Short vacation? always opt for sandy beaches ~ enjoy the sun, the spa and get a nice tan if you are up for it!
Two years ago, I read an article about Bill Bensley, an innovative architect who designed over 100 hotels and resorts. Since then, I’ve always wanted to visit one of them..I fulfilled my wish in April 2017 ~ I’ve booked and stayed at the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort.
Here’s how to spend 3 nights in this hillside resort surrounded by monkeys (lots of friendly monkeys!), overlooking the Pacific Ocean… (yes, you’ll never get bored). Eat, spa, wine and dine, sun tan, and repeat!
Unblocked jungle, ocean view and cleverly designed architecture.. the rooms and villas are split in 4 levels – Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea, accessible by funicular lift. All rooms come with a spacious balcony where you can enjoy stunning views of the sea. Wide range of activities ~ tennis, beach volleyball, basket boating, paddle boarding and many more.. Excellent Spa by HARNN – tranquil spa set around a lagoon with the best treatments in Danang and a nice treat to the world’s finest pedicure by Bastien Gonzalez.
An occasional fine (French) dining experience, at La Maison 1888, home to the world-renowned Three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. Great ambience, delectable menu and excellent service from Stephen and crew. I’ve also had the privilege visiting the kitchen to check out dessert preparation, thanks to Chef Fred(eric). Delicious dining options ~ don’t forget to try a bowl of delicious Pho for breakfast at Citron and enjoy daily happy hour at the Long Bar.
What excites me the most during this trip would be the endless photography of the nature, beautiful resort architecture, interior and art decor. I found my way discovering the most incredible piece of work within the hotel (located in one of the restaurant!). The restrooms at Citron ~ a clever design by Mr. Bensley. And yes, I sneaked into male restroom for a few snaps..
Throughout my stay, I was well taken care by my Vietnamese friends (Mr. and Mrs. Phuong) whom I met at the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi 6 years ago ~ what a lovely surprise seeing them at the Intercontinental while I was busy looking out for the hidden monkey decors around the resort.
I’ve missed the Marble Mountains, Cham Island, Bach Ma National Park, Dragon Bridge and day trip in Hoi An, but I’ve indulged myself in a magical retreat, and found myself reasons to visit the Central Coast of Vietnam again.
Treat yourself well, do something nice, because you deserve it