Amanoi – Ninh Thuan, Vietnam
Amanoi – Ninh Thuan, Vietnam is a meditative retreat on the coast of Nui Chua National Park, one of Vietnam’s largest natural conservation sites. Hugged by rolling, evergreen-covered hills, the resort looks over the East Sea and pristine Vinh Hy Bay. The luxury hotel’s polished, slate pagodas peek out from a lush green landscape; its infinity pool segues into the sea; and its spa rests by a lotus-blossom-dotted lake.
For groups and families, residences come with their own pool and private chef. Sun-worshippers have plentiful places lay out their a beach towels, but it’s worth sacrificing an even tan to swim by tropical fish weaving through rainbow coral forests; and while they’re rare, sun bears and graceful muntjac deer have been known to visit the sprawling parkland.
The airy, serene ambiance of Amanoi’s Pavilions, Villas and Residences offers a tranquil counterpoint to their dramatic setting. A contemporary take on traditional Vietnamese architecture, they blend seamlessly with the natural surrounds
A short buggy ride down to the shoreline reveals Amanoi’s swathe of golden sand – a private beach looking out to the quiet and sheltered waters of Vinh Hy Bay. While the pretty fishing village lies just around the headland, Amanoi’s beach enjoys an uninterrupted horizon of blue.
Amanoi’s two Spa Houses are the first of their kind in Asia. The luxury resort features the serene lakeside Thuy Lien Spa House and the equally secluded An Son Spa House providing guests with completely private and comprehensive treatment facilities, including Banya and Hammam.
Set between a national park and a marine reserve, Amanoi embraces nature from its beachside perch on the southern coast of Vietnam. Exploring the park with expert Amanoi guides reveals Vietnam’s untouched wilderness, alive with myriad plants, birds and wildlife.
From their curving roofs peeping above the treeline to their latticed windows and discreet natural materials, Amanoi’s Pavilions and Villas are at one with their magnificent surroundings. With access to the full range of Vietnamese spa treatments available at Amanoi’s Spa Houses, they draw on the grace and artful simplicity of Vietnamese design, offering combined bedroom and living areas, and large bathrooms that open onto spacious decks. The Villas enjoy private pools and expansive views.
Vietnamese food is considered one of the healthiest and tastiest cuisines in the world, admired for its fresh ingredients and selective use of herbs and spices. Fresh fish features prominently on Amanoi’s menus, delivered daily directly from local fishing boats, while herbs and vegetables are handpicked from the resort’s organic garden.
WELLNESS & SPA
Surrounded by Nui Chua National Park on the shores of Vinh Hy Bay, Amanoi invites you to experience one of its Individual Wellness Immersions, a spa retreat designed to promote profound change.
Carefully calibrated to gently steer you on a new path, these programmes ensure palpable results and a deep sense of inner peace whether you wish to shift unwanted weight, renew focus and spiritual connection, or promote internal balance and overall wellbeing for a longer, healthier life. Along with an initial orientation and wellbeing review, every day of your individual Immersion will be personalised to include specialist movement and bodywork sessions, personalised holistic spa treatments and group movement sessions. Unrivalled nutritional support and education lie at the core of each Immersion: Every meal is created with your goals in mind, while the latest knowledge in fitness, nutrition and health is shared to ensure your journey continues when you return home.
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NINH THUAN, VIETNAM
Ninh Thuan belongs to tourism triangles: Dalat- Nha Trang- Phan Rang. Coming to there, tourists are able to relax in Ca Na Tourist Site, swim in Ninh Chu Beach, Vinh Hy Bay, climb to Da Trang Mountain, and observe natural animals in Phan Rang Reservation, or visit Pi Nang Tac Stone Trap.
Being home of Cham minority group, Ninh Thuan has characters culture of Cham ethnic, which stamp in local custom, Cham dance, sculpture, pottery, and brocade and agriculture of Cham towers. Famous towers name Po Klong Garai and Porome.
Nowadays, Cham people still preserve matriarchy, a valuable inheritance of Vietnam, and special festivals such as Kate and Cha Bun ceremonies, Royal Idiladha and Ra Glai Tribe festivals and other ceremonies like dig a ditch, dam up, new rice. Kate Ceremony is the biggest and most joyful festival of Cham people, taking place in Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan Provinces. The ceremony is held at Poklong Garai and other Cham Towers to commemorate national heroes, ancestors, and deities of the Cham, as well as King Poklong and King Porome.
A land of staggering natural beauty and cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, Vietnam is both exotic and compelling.
Unforgettable experiences are everywhere in Vietnam. There’s the sublime: gazing over a surreal seascape of limestone islands from the deck of a traditional junk in Halong Bay. The ridiculous: taking 10 minutes just to cross the street through a tsunami of motorbikes in Hanoi. The inspirational: exploring the world’s most spectacular cave systems in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. The comical: watching a moped loaded with honking pigs weave a wobbly route along a country lane. And the contemplative: witnessing a solitary grave in a cemetery of thousands of war victims.
History & Culture
Vietnamese culture is complex, diverse and represents something of a history lesson. The nation’s labyrinthine, teeming trading quarters are rich in indigenous crafts and reflect centuries-old mercantile influences. Ancient temples display distinctly Chinese influences in the north and Hindu origins in the south. Meanwhile the broad, tree-lined boulevards and grand state buildings that grace the capital date from the French colonial period. And it’s impossible to forget Vietnam’s pivotal position close to the epicentre of East Asian power and prosperity, for its cities’ skylines are defined by clusters of glass-and-steel corporate HQs and sleek luxury hotels.
A Culinary Superpower
Thailand may contest the top spot, but in Southeast Asia nothing really comes close: Vietnamese food is that good. Incredibly subtle in its flavours and outstanding in its diversity, Vietnamese cooking is a fascinating draw for travellers – myriad street-food tours and cooking schools are testament to this. Geography plays a crucial role, with Chinese flavours influencing the soups of the north, spices sparking up southern cuisine, and herbs and complex techniques typifying the central coastline, rightly renowned as Vietnam’s epicurean hot spot. And up and down the country you can mingle with villagers, sample local dishes and sip rice wine in Vietnam’s many regional markets.
Thrills & Chills
If you have the bills, Vietnam has the thrills and chills. Some require a little physical effort, such as motorbiking switchback after switchback up the jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass in central Vietnam. Others require even more sweat: kitesurfing the tropical oceanic waters off Mui Ne or hiking the evergreen hills around Bac Ha or Sapa. And when you’re done with all that adrenaline stuff, there’s plenty of horizontal ‘me’ time to relish. Vietnam has outstanding spas – from marble temples of treatments, to simple family-run massage salons with backpacker-friendly rates.