We wanted to end nearly 3 weeks of travelling around Vietnam and Cambodia with a week of relaxation on the beach and chose the Ana Mandara in Nha Trang. We had already heard that Nha Trang was a bit too noisy and brash for a quiet unwind but also heard that the Evason Six Senses spa resort was located away from the centre. The resort’s website is full of very seductive images so our hopes were high for our stay.
The pick-up from the airport went smoothly – checking in was efficient and friendly. But the arrival space failed to impress.
Our deluxe beach sea view villa had a great view of the beach and was set within mature landscaped gardens. The room itself was comfortable, a little too rustic for our taste and certainly not large. The bathroom had double sinks, plenty of natural light and well stocked with towels and products.
The hotel has a menu for completion on checking in including guest preferences for pillows, daily newspaper, an iron in the room etc Most of our preferences were met but sometimes only with reminding and some not at all. The basics though, like daily cleaning, fresh towels, evening turndown were all OK and the staff friendly.
We had a few communication problems with room service. The tour guides also had limited English. The majority of other guests seemed to be from Germany (and yes, they did put their towels on the loungers before breakfast) and from Russia.
We went on three of the resort’s excursions and would have enjoyed these more if communication with the guides was more free flowing. The island trip by speedboat was good with some snorkelling and lunch on a beachside terrace. The market tour is not for the faint hearted - not only is it an incredibly early start but seeing how live animals including chickens, frogs, crabs etc were handled left us feeling more than little disturbed. We did buy some good quality squid and sea bass that the resort cooked for us for lunch. Everything we bought in the market though was at western prices – the guide certainly did not help to negotiate. Also we experienced mixed reactions: some curiosity but also some animosity towards us, even when being fairly discreet with taking photos and dressing down. The least successful tour was the shopping trip to Nha Trang. We explained to the guide what we were interested in but we felt this was ignored in preference of a very pre-planned itinerary. The cooking class was good fun but again a bit let down by communication problems.
The resort has two restaurants and we had lunch a couple of times in the Beach Club restaurant. We chose from the Vietnamese menu and the food was good quality and well presented. It is of course a little pricey and there are lots of places to eat within walking distance of the hotel. The same comments apply to the Pavilion Restaurant where we had a good four-course Vietnamese tasting menu. Breakfast was very good with lots of choice, efficient service and always very friendly staff.
The beach is cleaned daily and there were ample loungers with fresh towels. It was patrolled but not completely private. The main swimming pool is located at the far end of the resort and in some respects was a bit too remote. It felt like something added on rather than integral element of the design and layout.
The weather was mixed when we stayed in late January, several days of hot dry weather followed by 3 days of cloud and rain.
Our main reservation with the resort was its location; it is sandwiched on the beachfront on either side by some pretty tacky ‘attraction parks’. For several hours each evening we could hear music from a funfair (though this always ended by about 9 pm). The resort is also just off the main road and whilst we could not hear the traffic noise inside room, it was very pervasive around the pool and grounds. It is not really the most ‘idyllic’ location for a tranquil spa resort. For us, we found the style just a little too rustic, the initial first impression and arrival/reception space lacks drama and impact, and though well maintained some problems are becoming evident. With a downturn in tourism and increased competition we wonder whether this piece of paradise will stand the test of time. It already feels like a very good four rather than a five star resort.
- Forget the mini-bar, there are plenty of local shops just outside the hotel for beer, coke, water etc at a fraction of the mini-bar prices. If you go further afield, a bottle of OK local wine in the supermarket was as little as £1.50.
- The room only has instant coffee, so we got room service to bring us a coffee plunger and we bought an excellent pack of fresh ground coffee from the local mart and a carton of milk
- In all the hotels we stayed in Cambodia and Vietnam only one sprayed its grounds daily with a mosquito smoke. The hotel provides a mosquito repellent but we would recommend giving the outdoor, shower and bath area a good spray with insecticide before using it in the evening.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Evason Ana Mandara is NhaTrang’s only beachfront resort. Its 74 accommodations in semi-detached garden villas, many with breath-taking views across the bay, offer classic Vietnamese touches. Dining choices include local, regional and international cuisine, with a selection of dishes that provide endless culinary experiences. The resort features an interesting blend of classic regional Vietnamese cooking with contemporary fusion. Most ingredients are sourced from local markets and rural Vietnam.The Six Senses Spa presents a Vietnamese experience of specialty treatments together with an extensive menu of traditional therapies that provide a truly relaxing and revitalizing experience to rejuvenate the senses. Skilled therapists create sensory journeys, with a medley of holistic wellness and pampering treatments. These include beauty services, manicure-pedicure and foot reflexology, using only natural products.Evason Ana Mandara is not only the perfect location for relaxation and tranquillity but the family-friendly resort also offers a diverse range of excursions and experiences to ensure that guests have an unforgettable stay. There is on-site tennis, the Kid’s Club, beach volleyball, and a water-activity centre, plus a PADI Dive Centre and a wide variation of dive excursions. In addition to being a perfect setting for weddings, there is a dedicated conferencing facility. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang Hotel Nha Trang
- Evason Ana Mandara Hotel
- Hotel Evason Ana Mandara