Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa at Nha Trang
Beachside Tran Phu Blvd, Nha Trang, Vietnam
How can you NOT give it five stars?
If you have stayed at some really good hotels, you THINK you know it all, but this place blows away Westins and W's in the U.S. Everything we wanted, we got. Period. And it was a nice change from our last trip when we ended up a "family friendly" resort. This place is fine for kids, but there's def a more adult vibe (read: romantic). Also, if you have to worry about how much it costs, don't go. We splurged and felt good about it. Thanks to Khanh at Luxury Travel Vietnam(!) who talked us into it and took care of everything we needed above and what the hotel staff. But they were awesome too. Oh,
Unique Quality: Nothing sticks out because it's just amazing.
Super Exclusivity ...
Even the waiting room for the boat at the Nha Trang end puts alot of resorts and spas to shame. Chilled ice tea and lemongrass-scented towels.
Then the slow boat trundles across famous Nha Trang Bay, where the Evason nestles like an old Vietnamese-style fishing village in the trees on the far side. You're met at the private wharf and you and your bags get whisked away by your butler (mostly a dainty Vietnamese lass) in a golf buggy.
The villas straddle the waterfront, and also dot the hillside in the jungle behind.
Unique Quality: Beachfront villas go for around US$2000 a night but they are magic, with alcoves for reading, dozing, canoodling, etc, throughout upstairs and down.
The largest bathrooms I've ever seen in my life: indoor/outdoor concept with large wooden tub in the middle. Enough space to stage a basketball match!
The Wine Cave is truly unique: a cellar built among massive rock formations, keeping the wine just so. Want a truly romantic dinner? Book it out for dinner (for a fee, everything's for a feee here). Just the two of you.
Just won the lottery? Try the Presidential Suite sitting on the rocks at the northern headland. It's massive and uber-private.
The Ana Mandara, Nha Trang is one of my most favourite hotels anywhere! The accomodation is wonderful and the attitude of the staff is excellent. The rooms are located in villas set in lush tropical gardens. They are traditional in style, but have all the luxuries. The whole hotel is peaceful and relaxing, located by its own private beach. They have an excellent restaurant (you need to book), serving a variety of Vietnamese and French style food
Unique Quality: Despite our reservations that the hotel would suffer from noise due to being on the main road, we were not at all aware of it. If you wish to relax all day, there is a spa and two lovely swimming pools. For the more energetic, their are mountain bikes that can be borrowed free of charge.
Luxury at it's Best..
Superb rooms with elegant decor, restaurants, service. Great sea views from the bungalow, and lovely swimming pools that you wouldn't want to come out of.
Great buffet breakfast.
Unique Quality: Exclusive sea frontage. From outside you barely see the bungalows, it's obscured by rows of trees, thus sheltering the whole resort from curious eyes.
An oasis of calm & tranquility.
This place has two swimming pools!
Exclusive, private beach front.
Directions: Right on the main road skimming the sea - D Tran Phu.
This resort is amazing, 5 star in my book. They have such a great beach and pool. The room are decorate is a modern simply style. The resort alone is soo beautiful. The weather are great.... I might said this place is even better than hawaii. it so calm so you can enjoy a peaceful vacation. my tip would be rent a boat to take you island hopping. I have the best experience there.
The bad size of the resort is the price. It's too expensive. But worth every penny
P.S. the beach in small island are more beautiful and calm than the ones in main land
Unique Quality: Great Beach, Good serivice......the resort alone is worth the money.
From the moment we landed at the airport we were well attended and pampered by the staff of this exclusive resort.
Our bungalow was steps from the beach and had everything we could possibly need. The resort has 2 restaurants and 2 pools plus bar service wherever you are. The spa area offers all kinds of treatments and massage imaginable. The hotel also offers a comprehensive activity program of excursions and watersports.
Unique Quality: Wonderful view across the bay. Fantastic staff.
More about Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa at Nha Trang
Ana Mandara Resort is located in Nha Trang and to get there the airport is in Cam Ranh about 40 minutes by car. The resort will charge USD10/person for the shuttle bus but you can get a taxi for the same price with as much people as you want. Nicely located on the main street with their private beach. Beautifully decorated with a lot of taste but the price is a little bit steep for Viet Nam standard. The resort belongs to the gvt so everything is charged in USD. You must try the SEAFOOD GRILL night at the resort because the price is not too bad and the choices are amazing. Besides that everything else is very expensive: tours, taxis, cyclos.... You can just walk out of the resort and walk to your right, you can find taxis, cyclos and tours offices for much cheaper. Dining outside is cheap as well. Suggestion: use the cyclos.... Fun and very cheap. Best things to do at the resort are the SPA, dinner on the beach and of course the wines (very nice selection with an OK price) which you can drink on the beach at a very beautiful and romantic setting. Be careful not use the games available in the game room, especially CHESS. It is not good for the couple. Overall, it is one of the most beautiful beaches in South East Asia, beating by far Bali.
I find it incredibly hard to reconcile some of the reviews with my experiences. Room was probably the worst I have stayed in for years - I could have cried with disappointment !!! We had a garden villa right against the wall and yes there was road noise - constantly as Vietnamese love using their horns - which cut across any options of relaxing - check before booking and avoid this at all costs. The hotel is packed between the road and the beach and felt extremely claustrophobic with little or no privacy on your veranda. While staff were charming there was a sense that they had given up and they knew that their product was under par. It is hard to compare Vietnam with other parts of SE Asia and the Ana Mandara may be your only option - but keep your expectations low to avoid disappointment.
Beautiful Hotel for a special occasion
My husband and I stayed at Ana Mandara for three nights at the beginning of our honeymoon. After a long trip from the US, and a night in Ho Chi Minh, we needed a relaxing beach to enjoy. Ana Mandara was beautiful. We stayed in a Seaview villa and were greated with a complimentary bottle of champagne because we were honeymooners. Our room was lovely--nothing seemed worn out yet to me. We loved the infinity pool and the guy who offered to clean your sunglasses or give you a bookmark for your book while you were lying down at the beach. Breakfast was included with our room and the buffet had plenty of western and vietnamese items to choose from.
We ate dinner at the hotel one night, when they had a "street food buffet". It was very good, but for $25 per person, we should've skipped it and just headed right to the streets of Nha Trang. The last night we were there, we did just that. We asked Chef David for a local restuarant suggestion and had an amazing dinner for about 10% of the cost of the dinner at the resort.
Ana Mandara has many activities to choose from, which we thought was a big plus of staying at that hotel. We availed ourselves of massages (okay), the market tour with Chef David (amazing), a half day snorkeling tour (average), and a cooking class (mostly mixing pre-cooked ingridients into salads and spring rolls). I would not do the massage again, because it is essentially the same price as you would pay in the US, and I have heard you can go into town and get a massage on the beach for less. I would also skip the snorkeling and just take a boat trip. The coral is not well preserved in the water near Nha Trang...we actually saw a scuba guide dive down and touch it. The cooking class and especially the market tour, though were really great. I think we may have had the best pho of our three week trip at the stand Chef David took us to for breakfast on our market tour.
My only real complaint was how we were treated when we checked out. We were told ahead of time that we could use American Express and we had gotten an Amex travelers cheque card ahead of time for the purpose of paying our large tab at Ana Mandara. They put up quite a stink when we presented our Amex card and wanted us to use another form of payment. We were made to wait around for close to an hour while they sorted out some technical difficulty. I completely understand that Vietnam is still a developing country and things don't always go as smoothly as they do in the US with credit cards. However, we were made to feel as if it was our fault and were not apologized to. After dropping hundreds of $$ and being on my honeymoon, I don't want to be treated this way.
After eight nights at the Ana Mandara we have returned to New Zealand well refreshed. The resort was expensive but worth it as a haven from the manic speeding motorcycles and honking cars and trucks outside. The snorkeling was fantastic - better than Phi Phi but will disappear very quickly if the Vietnamese don't take more care of it. We went twice with the English speaking - and snorkeling - guide from the Ana Mandara. Also went on a resort day trip to Dalat. A truely wonderful experience of 5 hours each way in a car! Dalat has some French architecture inspired villas and is cooler and very pretty. The Emperor Bao Dai's summer palace is worth visiting.
The room at the resort was not huge but the bathroom was large and very nice. We could not hear road traffic from our room which was near the back and the big pool was a short walk through the elegant grounds. This pool - check out the photo at 5.30 am - was absolutely beautiful as it looked across the water to the sea. The sea was slightly off putting as there were plastic bags floating near the shore when the wind blew onshore.
Breakfast was included in our room rate and was outstanding - choices of food from hand made omelette to dumplings and magnificent pastries. The Vietnamese bread was simply scrumptious. We also ate in the local town very cheaply. The best was Lac Cahn. Looks appalling but fabulous food cooked at the table anad 2 of us ate for $15.00 NZ including 2 beers each. No one hassled us on th ebeach because the resort has private beach front. Try to be up for sunrise a. it is beautiful and b. you'll see all the local exercising = v cute.
In general this was better than Le Meridien Phuket (although their sea view rooms are pretty Special) and better than Club Med Cherating - Malaysia (which is also very cool) and also a beach front resort in Bali.
ana mandara prices
Has anyone stayed at ana mandara resort? If so how was it and how expensive are meals and drinks?
RE: ana mandara prices
IT really depends on the site you are booking. Some are cheaper than others. Check this site, http://www.precisionreservations.com/ph-aspx-hotel_id.11004-db-hoteldatabase/HotelDisplay.htm
You can book directly with sesort too but normally it;s more expensive. Food and Drink are reasonable with room rate.
RE: ana mandara prices
Ana Mandara is a really nice resort. Stayed there in 2002. It was wonderful. Plush and lush.
I was thinking of staying there again in January 2006, however, I booked with the hotel directly (like I did before) and the rate is $368.00 US per night, for a Deluxe Beach Front room. That's without breakfast! That's steep, even though I do like the resort. I'm still looking around and you can get this resort cheaper on some other websites. Try www.hotels-in-vietnam.com.
Check out the VinPearl Resort in Nha Trang before you decide. I'm looking at this place and it looks really nice and got good reviews and is half of the price of the Ana Mandara. It is a Sofitel resort so look at their website first.
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Evason Ana Mandara & Six Senses Spa at Nha Trang
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Address: Beachside Tran Phu Blvd, Nha Trang, Vietnam