Fringed by a dramatically sinuous coastline along its length, Vietnam has a plethora of oceanic delights on offer. Two properties that set the bar high for ultra-chic stays in stunning surrounds are the recently launched boutique 26-villa Anantara hotel just out of Quy Nhon, and Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, near historic Hoi An, which at 12 years old is still the gold standard for luxury accommodation in the country.
ANANTAR A QUY NHON VILLAS
It’s 6 am and Quy Nhon is waking up. Fishing boats bob on the harbor against a sunrise unlike any other I’ve seen: a neon tangerine orb glowing with intense precision against a mountainous backdrop. Squint and you’ll see a fisherman. From my jet-lagged fog at the new Anantara resort in the south of Vietnam’s central coast, I’m wrestling with the first decision of the morning. Roll out of bed into the plunge pool or take a dip on the private stretch of beach? Either way, it’s going to be a lucky day as my villa faces east, an auspicious orientation according to phòng Thu, the Vietnamese version of feng shui.
As the bubble of tourist hotspots like Nha Trang are at bursting point, laid-back Quy Nhon is quietly on the rise. One of Vietnam’s best-kept secrets, it’s a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City and an hour’s drive through a city of traffic-mad scooters from a new domestic airport. Big things are predicted for the coastal