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Wednesday 13 March 2013

A delightful Vietnamese resort

Looking for somewhere to really get away from it all? The new Mia Resort south of the Nha Trang in Vietnam is one of those places that are so relaxed that's you'd be happy to spend a week here without leaving the property. 

The stretch of coastline between Cam Ranh Bay Airport and Nha Trang City is to be the centre of much major tourism development over the next few years but for now Mia is alone with its palm trees, golden sands and a choice of swimming pool or private beach on the South China Sea for a quick dip (or, if you are staying in one of the cliff villas, your own personal plunge pool).

Everything here is a bright, shiny and new and has a definite “wow” factor. Choose from cliff-top hideaways to waterfront bungalows, from Mojito’s cocktail bar for casual dining to the more serious Sandals, where both the Asian and western dishes are fresh and flavoursome. Or maybe enjoy a massage at the Xanh Spa (highly recommended).

I’ve stayed at some of Asia’s better resorts and the facilities and staff here are up there with them, even if the amazingly low price tag isn’t. Rates start from around $180 and there are several package deals available.

There is even a free shuttle bus to take guests into Nha Trang, a funky beach resort (try dining at the lively Sailing Club, or enjoy lunch and a pilsener brewed on-site at the Louisiane Brewhouse).

Boat tours head out from the port to Nha Trang Bay but the water in the much-vaunted bay can be horribly polluted. More interesting are the Thap Ba Hot Springs, where you can cover yourself head-to-toe in mud and enjoy a number of heated pools with the locals, and the Po Ngar Cham temple, which dates back to 781 AD and sits on a hill overlooking Nha Trang.

The Mia Resort Nha Trang +84 583 989 666.

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