So many times you read TripAdvisor reviews where people say 'this is the most luxurious place I have ever stayed'. Clearly they haven't been to the Intercontinental in Danang! It tops anywhere I've ever stayed before.
The resort is constructed on a hillside in a completely private bay with lovely safe sandy beach on the Danang peninsular. There are no other hotels in view and certainly no beach-boys that you might find in other locations.
It consists of about 20 separate 2/3 storey buildings built into the hillside each with about 8 rooms. Every room has a seaview. The resort is really cleverly designed and each building is surrounded by lush vegetation tended by an army of gardeners. Electric clubcars shuttle guests and staff around.
Although the resort is on a hillside, there's no climbing steps involved as the resort has its own funicular railway serving the four levels from the beach upto the reception/dining levels.
The quality of the rooms is beyond belief with an enormous bath and rainfall shower unit. The 7-foot bed had luxury linens, which (rather unnecessarily) were changed each day. There was 100-channel TV and films-in-demand as well as a Bose sound system in every room. There is free fast-internet throughout the resort. Each room has a spacious private balcony. No expense was spared in their construction and fit-out.
The resort facilities were fantastic with several restaurants (from casual 'Barefoot' to semi-formal 'Citron' to the fabulous Michelin-star-quality in the Michel Roux '1888' restaurant).
It would have been helpful for all the facilities to have been better promoted upon arrival as we only discovered the 1888 Restaurant and the fantastic bar inside on the last night.
There's a shuttle-bus to Danang/HoiAn twice daily (tip - book the day before) but a taxi to Danang is only $20 to sample the beachfront seafood restaurants - we recommend the amazing 'Be Man' popular with locals. There were other complementary activities like beach fishing and Tai Chi.
Small niggles: the design of the pool means that it isn't always possible to get a sunbathing place there but the beach is just alongside with lots of loungers and beach attendants. Sometimes drinks took a long time to come but a new Manager was obviously sorting that out during our stay. Small things really.
This resort is the pinnacle of achievement for Intercontinental. It boast incomparable luxury in a most beautiful and private setting. Simply fantastic.
- 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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