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Island retreat

Released at: 16:22, 25/11/2015

Island retreat

In a jungle setting, An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas gives guests all the peace and serenity needed during a getaway.

by Linh San

Having stayed at other resorts around Ninh Van Bay we have realized that An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas is a peaceful place for relaxing.

The resort is located on a remote island and is 45 minutes by from the center of Nha Trang, set in the middle of a jungle. It’s unlike most other places we have ever visited, with a huge expansive space and rooms with coconut thatched roofs and high ceilings that allow the heat to escape as fresh air is constantly pulled in. 

The resort covers 14 ha with only 33 villas. The concept is friendly on the natural surroundings, with all villas respecting the privacy of guests while providing a large area and private pool in each villa. The living areas range from 80 to 170 sq m, with a private veranda, terrace, and swimming pool, built from timber and rock.

This organic construction is present throughout the property but is especially noticeable in the flooring, which is made from thick black stone from central Vietnam that helps create a fresh feel and appearance in every area. Although they were not originally intended to be part of the resort, the local wildlife has also become a standard and adds to the overall essence of the resort’s vision.

“An Lam is luxury resort but friendly and easygoing, with no arrogance or stiff attitude,” said Mr. Antoine Sirot, An Lam’s General Manger. “That makes everyone feel comfortable. Wherever they come from, we want them to feel at ease and respect the traditions of their own country.” This is why the resort has welcomed a guest mix from all five continents who enjoy a great time together in the same place.

We chose a beachfront villa set in an exclusive, private location with stunning views over Ninh Van Bay. An open plan layout takes full advantage of the spectacular views and creates an inviting indoor/outdoor ambience. Each villa has a personalized butler service and is fitted out with every modern convenience, including iPod docking stations, wi-fi, and high-definition TVs. When we want to forget about technology and just relax, we can spend hours in a hammock or on sun lounges.

The An Lam Ninh Van Bay resort indulges its guests with exquisite food. The menu is never set and, as another outstanding feature, the guests’ own personal menu can be created if they desire. It has a live cooking show outdoors on the restaurant’s deck, where guest can see and select what they want and it will be cooked and delivered to their table by the wait staff. “We emphasize local culinary specialties, especially seafood, prepared the Vietnamese way in front of guests,” Mr. Sirot said:

We were amazed by the resort’s assortment of spa treatments. The private spa area is secluded to say the least, offering serene and peaceful surroundings inside the tropical forest away from the rest of the resort. From head to toe, and filling our senses with serenity, the resort’s spa helped us relax and their treatment was another memory to take home. 

An Lam Ninh Van Bay is now preparing end of year events at the resort. For Christmas and New Year they welcome families and everything possible is done to provide enjoyment. Children’s activities are organized, like boat sailing, snorkeling or fishing, which gives the parents time relax and enjoy a great spa treatment.

Mr. Sirot said next year the resort intends to improve some of its services and refresh the villas.

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