Explore Vietnam's capital city before relaxing at the stunning Six Senses property in Ninh Van Bay.
3 nights Hanoi, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
13 days from £3,405pp
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On the beach - 4 days
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Set on a crescent-shaped bay accessible only by boat and backed by dramatic mountains, the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a gloriously secluded retreat. Rustic yet refined, the resort is elegantly constructed with a blend of modern architecture and Vietnamese tradition.
Striking rock formations dominate this quiet bay and the restrained design of the resort beautifully complements its environment with natural wood finishes, subtle colour schemes and innovative use of local materials. Bleached wood and furniture crafted from driftwood give a desert island feel, but the service and facilities are simply world class. Outstanding cuisine is served in the hotel’s restaurants and you can choose to eat by the bay, by the pool, on the rocks, or in a candlelit wine cave. Smooth white stepping stones lead into the hotel spa where treatments are offered beside a tropical waterfall. You can also enjoy practising t'ai chi on the huge boulders on the edge of the cove. The calm, sheltered bay is perfect for paddle boarding, waterskiing and snorkelling over the colourful coral gardens.
The 58 spacious villas are deceptively simple in their design and come with decks looking out over the sea, unique hand-crafted wooden baths and private butler service.
Before the beach - 4 days
Hanoi is the centre of Vietnamese culture and history and a fascinating place to explore. Visit the Temple of Literature, a shrine to Confucius, the Fine Arts Museum, and the infamous Hoa Lo prison better known as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’. Wander the narrow streets of the Old Quarter with their craftsmen, tailors and merchants, and the broad tree-lined boulevards flanked with elaborate French villas before watching a traditional puppet show performed in a large pool with the water’s surface serving as the stage.
The colonial grandeur of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi makes it one of the most outstanding buildings in the city. The 364 rooms offer a blend of French colonial and modern styling, and its three restaurants are renowned as some of the best in the city.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
58 rooms, 3 restaurants, 1 pool
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay captures the very essence of relaxation and indulgence in its informal barefoot luxury with spacious living quarters serviced by an on call butler, sensational spa treatments, sumptuous fresh food and wine, peace and privacy.
The 58 elegantly designed well placed villas give the resort a distinctly intimate boutique feel and the commitment to the environment is evident everywhere, from the herb and vegetable gardens, to the complimentary push bikes used to get to and from your villa, to the bottled fresh water produced on site.
Whilst there is a children's room with games for young children, the resort is not designed with children in mind and a disclaimer will need to be signed by any guests who have young persons with them.
Although children are made to feel welcome there is little available to keep them entertained and a strong 'adult only' feel generally.
Set into a forested rocky backdrop, skirted by a beautiful white sand beach and the clear waters of the South China Sea the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay enjoys an exclusive secluded romantic location. Only a one hour drive by car from Nha Trang and a twenty minute speedboat journey from the mainland, Ninh Van Bay feels a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in Vietnam.
It is possible to get to Nha Trang during your stay, but the costs make it less appealing and really you should think that once in the resort you will stay in the resort.
Arguably the best luxury boutique resort in Vietnam the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay offers a peaceful, intimate and romantic getaway for anyone looking to spoil themselves; ideal for honeymooners or couples celebrating a special occasion.
Venturing out to the main town of Nha Trang can be complicated and costly which means that dining options for guests are restricted to the resort. However, this is certainly not something to be concerned about — the standard and variety of food at the resort is extremely high.
All 58 villas offer generous personal space, barefoot luxury living and an open air bathroom; differing from each other only in size/ layout and location.
Hill Top villa
The eight Hill Top villas are nestled into the hillside and command fantastic views of the bay and beach.
The villas are on one level with separate sleeping and living quarters, a sun deck and small plunge pool; they offer total privacy but are some distance from the main resort and accessed by a number of steps.
Spa Suite villa
For those who like space, peace, privacy and are partial to spa treatments the Spa Suite villas are tucked away from the main thoroughfare through the resort. They are well located for access to the restaurants, pool and beach but have no 'views' as such.
Beachfront Pool Villa
The 35 Beachfront pool villas are designed in a duplex style with a small freshwater private pool and direct access to the beach — they are well located for both restaurants the spa and pool.
Two Bedroom Beachfront Pool Villa
Set on the beach front with a spacious living area, dining room and fully equipped kitchen, this is ideal for families looking for space and privacy, along with an uncompromising standard of luxury.
These villas are built on the water's edge with wooden steps leading directly to the sea. The villas face the sunset and have a split level, over water layout with a sunbathing deck and a private plunge pool.
These villas are perfect for those who seek privacy as they are set among the rocks at the western end of the bay, a secluded location far from the busier areas of the resort.
Each has a sun deck and a private plunge pool set among the rocks.
The Rock Retreat
The Rock Retreat offers the ultimate location, view and personal space. There is a sprawling sun deck, good sized pool, spacious living quarters, in-room spa facilities and total privacy.
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
Daytime entertainment is based around the bay and the resort can arrange a variety of recreational activities for you (whilst many are offered free of charge, others are payable locally).
For the active guest there is snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, diving, charter fishing and boat trips.
In addition to tennis courts there is a small well equipped gym and a spa offering an unrivalled selection of holistic and signature treatments to suit individual needs and preferences.
Well protected from the wind, the Nha Trang Bay area is usually calm with inviting water temperatures and great visibility March to October. Outside of this time, unpredictable weather conditions mean that diving is not always possible.
Most of the local diving takes place on coral reefs, so the majority of dives are between 12-16 metres in depth. Just a short boat ride away from the Resort, the islands of Hon Rom, Hon Mot and Hon Mun offer the opportunity to explore 15 different and interesting sites.
If you are interested in diving beyond the Bay, the hotel can also arrange personalised tours to nearby islands.
Food & drink
The Six Senses mantra is one of SLOW LIFE: Sustainable — Local — Organic — Wholesome learning — Inspiring — Fun — Experiences, and it is a philosophy which pervades the dining and entertainment at the resort.
Breakfast and dinner are served at the 'Dining by the Bay' open fronted restaurant overlooking the bay and best accessed by a stroll along the sandy beach with your sandals hooked onto one finger and the sea breeze on your face.
Lunch is served by the pool which has a breathtaking uninterrupted panoramic view of the bay.
An alternative option for dinner is 'Dining by the Rocks'. This option has only six tables and is open three times a week so does need to be booked in advance.
For total exclusivity the resort offers a number of fabulous private dining experiences ranging from a cool and exceptionally stocked candlelit wine cave, dinner on the jetty or a private barbecue at your villa or on the beach.
Evening entertainment is limited with the focus being on 'getting away from it all' although there is a pleasant bar with stunning views and day beds to stretch out on sipping cocktails as the sun goes down.
Six Senses spas are world renowned for their high standards, natural settings and their use of local traditions.
The spa at Ninh Van Bay offers a range of traditional Vietnamese treatments and signature Six Senses treatments using plants and herbs that are indigenous to the local area.
Vietnam's alluring capital rests on the banks of the Red River and retains the charm of a provincial city.
Frequent sights include schoolgirls wearing traditional Ao Dai’s and wispy-bearded men in pith helmets.
Centrally located hotels
We only use central hotels, putting you within walking distance of the Old Quarter’s bustling market streets, the relaxed cafés around Hoan Kiem Lake and the tree-lined boulevards of the colonial French Quarter, with the city’s major attractions within easy range of a traditional cyclo.
Things to see and do in Hanoi
A city tour visits the imposing mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, whose stilt house and museum are held in special reverence by the Vietnamese, the Museum of Ethnology vividly illustrating the country’s many minority tribes and the wonderful ninth-century sculptures at the Fine Art Museum. However, many of Hanoi’s greatest sights are smaller: temples and pagodas clustered round the 36 narrow streets of the Old Quarter, wedding photographers working in the city parks, and busy market scenes.
To get out of the city, head to Tam Coc for a river journey among rice paddies in dramatic limestone scenery.
Sofitel Legend Metropole
Accommodation: Sofitel Legend Metropole
The Metropole has stood as a legendary symbol of Hanoi since its establishment at the turn of the last century. The French Colonial architecture of the Metropole makes this hotel one of the outstanding buildings in Hanoi, symbolizing the character, history and charm of Vietnam's capital city. The hotel is ideally located, just a short walk from the Opera House, the famous Hoan Kiem Lake and a brief cyclo ride from the historic Old Quarter.
All 364 rooms are very well-appointed; the historic wing blends a mix of French Colonial architecture with Vietnamese traditional touches; the Opera Wing displays a more neo-classical modernity. Additionally, there is an outdoor, heated swimming pool, a luxurious spa and a number of restaurants and bars located throughout the hotel — all offering a variety of dining experiences.
'La Terrasse du Metropole' café has been modelled on a traditional Parisian pavement café, 'Spices Garden' restaurant offers traditional and innovative Asian food and 'Le Beaulieu' restaurant offers some of the best and most authentic French cuisine in Vietnam. The Angelina Italian restaurant and lounge is the newest addition to the restaurant choices available and offers a more contemporary option, with a live DJ from 9pm.
Day by day
Take a flight from London to Bangkok this evening.
After a short connection in Bangkok you will take a flight to Hanoi. Here you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.
See the highlights of Hanoi on a city tour this morning.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
See a different side to Hanoi this morning on an early morning tour of the city.
The rest of the day is at your leisure.
In the evening take in a traditional water puppet show.
Take a flight to central Vietnam today and transfer to the Six Senses hotel.
Days 6 - 11
Enjoy time at leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Saigon. After a wait in Saigon take your flight to Bangkok.
After a short connection time in Bangkok you will take your international flight home to the UK.
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