These resorts in Vietnam offer serious luxury—and many add new meaning to the phrase ‘getting lost.’ Here are the top retreats in our beautiful country—a mix of mountain hideouts, beachfront villas, and lots of infinity pools—as voted by travelers on CN Traveler Website during this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2016.
Angsana Lăng Cô, Central Vietnam
Why you love it: Set in the midst of not one but three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Central Vietnam)—the Old Town of Hoi An, the Imperial City of Hue, and My Son’s Cham Kingdom Sanctuaries are only about an hour and a half’s drive away—Angsana Lăng Cô will please travelers looking for both calm and culture. The rooms are modern with a Vietnamese twist—clean and bright, with pops of red and orange artwork, and views of either the surrounding Truong Son mountains or ocean—but it’s what’s on your to-do list that stands out. Among the attractions are the Sir Nick Faldo-designed, 18-hole golf course, and, of course, excursions to the historic sites.
Banyan Tree, Lăng Cô, Central Vietnam
Why you love it: You’ll want to dive straight in at Banyan Tree Lăng Cô. The all-pool-villa resort, about 90 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hue and Hoi An, makes taking a dip part of the destination. The resort’s main pool isn’t as large as the one over at nearby Angsana Lăng Cô, also in the Banyan Tree family, but guests are welcome to make the three-minute bike ride over and take a dip if they want. That shortcoming, however, is also one of the perks of this 62-room paradise—it’s smaller (about a quarter of the number of rooms) and more intimate than its neighbor. Each villa is beautifully furnished with Vietnamese details like pitched roofs and lacquered wooden furniture, but the Sanctuary Pool Villa is the one to book, where a reservation comes with an unlimited supply of spa treatments.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
Why you love it: This tranquil resort is up to speed on everything, from room design to winning beach bar concepts and spa service. Reborn as a Four Seasons property in December 2016, it’s undergone at least half a dozen upgrades and updates, like the introduction of a kids’ club, a Vietnamese cooking school, and eight new Family Villas. Of course, some things haven’t changed—the resort and its terra-cotta tile-roofed cottages still sit on the remains of a former fishing village, with a preserved historic temple to boot. The beachfront location, lined with 4,500 coconut palm trees and crowned with three infinity pools (family, Olympic-sized, and lap), continues to provide a perfect vacation backdrop.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Why you love it: Camp out at the beach-facing InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, among the thick overgrowth on Monkey Mountain, just above a private bay of the Son Tra Peninsula. The hilltop cluster of white, pitched-roof hideouts encompasses 200 suites, villas, and penthouses; it’s spread across four levels—Heaven, Sky, Earth, and Sea—and linked by a neat, treetop-rustling funicular train. Dinner at any place but La Maison 1888, a mansion styled after an antique French villa, would be a small tragedy: With a three-star Michelin chef and striking views, you get a meal and a show.