We had had 3 days exploring the citadel, tombs and pagodas in the city of Hue and were wanting a complete chill out for 4 days before the end of our trip and our return to the hustle and bustle of city life. A friend suggested the Ana Mandara which is about 20 minutes by road from the city, we couldn’t have wanted for better.
We were picked up on time as arranged at 1:30pm outside the landmark DMZ Bar in Hue city and driven to the resort, the drive was actually only about 15 minutes as there was no traffic, and the villages you pass through with views across rice paddies to the mountains in the distance were actually quite picturesque.
Upon arrival at the resort were greeted with a cool refreshment, checked in swiftly, and shown to our Beach Villa #168 set amongst the beautiful lush gardens. They had already turned on the air-conditioning and pulled back the curtains in our villa, showing the few of the South China Sea, prior to our arrival which I thought was a nice touch. After a quick brief on the room and its facilities we were left to relax. I was so impressed with the room I didn’t even stop to unpack before taking pictures.
The Bedroom, with King bed, opened onto a terrace containing 2 sun lounges under an umbrella, there was another sitting area with a couple chairs and a table located on the terrace outside the Lounge room as well, both had 180 degree views of the beach yet were still privately screened from other nearby villas. The lounge was of good size to relax on and there was a well appointed desk area for me to place my laptop.
The Bathroom was superb, with a large area to hang and place clothes as well as a dressing area. It also had a freestanding bathtub, and both an indoor plus an outdoor shower area in a bamboo garden! It was simply divine. Fresh fruit plates were delivered to the room each day.
Breakfast, which was included, was excellent with substantial choice for Asian, European and Australian/American style breakfasts. The dining area overlooked the extensive pool area which was always a very pleasant place to have breakfast.
When we felt like exploring the local villages there were bicycles available free of charge, or as we did most mornings, you could take a dawn walk along the beach to the local fishing village, or to the main beach area of Thuan An. When sitting on the beach front at night it was astounding to watch the hundreds of little fishing boats with their lights on bobbing up and down on the water.
Above all, it was the friendliness of the staff that makes this resort excellent. From the check-in staff, to the housemaids, breakfast chef who’d cook your eggs anyway you wished, to the staff at the pool bar who made us iced teas when it wasn’t on the menu, nothing was ever too much trouble, and they always called us by name and smiled with a “hello, how are you? – or, how was your day?”
We loved this resort and given the opportunity would definitely return.
Beach front villas are divine, preferred option would be, when facing North, those to the left side...
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