Coolest Spot to Stay in Vietnam

Expect plenty of peace and quiet at the 26-villa Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, set to open in November. Overlooking a private South China Sea cove in south-central Vietnam (between Hanoi and Saigon), the resort is the first luxury property in this largely untouristed area.

The resort’s one- and two-bedroom, butler-staffed villas each come with their own pools and sundecks; at Bai Xep beach, a bar adjoins an oceanfront pool. Shrouded by rain forest on a cliff overlooking the sea, the spa sets a harmonious tone with sunrise yoga, Vietnamese martial arts lessons, guided meditation practices, and indoor and outdoor spa treatments.

Beach buffs meet wellness pilgrims here, the former drawn to some of Southeast Asia’s most pristine coastline – a place where golden beaches stretch uninterrupted between small fishing villages. The holistic spa will play host to a roster of visiting wellness practitioners, from yogis to aestheticians.

Healthful options season the culinary program, which features fresh-pressed juices and raw veggie dishes made from indigenous produce. Guests can fish for their own dinners alongside a local in a small wicker coracle. Butlers will ferry trays of iced Vietnamese coffee and street-food bites to guests as poolside pick-me-ups.

The Quy Nhon region is rich in Buddhist pagodas and 1,000-year-old tower ruins from the Cham civilization. Visit the Quy Nhon town market to shop for handwoven beach bags, purses, and baskets that resemble local fishing boats in miniature.

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