We had just come from Six Senses Ninh Van Bay (towards the end of 30 days of not so glam travel in Vietnam) so in theory An Lam had an enormous amount to live up to. In reality, though our villa - water villa 5 - at Six Senses was incredible, amazing views, secluded and romantic, the service at An Lam was incomparably better.
Our butler Pham Thanh Luan was perfect. Very unobtrusive, but right on everything we needed instantly, efficiently and with great results.
Our greatest surprise came when, asked if we liked our villa, we for once decided to risk disappointing the sweet Vietnamese and said we loved it - apart from the fact that it was a beachfront villa with no view of the sea. (There were bushes and thick foliage between us and the beach.) Their response:
Okay we will come and sort it out. We took this with a pinch of salt. Then Luan our butler came to check if NOW would be appropriate. Yes we very happily agreed. 4 minutes later they sent 4 guys with one of their managers and in 20 minutes time, we had a (still sensitively and slightly obscured) view of the ocean and beach. We have travelled the world over and NEVER had service like this!
Food was also MUCH better than 6 Senses, including far more Vietnamese options.
A lot of CAPITILISATION is in this review but for good reason. Our feeling is that Six Senses have somewhat rested on their laurels and on the strength of the brand name. And their food (with the possible exception of breakfast) was terribly disappointing.
An Lam while not quite as beautiful a location, or bay, will cost you half as much (depending on villa type) and will go a whole lot further to make you feel a damn sight more special!
The Beach outside our villa (beachfront number 2) is quite coarse and at times rocky. Other parts of the beach at the resort are softer.
I think that's it!
Thank you Luan and everyone at the resort for a wonderful stay. I hope we will be back but we are relentlessly travel-bug bitten and tend to seek a new place each time. If we had the tendency to return we certainly would.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the ultimate and unique experience at L'Alyana Villas Ninh Van Bay. Situated in the picturesque Ninh Van Bay, L'Alyana Villas will indulge you with exquisite food, flawless service and its stunning white sand beach. Soak up the surrounding environment of tropical forests and mountains studded with massive granite boulders looking out over the South China Sea. Slip away with a gourmet hamper or indulge with a therapeutic spa treatment - it's all about peace, privacy, and the ultimate holiday in authentic Vietnamese style luxury. Nha Trang City is located 300 km East of Ho Chi Minh Ciy and 25 minutes by car from the Cam Ranh Airport. L'Alyana Ninh Van Bay are located 10 minutes away from Nha Trang by speed boat. L'Alyana Villas serenity are on the lay side of Ninh Van Bay, with the Ocean in front of the resort and protected by beautiful hills and vegetation behind the villas. The L'Alyana Villas Welcome Lounge and jetty is located 16km north of Nha Trang City Centre. Here you will be met by our speedboat which will whisk to away to L'Alyana Villas, a leisurely 8 minute boat ride away. If you are arriving in Nha Trang, our hosts will greet you at Cam Ranh airport, 35kms south of Nha Trang, where they will assist you with your luggage, and bring you to L'Alyana Villas Welcome Lounge. The boat transfers are included in your villa rate. With a total of 33 private pool villas, our Beach and Lagoon Front Villas are set in exclusive, private locations with stunning views over the lagoon and Ninh Van Bay. An open plan layout is designed to take full advantage of the spectacular views and create an inviting indoor/outdoor ambiance. Set into the rain forest our elevated and private Hill Rock Villas offer tree-filtered ocean views. The three store layout provides a spacious sleeping area with king size bed set in the tree canopy; a large entertaining deck and living area where you can enjoy a private dinner cooked by your personal chef; and a substantial bathroom on the lower level. While you feel a million miles away from reality, we do not want you to compromise on comfort. Each villa has a personalized intimacy butler service to attend to your every whim, while rooms are fitted out with every modern convenience including ipod docking stations, wireless internet and full entertainment TV system. For those who want to forget about technology - you can wile away the hours in your hammock or sun lounge and discover how quickly you can adapt to the life of true busy relaxing . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas Hotel Nha Trang