As the last leg of our trip in Vietnam we were looking for an extraordinary place which would be memorable and special. Fusion Maia, Louk’s creation, strives to encapsulate that and more. Da Nang has been on the map for some time as a major touristic spot but it is still very much under development. With its strategic position in between Hoi An and Hue, benefitting from a newly built airport and a fantastic stretch of beach, China Beach is THE perfect place for a unique resort like Fusion Maia. We had the pleasure to have conversations with Louk, the creator, and also the GM, Michelle and after spending a week it dawned on us this is no touristic destination as such. Fusion is a concept, it is a way of living: a place for the body as much as the mind...a place for the sense of sight but for the other senses too and why not...maybe tap into that sixth sense we don’t often have access too in our daily lives. Enough with the introduction and let’s talk about the different parts that make this resort.
If you got to this point you are probably aware of the main marketing point of this resort: spa treatments included in the room price and breakfast anytime-anywhere. We were picked up at the airport by our friendly driver who gave us a brief introduction to the city of Da Nang on our way to the resort. We were then taken through the paperwork by Phuong and a trainee who were explaining few basics about the resort logistics and the point of contacts for anything we might need during our stay; that culminated with a tour of our unit and the main features of the room which also included a personal iPod for the length of our stay. The unit itself is out of this world and for once I could finally see that whoever developed this decided not to spare expense for fixtures and fittings. The bathroom which comprises a large stone bathtub and a separate huge shower with a glass panel facing the garden was the most beautiful room I have ever seen. The whole unit is actually surrounded by sliding doors which open up to what is YOUR personal pool and relax area. The space has been cleverly designed to be open space, yet to have separate areas: entrance + living area, bedroom with a modern and elegant four poster bed and a bathroom which could be out of an interiors magazine cover. If you don’t believe me about the extent they went to, check out the TV swivel which allows you to enjoy your favourite programme both in bed and in the bathtub. My only gripe was probably that the tub is rather large and it took a large amount of water to be filled – hot water seemed somehow limited and it needed time to be reheated so taking a bath was a patience exercise for a person like me who likes a very hot bath.
More in general about the resort now: there is a main pool area facing the beach and the restaurant Fresh which serves light fare and drinks catering for those wanting to make the most of the pool and the sun chairs. There are also very comfy day beds on the lawn which are perfect for reading a book and sip on one of their delicious smoothies...green tea for me...banana and coconut for my other half. The area is also open to the beach which stretches for kilometres and is for you to explore...amazing to take slow walks before sunset. On the other side of the pool on the way to the main building there is also a well equipped gym which comprises both a weights area and a cardio room with state of the art equipment. The Main building which is the central pole of the resort life is connected to one side to the resort entrance and on the other leads to the spa area. It houses the bar Tonic and the restaurant Five. On the lower level has a relax area with a fun room for adults and one for kids which include books and games.
Here comes the part which I have high hopes will be improved in the future: yes, you read that right, the resort offers spa treatments included in the price of your stay. However, in my own personal experience, it is still a concept that requires further improvement. The spa has a good routine but that clashes against the pleasure of the experience. Sometimes it felt like being taken through the motions and just because it is included in the rate it should not feel like a routine. I never had any problems booking my treatments unlike what other people said but staying for 7 days we ran out of treatments to try after 3 days. So, we were then informed they are working on expanding the palette of treatments and I can vouch for this as we tried few new ones such as the Ayurvedic massage and the Indian head massage. Most of all, work will also take place to improve the overall experience. I am the first one not to fuss around the English language skills but a bit more info around products and steps of the treatment would have been a pleasant addition. We have referred our thoughts to the GM and we feel confident these details will be investigated and rectified in the coming months. Special mention to the girl at reception, Anh, and member of staff Thu and Tung.
It might seem that the room price is steep but when you consider the spa inclusion and the standard on offer there is a valid argument for that being fair overall. Even more so when you consider the level of customer service and the effort these people put in to make sure you have a good experience. This does not include those rude guests (and I am not going to mention nationalities) who no matter the good intentions up to GM level they would not be pleased. The staff made our stay, even just with a smile or a small gesture or funny conversation as it is the true soul of this place. Special mention to the restaurants manager Thieng (sorry for the spelling!!) and most of all to the supervisor Ven, who would not be out of place in a Michelin star restaurant in London, and H'ung, who was just special. Keep up the good work H'ung!
Anyway, there are also some clips of the resort on YouTube should you need to visualise the sheer beauty and bliss of this resort. I am not affiliated and although I recognise there is still work to do, I cannot help but recommend this wholeheartedly. After spending a full week there, coming back to the daily routine is not easy but it feels like we have found a place to look forward coming back to!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Offering a stunning beachfront location and a range of elegant private pool villas, plus Fusion’s unique “all-spa inclusive” and “breakfast anywhere, anytime” services, Fusion Maia Da Nang is, we think, the sort of place to lose yourself and find yourself, all at the same time. For unforgettable cultural encounters, we’re also situated within easy reach of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ideal for couples, honeymooners, solo travellers, or families, the art of relaxation is available to all. Blending healthy living with understated luxury, Fusion Maia Da Nang is more than a resort - it’s a way of life. For us, it’s also the cornerstone of the entire Fusion family. With an emphasis on wellness, sensibility, and refreshingly original concepts, our core values can be found in everything we do here. And if you’re not saying “Wow!”, we’re not doing it right. You see, at Fusion Maia Da Nang, we’re not like other resorts. We’re different. For a start, we think that shaking off the distractions of the modern world is one of the most important parts of any vacation. That’s why we’ve developed our unique “all-spa inclusive” concept. Yes, that’s right. For each night stayed at a Fusion Resort, our extensive spa menu and wellness programme including activities such as yoga, meditation and tai chi, are all at your disposal, and at no extra cost. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fusion Maia Hotel Da Nang