Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
This envy-inducing eco-chic resort is set in a sublime bay accessible only by boat – dramatic, smooth, granite boulders frame a picture perfect crescent of golden sand. You share the sea here with just a few other guests and a handful of local lobster fishermen in their traditional coracles. This is a total escape from reality.
The 59 villas, all with pools, are set along the beach, dotted through the hillside or built into granite boulders. There is a seriously ‘at one with nature’ barefoot appeal here with absolutely no compromise on the luxury. Think reclaimed polished teak and beautiful handcrafted bathtubs with airy drapes wafting in the warm breeze.
Water Villas are perched directly on the water’s edge with wood steps leading down into the sea – sheer heaven for water babies; they also have a private deck and delightful plunge pool. The Rock Pool Villas are a particular favourite of ours; perched between the granite boulders they look as if moulded by nature with plunge pools set into the rocks. Hilltop Villas have truly spectacular vistas facing the mountain ranges of Nha Trang and the East Vietnam Sea, whilst the Beach Front Pool Villas offer direct beach access.
Dining by the Bay offers east-meets-west and an Asian-fusion inspired menu, while Dining by the Pool is an anything-goes, casual lunch spot. Dining by the Rocks is the signature dining performance in a natural, yet very intimate, setting overlooking the bay. For cocktails and mocktails head to Drinks by the Bay which is open long after the sun has set.
If it’s a sanctuary for the senses that you are after then look no further than the exceptional Six Senses Spa; pamper yourself with a traditional Vietnamese or signature treatment or indulge in a complete Yogic wellness programme.
No matter how hard you try it is impossible to be bored here. For the early birds, there is early morning Tai Chi or yoga and for the energetic, mountain hiking trails, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling and boat charters. If you can bear to tear yourself away from this magical piece of paradise, head out into the countryside on a cyclo tour, explore Nha Trang or perhaps take a boat trip down the Cai River ending at the hot springs for a wallow in the mineral-rich mud!