When was the last time you rewarded yourself with some quality time to clear your mind, to do your overstressed brain a favor by reconnecting with nature? According to Harvard Health Publishing, nature significantly has the power to relieve stress, mental fatigue caused by the fast-paced modern life and to boost our heart and metabolic health. In other words, being near nature simply helps us be happier and healthier. So now, it’s about time to get out of your houses, get out of the bustling cities surrounded with concrete jungles to reconnect with Mother Nature.
The following is a list of our 10 favorite hotels, resorts and retreats tucked away in some of the most remote corners in Vietnam, from North to South. These secluded yet luxury getaways are immersing their services in nature to offer us a much-needed break from the overwhelming stresses with a healthy dose of nature.
Starting off this list is Avana Retreat - the “youngest” one among the other resorts. Recently opened in late April 2021, Avana Retreat has quickly gained attention of not only luxury travelers but also those who are seeking for an ultimate experience where nature, culture and people live in harmony together. Boasting a unique location: among three ethnic groups deep in a tropical forest, Avana is the ideal place to disconnect yourself with the modern world, to explore the pristine landscapes and to learn about the tribal culture of the Northern Loop of Vietnam.
Spacious villa with private pool
Spreading over a 15-hectare area, Avana offers 36 spacious bungalows, suites, and pool villas. You can expect uninterrupted views of the mountains, valleys, and terraced rice fields from your room, and moreover, the ultimate privacy that you are always wishing for. This mountainous gem also has an infinity pool overlooking the idyllic scene of some ethnic Hmong working on the fields and an Orchid Spa running along a murmuring stream for you to unwind in nature.
Gorgeous mountain view from Hilltop Pool Villa
Dining at the charming Green Chili Restaurant with exquisite dishes or the Cloud Pool Bar with signature tropical cocktails for an exceptional culinary experience. Showing the retreat’s commitment to sustainability and local development, most of the food is cooked with seasonal, organic ingredients that come from local farmers in the region. (Read more: 10 Hotels with Stunning Pools in SEA)
Private romantic dinner setting by the waterfall
The efforts to preserve the natural beauty and local heritage of Avana have been paid off when the retreat was announced to be Asia's Leading Retreat 2021 & 2022 by the noble World Travel Awards.
Ethnic stilt house still be found on the retreat’s property
Accessible only by boat and located on a dramatic bay overlooking the unspoiled beach of the East Vietnam Sea, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a once in a lifetime experience. All 62 villas are either built on impressive rock formations or dotted beautifully on the hill of towering mountains.
The Water Reserve with its mountainous lush green backdrop
Each villa also offers a private pool, which is the best spot to relax and to immerse yourself in the beauty of a romantic sunset over the bay.
The Water Pool villa with a private plunge pool set into the rock formations.
Follow the stepping stones along the hill, you will be then welcomed by the resort’s spa with traditional Vietnamese therapies and local body treatments, where you can rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Besides, countless indoor as well as outdoor activities such as cruising, diving, cooking class, picnic on the beach or a morning hike to visit the endangered monkeys are waiting for you.
Six Senses Spa is the sanctuary for all the senses.
After a scenic 70-minute drive from Cam Ranh International Airport, it feels like the rest of the world is a million miles away as you surround yourself with pristine jungles and sandy beaches in Amanoi Resort. Perched on a remote cliff on the rocky coastline of Vietnam, Amanoi is no doubt a secluded paradise for nature-lovers. The resort’s unique location also ensures each of the 31 slate-roofed pavilions comes with a gorgeous view over the Vinh Hy Bay or the surrounding hillside.
Amanoi is perched on a remote cliff on the rocky coastline of Vietnam.
From their curving roofs to the surrounding latticed windows and wood furniture, Amanoi’s Pavilions and Villas let the traditional Vietnamese architecture shine at its best.
Aman Spa offers personalized wellness programs.
Located on the shores of a lotus-filled lake, Aman Spa offers personalized wellness programs, so you can balance your mind and body in a peerlessly serene scent of lotus blossoms. Apart from this lakeside spa and the private golden beach, Amanoi also has three dining venues with different settings with exquisite Vietnamese and international menus. Nothing can compare than sinking into the comfortable armchairs, tasting local dishes, sipping a tropical cocktail while marveling at the dramatic coastline.
Outdoor dining venue with ocean view.
Azerai Can Tho is a unique luxury oasis of calm amid the fascinating cultural center of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. As the Azerai is built on a private 8-acre islet surrounded by waterways and mangroves, it can only be reached by boat from its private Arrival Pavilion in Can Tho, making the arrival more outstanding than any other resorts on the list.
Azerai can only be reached by boat.
Following the natural shoreline and integrated into the island’s lush scenery, the resort’s 60 rooms designed with Vietnamese traditional materials offer enormous space to roam and peaceful view over river, lake or garden.
Afternoon tea with a peaceful view over lotus lake.
Pamper yourself with the resort’s various facility choices such as restaurants, an infinity pool, a hair salon, yoga and meditation studio, a tennis court, and a gymnasium, among others. For adventurous travelers, Azerai is an ideal base to discover the colorful city of Can Tho, the Mekong Delta as well as the authentic floating markets.
Beautiful sunset view from the Azerai boat with tasty local food.
Tucked away inside the Son Tra Nature Reserve, surrounded by lush tropical palm trees, InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula is definitely one of Vietnam’s best beach resorts with spectacular settings.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula is tucked away inside the Son Tra Nature Reserve, surrounded by lush tropical palm trees.
Designed by the world-famous designer Bill Bensley, this hideaway impresses its visitors with chic Modern Vietnamese style - large white maison with spindled wooden pillars and colorful silk chandeliers. Surround yourself with intimate comfort and privacy at one of the resort’s spacious accommodations with large balconies and panoramic sea views. But don’t be too surprised if you see some macaques which call this property home pay you a visit through the balcony.
Designed by Bill Bensley with chic Modern Vietnamese style.
Promising you an exceptional gourmet experience, in La Maison 1988, the Michelin-starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire, is on hand to prepare some exquisite French specialties for you. There is no better place to savor all the traditional dishes from North, Central and South Vietnam in one day than the restaurant Citron with unique outdoor dining booths designed like an inverted nón-lá, the symbolic Vietnamese conical hat.
Exquisite French dishes prepared by Michelin-starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire.
If you are seeking for some exceptional experience more than just “common” vacation on the beach, Banyan Tree Lang Co Resort must be the right address for you to escape the hustle and bustle. Nestled between the azure waters of the East Sea and the Truong Son mountain range, this luxury hideaway brings its guests an intimate and rustic atmosphere which can only be found in Hue, the former imperial city of Vietnam.
The resort is nestled between the azure waters of the East Sea and the Truong Son mountain range.
The impressive architecture was inspired by artistic heritage of past Vietnamese dynasties and then finished with some modern touch. Depending on your taste, you can choose to stay in palatial laguna, beachfront, or hillside one to three-bedroom villas, all offering a private enormous swimming pool for you to unwind.
Gorgeous Seaview Hill Pool Villa
After letting your senses be reawakened by the well-curated treatments in the spa rooms, let’s go explore the region’s ancient history, traditions and unique cultural heritages in the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hoi An Ancient Town, the Imperial Citadel of Hue and My Son Sanctuary.
A candlelit table-for-two in a secluded corner of the beach.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai’s inspiring location on Vietnam’s culturally rich central coast contributes significantly to its reputation as one of the finest hotels in Vietnam. This getaway is where you can feel the warm waves of the East Sea tickle your toes while raising your gaze to behold the impressive ambience that somewhat reminds you of the royal grandeur from the nearby imperial city of Hue.
Impressive look with gray stone stairs, and pagoda-style roofs.
Upon arrival, the majestic staircases and enormous pools stretching towards the beach will do nothing but leave you in awe. Every inch of the resort, from the gray stone stairs, pagoda-style roofs to the sharp contrast of lush palm trees and the blue sea, has turned the resort’s look into a feast for the eyes.
Private pool villa is surrounded by swaying palm trees.
Beside relaxing in one of the 100 spacious villas, guests are also offered a wide range of exciting activities to explore the local culture such as rice field cycling, yoga and beach taichi. In the Heart of the Earth Spa which is inspired by renowned Vietnamese Zen master, scholar and peacemaker Thich Nhat Hanh, you can learn to stay calm, to focus on your breath and to align yourself with nature's rhythms.
Healing melodies of 8-octave singing bowls tuned to 432 Hz in Heart of the Earth Spa.
Situated on a tranquil yet stunning beachfront, TIA Wellness Resort is truly a luxury wellness oasis just 10-minute drive from Danang Airport.
TIA Wellness Resort is situated on a tranquil yet stunning beachfront.
The elegant private pool villas all come with a private courtyard garden and swimming pool, promising ultimate privacy to reconnect with your inner self.
Private pool villa with a private courtyard garden and swimming pool.
The Creative Energy spa with 22 treatment rooms, beauty salons and saunas set within the lush, tropical gardens is the highlight during your stay here. Daily spa treatments, wellness practice and education such as Breathwork, Lifestyle Tai Chi, Active Yoga Flow and Creative Workshop with Signature Tea are individually designed to help its guests return home refreshed and renewed. The kitchen at TIA is also wellness-centered while offering nutritious dishes with real, natural ingredients as well as detox and regenerating meal plans.
Wellness practice and education are individually designed for you.
Topas Ecolodge lives up to the term Ecolodge in every sense of the word by constantly embedding sustainable and ecological practices into its property. Spreading over the summit of a mountain in the Hoang Lien National Park, Topas Ecolodge boasts a mesmerizing 180 degree view over the lower Sapa valley and the Tonkinese Alps beyond.
Topas Ecolodge boasts a mesmerizing 180 degree view over the lower Sapa valley and the Tonkinese Alps beyond.
After arrival, a winding path will lead you to the 41 rustic chalet-style bungalows, which are made from locally sourced and sustainable materials, showing the lodge’s respect for nature. The glorious views of towering peaks and endless valleys dotted with ethnic minority villages from your bungalow are worth every penny, as is the undisturbed tranquility.
Rustic chalet-style bungalow with glorious views of towering peaks and endless valleys.
Topas Ecolodge will also spoil you with various exciting activities to explore the breathtaking nature of northern Vietnam as well as the fascinating culture of the minority villages nearby. And after some culture immersion in textile workshops and local markets, get ready to savor the taste of Vietnam in the restaurants atop a remote mountain for an inspired dining experience.
Hiking experience to the minority villages nearby.
Located on the paradise archipelago Con Dao in the South of Vietnam, Six Senses Con Dao offers luxury, serenity and a deep connection with the environment. This Six Senses Resort also
feels part of the surrounding nature with a lot of wood and bamboo materials. Imitating a traditional Vietnamese fishing village, the resort welcomes its guests with its own replica high street and surrounding shop, bar and traditional restaurant.
Six Senses Con Dao offers luxury, serenity and a deep connection with the environment.
This intimate property offers 50 gorgeous villas, coming with their own private infinity pool and magnificent views of the snap-worthy islands against the dramatic backdrop of the Lo Voi Mountains.
Spacious villa with private pool and magnificent views.
Six Senses Con Dao offers a superb dining experience in the two restaurants: the “Vietnamese by the market”, where Vietnamese traditional dishes and street food can be found, and “By the Ocean”, which serves Asian fusion cuisine with a hint of French. Otherwise, if you want to dine in the comfort of your own private villa, a Chef will come and cook for you privately.
By the Ocean restaurant with a magnificent sunset view over the ocean.