Six Senses – Ninh Van Bay
The twenty minute speedboat ride to Six Senses Ninh Van Bay allows you the time to take in the sheer beauty and remoteness of this incredible stretch of private beach. The vast green hills peppered with palm trees and dense forest claim the dramatic backdrop to this eco resort. We couldn’t be more excited to arrive and explore.
The hotel has an assortment of accommodation set within the surrounding hills and directly on the waterfront rock and beach of which most villas come complete with private pool and stretch spaciously across two stories. Each offers an opportunity to take in the incredible sea view from every which angle and who wouldn’t want to? It’s entirely stunning.
The main bar which the jetty brings you to on arrival sits modestly central to the resort and stretch of beach. It’s the best spot going to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand and we enjoy this on a daily basis. Some days we venture there a little early to pitch up on the sun beds suspended over the lapping water. It really is the most special of views.
With the resort spread across the shoreline we cycle from place to place. One restaurant is perched high up in the hills and rocks with incredible vistas across the entire resort. You can even see the shadows of the coral reef that dominates one side of the bay. On the other side of the bay sits the main restaurant where breakfast is served amongst bamboo furniture every which way, very much in keeping with its surroundings.
Being so remote means that the resort is well equipped with activity options with everything from snorkelling, paddle boarding, hiking and yoga up for grabs. For me the most impressive was the resort’s organic garden where our cookery class was held. The endless varieties of Asian herbs, three varieties of coriander, lemongrass, Vietnamese basils, mint, pineapples, papaya, pomello and an abundance of greens all make up the most impressive selection to transform into local cuisine.
We make summer rolls, congee and seafood and vegetarian clay pots with the sweetest of chefs who patiently shares her bounty of knowledge with us. The simplicity and extensive use of intensely fragrant fresh herbs transforms every dish, we’re completely spoilt and desperately wishing we’d consumed less at breakfast.
The spa, although I’m told is about to be refurbished provides the most incredible of massages. The Vietnamese massage and cupping comes highly recommended and rightly so. I think it might have been the best I had across the entire honeymoon. A strong deep and intense massage designed to release stress does just the trick, especially after our two flights and an entire day of travelling. I also take advantage of the onsite nutriopath who heads up their wellness scheme. The appointment offers the opportunity to scratch the surface of overall body health and can provide a long term programme to improve health, lower BMI and improve sleep amongst other things.
This resort caters very much for honeymooners and families alike. It’s all there for the taking in absolutely beautiful simplistic rustic surroundings.