It is easy to fall in love with Intercontinental Danang the moment you set your foot there. Once you enter the resort, it is another kilometer drive through a beautiful garden until you arrive at the reception overlooking the sea and the mountains. The hotel occupies a secluded mountain slope (across the bay and a mountain range from Da Nang and other luxury resorts) so steep they've built its own rail link - the Nam Tram - a cable way with cars designed to look like traditional Vietnamese boats, connecting the beach to the reception area.
The hotel occupies four levels - heaven (this is where reception, concierge and Citron restaurant are located), sky, earth (La Maison 1888 french restaurant is there) and sea (the beach, Barefoot Cafe, Long Bar and the spa are there). The location is very secluded with literally nothing in the area other than a small colony of monkeys living right below the main building next to Nam Tram. A lot of thought was given to landscaping - as evidenced by painted numbers on most trees and tree props: clearly a lot of replanting took place here. There is still construction going on too, although you'd barely notice it unless you are unlucky enough to be sent to the buildings further away from the Nam Tram. There was one building we saw that seemed a couple of months away from being finished and the spa buildings are about five months from being completed we were told.
We stayed at the sky level. Having been to numerous five-star resorts across the world, I must say InterContinental Danang is in a league of its own - I've never encountered such immaculate attention to every little detail, pictures don't do this hotel justice: you'd be hard pressed to take a photo of the premises that won't be breathtaking. In terms of architecture and design it is leaps and bounds ahead of any resort I've personally been too or seen photos of. You constantly feel you are part of a glossy magazine shoot (even bathrooms in public areas are so creatively done I couldn't resist taking their photos).
There is a lot to love about this hotel. The rooms are huge (smallest rooms are whopping 70 sq m, ours was 85 sq m), bathrooms are bigger than some hotel rooms I've stayed at and all the amenities are top notch. Food in all restaurants was excellent. We've tried everything that Citron had to offer in our two weeks there and didn't find anything we didn't enjoy. We also went to La Maison 1888, a Michelin-stared French restaurant at the hotel, that opened only two weeks before we arrived. Needless to say, food and service were out of this world and, surprisingly, it was very reasonably priced - probably half of what you'd pay in a similar restaurant elsewhere.
One (possible) downside is that the hotel is not all-inclusive and you'd need to pay extra for dinner (breakfast was included for us) and resort prices are very high by local standards (we spent $60-80 for the two of us for a dinner with no wine at one of the resort restaurants). It adds up if you stay for a long period. And there are no other options in the area - the hotel is truly secluded with not even a local convenience store within walking distance and paying $20 for a 30-minute taxi to Danang every time you want to eat wont' save you a lot of money.
Another downside, that some other reviewers mentioned, is the very poor command of English of hotel stuff. On numerous occasions hotel personnel had no idea what we wanted and we had to explain the most basic things two or three times. I hope that InterContinental management addresses the issue: the only reason I didn't take points off because of sub par service was because the property was brand new and, hopefully, it will improve once it's fully operational for a longer period.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden in the myth-filled hills of 'Monkey Mountain' in the heart of the Son Tra Peninsula nature reserve, the five-star InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort a work of art as much as a resort. Set in 37 hectares of stepped gardens leading down to a private beach - dramatic views of the sea can be enjoyed from all 200 rooms - every inch of this luxury resort is the stunning creation of star architect Bill Bensley and, as a result, is unique in design and concept. Gourmet travellers will appreciate La Maison 1888 (and its outstanding wine cellar) by multi-Michelin starred Pierre Gagnaire, while those looking for a genuine wellness retreat will love the HARNN Heritage Spa set in a private lagoon. Travellers can treat tired feet to the ultimate pedicure by 'podiatrist to the stars' Bastien Gonzalez as global leaders put the world to rights at The Summit, the resort's impressive conference centre. Billed as the place "where myth meets luxury", it's an easy drive from InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort to UNESCO world heritage sites of Hoi An, Hue and My Son (described as "Vietnam's Angkor Wat") making it a perfect base for travellers seeking an experience that connects them to central Vietnam. ... more less
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