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16 best resorts in Vietnam as voted by The Times

British newspaper The Times introduced the 16 best hotels and resorts in Vietnam for a wellness retreat.

Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai spreads over 35 hectares and overlooks Ha My Beach in the central province of Quang Nam.

The Times described the resort as ‘best for romance.’

Surrounded by coconut palms and green trees, it has 100 villas and eight separate spa rooms all designed in traditional Vietnamese style.

The resort has its own vegetable garden and uses eco-friendly materials. At the heart of the resort is a small temple where fishermen pray for peace before each voyage.

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Zannier Hotels Bai San Ho on a secluded peninsula in the central province of Phu Yen is described as ‘best for a secret retreat.’

The resort has 73 suites and villas wearing the architecture of traditional Vietnamese villages with thatched roofs and woven bamboo walls.

Its interior decorations highlight unique local culture with items like dried calabash gourds, traditional braided baskets and coconut shell tools made by local artisans.

Located on Le Phung Hieu Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Capella Hanoi Hotel is described as ‘best for drama.’

The hotel has 47 rooms and suites, each individually styled with operatic artefacts and custom portraiture that pay tribute to legendary Opera artists, composers, designers and performances.

Each has a balcony, overlooking Hoan Kiem (Sword) Lake.

Amanoi Resort is nestled in Nui Chua National Park beside Vinh Hy Bay in south-central Ninh Thuan Province.

Vietnam’s first six-star resort is described as ‘best for one-percenters.’

It has 36 villas facing the sea or hills. Its most luxurious villa costs $8,000 a night, while the lowest deal starts at $1,150.

Tam Coc Garden Resort in Ninh Binh Province, around two hours to the east of Hanoi, is hailed by the British newspaper as ‘best for country living.’

The resort is in Hai Nham Village of Hoa Lu District, around five kilometers from Bich Dong Pagoda and Tam Coc Tourist Area.

One of the highlights of the resort is the surrounding rice fields, ancient villages and fruit orchards.

Located on a secluded peninsula in Ninh Van Bay in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, An Lam Retreat Ninh Van Bay has 37 villas made of eco-friendly materials like wood and bamboo.

The Times described it as ‘best for nature.’

The only way to reach the resort is by boat.

Six Senses Con Dao on Dat Doc Beach is the only five-star beach resort in the Con Dao archipelago off Vietnam’s southern coast.

Located inside Con Dao National Park, it has 50 beach villas, built mainly with natural materials and each with a private swimming pool.

It is described as ‘best for beaches.’

The Reverie Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City is described as ‘best for glitz.’

The hotel on Nguyen Hue Boulevard has 286 rooms, suites and residential suites that combine modern design and traditional Italian craftsmanship.

It has a 24-meter-long swimming pool decorated with unique tiles on the sixth floor where guests can enjoy music from an underwater sound system.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoiis ‘best for history.’

Founded in 1901, it is one of the few capital hotels featuring French architecture and has garnered numerous travel awards in recent years.

The hotel is home to a two-meter-high wartime bomb shelter discovered by chance in 2011. It was where many famous figures of the Vietnam War, including actress Jane Fonda and author Tom Hayden, both anti-war activists, took refugee as bombs rained down on Hanoi.

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa on the southern island Phu Quoc is described as ‘best for style.’

Lying only 15 minutes from Phu Quoc International Airport, the resort stretching along Khem Beach has 234 rooms, suites and stand-alone villas.

Construction of the French-style resort started in 2015, with its doors opening in 2016.

Azerai La Residence in the former imperial capital Hue is described ‘best for boutique vibes.’

Set on a two-and-a-half-hectare site with 200 meters of frontage on the Huong (Perfume) River, the hotel was built in a colonial style.

The mansion at the heart of the hotel was built in 1930 as part of the residence of the French Resident Superior.

Its distinctive facade, long horizontal lines and nautical flourishes are hallmarks of the streamline modern school of art deco.

Anantara Quy Nhon near Bai Xep beach is ‘best for getting off the beaten track.’

The resort has 26 beach-view villas with private outdoor swimming pools. And it is near Bai Xep fishing village that was listed by Business Insider as “one of the 16 hidden gems” of Asia.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort in the central city of Da Nang is described as ‘best for monkeying around.’

It has 201 rooms, suites, penthouses, and villas along a 700-meter-long private beach.

Located within Son Tra Nature Reserve, home to some critically endangered species including red-shanked douc langur, the resort has strict policies to protect the wildlife.

Situated in the eponymous bay around 60 kilometers from downtown Nha Trang, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is ‘best for barefoot luxury.’

It consists of 62 villas built entirely of wood and rattan and with thatched roofs.

No plastic bottle is allowed inside, making it one of the few eco-friendly resorts in Vietnam.

Regent Phu Quoc, which opened in April this year, is described as ‘too fancy for mere rooms.’

It features 302 suites and villas, six restaurants and bars, swimming pools overlooking Long Beach, one of the most beautiful on Phu Quoc, next to a UNESCO-recognized world biosphere reserve.

Topas Ecolodge in northern highlands town Sa Pa is described as ‘best for gorgeous views.’

Opened in 2005, the five-star resort offers 41 bungalows built with white granite that resemble ethnic minority stilt homes.

All furniture is made from natural materials like wood, bamboo and rattan.

All rooms offer views of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and terraced rice fields.