Offering secluded, peaceful luxury with an adventurous side for the more energetic, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Vietnam is truly a hidden gem.
The rugged landscape and stunningly azure waters of Ninh Van Bay provide a dramatic setting for the delights awaiting at Six Senses. Guests arrive at this paradisiacal resort at the private jetty and are escorted directly to the adjacent beach bar just steps away to take in the beautiful vista while sipping on a welcome drink.
The set up here at Drinks by the Beach is typical of the resort in general – laidback and rustic with attentive service that leaves you with nothing to think about other than your own enjoyment.
The semi-hidden, thatched-roof villas nestle unobtrusively within the contours of the landscape, making the most of the gorgeous views. All offer unassuming luxury, plunge pools, plenty of space and the personal attention of a dedicated Guest Experience Maker (GEM), who can arrange anything for you at any time.
Families and the less energetic are sure to enjoy the duplex Beachfront Pool Villas with generous living space and direct beach access. Those looking for even more privacy can choose the Hill Top Pool Villas, accessed by their own private paths. The more energetic, meanwhile, can head along scenic, hillside staircases to reach the absolute privacy of the Rock Pool Villas with plunge pools set into the rocks, or the Water Pool Villas with their over-water split-level layout, open bathrooms and steps leading directly into the sea that are perfect for snorkelling enthusiasts.
Bicycles are provided for guests to travel around the winding resort and buggies are a mere phone call away. Shady enclaves, sunbathing spots, hammocks, colourful beanbags and comfortable sofas and chairs can be found at the various food and beverage venues through the resort, as well as free ice cream and gelato at the parlour by the pool.
Dining options range all the way from bar bites and light snacks to an exclusive gourmet experience in either the romantic wine cave or the signature restaurant Dining By The Rocks. Regardless of where you eat, local fresh organic produce is complemented by local seafood, including lobsters, king prawns and fish caught fresh every day. International and local favourites, plus interesting fusion dishes and daily specials tempt the appetite throughout the day, while the resident mixologist and bartending team are always on hand with refreshing juices, locally infused spirits, their own cocktail creations and wines from the cellar.
Experiences are plentiful, including trekking, water sports, fishing with the local fishermen, romantic cruises, picnics on the beach, yoga, spa treatments, as well as activities for children.
True to the Six Senses spirit, sustainability plays a significant role in the day-to-day running of the resort and guests are invited to explore the various initiatives that help ensure this dramatic environment will entrance generations to come.
Despite its secluded nature, it is easy to get to this wonderful resort; fly into the recently modernised Cam Ranh International Airport and pick up the resort transfer for a one-hour drive to the private jetty from where a speedboat will whisk you across the stunningly blue waters of the bay to disembark right by the beachfront bar.