My husband, our 5 year old son and I stayed at the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay for 12 days during February 2011. Let me start saying that we had a wonderful stay and really appreciated the laid-back time we spend at this wonderful location.
Thanks to all the staff for that.
We arrived at the Nha Trang Airport (After a LONG trip from Denmark. It takes 24 hours!!) in the afternoon and was kindly meet by the staff. The transport from the hotel to the both takes approximately 50 minutes and is in a van with other guests (Not a private car which I would normally expect).
You then arrive at their local harbour (Here you can relax for a few minutes and will get a drink). The boat ride takes approximately 30 minutes to the resort.
We were meet by the General Manager Wayne Lunt and a temporary butler as our would just arrive the day after.
You go directly from the harbour to the villa for check in. All happened smoothly and we received a nice cooled bottle of Champaign for welcome. (Remember to become a member of the Six Senses before arriving in order to receive some accommodation)
The butler had booked restaurant for the evening and the vacation could start!
We stayed in Beach Villa number 19. It is located right next to the Beach Centre and the harbour. When you are their with a child this location is actually perfect as you only have one neighbour to disturb and wide beach. But of course you can hear the boats arriving.
It is difficult to say which beach villa to go for as they all have their charm. As our was located close to the restaurant we could walk by the beach for breakfast in 5 minutes but not at night as the tides are to high. The location also meant that we actually did no use the bikes at all as everything was with in walking distance.
I liked the out door space. I worked very well with the pool and the day beds. As we only has one neighbour we had a lot of privacy.
The rooms are as you expect from the Six Senses concept. Simple and quite basic. But I must agree with some of the other reviews in here that the rooms are not really 5 stars like the Aman resorts or One&Only. But the concept for the Six Senses is also very different compared to the other hotel chains.
A few comments here:
*The air-condition is so loud that you have to turn it of during the night (I wonder... in the SPA rooms you can't hear the air-conditioner at all?? Why is that? When it is so loud in the room).
*There is no wireless net work in the room. So with an iPad you have to ask them to bring you one (And they will)
*There is a lot of mosquitos. You do not hear them but remember to use the mosquitos repellent. I brought one from home because from experience I know that the one at the hotel smell very bad.
*During the night we also had visitors as frogs and bats. Harmless and our son loved it as it was so different from home ;o)
*The television is old and you have 3 remote controls to juggle with.
*Light. There isn't any real light in the bathroom. Of course there is light but there isn't a good mirror with clear light. Bring you own make up mirror with light if you have one.
*They do have an issue with scale in the shower and in general in the taps. I used the bath tub twice a day because I couldn't control the out door shower. Not very ECO friendly I know... But the water in the shower was almost boiling.
*There is only an out door shower in the bathroom. I would have appreciated that there was also one in door + one by the pool so that you could get the see water and chlorine of your skin.
*I would also appreciate that there was tapping dates on the glass bottles.
But but.... when this is all said we really liked the Villa and had a wonderful time there! If we wanted everything to be perfect then we could just had booked a week at home in our own house ;o)
The main restaurant *Dining by the Bay* is quite good and depending on the day you can have a la carte or buffets at night. The Vietnamese buffet is VERY good.
The breakfast is quite nice and you can almost have everything you could imagine. Remember to order your coffee/the at once! It takes a very LONG time before you actually get it. And do try the Noodle and Chicken soup. Our 5 year old son ended up having it for breakfast each day.
Lunch *Dining by the Pool* is OK. Nice light food. But I'm terrified by the prices and sizes of a Glass of white wine. The white wine glass in the room is almost double size of the one you have in the lunch restaurant. I would suggest you to buy a bottle and bring it back and forward.
*Dining at the rocks* has a wonderful atmosphere but I'm not impressed about the food. Dined there on Valentines day was a huge fiasco with very bad food. We dined there one more time and the food was then very good. Someone wrote in here that the restaurant is at a Michelin level. I do not agree with that. It is good but there are still quite a lot of work to do in order to get to that level. (Learn from the Six Senses *Dining at the rocks* on Koh Samui. That is out standing!)
On the other hand we found our that the chef cook was lent out to another hotel during our entire vacation there. So watch out.
Very nice and well organized. The holistic massage and the Indian Head massages are very god. Lives up to what you expect from Six Senses.
Small but have what you need. If you are the only one there then open all the glass doors in the morning and you can enjoy a nice breeze while working out.
Try the YOGA plat for afterwords for stretching. Nice an completely quit.
Well I agree. It isn't the Maldives ;o) But on the other hand I liked the beach for its tides. In the morning the sand feels like gravel. But around lunch it sort of dry up and was very nice.
The hotel try to keep the beach clear from dead corrals but it is a big task. During the day you will experience that some waste will float in. But this is the same all over Vietnam.
Take the romantic boat trip and ask them to visit the lobster farms(Remember to bring some money for fisher man). Take a hike in the marked areas around. Very nice
Well... it is a Six Senses concept and the shop is the same as in their other hotels. So exceptional boring.
Executive Assistant Manager (Food and Beverage) Garry Chan is very sympathetic and visible in the resort. I actually think that we saw and spoke with him minimum twice a day (Much more than we saw our butler). I can highly recommend him.
General Manager Wayne Lunt we saw upon arrival at the resort and a few times after worth. The last week we didn't see him once. I must assume that he had vacation himself in week 8.
Butler service. Well.. it works but it is not extraordinary.
Language level of the staff is definitely poor. If you ask for something on the menu they will understand you. But of you ask for something else it is an issue.
I have now visited 3 different Six Senses locations. My current ranking is Yao Noi (Thailand), Ninh van Bay(Vietnam) and then Six Senses Samui.
The price of the hotel is OK and yes it is like luxurious camping which is also OK. You already know that when you pay from home ;o)
What it not OK is the price for food and especially wine/beer. Compared to other 5 start hotels I have stayed at over time the wine/beer prices is totally over the top. Especially considering the prices other places in Vietnam. Example Tiger beer at Six Senses USD 7,-. Tiger beer at Sheraton (4 start hotel) in Hanoi USD 3,-!!
The same goes for the prices in the SPA. Come on.. it is more expensive at the Six Senses SPA in Vietnam than at the D'anglettere (5 star hotel) SPA in Copenhagen, Denmark? A city which is rated as the 7th most expensive city in the world?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Six Senses Ninh Van Bay sits on a dramatic bay, with impressive rock formations. Golden sand beach and towering mountains add to the sense of being at one with nature. The family friendly resort’s architectural style incorporates Vietnamese traditions, with all 58 accommodations being personal pool villas.The restaurants at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay serve international and local favourites complemented by the best local seafood, including lobsters and king prawns. There are wonderful spaces for lounging with drinks from the wine cave, or healthy fresh juices and favourite libations from the bar.Six Senses Spa at Ninh Van Bay is a sanctuary for all the senses, with traditional Vietnamese treatments and Six Senses Signatures to suit every individual guest. In addition to the breath-taking treatment rooms, the spa is equipped with yoga pavilion, a gymnasium, hair salon and spa retail gallery.In addition to blissful relaxation, guests can also enjoy many activities and excursions on water, under water at the coral reef and on land by joining a cultural or wildlife adventure; or making use of the resort's facilities and wide variety of sporting equipment. The resort is also a perfect setting for beautiful wedding ceremonies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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