Phan Thiet, Vietnam

Princess d'An Nam Resort & Spa

Rates from (inc tax)$144.65

Price information

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Fisherman’s friend


Secluded Ke Ga Bay

Princess d'An Nam Resort & Spa in Ke Ga is surrounded by rice paddies, salt lakes and orchards, on a quiet white beach, with just a fishing village and a lighthouse nearby.


Smith Extra

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BlackSmiths: a 35-minute foot massage for two; SilverSmiths: a 60-minute body massage for two; GoldSmiths: a 90-minute body massage for two


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Need to know


48 suites and villas.


12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm. No check-outs are allowed on 24 or 31 December.


Double rooms from $144.65, excluding tax at 10 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 (USD159.12), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast (buffet or à la carte, depending on occupancy) and WiFi.


It’s no accident that the hotel is such an architectural triumph: award-winning Tan Hock Beng (founder of Singapore-based MAPS Design Studio and the architect behind W Retreat Koh Samui) dreamed up its design. The garden comes with equally impressive credentials, having been conceived of and planted by Alan W Carle, the acclaimed landscape designer responsible for Singapore Botanic Garden’s gorgeous Ginger Garden.

Please note

The hotel is hosting compulsory gala dinners for guests staying on 24 December (US$110 an adult; US$55 a child) and 31 December 2016 (US$195 an adult; US$97.50 a child). Rates are payable at check-out and exclude drinks. There's a special children's menu for little Smiths aged between six and 11.

At the hotel

Beach, spa, four pools, gym, boutique, library, pool table, DVDs and board games to borrow. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Though the Mandarin Suites are a generously spacious and ambitious entry-level room category (75sq m, dark-wood furniture, terraces overlooking the pools), it’s worth upgrading to the private Princess Villas, which count four-poster beds, 100sq m of space, outdoor baths and romantic courtyards with plunge pools among their charms. Each villa is set within its own walls, so you’ll feel deliciously secluded. The Empress Villas are great for families, thanks to their private pool and two bedrooms: one upstairs; one downstairs.


Pack four bikinis/beach shorts: one for each swimming pool. Start with the vast infinity pool by the beach, try the large freeform pool in the gardens, then flop around in the two smaller pools by the Mandarin Villas. Of course, when poolside pales, there’s always the glorious beach: a milk-white stretch of sand.


Just reading the spa menu’s treatment ingredients – ‘honey, cloves, coconut oil, golden yellow turmeric, aloe vera and ylang ylang’ – soothes us. There’s a Moroccan feel to this 1,800sq m space, which has a courtyard and 10 tranquil treatment rooms. There's a 24-hour gym too.

Packing tips

Comfy things for wobbling across the waves in a basket boat with a local fisherman; a little notebook for jotting down the names of your favourite plants in the garden (they’re all helpfully labelled in English and Latin); underwater camera for fishy photo shoots.


Singapore-based architect Tan Hock Beng designed the crisp colonnaded porches and mod-Asian interiors.


Welcome. Cots (free) and extra beds (US$23–100, depending on age) can be added to the villas. Little Smiths will be supervised in the kids club for free, 9am to 5pm; babysitting is US$15 an hour. There's also a kids' menu and activities aplenty.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit on the terrace and listen to the waves crash against the sand as you eat, or wow your sweetheart/swain by booking a table for the six-course degustation menu at the Dining Room. If you're feeling antisocial/romantic, opt for in-villa dining.

Dress Code

Bright like tropical fish, to pop against the monochrome: flashes of turquoise, gold and coral; liquid-like silks; plucked-from-the-ocean pearls.

Hotel restaurant

At Princess d'An Nam, fishermen lay their catch of the day out on the shore, so guests get first dibs on the fattest fish. Enjoy your choice out on the terrace, a relaxed setting for French and Vietnamese classics, including pho, bouillabaisse, spicy snapper, wok-fried veal and so on. Barbecues are often held here, or you can book your a private feast on the beach. For more elegant eating, the Dining Room has an open kitchen behind glass walls, ocean views and a distinguished tasting menu.


Hotel bar

The open-air Lounge Bar, bedecked with bottles of Belvedere and Absolut lit with psychedelic colours, offers coffees, cocktails and everything in between. Of course, it also serves up with glittering sea views, and there's an impressive wine list.


Last orders

Drink till 10.30pm (when the restaurant closes, too).

Room service

Order from an exhaustive in-room menu (seven A4 pages spanning salads, sandwiches, soups, wraps, burgers, noodles and desserts) between 7am and 10pm. You can also ring for pizza and selected snacks and mains 24 hours.


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Princess d'An Nam Resort & Spa
Hon Lan Tan Thanh Commune
Ham Thuan Nam District
Viet Nam


Tan Son Nhat airport is 180 km away (a three-and-a-half-hour drive).


Phan Thiet station is 35km from the hotel.


It’s a 35-minute drive to the ‘centre’ of Phan Thiet. Don't consider car hire though, the driving conditions will stress you out and you'd be much better off asking the hotel about hiring a motorbike or scooter (or just getting by on bicycle, which is brilliant).

Worth getting out of bed for

Borrow one of the hotel’s bicycles and wheel your way through the dragon fruit orchards, rice paddy fields and ancient salt lakes. Make the most of the beach setting with sand boarding in the dunes, body-boarding, volleyball, Frisbee, badminton and kite flying. Ask to go on a fishing trip in a traditional basket boat with a local fisherman; staff will arrange it. There’s also a menu of paid-for experiences to choose from: visits to Phan Thiet’s fish market, Fairy Springs or Ta Cu Mountain (home to Vietnam’s largest reclining Buddha); kite- or windsurfing, wakeboarding, banana boating, kayaking, catamaran rides, or motorbike rides to explore what’s around you. For quieter moments, the hotel has a library, a pool table and a stash of board games.

Local restaurants

Bored of French, Vietnamese and French-Vietnamese offerings? The restaurant at Rock Water Bay Resort (+84 062 3683 115; in Tan Thanh, Ham Thuan Nam has a choice of Thai, Vietnamese, Russian and European dishes. If you love seafood, make a date with five-floor Ngoc Suong Restaurant for clams in butter sauce and beautifully fresh crab. Service can be patchy and it is expensive, but the flavours should win you over. The Pegasus Resort (+84 062 3683 072), also in Ke Ga Bay, has two restaurants to choose from, Oceania and X’ua, both serving Vietnamese and Asian dishes, with a focus on seafood.


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Anonymous review

The pleasure of Princess d’An Nam Resort & Spa, we discover, is doing nothing at all on a beachfront lounger under a thatched palm-frond umbrella.

We’re armed with books and magazines but ditch the lot as the daily life of the local fishermen from nearby Ke Ga village is so fascinating to observe. A motorbike whizzes past on the sand, its pillion passenger carrying a fishing net they’ll use to sweep the shore for sea mullet. A husband and wife, both in traditional Vietnamese conical hats, strain to retrieve their long net from the sea. A small surf generated by the fresh westerly breeze crashes ashore and crabs industriously excavate their tideline holes.

Should hunger or thirst arise, amid all that doing nothing, help is only a wave of the service flag away. Mr Smith becomes particularly adept at summoning assistance, and Vietnamese beer. If he’s not careful he’ll wear himself out.

Princess d’An Nam is one of Vietnam’s best kept secrets. Located about 200 kilometres east of Ho Chi Minh City, on the South China Sea, the resort is surrounded by fields of pink dragon fruit. The nearest major town is Phan Thiet (aka fish sauce central) about 35 kilometres to the north. But thoughts of major towns are banished once you’re inside the French-run resort, where the rooms and villas are surrounded by lush tropical plants, including a stunning feature Ginger Garden by renowned landscape designer Alan W. Carle.

A romantic four-poster bed swathed in embroidered mosquito nets is the focus of our spacious Princess Villa, and is flanked by rattan and timber furniture in the sitting area on one side and a large desk on the other, with a massive open-air bathroom at the back. It’s pretty swish without being overly opulent; the only slight negatives are a minibar of the minimalist variety – when the salty pangs hit there’s nothing to munch on – and the peepholes through the wall rendering our outdoor pool not especially private. Skinny dipping comes with a risk.

Lunch on the beach is a couple of delicious Vietnamese salads – including one starring local anchovies – and Saigon beer. We take a leisurely stroll along the shore towards Ke Ga village but realise that what looked like pristine sand is far from it. It's low tide and the high water line is literally drowning in rubbish. It’s the only disappointment of our stay.

Despite my desire to do nothing at all, Mr Smith goes all action man on me (believe me it's not his natural disposition) and insists on getting the beach activities staff to rig up the Hobie catamaran. He takes off across the surf and disappears towards the 115-year-old, French-built Ke Ga Lighthouse behind the fleet of brightly painted blue fishing boats that bob on their moorings. I have to concede he's not such a bad sailor, and he cajoles me into a bit of wave bashing through the tropically warm water. I am concerned he might also want to try his hand at kite surfing – this being the Vietnamese capital of the sport – although he seems to have his heart set on taking a traditional round fishing basket out for spin. However, the westerly picks up and the basket expedition has to be postponed.

My activities are sorted for the afternoon: dozing on the sunlounger, taking a dip in our private pool, then putting the spa through its paces. It’s ‘spa happy hour’ during our low-season sojourn, with a 50 per cent discount on all treatments, so it seems wrong not to have two of them.

Should I have Mr Smith smothered in dragon fruit pulp and wrapped up? Natural fruit-based therapies are one of the spa’s specialties, but we opt instead for a massage and facial each. Double treatment rooms mean we can be pampered together. Keen to try a Vietnamese massage, Mr Smith concludes that what differentiates it from his hometown rubdowns is that it’s done by a Vietnamese woman, in Vietnam. Her size belies her strength as she climbs onto the massage table, balancing on one knee between Mr Smith’s thighs, running both hands up and down his back and then pressing down hard on various pressure points along his spine. It’s followed by the ‘Secrets of Indochina’ facial, notable for its use of iced jade rollers that send a brisk chill over your face until the two rollers meet with a clacking sound.

We've already been traveling through Vietnam from north to south for more than a week, staying in some pretty luxurious places that draw well-heeled international travellers. Princess d’An Nam feels more authentically Vietnamese than any of the others, and wins hands down in the best food stakes.

Princess d'An Nam's menu takes a lingua franca approach of Western influences from steak and club sandwiches to Caesar salad, burgers, pizza and pasta. However, the appeal and adventure comes from a deft range of authentic local dishes, such as the Phan Thiet salad combining dragon fruit, crab and chilli; and semi-dried squid with ginger, fresh herbs and cucumber. Other Vietnamese dishes include claypot fish stew with a caramelised sauce, and the lotus salad with pork and prawns. For breakfast it's eggs, pastries, waffles, pancakes or fresh fruit, as well as the traditional, aromatic pho to which we’ve become addicted, and porridge-like rice congee. The sweet Vietnamese iced coffees, made with condensed milk, are irresistible.

Dinner’s crowning glory is an indulgent and opulent banquet parade of seafood and meats grilled over hot coals in front of us: lobster, scallops, prawns, pork, chicken and beef, accompanied by a table brimming with condiments and salads, including more-ish wedge-style sweet potato, and romantic flower arrangements. Add champagne and a wine list that has classy European, New Zealand and even Australian options and it's a very filling night to remember. It’s going to take a lot of doing nothing to work that off.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Princess d'An Nam Resort & Spa’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The staff, food and massages were great. Staff are very helpful and genuinely friendly. The Vietnamese food in the restaurant and room service was fantastic-not one bad meal. Seriously world class. We didn't try any of the Euro food, but I'd guess given the such high standard of food we ate, it would be excellent.

Don’t expect

A perfectly maintained resort. The gardens are sublime, but the whole place needs a bit of maintenance. The owners need to step up. The staff and management are what makes this hotel. We would still and will comeback.


Stayed on 2 Aug 2016

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