There’s no shortage of reasons to visit Vietnam: the food, the history, the culture. But most who make their way to this corner of Indochina find themselves yearning for the beach. To be sure, there’s no shortage, however, to get the right mix of quiet, sand, and style, there are a few you should put at the top of your “go now” list.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Located on the private Ha My Beach in Vietnam’s culturally rich heartland, the Nam Hai Four Seasons resort is a crown jewel of Southeast Asian luxury. The seaside resort is uniquely positioned for guests to take full advantage of one of the nation’s most celebrated beaches. Expertly guided activities and experiences are available that range from snorkeling and kayaking to a guided boat tour with a local fisherman that is followed by an authentic Vietnamese lunch right beside the water’s edge.
And for those looking to relax rather than venture out, the private access to Ha My Beach allows for tranquil sunbathing and unparalleled views out across the sea; guests may also opt to relax with an afternoon cocktail in the shade by a palm-fringed infinity pool. There is even an elevated bar serving snacks and drinks inspired by the central coast – the in-house favorite is the pandan pepper cocktail – that sits mere steps away from the alabaster beach sands.
JW Marriott Phu Quoc
This five-star beachfront hotel and resort rests along the white sand and surf of Khem Beach, a peaceful area that is locally considered one of the most beautiful pieces of shoreline on the island of Phu Quoc. Interiors also feature design touches from star architect Bill Bensley, but the resort’s many opportunities at seaside tranquility and relaxation take center stage. Guided activities on offer include saltwater fly fishing and scuba diving excursions, and nearby Phu Quoc National Park is home to excellent hiking and wildlife watching for nature enthusiasts.
JW Marriott Phu Quoc facilities are masterfully integrated into the idyllic island surroundings, allowing guests to enjoy fine French entrees and expertly mixed cocktails while marveling at the Emerald Bay, which sits just beyond their dinner table. The in-house spa, Chanterelle, is a perfect retreat for a massage, steam room session, or a refreshing dip in the plunge pool after a day spent out in the sun.
Six Senses Con Dao
For luxury travelers who desire ample private beach access and plenty of chances to explore, the Six Senses Con Dao is pleasantly remote and is located along more than a mile of Dat Doc Beach. The sapphire-blue waters and striking background of the Lo Voi Mountains make this one of the most scenic resorts in all of Vietnam.
Historic sites and opportunities for watersports and marine recreation are also abundant near the resort; among some of the experiences offered are snorkeling, participating in the release of native turtle hatchlings, spending the early morning on a traditional fishing boat with a local guide, adventuring for a day on the picturesque island of Bay Canh, and island hopping to see the underwater life surrounding Con Son, Vietnam’s premier Marine Protected Area. Elegant, spacious villas fitted with private infinity pools await guests returning from days spent enjoying life by the sea.
The Intercontinental Danang resort is tucked away within a lush nature reserve on the Son Tra Peninsula in Vietnam. The resort’s private bay, which is a short drive from the UNESCO World Heritage historic town of Hoi An, is an area of outstanding natural beauty with golden beaches bordered by tropical forests that are home to more than 300 varieties of plants, along with a number of extremely rare and endangered animal species.
Luxury travelers will find their stay here filled with touches of high-end luxury, such as Bill Bensley-designed interiors and access to two private pools in addition to the tropical seclusion of the half-mile-long private beach. The Intercontinental Danang is also home to the seaside HARNN Heritage Spa, which was named by World Luxury Spa Awards 2017 as “Global Spa of the Year” and more recently as “Vietnam’s Best Resort Spa” at the World Spa Awards 2018.
This seaside wilderness retreat in Vietnam’s Núi Chúa National Park stands above the clear waters of Vinh Hy Bay — perhaps the most luxurious resort in all of Vietnam. The guest experience features an award-winning spa and residence-style accommodations, complete with private living pavilions and infinity pools, as pictured above.
Beyond the confines of the resort, Amanoi capitalizes on its picturesque setting on the sea and the national park. Thriving coral species can be glimpsed from a guided boat ride along the coast, and nearby Hom Beach is a natural breeding ground for rare sea turtles.
Anantara Quy Nhon
With 26 luxuriously appointed pool villas spread out across seven acres of tropical gardens, Anantara Quy Nhon offers a private cove with convenient beach access and far-ranging views of the Bay of Quy Nhon. All villas feature private pools of their own and are located right on the beach, making a transition from a relaxing infinity pool soak to an oceanfront swim a matter of a few steps.
Anantara Quy Nhon’s oceanfront accommodations also feature outdoor sundecks with loungers that are perfect for al-fresco dining. Beyond the confines of the resort are many other marine attractions and chances to participate in guided waterfront activities like snorkeling and martial arts on the beach. The cliffside jungle spa is also not one to miss with its Thai massage pavilion overlooking the ocean. Treatments on the menu include signature massages, hydramemory facials, milky coconut baths, and even chakra crystal balancing.