Nha Trang’s only beachfront resort
Tran Phu Blvd, Nha Trang T: (058) 352 2222 F: (058) 352 5828
Nha Trang city is famed for its beach but if you dream of tumbling out of your beachfront villa at dawn and straight into the ocean, you can only do that at one – yes, one – resort. Evason Ana Mandara is the only accommodation in downtown Nha Trang that is directly on the sand. All other hotels are separated from the beach by busy Tran Phu Boulevard.
Part of Six Senses Group, this luxury resort is almost flawless. We love the low-key and intimate feel, despite it being situated at the southern end of the main drag. Saunter through the front gate and the noise disappears. The resort is classic and elegant. Natural materials have been used wherever possible, keeping everything soft and comfortable: rattan chairs, wood loungers, whitewashed bar tables, stone foundations and terracotta tile roofs.
Seventy-two French colonial-style villas fill the property in three neat rows, and obviously the beach view ones are the best, with an exquisite vantage of the picture-perfect beach dotted with thatch sun huts and palms. Still, the seaview and garden view rooms are only 30 steps to the beach.
Rooms have traditional four-poster beds dreamily draped in gauzy netting, French doors, rosewood and teak furniture, while tile floors underfoot and a private veranda with roll down bamboo blinds will keep you cool.
The fixtures in the bathroom are high end but don’t fit together as well – the polished metal sink, exposed stone shower, polished stone tub and boring countertop feel slightly at odds with each other. But at least the bathroom is well lit and includes plugs for hair dryer and electric shavers.
Facilities include two swimming pools, a spa, gym, gift shop, restaurant, bar and tennis court. It also has hip Ana Beach House, their beachfront restaurant and lounge with tapas, pizza and seafood and daybeds to take it all in. A water sports centre offers just about everything: catamaran, kayaks, kite surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling and jet skis. The beach itself is fully public though it is far enough away from the main drag that few venture here. It’s a peaceful place at sunset.
The private sunbeds and hammocks strung between palms are vigilantly guarded by hawk-eyed security guards with loud walkie-talkies. It’s a full escape within the city and though all this luxury and location comes at a price, for what’s on offer it’s what you’d expect to pay. If you’ve got the budget, this is the place to splurge.
By Cindy Fan
Last updated on 12th February, 2016.