THE BEST HOTELS IN VIETNAM
NINH VAN BAY
Built into the towering rock formations of Ninh Van Bay stands Six Senses resort. Each luxury villa is either located on the beach, over the water, between the rocks or perched on the mountainside, guaranteeing unobstructed views of the ocean. Regardless of the villa type you book, you’re promised ultimate privacy, with your dedicated Guest Experience Maker on-call all-day, every-day. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay features five diverse dining experiences, the most unique of which would have to be the Wine Cave, an intimate candle-lit dinner for two in a cosy rock cavern.
Even more impressive than the resorts facilities is its contribution to endangered monkey conservation efforts. The landscape surrounding the resort is home to a thriving community of rare Pygathrix Nigripes monkeys, protected by the resort from poaching and habitat destruction. Whilst it’s rare to encounter them, your Guest Experience Maker can arrange for a guided hike into the hills where you can have the privilege of seeing them in their natural habitat.
- Prices for Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$770++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
If your idea of luxury is a secluded jungle paradise without any children in sight, An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay is the resort for you. The first adults-only resort in Vietnam, it’s ideal for couples and honeymooners. Staying in one of the 34 luxurious timber villas provides the ultimate escape, as you’ll find yourself at one with the surrounding nature. The tree-topped peninsula, natural stream and private beach is the ideal backdrop to encourage you to disconnect from the outside world, relax and rejuvenate. Each villa is set into the tropical landscape and comes with a private plunge pool, veranda, and chic decor blending contemporary design with Vietnamese touches.
A genuine retreat means never needing to leave the resort, but if you do want to explore the surrounding area, your butler can organise private day tours to iconic locations. One of the most recommended itineraries is a visit to the sacred Po Nagar Towers on the banks of the Cai River, just 15km from the resort, followed by a trip to the hot springs and world-famous mud baths. Your day ends with a trip to the market where you can immerse yourself in the local culture before returning to the resort, hopefully with a few souvenirs in-hand.
- Prices for An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$270++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Wake up in paradise at Mia Nha Trang Resort, a secluded beach resort nestled in the cliffs of the Nha Trang coastline. With lavishly appointed condos, villas and suites Mia Nha Trang Resort has something to suit every type of traveller, what sets this resort apart from others is its enormous 5 bedroom villa – did someone say girls trip? Just imagine you and your closest friends staying in this 3-storey paradise, apt with private infinity pool, barbecue area, entertainment room… plus options for a private chef and wait staff, babysitters, even someone to do your groceries! You won’t have to lift a finger.
If your idea of a perfect holiday means staying active, there’s plenty to do at Mia Nha Trang Resort. Kayak, stand-up paddleboard, snorkel or even scuba dive offshore from the resort’s private beach. Slow down with yoga and meditation, or speed up with tennis or a run around the 2.5km property. If cardio isn’t really your thing, don’t sweat it! Fully immersive cooking classes will have you whipping up traditional Vietnamese dishes in no time. You’ll even have the opportunity to head to the local market to hand-select the freshest ingredients.
- Prices for Mia Nha Trang Resort, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$270++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa is located on the shoreline of what is arguably one of the best beaches in Vietnam, Khem Beach. Originally built as a 19th-century French university, today the resort has one main purpose – to provide guests with an unparalleled luxury experience. Reimagined into a lavish beachfront playground by world-famous resort architect, Bill Bensley, the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa exudes opulence.
Each room and suite is appointed with plush bedding and private balconies, but if you’re looking for a little more luxe, try one of their spacious villas complete with your own plunge pool. Experience the height of luxury with a stay in the exclusive Lamarck House, a grandiose seven-bedroom colonial-era house equipped with its very own infinity pool, marble bathrooms and panoramic views of Emerald Bay. The resort also features five dining options catering to just about every palate, from classic French cuisine to beachside bar and grill, traditional Vietnamese flavours to exquisite French fine dining. Top the night off at Department of Chemistry Bar and learn a thing or two about the science of mixology whilst enjoying tasty tapas and ocean views.
- Prices for JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$310++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Nam Nghi Phu Quoc is an island retreat where contemporary Vietnamese luxury is amplified by the natural beauty of the surrounds. Escape to an island of pristine beaches, dense tropical jungle and vibrant coral formations, providing guests with both relaxation and adventure. Nestled on the Coral Peninsula, the resort’s aesthetic is inspired by the spirit of the Indochine, with all 63 rooms and 51 villas being beautifully and thoughtfully designed. Admire the sunrise from your balcony overlooking the ocean before setting off on a local adventure.
Phu Quoc is made up of 22 islets, many of which are practically untouched. Set sail on a chartered boat tour, go snorkelling or scuba diving into turquoise waters where rich marine life thrives. Some of the most beautiful to be explored are Hon Mong Tay, Hon May Rut Ngoai, Hon May Rut Trong, and Hon Mot. Want to switch it up from the sea? Become one with nature as you trek through the Phu Quoc National Park, an enormous 314,000sqm UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the island’s northern region. Discover unique flora and fauna, dense mountain ranges and rare wildlife like long-tailed macaques, silver langurs, slow lories, otters, and hornbills.
- Prices for Nam Nghi Phu Quoc – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$150++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Anantara Hoi An Resort sits less than a kilometre from the historic quarter of Hoi An, in a lush garden setting along the Thu Bon River. This boutique luxury hotel offers guests a riverside retreat with 94 rooms and suites spread across perfectly landscaped grounds. Every room features garden or river views from your private balcony or terrace, an indoor living area, outdoor daybeds and photography by local artist Rehahn. Its picturesque location invites guests to stroll along the promenade and into the iconic UNESCO World Heritage site.
Lose yourself in culture as you explore alleyways, discover shrines, visit art galleries and teahouses. Make sure you leave time to visit the My Son ruins, local artisan villages and An Bang Beach. The Thu Bon River is the real centrepiece of Anantara, as guests are invited to enjoy riverfront dining, a quaint terrace featuring a delicious menu of modern-Vietnamese dishes. Their carefully curated menu perfectly reflects the time of day with light authentic dishes for lunch such as banh mi, sweet and savoury afternoon tea delights, sunset cocktails before ending the evening with seafood and local delicacies.
- Prices for Anantara Hoi An Resort, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$240++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Hotel Royal Hoi An – MGallery was inspired by a 16th-century love story that told the tale of Princess Ngoc Hoa and Japanese merchant Sotaro Araki. Standing majestically on the Thu Bon River, Hotel Royal Hoi An reflects their cultural love affair across its 187 rooms and suites. The Sotaro wing of the Hotel Royal boasts a traditional Japanese aesthetic, from rich, dark hardwood floors to beautiful Japanese lanterns casting soft, warm light. The Wakaku wing, is a nod to Hoi An’s unique history merged with Wakaku’s sleek, feminine touch; curvaceous furniture, Tiffany blue pillows and more.
Continuing in this extravagant fashion, take a dip in Hotel Royal’s dreamy rooftop pool, the highest in the city, and be mesmerised by Hoi An’s heritage and charm. Take advantage of your time along the Thu Bon River and cycle to the pier before embarking on a slow sunset cruise down the river. Still can’t get enough of the rooftop poolside views? Return to Hotel Royal for a romantic dinner served poolside with the twinkling lights of Hoi An as your backdrop.
- Prices for Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$125++per night. Click here for best available prices.
The recently refurbished, French-colonial inspired Park Hyatt Saigon features 245 elegantly appointed rooms including 23 lavish suites. Despite its heritage aesthetic, each room comes equipped with the latest modern luxuries, like mini iPads, Nespresso machines and smart lighting systems. Heighten your experience and upgrade to a suite where you can indulge in the additional space of a separate living room, as well as a curated collection of embroidery, antiques and handcrafted artwork by established Vietnamese artists.
Spend the day exploring the most famous local attractions that are all within walking distance of the hotel; Notre Dame Cathedral, the Central Post Office, the Reunification Palace, Opera House on Lam Son Square and the boutiques on Dong Khoi street. Indulge in authentic Vietnamese and French cuisine at Park Hyatt Saigon’s signature restaurant, Square One. Lovers of Italian (that’s everyone, right?) can twirl their forks around freshly made dishes at Opera, before finishing the night off with live performances by resident musicians at the Park Lounge.
- Prices for Park Hyatt Saigon, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$287++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
An Lam Retreats Saigon River is just as its name suggests, a retreat from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh city, nestled under a tropical rainforest canopy 20-minutes downriver from the city. If you’re looking to escape reality, An Lam Retreats Saigon River offers an enchanting blend of privacy, serenity and exclusivity, boasting only 19 suites and villas across a lush garden landscape. For a distinctively Vietnamese culinary experience, Tram’s Cookery invites guests to discover the freshest tastes of Vietnam whilst enjoying the tranquillity of the Saigon River.
If great food and picturesque views of the Saigon River aren’t enough to calm your spirit, go one step further with an indulgent spa treatment. The Spa at An Lam Retreats Saigon River is an experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed, with the private treatment rooms designed to calm both mind and body. An Lam Retreats Saigon River takes luxury that one step further with a bespoke butler service to tend to every detail of your visit. You’ll never feel more at peace!
- Prices for An Lam Retreats Saigon River, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$227.99++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Any stay at the Hôtel des Arts Saigon comes complete with a trip back in time to the 1930s, an era of romance and opulence. The Hôtel des Arts Saigon boasts the classical charm of Indochine Française complemented by all the creature comforts of the modern world. Step into a living art museum masqueraded as a five-star hotel, with the owner’s personal art collection adorning every wall and lose yourself on a journey through time. Spoil yourself to the Executive Studio Suite, 60sqm with refined furnishings custom-built by Vietnamese craftsmen, rosewood floors and plenty of space throughout.
With two restaurants, a cafe and a rooftop bar, the culinary options at Hôtel des Arts Saigon offer a setting for almost every occasion. Café Des Beaux-Arts is a fashionable and sophisticated art-cafe, designed to evoke French elegance and old-world glamour. Savour gourmet rice paper rolls at Saigon Kitchen Restaurant, a charming venue inspired by Asian street food markets. The Rooftop Bar on the 24th floor is the ideal place to overlook Saigon’s glittering skyline, whilst sipping on cocktails next to the highest rooftop infinity pool in the city. Before the night is over, make sure you experience the first and only glass suspension hanging bridge in Ho Chi Minh, connecting the hotel to Centec Tower.
- Prices for Hôtel des Arts Saigon MGallery, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$185++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Fusion Suites Sai Gon is perched in the heart of District 1, just steps from one of Ho Chi Minh City’s oldest parks and a short walk from the famous Ben Thanh Market. Fusion Suites Sai Gon is an understated 76 suite hotel architecturally designed to evoke peace and harmony in the modern urban adventurer. With every suite featuring modern, wooden decor, natural tones and contemporary designs, you’ll likely forget you’re in the middle of Vietnam’s most energetic city. Upgrade your inner-city escape to a luxurious one-bedroom corner suite with a spacious lounge area, integrated kitchenette and 180- degree floor-to-ceiling views.
As with every Fusion property, guests are treated to twice-daily spa treatments and breakfast “anywhere, anytime”. Your trip to Ho Chi Minh wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the taste of Vietnam at Fresh, Fusion’s in-house restaurant boasting seasonal ingredients sourced locally. Satisfy your cultural hunger and explore nearby destinations, like downtown Ho Chi Minh with your your own private guide, take a trip out to the Mekong Delta or head underground at the famous Cu Chi Tunnels.
- Prices for Fusion Suites Saigon, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$104++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi opened its doors at the turn of the century in 1901. A legendary landmark in the Hanoi cityscape, the hotel has been recognised for its contribution to the city’s heritage. As one of the highest regarded luxury hotels in the city, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi has long since been a popular rendezvous for the most prestigious of guests. July 2009 saw the Metropole Hanoi become the world’s first Sofitel Legend hotel, paving the way for a unique collection of heritage hotels and palaces in iconic cities around the globe.
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi features 364 elegant rooms and suites, three of which are named after the hotel’s most prestigious of guests – Charlie Chaplin, Grahame Green and Somerset Maugham. The original colonial grandeur has been lovingly preserved in the Metropole Wing, whilst the refurbished Opera Wing invites guests to enjoy its neo-classical elegance. Once in your room, you’ll never want to leave after you sink into the iconic Sofitel MyBed. If you do manage to pull yourself from its cloud-like wonder, be sure to visit one (or all) of the six bars and restaurants!
- Prices for Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$320++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Located a stone’s throw from picture-perfect My Khe Beach, Fusion Maia Da Nang offers guests a stunning beachfront location across 86 elegant private pool villas. Each villa comes with a luxurious king-size bed set amidst a spacious open plan living and sleeping area, an ensuite with a relaxing rain shower and a courtyard garden with a private pool. Elevate your level of luxury with a two-bedroom villa featuring a jacuzzi, or a three-bedroom villa for extra space. Your luxury escape is complemented by Fusion’s “breakfast, anywhere, anytime”, enjoy breakfast by the pool, in the spa, on by the beach!
Fusion Maia Da Nang boasts that it’s more than a resort, it’s a way of life, and with their signature “all-inclusive” spa service, it’s easy to see why. With an emphasis on wellness, sensibility, and original concepts, Fusion treats its guests to a minimum of not one, but two spa treatments per day. Relax, rejuvenate and detox from the world at Maia Spa Da Nang with an extensive spa menu which aims to redefine the spa experience. Fusion also offers daily yoga, tai chi, gi gong and meditation with the backdrop of the sea and the soundtrack of the waves – sounds perfect to us!
- Prices for Fusion Maia Da Nang, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$419++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
The Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort lays nestled between cascading mountains and the sea. Inspired by traditional Vietnamese architecture with a classic French touch, this 201 room resort invites guests to indulge their senses during their time in paradise. Delight your palate at La Maison 1888, led by three-star Michelin chef, Pierre Gagnaire, sink into bliss at HARNN Heritage Spa or spoil yourself to the ultimate pedicure regimen by world-renowned ‘podiatrist to the stars’ Bastien Gonzalez.
If this ultimate luxury isn’t enough and your soul craves adventure, Chief Concierge Ai Tran has some nearby suggestions. For breathtaking views of surrounding Danang, hike to the top of Monkey Mountain… whilst you have your hiking shoes on, you can also set foot on a guided trek around Son Tra Nature Reserve, where you’ll discover langur monkeys and a 1,000-year-old banyan tree. Top the day off with a cultural excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An Old Town and discover the Chinese temples, French colonial houses and historic canals of this mythic city.
- Prices for Intercontinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$389.50++ per night. Click here for best available prices
Situated in the coastal city of Danang, just a short walk away from Pham Van Dong beach and but a few blocks from Da Nang’s city-centre, Moclan Boutique Hotel is the ideal Vietnamese city break. Each room is minimalistic and contemporary in style, sophisticated and sleek featuring large wooden beds with crisp white sheets, palm-patterned furnishings, pops of deep blues and greens, and well equipped with flat-screen TV’s, electric kettles and air conditioning.
Choose from either the King’s suite balcony offering glorious views of the city or for those seeking ultimate serenity, opt for the Garden view suite with majestic bath which overlooks the hotel’s lush green courtyard. Let the warm and welcoming staff provide you with the best tips to exploring Da Nang, from the best day tours to where you’ll find some of the most delightful food – they’ve got you covered!
- Prices for Moclan Boutique Hotel, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$52++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
OTHER AREAS OF VIETNAM
Discover a land rich in culture and history when you stay at the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai on Vietnam’s central coast. Ideally located in close proximity to three UNESCO World Heritage sites, your stay at The Nam Hai will be one of education and luxury. Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture as you get a glimpse of traditional Vietnamese country life, the Tra Que vegetable village and the Phuoc Hai fishing town, all just a stone’s throw from the resort.
Find comfort in your luxurious villa overlooking the sea or landscaped gardens and delight in outdoor rain showers and spacious living areas. Take it up a notch with a pool villa, offering total privacy, perfect for families or groups, plunge into your heated pool, savour your meals under a private pavilion and have your every need tended to by your personal butler. Reach total inner peace with a visit to The Nam Hai Spa, guided by renowned Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, whose signature treatments focus not only on wellness but also compassion. His signature ritual aims to align your internal rhythm to the heart of the Earth using quartz, Hoi An agarwood smoke, sound and breathing rituals and deep pressure massage.
- Prices for Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$620++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Six Senses Con Dao is Vietnam’s first top-rated resort, sitting pretty in the protected landscape of a national and marine park. Its contemporary design draws inspiration from traditional fishing villages and its 50 villas invite guests to reinvigorate in a tropical haven. Choose between a single-level or duplex villa, ranging from one to four bedrooms, and find peace in your private infinity pool and secluded outdoor bathroom.
If you’re looking for a little excitement, get out on the ocean in a speedboat for a snorkelling tour of Hon Tai and Bay Canh or Cau islands. Your guide will take you to all the best snorkelling spots to see some of the 1,493 species of marine life and the best coral formations in the country in this premier marine protected area. There’s still plenty of activities at the resort, practice your golf swing from the Elephant Mountain platform and hit a few EcoBioBalls into the mass expanse of ocean. The best part is, the balls are completely biodegradable and dissolve into fish food within 48 hours.
- Prices for Six Senses Con Dao, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$560++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Surrounded on three sides by towering mountains, Anantara Quy Nhon Villas sits overlooking the picturesque Bay of Quy Nhon. A mere 26 villas are spread across seven acres of tropical gardens, fronted by a private beach. Every villa comes with panoramic floor-to-ceiling views so you can watch the sunrise unobstructed, or bliss out by your pool as your butler serves you Vietnamese iced coffee and gourmet street eats.
Quy Nhon is the home of Viet Vo Dao, a traditional Vietnamese practice focused on achieving moral refinement through physical movement and mindfulness. Experience this art form starting with a visit to the local martial arts museum before returning to your private villa with your monogrammed martial arts belt. Your personal martial arts instructor will then guide you through the steps as you master Viet Vo Dao. If martial arts isn’t your cup of tea, then maybe a private island picnic is more up your alley. Anantara Quy Nhon Villas is surrounded by deserted islands, perfect for secluded gourmet picnics prepared and served by your butler. Top your meal off with a sunset snorkel in the surrounding crystal-clear waters.
- Prices for Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$450++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
Banyan Tree Lang Co is a sensory escape nestled between the East Vietnam Sea and the Truong Son mountain range in central Vietnam. Ideal for travellers looking to reinvigorate in a luxury retreat that’s conveniently located amongst three UNESCO World Heritage sites – Hoi An Ancient Town, the Imperial Citadel of Hue and My Son Sanctuary. Banyan Tree Lang Co invites guests to escape into a world where the grandeur of the past meets the luxuries of the present, where the natural beauty of the area remains practically untouched.
With five different villas types to choose from, it’s hard to overlook the one-bedroom sea-view villa if you’re looking for a romantic getaway, the spacious 152sqm villa is tucked into the hillside offering magnificent views of the East Sea, a comfortable outdoor lounge to sit in awe of your surroundings and a pristine infinity pool. There are five unique dining options, delight in seafood and Mediterranean cuisine at Azura beachfront restaurant or taste the flavours of Thailand and enjoy ocean views at Saffron. Discover authentic Vietnamese cuisine at The Water Court or revel in an unforgettable, romantic dinner for two wherever you choose. The next morning, step up your #instagame with a vibrant floating breakfast served in the privacy of your pool and get the shot of your Instagram dreams whilst sipping a mimosa.
- Prices for Banyan Tree Lang Co, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$370++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
This dreamy seaside resort has just about every luxury you need for a contemporary beach getaway. Avani Quy Nhon Resort invites guests to slow down and take it easy in one of their 63 spacious rooms or suites, all with panoramic ocean views. Sink your toes into the sand of their private beach, sunbathe poolside or beachside or take a dip in the pool and come up for air at their Gio pool bar. Satisfy your tastebuds at Tre cliff-top restaurant and indulge in freshly caught seafood, sizzling steaks or authentic Vietnamese cuisine, all cooked before your eyes at live cooking stations.
Retreat to the comfort of your room or suite for an uninterrupted slumber and wake up to the sun bursting over the ocean from your private balcony. Once you’re ready to take on the day, explore nearby attractions like Binh Dinh deep sea fishing, guided by a local fisherman onboard a traditional sailing boat. Fancy a round of golf? Tee off from sand dunes overlooking turquoise waters as you conquer the 36 hole course. Go back in time with a guided tour of Quy Nhon’s history and watch in awe as carvings from 11th century Cham dynasty take on a whole new life.
- Prices for Avani Quy Nhon Resort & Spa, one of the best hotels in Vietnam, start at US$135++ per night. Click here for best available prices.
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