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Saturday 22 April 2017

Stunning resort offers a real taste of Vietnam

Nha Trang is one of Asia's new tourism hotspots; a booming coastal resort city in the south of Vietnam that is known for its many beaches, dive sites and nearby islands.

Its main beach is a long, curving stretch faced by a promenade, new international hotels and many seafood restaurants.

Head just out of town to Amiana on the Bay Nha Trang and you'll find one of the few resorts with absolute beach access; a family-friendly luxury resort overlooking a stunning bay. Sit on the beach and watch the local fishing fleet out looking for squid and prawns.

Built four years ago, Amiana is family-owned and offers a real taste of Vietnam, from traditional mud baths and cooking classes (I can now make a handy Vietnamese pancake) to seafood buffets and learning how to row in traditional basket-weaved coracles.

Other activities range from yoga to kayaking,

The cosy 158-room resort is just a short hop out of town (shuttles run throughout the day) and 45-minutes from Cam Ranh Bay Airport, with links to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

There is a wide choice of villas and rooms, all with either direct ocean or garden views, along with a seawater pool that's the largest in the country, two freshwater pools, and a lagoon beach exclusively for in-house guests.

Bacaro restaurant offers all-day dining and there are three bars, a spa centre, gym, recreation centre, tennis courts and various water sports options.

Guests range from Vietnamese and Australians to Chinese and Russians; which mirrors Nha Trang as a whole.

While the resort offers an ideal beach break for a few days, Nha Trang itself moves at a slightly faster pace with attractions that include the late-night Skyline bar with its rooftop pool and several bars (where the cool kids and cocktail connoisseurs hang out), bustling street markets and many temples. It's small enough to navigate but big enough to offer plenty of diversions.

Head away from the tourists to enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes at Lang Ngon, an atmospheric open-air restaurant. Think rice noodles with snail, or various frog dishes, along with more mainstream options.

For a step back in time visit the Po Nagar Temple, built by the Cham people in the 8th century and with gardens alive with music performances, small stalls and traditional weavers peddling their wares.

There are two golf courses in the region, with several more planned as the region booms. No wonder with 300 days of sunshine per year and 5.5 kilometres of uninterrupted sandy beach.

Amiana on the Bay Resort Nha Trang, Turtle Bay, Phan Nam Dong St, Nha Trang. 
+84 58 355 3333.

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