- 1 Six Senses Resorts
- 2 Attending to Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
- 3 Two Days to Chill out
- 4 Bike Driving
- 5 Soccer (Soccer), Frisbee and Ping Pong
- 6 Kayaking
- 7 A Singing Bowl Workshop
- 8 The Sustainability Tour
- 9 Swimming
- 10 Coral Regeneration / Studying Vietnamese
- 11 Afternoon Tea
- 12 Night Drinks on the Hammocks
- 13 Film Night time
- 14 Departure
- 15 Our Villa
- 16 Eating places
- 17 Finance and Abstract
Six Senses Resorts
I first discovered Six Senses 4 years ago, when my daughter and I have been traveling around the globe and needed a singular, kid-friendly cease between Paris and Bali. Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman, with its paragliding entrance, was an ideal addition to our journey, and since then I’ve tried to include at the very least one Six Senses stay a yr into our travels. Over the subsequent two summers my son and I visited Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives and Six Senses Zil Pasyon in the Seychelles, and then final yr all five of us traveled halfway around the globe to spend every week at Laamu simply earlier than Christmas. Each stay has been good. They’re the perfect resorts in the world for the best way we wish to travel – relaxed luxury in superb places with an absolute dedication to sustainability.
This summer time my 11-year-old and I have been planning three weeks in South Korea, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and taking a look at our preliminary schedule, I saw a whole lot of cultural activities however not a number of rest. And that’s not very kid-friendly! I remembered that Six Senses had two properties in Vietnam, so we appeared them up, and based mostly on location Ninh Van Bay seemed just a little simpler to suit into our itinerary than Con Dao. So proper in the middle of our journey, following visits to Seoul and the DMZ, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Hue, Hoi An and Da Nang, we booked three nights at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay.
Attending to Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is situated outdoors of Nha Trang, Vietnam. We flew from Da Nang directly to Nha Trang, getting in one hour late (thank you Vietnam Airways) at 8:20pm. We have been met at the airport by a Six Senses representative and brought to a shuttle bus for a 58-minute bus journey to the Six Senses pier, the place we boarded a ship for the final 20-minute journey to Six Senses. We love arriving at resorts by boat, however a night arrival wasn’t fairly as satisfying! Our fault for booking a late flight. We received in just a little after 10pm and went straight to our room, the place there was a light-weight dinner ready for us – a really good touch.
Two Days to Chill out
With the late arrival, and then an 11:30am departure by boat our ultimate day, we had just a little over two days to discover the resort, do a number of activities, chill out rather a lot, and play so much. It was an ideal break in our schedule.
So how did we spend our days?
Three of our four Six Senses resorts have included bicycles with each room, and we’ve beloved it. We have been continually on our bikes, driving to meals, ice cream, the spa and the sports activities facility, on the lookout for monkeys (we saw perhaps a dozen in the future) and simply driving simply to journey. It by no means will get previous. And as with our other Six Senses stays, our bikes got here with personalised plates, which is the good contact ever.
Soccer (Soccer), Frisbee and Ping Pong
We introduced a Frisbee and American soccer with us and we borrowed a football (soccer ball) from the Expertise Middle, and we performed every afternoon on the seashore near our villa – as quickly as the tide went down. There’s a ping pong table at the Experience Middle as nicely that was enjoyable. When you don’t journey with a Frisbee, I extremely advocate throwing one in your suitcase next time you’re taking the youngsters somewhere warm. It all the time comes in useful.
We also performed several games of pool on the resort’s very odd 5-pocket pool desk. Have you ever seen one like this earlier than?
We all the time benefit from free kayaking at resorts. The water was slightly rough one morning, but otherwise was good for straightforward kayaking across the bay.
A Singing Bowl Workshop
So I never had any concept the best way to make Himalayan singing bowls sing. Now I do! My son was skeptical of this session at the spa, but we each really loved it, and we now have a brand new talent. And yes, we bought a bowl for roughly $100 the subsequent day. I’m guessing lots of people who do the workshop end up with a bowl.
The Sustainability Tour
Six Senses is the greenest lodge/resort chain that I’ve found. There’s no single-use plastic, and actually no plastic in any respect aside from the television remotes and the telephones in the rooms. It’s all the time enjoyable to go behind the scenes and see every little thing that the resort does to supply as much of its own food as attainable, and recycle something they will. My son and I met Six Senses’ Sustainability Supervisor, who took us to the hen farm and thru the gardens, and confirmed us where the spa’s essential oils are made. Undoubtedly take the tour. And the hen farm is open every morning for visitors who need to grab (very) recent eggs and hand them off to be cooked for breakfast. We now have chickens at residence so we didn’t do that, however for most visitors/youngsters, this may be a enjoyable, unique activity.
We never used the primary pool, but we swam in our personal plunge pool several occasions a day. Absolutely good.
Coral Regeneration / Studying Vietnamese
Two years in the past a hurricane destroyed part of the resort and killed a lot of the coral reef just offshore. Six Senses is dedicated to restoring the coral. Our second morning I went out with the resort’s Sustainability Supervisor and a diver to help out. We first headed by way of tough seas to an space of wholesome coral, and the diver went down with pruning sheers to chop off perhaps two dozen pieces. Then I helped attach the coral to a coated metal body utilizing zip ties (just about the only plastic on the resort), at which level the diver took the body into the ocean and set it up near all the others which were accomplished by the resort and other friends. Nice to play just a little little bit of a task in helping the restoration.
On the similar time I used to be on the boat, my son went to the Sub Membership, the Six Senses youngsters membership, and spent an hour learning Vietnamese. He loves learning languages and exploring the variations between languages, and really loved the one-on-one Vietnamese lesson.
The resort’s afternoon tea is impressive! We each liked the lemongrass tea, and we had enough food to feed us and perhaps four of our closest associates. Nice setting too.
Night Drinks on the Hammocks
Together with the bikes, we love Six Senses Resorts’ ubiquitous overwater hammocks. To maintain our hammock sundown streak going, we sat out our last night time (it was too cloudy for a correct sunset the night time before). All the time gratifying, even with the low tide that meant that we weren’t technically overwater.
Film Night time
And close to the hammocks, on the jetty, the resort set up a movie night time. My son seems like films are a waste of time, so he wasn’t interested in the youngsters’ film. However I rode my bike over for 50 First Dates – a very good film anyway, and it was fun seeing in such a stunning setting.
With the 20-minute boat experience and hour-long drive, we left the resort roughly 3.5 hours before our flight from Nha Trang. We had a 1.5 hour flight to Hanoi where we modified from the home terminal to the worldwide terminal (there’s a white bus that picks up at well-marked stops) after which flew an hour on to Luang Prabang, Laos. It was a simple journey with no issues in any respect.
We have been in Villa 10, a Beachfront Pool Villa. There are three other room classes – one which’s rather less costly, the Hilltop Pool Villas, and two which might be premium, Rock Pool Villas and Water Pool Villas. For households the Beachfront rooms are good. The others both don’t have direct seashore entry or you’ll be able to’t journey bikes to them. We had one of the best of all worlds, and Villa 10 is roughly midway between the primary restaurant and the pool/spa/expertise middle part of the resort, so tremendous convenient.
We had two twin beds with a mosquito internet, a big rest room with indoor and outside showers, and a colorful upstairs dwelling space.
We additionally toured the property and saw the Water Pool Villas and Rock Pool Villas. They’re beautiful, and undoubtedly extra personal and secluded. All villas have an identical really feel, however the rock and water villas have unique layouts based mostly on the rocks surrounding each website.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has two main eating places – Eating by the Bay for breakfast and dinner and Dining by the Pool for lunch. There’s also the choice to have dinners high above the resort at Eating by the Rocks. We didn’t thoughts not having a whole lot of places to select from – it made life easier! The food was wonderful all over the place – a mix of Vietnamese, Asian and Worldwide. We tried to primarily order Vietnamese, however the wood-fired pizzas have been excellent as nicely.
And like all Six Senses Resorts, there’s free do-it-yourself ice cream! It opens at 11am every single day and we took full advantage. We highly advocate the lemongrass sorbet.
Finance and Abstract
We liked Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. It’s on par with different Six Senses resorts, and was easier to get to than the others we’ve been to. We acquired a media price, and the afternoon tea was offered to us. Their nightly charges the rest of 2019 range from $516 to $728, and are usually in the mid-$600s (holidays excluded). That makes it one of the extra reasonably priced resorts of this quality that we’ve stayed at. And food was wonderful and properly cheap. Our lunches have been perhaps $25 for each of us. Dinners have been $30-50 complete with out alcohol.
The climate forecast confirmed rain every single day during our keep, however we never saw any. It was cloudy over half the time, but given the high temperatures and humidity that we had skilled in all places else in Asia, the clouds helped cool the whole lot down so no complaints.
If I had to decide only one Six Senses for a household trip, I’d go together with Six Senses Laamu in the Maldives. The overwater villas are arduous to beat. Nevertheless it’s also costlier and more durable to succeed in. When you’re touring by means of Vietnam, or anyplace in Southeast Asia, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a good way to end a cultural trip with some seashore time. And we met a number of Aussies who visit often because it’s straightforward to fly from Australia direct to Ho Chi Minh City after which on to Nha Trang, so that works too for anybody in that part of the world!