Few things inspire rest and rejuvenation more than the soothing sounds of the sea coupled with healing spa treatments, fine dining and exceptional hospitality.

Victoria Hoi An Beach Resort and Spa

hoi an victoria beach resort and spa

A short drive from Hội An’s historical quarter, this eminently lovely boutique offers cosy rooms by the sea. Much of the resort’s distinctive aesthetic was derived from nearby fishing villages, grounding it in the local culture and imbuing it with a strong sense of place. The palm-lined pool beckons guests to catch the last, long, golden rays of each day. If you can pry yourself from the loungers, take an exhilarating ride on a vintage motorbike sidebar through neighbouring vegetable gardens and rice paddies. You might find yourself stopping to chat with locals or swerving to avoid a lazily grazing water buffalo.

The Nam Hai

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It doesn’t get more opulent than this sleekly designed haven, which draws aesthetic inspiration from ancient feng shui philosophy and the architecturally striking Tu Duc royal tombs in Hué. As you enter, a series of tiered infinity pools, culminating in an Olympic-sized stunner that appears to melt into the cobalt sea in the distance, make a dramatic first impression. An icon since the day it opened, the resort’s timeless style and regular renovations have preserved its status among the global elite. The 100 villas range in size from one-bedrooms perfect for a romantic getaway to lavish five-bedroom retreats with infinity pools and private butlers. Despite its size, the resort feels intimate thanks to the warm, personalised quality of the service and the extraordinary attention to detail. Days here start with some of the finest pain au chocolat this side of Paris, as well as a Bloody Mary bar, mango-passion fruit Bellinis, hand-carved honeycomb, and all manner of cooked-to-order Benedicts and other brunch staples. If you can bear to leave the pools, the resort’s private kilometre-long beach makes for the loveliest of sunset strolls.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

A marvel of modern design courtesy of Bill Bensley, the mastermind behind some of Asia’s most visually arresting five-stars, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort occupies a prime piece of hillside overlooking the turquoise waters of ‎Biển Đông. Traditional motifs drawn from ancient Vietnamese temples are scattered throughout the villas and interiors. Ornate windows recall the form of Hội An’s flickering lanterns, while carved lions, dragons and other beasts add to the ambiance. The 700-metre private beach is perfect for swimming, sunning or simply sinking your toes into the amber-hued sand.

Six Senses Con Dao

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With crystalline waves and white sand for days, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had stumbled upon a Crusoe fantasy at this remote retreat. The resort’s untrammelled surrounds are part of a protected national marine park that extends throughout the Côn Đảo archipelago. Rather than mar the natural beauty of Côn Sơn Island, the resort sticks to an understated aesthetic reminiscent of a traditional fishing village. Underneath that minimalist-chic facade though, you’ll find state-of-the-art amenities including an award-winning spa and a sophisticated Asian-fusion eatery right on the beach.

Fusion Maia Da Nang Resort

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Unlimited daily spa treatments make this unabashedly luxe retreat ideal for those seeking a little extra pampering. All guests stay in private pool villas decked out in contemporary style and flooded with sunlight from immense windows. You could easily spend a week here indulging in healing massages, beauty rituals, and energy treatment without exploring all the options on the exhaustive spa menu.

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc

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Heralded as the region’s hottest up-and-coming destination for years, Phú Quốc has managed to retain its somnolent charms and chilled out vibes in spite of its rising popularity. Locals here still ply the waters in wooden craft and produce the finest fish sauce in the region, much as they have for generations. Nestled among the palm-fringed shores, this graceful French Colonial-inspired manor exudes Old World elegance with its dark wood detailing and light-filled rooms. Abundant greenery lends an intimate atmosphere to the place, which feels at times like a private retreat despite its 70 guest rooms and suites.

Anantara Mui Ne

The Anantara Mui Ne

Situated on a quiet stretch of the ‎Biển Đông coastline, this plush resort exudes a beachy, breezy atmosphere. Days around the pool slow to a languid pace and tend to centre around sipping cocktails at the swim-up bar or relaxing with one of the signature Vietnamese-inspired spa treatments. While the stylish suites and villas certainly provide a draw, most guests choose to stay and return to this place for its unimpeded access to the seashore. The sounds of the ocean are omnipresent throughout the property and the powdery sands are never more than a few steps away.


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It may be set high up in the hills on the cusp of Núi Chúa National Park, but the unspoiled sands of Vĩnh Hy Bay are never more than a leisurely amble away and the sweeping views of ‎Biển Đông more than make up for the minor exertion. The private beach may not be the country’s most spectacular, but its secluded location adds an undeniable charm. Amanoi’s design is so striking and the service so accommodating that you make never want to venture down to the coastline at all. Instead, many guests choose to while away the hours sunning themselves by the jaw-dropping infinity pool, an aquamarine marvel crafted to induce instant Instagram envy.

Banyan Tree Lang Co

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From the superb Sir Nick Faldo-designed 18-hole golf course to an award-winning spa, this ocean-side oasis has everything a traveller could possibly want. To add a touch of romance to any holiday, the resort offers couples’ yoga, cooking classes and cycling tours, as well as boat excursions and visits to some of the area’s renowned UNESCO sites. With a setting this lovely, it’s equally tempting to simply pull up a lounger and soak in the equatorial sunshine.

In this article:

The Nam Hai: http://www.ghmhotels.com/en/nam-hai

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort: http://danang.intercontinental.com

Six Senses Con Dao: http://www.sixsenses.com/resorts/con-dao/destination

Fusion Maia Da Nang Resort: http://maiadanang.fusion-resorts.com

La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc: http://www.laverandaresorts.com

Anantara Mui Ne: http://mui-ne.anantara.com

Amanoi: http://www.aman.com/resorts/amanoi

Banyan Tree Lang Co: http://www.banyantree.com/en/ap-vietnam-lang-co

by Diana Hubbell

A former editor at Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia and a current contributor to The Guardian, Travel + Leisure, VICE, Voyeur, and SilverKris, among others, Diana Hubbell has been smitten with Southeast Asia for years. She is currently obsessed with Vietnamese street food and is already plotting where to find her next bowl of phở. You can follow her work at her website, dianahubbell.com.