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Vietnam – Anatara Mui Ne Resort & Spa

Vietnam – Anatara Mui Ne Resort & Spa

The views from the entrance of Anantara are first Vietnam resort embody its Sanskrit name, which means ‘without end’. From the rased exception, guests can peer down at the airy L’Anmien restaurant, with it tables and chairs that spill out onto a low deck bordering a lotus pond. A lagoon extends  through the centre of the resort until a rocky transition transforms it into a sleek, slate- grey pool flanked by lugers, a swim- up bar and palm trees. Beyond is the chalky sand beach and endless sea, where thing chai (Vietnam’s famous bamboo fishing boats) bob on the waves.

At Anantara’s seaside restaurant- named in the boats’ honour- couples relax in rattan chairs and dine on fresh seafood, sheltered from the wind by glass screens. The 89 rooms, suites, and villas have spacious, slate- tiled showers and baths; the 20 private- pool villas have rain showers set in tropical gardens. All incorporate images of thing in the décor. Anatara’s intimate spa also draws inspiration from the region: the dragon fruit body polish is made from the locally farmed delicacy; vanilla frown in the region is infused into the oil for the four- gab massage. Vanilla is also used in executive chef Alain Nguyen’s signature sauce. The Alain Ducasse- trained chef’s carefully tailored degustation menu is sensational and guests are invited to choose their dining venue- glass- encased wine cellar, a candle- lit thing on the beach in which to sample his French cooking, infused with his Vietnammese heritage and passion for experimentation

Description: Bed room

Bed room

When to go

In the dry season, November to April

Room to book

The one- bedroom beachfront pool villa for unobstructed sea views from the bed or private pool. 00 84 62 3741 888; www.anantara.com. Doubles from US$180

Fusion Maia Resort, Danang

Description: Fusion Maia Resort, Danang

Fusion Maia Resort, Danang

Viewed from the stretch of road along China Beach, the Fusion Maia does not look like a Hot List hotel. But tucked away behind the tall granite walls there are 87 private- pool suites and villas, all with access to unlimited spa treatments. Each open- plan, L- shaped bedroom has a rain shower, sunken stone bathtub, outdoor courtyard and plunge pool hidden behind an ochre- coloured brick wall and dense bamboo planting. The Maia Spa has 16 treatment rooms, connected by breezy white corridors and set around a verdant tropical garden. Everything on the treatment menu is included in the room rate; even during peak periods, guests are guaranteed a minimum of two treatments a day (although booking well in advance is recommended). Next to the spa are the restaurant, five, for seafood, and the aptly named Tonic bar, which serves an all- day tapas menu of Asian fusion dishes such as shitake mushroom yakitori and pork dumplings in ginger sauce. There are views from the restaurants of the 27- metre infinity pool, the white- sand beach and South China Sea. The resort can organize hikes in the My Son Hindu ruins from the Champa Kingdom and there is a free shuttle bus into Hoi an, the former trading town with 19th- century colonial architecture and cobblestone alleys.

Description: Fusion Maia Resort, Danang

Fusion Maia Resort, Danang

When to go

Between February and May, when it is hot but not sweltering and the rain season has not settled in

Broom to book

The 400- square- metre, two- bedroom deluxe beach villas are by far the most spacious. 00 84 511 3967 999; www.funsionmaiadanang.com. Pool suites US$ 330

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