Part of the legendary stunning Six Senses collection of resorts and spas, Ninh Van Bay is set in an dramatic horseshoe shaped bay in the East Vietnam Sea, with white powdery beaches and a backdrop of lush rainforest foliage and mountains towering behind. And the fact that it’s reached by boat transfer only heightens the sense of exclusivity, just like arriving at your own paradise island.
The name Six Senses is synonymous with the spa concept, and at Ninh Van Bay the design and setting of the spa treatment rooms alone is enough to take your breath away. The extensive menu of spa treatments incorporate indigenous plants and herbs – try the Exotic Orange Body Polish or the Vietnamese Green Tea Scrub for a truly authentic experience. Then there’s the Thai Silk Facial or Vietnamese massage – whatever you choose, you will be scrubbed, stroked, stretched and pummelled into a delightful state of relaxation and wellbeing. The spa also includes yoga pavilions, a gym and a hair salon, so there’s no excuse for not looking and feeling your best.
Accommodation here is a mixture of 58 rustic villas, all with private pools and located on the beach, tucked away up in the hills or over dramatic rock pool formations. The entire resort was designed and built with the Six Senses ethos of sustainability and environmental responsibility, and blends beautifully into the natural setting. And of course, being Six Senses, no detail or luxury is spared. There are elevated open-plan bedrooms, bathrooms that give out on to private gardens, outdoor showers, handcrafted wooden bathtubs, traditional teakwood furniture, and crisp white linens, not to mention WiFi, satellite TV, hair dryers and in-villa wine cellars. For larger parties, there are two-bedroom Beach Front Pool Villas and Hill Top Pool Villas, and the pièce de résistance, the two-bedroom Rock Retreat, made up of a cluster of separate pavilions for dining, living, sleeping and a spa area. All of which comes with its own private 24-hour butler service. The last word in barefoot luxury!
If you can tear yourself away from the spa, Ninh Van Bay also offers tennis, volleyball and badminton, and beautiful hiking trails where you can lose yourself among the lush tropical foliage, without actually getting lost. If watersports are more your thing, the Experience Centre offers everything from paddle boarding, Scuba diving and wake boarding to snorkeling, fishing trips and boat charters. There are plenty of excursions for those who want to venture further afield, and a supervised children’s club with all kinds of activities to keep the smaller guests happy.
At the Main Restaurant you can enjoy an Asian-Western breakfast and international fusion menu for dinner, with a gentle ocean breeze and stunning views across the bay. The Signature Restaurant offers local meat and seafood in a natural setting overlooking Ninh Van Bay, while the split-level dining experience of the pool restaurant offers traditional Vietnamese and Western lunches, and seasonal themed buffet dinners, with views of the pool or a 360-degree panorama on the top floor. For drinks, the evening bar is open as long as you’re still propping it up – perfect for sundowners or post-dinner digestifs. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, the Wine Cave is an authentic hillside rock cavern that makes a perfect setting for an intimate dinner. Finally, if you want to take a bit of Ninh Van Vay away with you, cookery classes are also available with Ninh Van Bay’s masterchefs, and you get to eat the results with a glass of wine afterwards!
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