Category Archives: Vietnam

Ha Long: The Bay of the Descending Dragon

Boasting an ethereal beauty, Ha Long Bay is unsurprisingly one of the most popular sites in Vietnam. Its name is recognised globally, and millions of people came here to behold this natural wonder. Nevertheless, not many visitors know about the mystery beneath that name. In Han-Viet (Old Vietnamese), Ha Long literally means “descending dragon” and it originates from a legend on this ancient land.

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Retreat in Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

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.

Surrounded by mountain on three sides and overlooking Ninh Van Bay, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is more of a retreat. The resort has welcomed guests since the 2000s and is accessible only by boat, making it a superb place to unwind. It’s suitable for whoever wants to get away from everything to spend precious time relaxing with his or her significant ones.

Ninh Van Bay
Into the blue

The Design

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.

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. 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
Villa in traditional Vietnamese style

The Food

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.

Cơm Tấm at Dining by the Bay

The Beach

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
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.

Address: Ninh Van Bay, Ninh Hoa, Khanh Hoa



This post is written based on my personal experience. It was neither sponsored nor solicited by Six Senses Ninh Van Bay or 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.

Hanoi Old Quarter: Explore the Soul of the City

At first glance, Hanoi Old Quarter appears as a dirty, crowded and chaotic area. But if you take time and explore it more closely, you might find its charms hidden beneath the ugly appearance. From the sound of the street vendors to simple figurines made of glutinous rice powders, all these small things represent the eternal soul of Hanoi.

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