Staying At InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort
Some decide on their vacation based on the destination!
And then some (no names being mentioned) will choose an entire two-week, multi-destination vacation around two countries based on a hotel!
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Who. Does. That?
But such was the pull of the
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort! I'd rhapsodised about being there.
You see, I was paging through the travel bible (as you do), and these awesome photos held my gaze seeping through to my wanderlust.
Where is this place?
Quickly scanning the article.
'Da Nang, Vietnam, the article slowly r
Magnetised, Vietnam moved from number umpteen on the wish list to number two.
Touched down in Da Nang International Airport, our feet barely grazed the floor as we made our way out the door. Another thirty-minute drive, mostly hugging the beautiful coastline of the Son Tra Peninsula; pass the tallest buddha in all Vietnam and be still - West Indian wiles attracted Vietnamese smiles at the hotel's reception.
Now, this is where I tell you this resort is the bee's knees, the absolute cat's pyjamas with chef's kisses!
Greeted by the calm of trickling water from the nearby fountain and staff addressing everything from a cool towel to your luggage, your nostrils awaken to a lemongrass fusion you'll later become very familiar with throughout the hotel. The black and white interior, injected with red, yellow and green accents and the myriad of textures throughout - giving your sense of smell a carnival awakening!
Seventy-two acres of this mountainside resorts is now yours and oh, troops of monkeys. Some, one hundred and ninety-seven rooms to choose from and they'll all offer sea views over the bay. Be that a 3-bed villa with an infinity pool or one of the classic suites.
Getting around this resort on foot promises a workout in itself. Remember, it's on the side of a mountain. And if slower to find your bearings, the chance of being misguided. There is, however, a buggy service, and that's always only a phone call or hand signal away.
Our room opened out to the balcony, surveying the rooftops and the bay sprawling before it. So did the bathroom with its crazy, sexy, cool interior. Lovers of glossy hardwood flooring will find lots of this in the room, complemented with matching large hardwood beds.
Floor to ceiling glass walls lines one side of the bathroom, while on the other side, the door opens, laying you bare to your balcony and beyond while standing under your private monsoon shower. His and her sinks, the deepest bathtub ever to be sunk into and evocative toiletries the likes I've yet to grace eyes on anywhere else. It is sure to bring out the naughtier side.
A little story. One morning in the rain shower, wide-eyed, I looked up to see a member of housekeeping cleaning the glass outside.
'AHH Hello! I'm having a shower here!'
Unsure if she heard me or possibly unimpressed from having seen one too many naked bodies (I am laughing at this now), she finished the glass and disappeared.
Those glass panels needed cleaning too! I suppose.
Beds are plush and indulging. If ever, there was a question of what it feels like sleeping in the clouds, settling under that duvet and between those pillows answered.
Breakfast is worshipped here not just for its revival of the palate in the morning but a feast on the eyes and the olfactory. All this made especially enviable from a seat in a cushioned conical booth with unended views over the South China Bay at Citron.
Thereafter, it was the L_O_N_G Bar at the beach that summoned all interest. Cocktails and pink-hued wines sipped from nine until nine on oversized day beds shared with newfound friends. However, the nesting chairs were the fave!
Food is taken seriously at this resort with its French restaurant La Maison 1888 honoured with the repute of being the first restaurant in all of Vietnam to feature a Michelin-starred chef. The world-renowned Pierre Gagnaire. It's worth knowing non-residents of the resort can also book to dine here.
Settled in, I cared not to leave the resort unless necessary but the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hoi An, a jaunt away, was a must. With the resort offering a twice-daily shuttle bus service to and from Hoi An and us wanting to see as much of Vietnam as possible - the tug was painful.
The ancient town of Hoi An is buzzy but worlds away from anywhere else you'll visit in Vietnam. It's worthy of its place on the UNESCO list and should by no means be missed off your tick list.
Travelling with kids? You will note the thoughtfulness placed in the resort's design here again. From kiddie options at the spa to the dedicated kids' club's noticeably unnoticeable location next to The L_O_N_G Bar.
If recalled, at the beginning of this post, I mentioned some photos that stirred this twelve-thousand-mile round trip.
You'd be forgiven should you too find yourself succumbing to the seduction of this resort. It is, after all, eye-candy on the outside and, once inside, leaves you drunk and in love with it.
Is this a resort you can see yourself at? Then book your stay for Hotel Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort?