culminates in a little test on the third day. By the end of the course, your nipper will have earned a Basic Level Sailing Certificate issued by the Sailing Center Vietnam Company.
The pool nearest reception is geared towards families, with a lifeguard, inflatables and a shallow end.
Kids are welcome in the hotel's restaurants any time, and there's a children's menu. Staff can heat up milk or food for infants.
Available for US$12 an hour (free at the kids club between 9am–12pm and 2pm–5pm); book a day in advance.
No need to pack
Baby cots or high chairs.
Extra beds for older children are available for U$60 a child a night.
The hotel takes eco concerns to heart, serving up organic, locally sourced food where possible, recycling and offering free bicycles for touring. It also tries to employ local staff and runs charity schemes to benefit the community.