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With a long coast line stretching from the North to the South, and hundreds of islands and beaches, Vietnam is heaven for beach holidays.

vinpearl-luxury-partyIndulgence on the islands is the hallmark of the most sophisticated holidays filled with sea activities, discovery, delightful cuisine and pampering spas.

In that spirit, holiday makers should not miss the following destinations and resorts.

Con Dao: Six Senses Con Dao Six Senses Can Dao is a truly tropical Vietnamese retreat, surrounded by beaches and the sea.

This luxury hotel will help you forget about the working world, with its amazing spa, water activities, two top notch restaurants, and did we mention amazing beaches?

With 50 suites, with rates averaging around $575 to $650 per night, this is an exclusive hideaway for discerning travelers.

The resort pampers you with a wide range of amenities, including: bike rentals, a library, CDs and DVDs, free WiFi, iPod docks, espresso machines, mini bar, wine fridge, and even butler service!

Then, there’s the amazing pool near the Food Market Place. In this aquatic oasis, you can swim, sunbathe and even have pizza made and brought to you, along with a cocktail.

And for the kids, there’s ice cream and fresh juice.  This is all part of the resort’s family friendly atmosphere, where cots can be added to each room and reasonably priced babysitting services can be requested.

Phu Quoc Islands – La Veranda Resort and Spa:

Bai Dai or Long Beach is voted as the world best the top 100 beaches by CNN, tranquil Phu Quoc is becoming one of the most popular Asian destinations. Adding to this buzz is the intimate La Veranda Resort & Spa, whose décor is in a colonial style, with paddle fans and white louvers.

The deluxe villas have incredible sea-facing porches and cathedral ceilings, giving you a sense of openness. Of course, there is a nice bar and restaurant on the grounds, a spa, and the usual amenities.  However, what makes this resort special is the location on a 12 mile long pristine beach with amazing sunset views.

You can have a cheap massage or relax after a swim out to the pontoon raft and soak up the afternoon sun.

You can also have snorkeling or diving trips in the An Thoi Archipelago, plus there are nighttime squid-fishing excursions which are truly intriguing.

And besides the on grounds cuisine, there is the excellent Palm Tree restaurant next door, specializing in grilled fish and catering to all manner of clientele, from high end to budget conscious.

The region’s popularity means more crowds in the future, so we suggest going now!

Ninh Van Bay: Six Senses Ninh Van Bay Nha Trang

Few resorts are more isolated, as you can only reach this vacation gem via boat (the staff will pick you up from the airport and get you there), but don’t fooled, despite its location and quaint charm, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay offers all the luxury and amenities you will need to have an amazing holiday.

It is a true boutique, with fewer than 60 rooms and one suite, with room prices averaging a low of about $600 per night.  The villas have sea view decks and available butler service. And you can rejuvenate yourself with a trip to the famed spa, a yoga class, water sports, and biking.

And for families, the resort provides a kid’s club with games and a variety of other things to keep busy while mom and dad perhaps relax at the bar! And of course free cots are provided for the little ones.

There are a few dining options including, Dining by the Bay (informal), Dining by the Pool (self explanatory), Dining by the Rocks (on the cliffs and by reservation only) and the romantic Wine Cave.

Nha Trang : Vinpearl Resort and Spa Nha Trang

The Vinpearl Resort & Spa Nha Trang opened its doors ten years ago, but has kept up its presentation and looks just as luxurious as the day it began welcoming discerning travelers.

A much larger resort, the Vinpearl has over 500 rooms and suites.  This magnificent resort features the largest pool area in Vietnam, yet you won’t be at a loss for beach time, as a beautiful beach fronts the hotel.

You will find everything you could possibly need, including cocktail lounges, coffee shops, currency exchange, a gym, excellent cuisine, saunas, whirlpool and a business center, but who wants that?!

The Lotus Café offers a buffet breakfast, with both Japanese and Vietnamese faire. There is all day dining and of course Western options are on offer.  There is also the Sea View Lounge if you are feeling like a drink, a small snack and some laid back music into the evening.

Speaking of laid back, the Beachcomber sits near the pool and sea and offers up casual faire, like cocktails, ice cream, cakes, espresso and more.  But in the evening they put on a big barbecue, so bring your appetite.

The Asiana Restaurant is open only for dinner and is more upscale, offering special seafood dishes while you dine on a cliff overlooking the sea.  Meanwhile, the Asiana Bar provides a romantic and relaxed evening tipple and an awesome view of the East Sea.

Liking ultra luxurious, stay at the nearby Vinpearl Luxury  and tee off at the scenic golfing courses, Yet, a putting green, lap pool, tennis court,  boat trips, jet skis, kayaks, diving, deep sea fishing and more ensure will never run out of ways to stay active!

Danang : Intercontiental Sun Peninsula Danang Resort on the Son Tra Peninsula

The InterContinental Da Nang Sun Peninsula Resort offers panoramic views of the East Sea, and the surroundings are fit for a king.

The resort sits atop Son Tra Mountain, and has been named among Conde Nast Traveller’s best of lists as well as receiving accolades from DestinAsian and making their “Luxe List”. The price reflects the prestige, with a two night stay plus ancillary costs running about US$1,000. The price is worth it however, as the area is home to the rare langur (think colorful monkeys) and the resort strives to remain in harmony with the environment.

The hotel contains four levels, representing Earth, Heaven, Sky and Sea. They are even served by a small tram  that connects Heaven to Earth. And visitors will surely want to come to earth as that is where the bar and fine restaurant are located!  But, there is also the relaxed cafe on the beach.

And for culture, you can visit the nearby Linh Ung Pagoda, home to a 65 meter Buddha statue, which is reached via a shuttle which serves Hoi An and the Han Market in Da Nang. The former Imperial Hue is perfect for day trip from the resort.

Only 30 km from  Son Tra Peninsula, you reach Hoian beach for sand, sea, sand, surf and sea food. An Bang, is another World’s best top 100 beaches in Vietnam by CNN, which lies 3km away from the famous ancient town of Hoi An, is described as having “gentle waves and soft, white sand”. Its “Western-managed bars and restaurants” as well as its “specialized Viet cuisine restaurants” attract large numbers of foreign tourists.

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