Review: Zannier Hotels Bãi San Hô

A TRULY SECLUDED EXPERIENCE AWAITS Zannier Hotels Bãi San Hô, a 45-minute drive from Quy Nhơn, on the central coast of Vietnam smack between Nha Trang and Danang. The resort’s 71 villas are arranged in three categories, each in a different traditional Vietnamese architectural style, and spread over a sprawling 98 hectares of lush hills, rice paddies and one kilometer of beautiful beachfront. The lobby, Nhà Ở restaurant, an infinity pool, a hidden bar and an underground spa occupy what looks like a stone fortress perched on a hill overlooking its kingdom, which also includes a gym, yoga studio, kids’ club, conference room, beach bar and two more restaurants. Exploring is a must, but be warned: once you step foot

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Experience the Delights of Danang with Centara

Centara Sandy Beach Resort in Danang Vietnam’s neighbour to the west, Thailand, is home to Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, and one of Asia’s fastest-growing hospitality brands. From a single hotel in Bangkok launched 36 years ago, today there are more than 70 Centara properties operating or under development across Thailand and around the world, in multiple global destinations including the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Laos, China, Myanmar, Oman, Qatar — and, of course, the Centara Sandy Beach Resort Danang in Vietnam. The Centara family of hotels and resorts comprises six distinct brands and continues to grow, in line with the company’s vision to become the leading global hospitality brand of Thai origin. Centara has built a loyal

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Anantara Quy Nhon Villas September Deal

What’s Included in The Deal The longer you stay, the greater the savings at this 26-villa ocean-side resort. three-night stays see a 15-percent savings with breakfast for two, while four night-stays receive 20 percent off, and bookings of five or more nights receive a 25 percent discount. The Deal Anantara Stay Longer Special: Beachfront villas are available for only US$455 a night for three nights until the end of September. Website: anantara.com/en/quy-nhon/offers Photos courtesy of Anantara Quy Nhon Villas.

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New Resorts in Remote Vietnam

IT’S BEEN A FEW days since Tet, Vietnam’s riotous weeklong New Year holiday, but Sapa is still in celebration mode. “There’s a festival tomorrow in Cat Cat village… you should go!” says my guide, Khu, a 20-something rice farmer from nearby Lao Chau. Khu is leading me through Matra, a Black Hmong hilltribe village five kilometers away from Sapa city, and its glut of tourists who come to hike the region’s famed rice terraces. Guiding is Khu’s main source of income now that harvest season is over and the northern Vietnamese winter has turned much of Sapa’s iconic green fields into cascades of dirt and mud. With farm work on hold, the locals are happy for a distraction from strangers.

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Snacking Across Vietnam’s Ancient Capital

The gate to the royal citadel in Hue, Vietnam’s ancient capital. Standing in 3 February Park, a leafy sculpture garden that commemorates an important battle of the Tet Offensive, I’m looking out to a riverside boulevard lined with stately French-colonial buildings. The Perfume River sweeps quietly under a fog-obscured bridge. Couples stroll and little kids scamper around their parents’ legs. It’s a lovely afternoon in the city of Hue, but my thoughts are somewhere beyond this picturesque spot. Specifically, I am looking at the food hawkers at the far side of the plaza, their carts, stalls, shoulder poles overflowing with all sorts of temptations. I walk over to them and order a bunch of banh nam—strips of steamed rice flour

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Finding Inner Peace at Vietnam’s Most Spiritual Resort

IN 300 B.C., A HERMIT MONK named An Ky Sinh hiked to the top of Yen Tu mountain in search of eternal life. He came to the right place: More than 400 varieties of medicinal herbs grow in these forested hills in northeast Vietnam. Though An Ky Sinh never found the immortal mix, up on Yen Tu’s peak, 1,068 meters above sea level and just an hour from legendary Halong Bay, he did find enlightenment. Soon, more spiritual explorers journeyed to the region, the most significant of whom was King Tran Nhan Tong. The 13th-century king had brought harmony to the country after successfully ousting Mongol invaders, but by 1299 he sought a different kind of peace—he renounced his throne

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Sense of Romance Package from Banyan Tree Lăng Cô

What’s Included There’s still time to book a Valentine’s day interlude—take advantage of this indulgent escape from Banyan Tree Lăng Cô. The package includes two nights in a lagoon pool villa, a 131-square-meter oasis with private timber sundeck and swimming pool; daily breakfast; unlimited spa treatments from an exclusive menu; a romantic dinner for two with a bottle of wine at your choice of a destination dining location or in your own villa; a full-day private car service inclusive of a driver and tour guide; complimentary late checkout until 4 p.m.; private return transfer from Danang or Hue international airports; and a special gift from the resort. The Deal Two nights in a lagoon pool villa, from uS$1,800, through December

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