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Six Senses: Hideaway Ninh Van Bay

About the Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay Resort:

One thing to be said upfront: I personally find that this hotel is the finest resort in the world!
The facility is located on a peninsula that is accessible only by boat. Transfer: about 15 minutes by speedboat. The resort offers several accommodation types and all of them have without exception, a private pool:
35 Beach Villas
8 Hilltop Villas
5 Water Villas
5 Spa Villas
4 Rock Villas
1 Presidential Suite
No matter where you are located, in which restaurant you are sitting on, or where else you are – the views are simply breathtaking!
Since the hotel area is quite large, bikes are assigned to each villa with which can help you explore the area. If you are too lazy for walking or cycling, the butler with the electric buggy is always available to drive the guests around (even daily pick-up from/to the restaurant is possible).
The entire facility is very clean and most environmentally friendly. Almost everything is made of wood, palm leaves or similar natural material. You cannot see any plastic, because even if present, is it “hidden”: The telephone cord is wrapped in a rope, the remote control and the lighter is packaged in cardboard, the few plastic bottles are in small fabric wrapped sachets etc.
You can choose between breakfast, half board or full board. We have booked half board and found that it was really worth the money.
The majority of the guests are couples, of course J – Children may be placed only in the Beach Villas.

Depending on which accommodation you have booked, your villa lies directly on the beach, or you have to walk up to a couple of minutes to the beach and / or pool – but we mainly stayed in our villa, and mostly in our own private pool. The nearest town is Nha Trang. The hotel offers around 2 times a day free transfer to the “mainland” (depending on when they drive guests from/to the airport). In order to reach Nha Trang you need about 15 minutes by speedboat and another 15 minutes by taxi. The closest airport is Cam Ranh – about 35 minutes away from Nha Trang. The distance is not long, but the roads are pretty bad.
If you don´t want to leave the (half)island Ninh Van Bay where the Hotel is located, you have no other choice but using the resort facilities: There is a gift shop and a spa shop where you can buy souvenirs. But they are much more expensive than outside the hotel. However, if when you consider that according to a travel brochure in all of Vietnam there is no better hotel than the “Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay” it´s no surprise that the prices are accordingly high…
The hotel offers many more options: Travel to Dalat (the village is located at ca. 1,500 m), Nha Trang (mainland), island hopping, deep sea fishing, excursions to the peninsula where you can hike to a waterfall and – among other things – can observe monkeys; lunch or dinner on a deserted island, in a cave on the “Jetty”, on the beach, etc. – prices are also not very low, but the service is impeccable. Due to the fact that we booked 10-days stay at the Hideaway, we received a complimentary (=free of charge) “Sunset Cruise” that we can really recommend to anyone: you drive about 1 hour by boat and get champagne and canapés served. The boat drives only one family, so you can enjoy some privacy.


There is only one thing to say about the service: perfect!
All employees are super friendly and helpful, not all of them speak English very well or you have to get used to their accent, but there were no communication problems – maybe because eI also don´t speak English very wellJ. We have always received what we were asking for. In addition a butler who speaks very good English and is responsible to fulfill all wishes is being assigned to each couple upon arrival. This is actually the best thing about “Six Senses”: they don´t seem to use the word “no” in their vocabulary, they try to make everything humanly possible for their guest. The management is mixing among the guests (at dinner) and making a short conversation with them, asking if everything is ok, etc. The butler is also coming by at least of once per day in order to make sure that every wish is fulfilled and is asking for eg. if you would like fruits in your room, etc.
On arrival the butler asks what time is suitable for you to clean up the Villa (morning and evening) so that the room service does not come in your way.
On arrival and on departure, we were welcomed by several hotel employees and the hotel manager himself. We found it very funny that he always introduced himself saying: “I am Godfrey – the hotel manager” J.
The hotel has, of course you a doctor, a small playground – don´t forget that this is really a resort for (love)couples, laundry service, the famous Six Senses Spa, free internet (also in the villa), a small library where one can borrow books, magazines and DVDs, etc.
Complaints? – Who can complain over the paradise on earth should really stay home!
At the end of the stay you have the chance to evaluate the resort and its individual services. It is also asked what could be done better – even if it is just a small thing – but I thought of nothing really.



The resort has 3 restaurants:
“Dining by the Bay” – the main restaurant is spread over 2 floors, where the morning buffet breakfast is served in the evening you can also use the buffet, or “a la carte” dining.
“Dining by the Pool” also spread over 2 floors, some tables are virtually “in the pool”
“Offers Dining by the Rocks” – the gastronomic highlight of the resort because of the location, the hill and the amazing view of the bay; only dinner is served here and you need to make a reservation as this restaurant is open only 1 night/week. A very tasty 6-course meal is being served! Weddings and other events are also organized here.
As we had booked half board, we have been allowed to dine here free of charge. However, if you want to book dinner with wine (6 different types of wine are served) you have to pay 50,- USD per person.
The resort has also a bar and wine cellar where you can eat and drink: “Drinks by the Bay”.
You can only be delighted about the quality and variety of food and drinks that are beautifully arranged and presented. The Food & Beverage Manager who by the way speaks English perfect and without accent makes a really great job and walks around daily among the guests in order to receive their feedback! Both typical as well as international dishes are being served.

Clean and service are great. When the employees of the restaurant realized that I had a cold, they brought me tissues and recommend me a tea for the cough.
The atmosphere is great everywhere in the complex because of the many comfortable relaxing seats that you can find anywhere.
The prices are – as already stated above – very high but you can have a look at them on the website of the hotel, where you can download the menu and wine list.
Since we have known this in advance, we bought during our round trip through South Vietnam 15 cans of coke that we were not able to consume during our stay, but funny thing is that we have paid for the 15 Coca-Cola cans less than 1 single soda can cost at the hotel.
As we booked half board, we had to pay only for the drinks at dinner; therefore our final bill has not been high at all. Occasionally meetings with the resort team are being organized (free drinks and canapés are being offered on this occasion) and there are also happy hours when you order a drink and the 2nd one is free etc.
At breakfast, all drinks (there are about 6 coffee tipes and 10 kinds of tea, cocoa, milk, natural fruit juices, smoothies and even sparkling wine) are included. As the hotel has its own fruit and vegetable garden, there were mainly fresh and natural foods with no preservatives, etc.
Very nice was also the fact that water in the minibar, as well as throughout the facility (restaurant, library, gym, spa, reception, etc.) was available free of charge.
What we particularly liked is that you do not have to be stressed because of tips during your stay: A 5% “service charge” is being added automatically. The hotel advises specifically on not offering tips during the stay. If desired, you can add to your bill AT THE END OF VISIT an additional sum as tip: for certain people, or for the entire staff.

Sports, entertainment and pool:

At the LIFE Center you can chose among:
• Tennis
• Volleyball
• Badminton
• Board Games
• Hiking
• Boat Rental
• Snorkeling
• PADI Dive School
• Windsurfing
• Hobiecat sailing
• Kayaking
• Water Skiing
• fishing trips
• Etc..
In the SPA center:
• Six Senses Spa
• Steam and sauna facilities
• Fitness center
• Tai-Chi
• Yoga
• Etc..
Internet access is available free of charge at the reception desk in the library and on request in your own villa (wireless).
Beach and pool are great; there are always sun beds and umbrellas, showers, etc.



The resort has only villas / bungalows with living room, bedroom, dressing bath, outdoor shower, terrace and pool. Included facilities: mini-bar, wine bar, coffee maker, kettle, telephone, TV, CD player, safe, lighter, amenity bag (includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, cotton pads, cotton buds, nail file, shower cap, sewing kit …), bathrobes, makeup mirror, incense, hat, mosquito net, mosquito protection, body lotion, (after sun) shampoo, conditioner, beach bag, sun beds, umbrellas, umbrellas, rain jackets, water jug with trowel outside the villa to the washing of sand, etc. If desired, you get slippers and many other things. There is even a “pillow menu” from which one can choose a special pillow for sleeping.

Tipps & tricks:

Although Vietnam is indeed a very cheap country, the hotels all have very peppery prices. When I compare the prices with those in the hotels where we were accommodated during the 8-day round trip,the Six Senses Hideaway seems no longer so expensive considering also that the quality here is even a thousand times better!
However, during our round trip we were paying for a dinner of 2 persons ca. 15,- USD (but outside the hotels and in restaurants where mainly locals were eating). For this money you can get in the Six Senses Hideaway ca. 3 cans of coke. So it´s recommended to book half board!
Although the Hilltop Villas guarantee privacy, you should consider that in order to reach them, you need to climb ca. 100 stairs. Honestly – it sounds much worse than it really is because in between there are short stretches where you can walk straight and have time to catch your breath. If you still don´t feel comfortable to do that effort, then you should rather book a beach villa – which is located right on the beach so you don´t have to climb any stairs.
In order to move more quickly within the resort there I already mentioned the possibility to use the bikes, or simply ask the Butler to pick you up with the electric buggy.
For a longer stay (more than 1 week) various benefits such as a 30-minute hand or foot treatment, 30-minute body scrub, a dinner (without drinks), a Sunset Cruise, etc. are often offered complimentary (free of charge) by the resort.
By the way: you should absolutely look at the toilets that are located next to the reception – the best I have ever seen – they are actually open air toilets :-)
Otherwise, you need to do only this: relax, sit back and enjoy the view! The “Six Senses Hideaway Ninh Van Bay” will let all your (vacation) dreams come true!

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