SIX SENSES VIETNAM
Six Senses Vietnam. The Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a stunning location in a dramatic bay, giving the impression of being on a private island resort in the East Vietnam Sea. Impressive rock formations, a coral reef, a golden sand beach, a lively stream, and the towering mountains in the background all contribute to a sumptuous sensation of being at one with nature.
Address: Ninh Van Bay, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam
The spa resort reflects the destination's reality, with an architectural design that incorporates Vietnamese customs. The 59 exceptional rooms are all personal villas with their own plunge pools, designed in Six Senses' unique eco-chic style. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay's restaurants feature foreign and local favorites, as well as East meets West dishes and the freshest local seafood.
The Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is one of the most beautiful hotel locations on the planet. The resort is set in a stunning bay at the extremity of a lush, hilly peninsula in southern Vietnam, across the sea from the bustling tourist resort town of Nha Trang. The crescent-shaped cove has a long stretch of gold sand beach and is surrounded by tall mountains covered in jungle foliage, providing the impression of being on a secluded island and contributing to the feeling of being intimately at one with nature. On both sides of the beach, impressive granite formations overlook the East Vietnam Sea.
Because it is only accessible by sea, the resort offers complete privacy. It is not difficult to get there, but it does need some traveling. The Six Senses jetty is 60 minutes by vehicle from the nearest international airport (Cam Ranh), which offers onboard WiFi. The closest town to Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, is about 15 minutes away from the jetty. The resort is a 20-minute beautiful boat trip away from the boat pier, with food offered aboard. The shared speed boat trip has a set departure time, but you will never have to wait long, and the resort offers a small lounge at the pier where you may wait in comfort for the boat departure.
Despite its huge size, the resort boasts a straightforward and user-friendly layout. The central beach area near the jetty includes a bar (which also serves as the welcome pavilion upon arrival), the activity center, an open-air lobby, many boutique stores, one of the three restaurants ('Dining By The Pool,' and the main pool. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay's main dining venue ('Dining By The Bay') is located on the resort's southern slopes and is a vast, fairytale-like, ocean-front wooden building that also includes a sunset bar, kid's club, and play area. Dining By The Rocks, the resort's signature restaurant, is hidden in the northern highlands and only accessible by 100 treacherous stairs. The villas are spread out around the rocky peninsula in various areas.
The resort is a breathtaking work of eco-friendly design that reflects Six Senses' characteristic stylish aesthetic. The rustic, simple, and sophisticated rooms merge seamlessly with the subtropical surroundings, exuding tranquillity and a Robinson Crusoe-esque lifestyle. All hotel structures, including villa rooms, are constructed using native materials (such as wood, bamboo, and stone), capped with a palm-leaf roof, decked out in fashionable bright cushions, and furnished with simple yet elegant and often wacky furnishings. This is low-key, ecologically responsible barefoot luxury at its finest.
There are 59 stunning thatched and spacious villas that will take your breath away. They all have beautiful wood interiors and own outdoor plunge pools. There are many types of villas based on their location: some are on the hill with views of the bay, others are scattered along the beach, and others are constructed into the rocks with stairs right down into the sea. During my vacation, I stayed in a two-level beachfront pool villa with its own garden, plunge pool, and direct access to the sandy shore, which gave me plenty of personal space. The ground level had a master bedroom with an incredibly gorgeous en-suite bathroom (see below for more information). On the second story, there was a sheltered, open-sided living room with vividly upholstered sofas. The villa represented the ideal Robinson Crusoe hideaway, although a modern one with all of the technology necessary to fulfill the conveniences of today's visitors, such as a flat-screen TV, DVD player, coffeemaker, minibar, wine cellar, A/C (bedroom only), complimentary WiFi, and safe.
The restrooms at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay deserve special attention since they are among my favorite hotel bathrooms in the world. The majority of the bathrooms are semi-open-air facilities with both indoor and outdoor showers and a rustic, antique-style design that includes bamboo railings, whitewashed walls, thickly cushioned teak day beds, and two separate copper sinks on wooden vanities. The freestanding, carved hardwood bathtubs are the focal point of the bathrooms. Plant-based natural toiletries in ceramic jars are offered to all visitors in accordance with Six Senses' eco-friendly philosophy.
Set amidst the lush flora and granite stone that is characteristic of the Ninh Van peninsula, the three-bedroom 'hilltop reserve' is the resort's most private villa, offering families and parties an exceptional 180-degree westward view of the sea, Nha Trang city, and the surrounding mountains. The home, which has a huge living space and dining room, is reached through a meandering walk past granite rocks and vegetation. The villa's huge, climate-controlled infinity pool is the resort's largest available villa, measuring 818 square feet (76 square meters) and stretching beside the sun deck, which can accommodate up to ten sunbathers.
The huge resort grounds beyond the beach are well-kept yet retain a natural atmosphere evocative of an untamed virgin jungle. Winding trails, roped walks, and little bridges across gorgeous rivers enable you to explore the dense forest, with the emerald ocean and songbirds providing a continuous soundtrack. Because the resort grounds are so large, visitors are given bikes to ride for the rest of their stay or can use the complimentary buggy service.
As previously said, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has three superb restaurants that provide exceptional dining experiences. The barefoot Dining By The Pool restaurant, located by the main swimming pool, has an open kitchen and offers foreign and Vietnamese meals throughout the day, while it periodically opens at night for themed buffets. The resort's special-occasion cuisine is the hilltop eating By The Rocks, which specializes in contemporary fusion eating and has an outdoor location with a wooden deck affording stunning sea views, as well as an intimate internal room that can also serve as a wedding chapel. Dining By The Bay, the main restaurant, offers a diverse cuisine and covers two levels with open views of the bay. The downstairs atmosphere is comfortable with a bamboo ceiling, whilst the upstairs atmosphere is al fresco with a high thatched roof. A quiet bar adjacent to Dining by the Bay, outfitted with a variety of reclining daybeds and bar stools, offers spectacular views of the sunset and remains open until the last visitor departs.
Dining By The Bay serves a delicious buffet breakfast that includes fresh tropical fruit, cereals, juices, sparkling wine, bread, pastries, and local specialties, as well as a temperature-controlled room with cheeses and cold meats and live food stations where hot dishes (e.g., eggs, pancakes, waffles) are freshly prepared.
The magnificent spa is nestled away in the jungle up the hills and offers an all-wood interior design. It is reached via stepping stones over a nice pond. Traditional Vietnamese therapies, Six Senses trademark treatments, and personalized detox programs are offered to meet the needs of each unique client. In addition to eco-rustic treatment rooms that will make you feel at one with nature, the resort has yoga pavilions, a gymnasium, and a spa shop gallery. This is the spot to have a massage because the Six Senses brand is well-known for its spa services (the firm oversees 28 premium spas worldwide).
Swimming in the deliciously warm sea is totally safe. Because the short strip of sand is bordered by dense tropical foliage, most of the beach villas are hidden from view. In addition to the beachfront pool villas' sunbeds, there's a tiny beach club beside the private wooden pier with a few of loungers beneath natural thatch parasols; towels and sunscreen are provided. Behind the beach club is a big swimming pool surrounded by cushioned loungers that wrap around the Dining By The Pool restaurant, yet there are never many people here because each villa has its own private plunge pool.
Six Senses, a hotel and spa management firm with 11 resorts and 28 spas under the brand names Six Senses, Evason, and Six Senses Spas, manages the resort. The famous Travel & Leisure magazine just named Six Senses the world's greatest hotel brand. The firm runs resorts in remote areas of breathtaking natural beauty that are noted for their unique design and health services.
Six Senses also maintains two more resorts in Vietnam: Six Senses Con Dao, located in a beautiful archipelago 40 minutes south of Ho Chi Min City, and Evason Ana Mandara, the only beachfront hotel in downtown Nha Trang. All three resorts are highly recommended (albeit Evason Ana Mandara is not as lavish as the other two), but if you only have a limited amount of time, put Six Senses Ninh Van Bay at the top of your list because it is the greatest of the three Vietnamese Six Senses properties.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is without a doubt one of Vietnam's and Asia's most luxurious and spectacular resorts. The low-key yet high-style resort has a magnificent location, fantastic villa rooms, a superb spa, outstanding restaurants, and first-rate service. It would be difficult to hate this amazing resort, but there are a few things you should know before reserving a vacation here:
The transport by road and speedboat from Nha Trang's international Cam Ranh Airport to the resort takes around 90 minutes, and while convenient (with WiFi aboard), it is not included in the accommodation fee. At the time, the transportation rate from Cam Ranh Airport to the resort by shared minivan, and speed boat was $100 USD per person for each trip.
Stays in hilltop pool villas, water pool villas, rock pool villas, and the rock retreat are not suggested for very young children or physically challenged persons due to the resort's construction and layout, with numerous stairs to traverse in specific sections. If you have trouble walking, I recommend booking a single-level oceanfront property.
The resort grounds are vast, and the ultra-private hilltop villas are somewhat far away, although bicycles and golf buggies are constantly accessible. The meals and spa services are pricey for Vietnam, but not in comparison to other five-star hotels in the vicinity.
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