Beach, gardens, spa. In-room: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, WiFi, minibar, bathrobes, slippers, a fruit basket, Vietnamese coffee, tea and Thann bath products.
For the best views of the bunch (and a private infinity pool that will have you throwing off your clothes and hopping into swimwear), book a Cliff Villa. Courting couples seeking seclusion will love the villas’ privacy (their distance from the beach, pool and restaurant may be less of an attraction for families); Villa 512 is the most remote, and therefore our antisocial favourite. Ocean View Condos are just a more dollars daily than the Garden Views; the uninterrupted sea views are well worth the upgrade.
Bathing bookworms will love the glittering turquoise pool, overlooked by Nha Trang Mountains, flanked by sun loungers, palm trees and cabanas, and equipped with a mini-library of novels for guests to borrow. The pool is right by the beach and restaurant, so you can hop from one to the other.
Don’t get bruises bringing your surfboard: the hotel has a little shop in the lobby, which caters to all your nautical needs. You can also pick up gifts and souvenirs for the folks back home.
Guests staying at the hotel on 24 December, 25 December, 31 December or 1 January must have either lunch or dinner at the hotel.
Little Smiths will lose their hearts to the private beach and restaurant, where the young-at-heart menu includes ‘fisherman’s’ fish and chips, ice-cream, juices and milkshakes. Babysitting can be arranged from VND250,000 an hour; extra beds can be added.
Kids aged eight or under, but teens will love it here, too.
There are three Family condos in the Oceanview block on the ground floor. These are effectively two interconnecting one-bedroom condos with a double and a twin room– perfect for families of all ages. The Garden Villas are close to all the main facilities.
None, but there’s a small room next to Sandals restaurant stocked with toys, board games, DVD player, Wii and kids’ movies. You wouldn’t want to leave your little ones here all day, but it’s a great place to drop them off for a few hours while you hit the spa or have a romantic meal a deux.
At 2pm on Saturdays, the hotel has Bake and Make, where children can make cupcakes with the amiable chefs. On Sunday mornings, there are painting and colouring-in sessions.
Four pots that appear to float on the water mark out the children’s pool, which has a shallow end. Pool toys and games can be provided. Kids will love playing on the beach all day long: it’s safe, peaceful and protected. The sea is generally calm.
The different dining options on offer each night are designed to please families: children can enjoy familiar treats such as pizza and barbecued meat, as well as sampling Vietnamese dishes at the weekly buffet. Kids will be pleased to see familiar Coco Pops sitting alongside the more healthy breakfast options.
Book three hours ahead for babysitting, which costs VND150 an hour. Overnight babysitting can also be arranged for VND1,000 (the sitter will sleep in the children’s room).
No need to pack
Don’t weigh your case down with toys and books: the hotel provides arm bands, floats, books, U- and 12-rated DVDs, games consoles, arts and crafts stuff, board games and puzzles.