‘Don’t go to Vietnam for the weather,’ is what I always advise. Because while you get dry, sunny days in one region, another will be humid and sticky. You’ll get good days and bad. So when I arrived at Amanoi in the driving rain, off-season, the climate wasn’t a surprise for me. Falling in love with the resort in spite of this, however, was a real turn-up for the books.
Set in the heart of a national park and surrounded by dramatic, rocky hills overlooking a pretty cove, Amanoi is all about the setting. There is a small but perfectly formed beach, a nearby fishing village, some great hiking and biking, and even a smattering of local temples. This is somewhere to relax completely, read a book beneath the spectacular backdrop, unwind in a stunning and spacious spa and sample some fabulous, local and international cuisine.
I’d expected to spend my time at Amanoi wondering how to fit this property into a Vietnam itinerary – would you end here or start here? However, over the days exploring and relaxing, it became clear to me that this is a destination in itself. Very much its own entity, this experience could form part of a tour, but it could also be an end in itself, particularly given the wellness programmes, the superb cuisine and (these days) the good flight connections.
The hotel occupies a huge parcel of land, but with only a smattering of villas, I wondered whether it would feel soulless, especially off-season. It’s hard to put my finger on what tipped the balance but even with a low-ish occupancy it was fun and convivial. I guess that’s the sign of a great team, a sympathetic architect, a sociable general manager, a creative chef and inspired staff. Amanoi had all those ingredients, and a superb dish it served up, too.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Resort Experience
- Guided snorkeling, kayak or hobie cat excursion in Vinh Hy Bay
- VIP welcome
- Bottle of champagne upon arrival
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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