This post was written by my cheeky monkey friend Beth @ Thefashionlesslife.com
Of all of the designer accommodations available in Vietnam, Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay is one that moves to a different beat. Isolated from dizzying city lights and the roar of rush hour traffic, the island resort invites guests to take time out of their hectic lifestyles and appreciate the peace and serenity that only Mother Nature can offer.
Accessible only by a 20 minute boat ride, Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay’s secluded location stands out from popular resort town of Nha Trang. Upon arrival guests are greeted by a long stretch of white beach unsullied by mass tourism. Dotted along the coast are 58 pool villas, each ensconced in dense green foliage to ensure privacy. Built to reflect its natural surroundings, each unit features thatched roofs, timber beams and dried palm leaves lining the ceiling. Such rustic charm is given an added boost with al fresco bathrooms and open air living rooms, while private affinity pools, plush bedding and 24 hour butler service bring a touch of extravagance to this secluded heaven.
Like all other eco-conscious Six Senses properties, the boutique establishment is designed to blend into its environment, with no plastic, chemicals, bleach or paint used during the construction. Where possible local bamboo has been used for fences and wall cladding, while the majority of wood used has been recycled. These painstaking efforts have earned Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay accolades at the 2008 Annual Guide Awards setting an admirable example for others to emulate.
The resort’s dedication towards nature preservation may give it a rural outlook, yet guests need not worry when modern conveniences are at hand. Satellite television, broadband Internet access and DVD players enable guests to stay in touch, although most will prefer to spend their time outdoors basking in the sun and luxuriating in the island’s tranquil splendour.
With the lush island at one’s disposal, guests will feel the urge to head out as much as possible. Water sports enthusiasts can take advantage if the bay’s limpid waters, while the island’s hilly terrain provides guests with an appealing alternative to keep fit. Tucked away in the hillside is the world-renowned Six Senses Spa, offering a plethora of massages as well as local treatments such as Vietnamese facials and baths. From adrenaline-packed jaunts to lazy, indulgent afternoons, Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay’s comprehensive facilities are sure to cater to all tastes.
Should dining be more one’s cup of tea, get acquainted with the diverse cuisines offered by the resort. Dining by the Bay capitalises on its panoramic beach views with al fresco seating and a repertoire of local, fusion and international specialities. Dining by the Pool offers Vietnamese and international fare in the glow of candlelight, while dining by the Rocks presents a smorgasbord of flavours in an intimate setting overlooking the ocean.
For a truly exceptional experience, take a short boating excursion out to the various hidden coves, with a personal chef and waiter in tow. As the sun disappears over the horizon, guests can toast yet another spectacular day spent at Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay.
58 Pool Villas
Dining by the Bay- international and fusion
Dining by the Rocks- fine dining
Dining by the Pool- Vietnamese and international
Drinks by the Bay: bar- wine cave
Six Senses Spa, private infinity pool, in-villa butler, mini wine cellar, satellite TV, high-speed internet access, water sports and dive facilities, fitness centre, trekking and nature trails, library, business facilities
Designed to blend into the surroundings
Use of natural and recycled materials
Recycled water programme
Low energy consumption due to naturally ventilated design
Use of solar energy
Organic vegetable garden
Nha Trang, Hon Rom, Hon Mot and Hon Mun
Nin Hoa, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam, Tel: +8458 372 8222, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.sixsenses.com
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