Overlooking a pristine bay surrounded by forest and tall boulder-strewn mountains, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay gives the feeling of a remote island. Unlike their bustling counterparts in Nha Trang, the resort is for those who look for privacy, relaxation and tranquillity.

Nestled in a calm bay, several kilometres north of the popular beach city of Nha Trang, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a perfect destination to unwind, especially after a busy festival like the Tet holiday. The resort has welcomed guests since the 2000s and it’s one of Vietnam’s most exclusive hideaways, being accessible only by boat.

Ninh Van Bay
Ninh Van Bay
Into the blue
Into the blue

Striving to adapt the local culture, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay consists of 58 personal villas in traditional Vietnamese style. Straws, woods and stones are the main construction materials and they were cleverly blended with modern amenities. To give guests a sense of being harmonised with nature, all the buildings are settled along the white sand beach, at hilltops, or lurk among impressive rock formations. Each villa is accompanied by a plunge pool, an around-the-clock butler service and two bicycles – a sustainable way to travel around the property.

Villas on the rock
Villas on the rock
Villa
Villa in traditional Vietnamese style

There are three restaurants serving both Western and Vietnamese foods. Two are located directly at the beach, while “Dining by the Rock”, as its name implies, sits on a boulder-strewn mountain overlooking the bay. Guests can opt between à la carte or a buffet which changes daily. Breakfast is sumptuous as expected from a resort of this calibre. Two stylish bars are also available where you can enjoy a drink under a starry night.

Dining by the Bay
Cơm Tấm at Dining by the Bay

Totally contrast to hotels and resorts in Nha Trang, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is more of a retreat, suitable for whoever wants to get away from everything to spend precious time relaxing with his or her significant ones. Being said that, the resort still offers a wide variety of activities, ranging from hiking, paddling, snorkelling (the coral reefs are just a stone’s throw away from the beach) to cooking courses. Young customers will also have enjoyable and memorable experiences thanks to various programs specially designed for children.

Sunset at Ninh Van Bay
Sunset at Ninh Van Bay
Ninh Van Bay
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay – A little paradise

Practical Information

  • The nearest airport is Cam Ranh International Airport (CXR), around 30 kilometres from the resort. You will be picked up at the airport and driven to the port where a speedboat will bring you to the property. The whole trip takes approximately 60-70 minutes.
  • If you want to go to Nha Trang during your stay, there are a few boat trips available (check with your butler for the time schedule). But if you want to be totally flexible in time, you might consider booking your own boat. It’s quite expensive though.
  • At the end of your stay, you will be dropped off at either the airport or in Nha Trang’s city centre.

DISCLAIMER:

This post is written based on my personal experience. It was neither sponsored nor solicited by any third party. All texts and pictures reflect my own opinions and are provided solely for informational purpose. I will not be liable for any errors or damages by making use of this information.

15 comments

  1. The views are so pristine Len! Love the interior decor of the wooden villas, I can imagine how peaceful and nourishing this place would be. Perfect place to reflect and escape from it all.
    It must be very expensive, you must have had a lot of big red packets haha. 🤣

    1. Haha I wish! I became very few red packets this year. They said I am too old for that 😦
      Actually, we spent points for this vacation. It was some kind of “holiday voucher” that the resort sold a long time ago. Back then I was in Hamburg, so we didn’t use it.

    1. It was indeed. But only during the day 🙂 At night, it was a bit itchy to sit there because of the mosquitoes. They really “love” me!

    1. Thank you! Do you live directly in Nha Trang? I found the city is quite nice as well. I might come back when it’s more relaxing 🙂 It was jammed with people during the holiday. Or is it always crowded like that?

      1. My home is in Ninh Hoa town, abt 40km away from Nha Trang to the North, paradise of local food, for me at least LOL. The city used to be quiet but too many tourists recently, almost all the time (maybe increase 50% on holiday and esp. from China), except for some remote resort as Ninh Van Bay.

      2. Cool 🙂 Is your hometown close to Dốc Lết? I have heard about it through a hotel staff. He told me that there is another beautiful beach where you can see the depth just 20km from the resort.

  2. Wow, the water looks beautiful! Almost no waves from what I see. I somehow always thought that the sea is not that crystal clear (compared to Indonesia, Thailand or the Philippines) in Vietnam but your photos prove that I was wrong 🙂 I’d love to visit Vietnam one day! I knew a lot of Vietnamese people back in Finland when I was studying and I was always impressed how their parties always had so many good food hehe.

    1. The option is endless, right? Which one did you try and which one is your favourite? 😉
      You are partly right about the sea in Vietnam. It’s indeed cloudy in the northern and southern Vietnam, probably because of the rivers carrying clay and sand. Sea water in the central part is much clearer, thus the most popular beaches are located there 🙂

      1. I can’t really remember any particular names, but I liked spring rolls (in rice paper) and the classic pho 🙂 One of the girls I knew was very creative with making food, and I liked everything she cooked, something as simple as tofu with rice.

  3. Nha Trang is another part of Vietnam I really want to visit, largely thanks to its Cham temples. Have you been to Po Klong Garai? The Cham towers look even more impressive there. I wonder if a trip to that part of Vietnam should include Ninh Van Bay as well since the place looks perfect for a retreat.

    1. I saw the temples while traveling from the resort to Nha Trang. But my stay in the city was too short, didn’t have time to visit them. From afar, they look indeed bigger than the one in My Son 🙂

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