Because of this, we focused on the Central part of the country. It is in the midst of its’ dry/high season in late summer. We chose to visit the Danang and Hoi An area because it is a historic area with a lot to see and do. With this being our first stop after a long trans-Pacific flight, a stay at a relaxing resort is first on our list of criteria. InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort fits the bill!
The resort is situated in the Son Tra Peninsula of Danang, which is also known as “monkey mountain”. It is a government protected area that is indigenous to over 300 varieties of plants, as well as many rare and endangered species of animals. Although it is approximately 20 minutes by car into Danang, 30 minutes to the airport, and 40 minutes to Hoi An, the location is well worth the peace and tranquility of the property.
Many exclusive properties in Asia are built into hillsides that are away from the mainstream. The InterContinental Danang is no different. Designer Bill Bensley is the same genius behind resorts from our previous visits to Ritz Carlton Reserve Krabi and Four Seasons Koh Samui. The property is vast as well as steep in inclination. To facilitate guests moving from the beach to the hilltop, a ride on the funicular is a breathtaking and quick trip. A buggy service is also available to transport guests. However, since the property is quite large, be sure to call 15 minutes ahead of the time you wish to leave.
The rooms are typical Bill Bensley: massive with a Moorish esthetic in combination with the local culture. We visit many luxury properties, and the shower set up at InterContinental Danang is our least favorite. The water pressure is amazing, but the open shower leads the handheld spout to spray water everywhere. I always enjoy vast rooms and this property delivers. However, Tom prefers a smaller design. In his words, “There’s just too much space”. This can be good and bad, depending on your preference!
We sampled a lot of hotel restaurants during our 3 week SE Asia trip. This property has the best breakfast buffet. The service and selection are spectacular. There is a huge array of typical western fare, including an omelet and pancake station. However, Tom and I always go to the local cuisine. The pho here is spectacular and made to order. Vietnamese coffee makes me want to move to Vietnam! And the view of the bay and forest makes for a peaceful start of the day!
Activities and Mom’s Tips:
Take advantage of the secluded beach and calm waters and try out paddle boarding or kayaking! Watch a demonstration of traditional fishing. Dive deep into serenity and spend the day at the spa. For those with munchkins, Planet Trekkers is the resort’s kids club. It offers a fun playroom and a bunch of activities taking advantage of the property’s natural environment and culture.
We are guests at many club rooms. Universally, this provides a more exclusive experience. This includes butler service, personalized concierge service, and treats throughout the day. This property’s afternoon tea is one of our favorites. The variety of treats is staggering. However, the cocktail hour is one of our least favorites. We arrived 5 minutes before the designated start time and the staff made us twiddle our thumbs until we can sip on a glass of champagne (even though we were the only guests there).
Our Tips and Experience:
- Be sure to have a copy of your reservation in hand. The arrival was chaotic and unpleasant. This is not a great first impression. On top of this, they assigned us a lower category room without Club Room access. Luckily we had our confirmation easily accessible.
- The property offers shuttle service into Danang and Hoi An. Take advantage of this!
Most importantly, we highly recommend Airport Transportation service. We were greeted with a friendly smile and refreshments upon arrival. The luxurious vehicle offers WiFi to allow us to connect to the world during the 30-minute trip. And, most importantly, they help you out of a jam. When we arrived at the airport to depart, we learned our flight was canceled. Luckily, the InterContinental staff helped us secure an alternate flight to our next destination. This can be challenging if, like us, you don’t speak Vietnamese. Believe us, this is well worth the minimal extra money!
- Also, InterContinental Danang is the only property in Vietnam that has its’ own airport lounge. Although we had business class seats on Vietnam Airlines, the resort’s lounge is far superior to the airlines’. It is the perfect way to end your stay at this exclusive resort in Central Vietnam!
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in-room guests at Citron
- $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit, excluding La Maison (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- For Peninsula Suite or Pool Villa Bookings: Roundtrip transfers per room per stay
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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