Need To Know
200, including 16 penthouses and two- and three-bedroom villas.
12 noon; earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £354.09 ($437), including tax at 15.5 per cent.
Rates usually include WiFi but exclude breakfast. Children Little Smiths stay free if they share mum and dad’s room: under-6s get free breakfast; children aged 6–12 get half-price breakfast. Over-12s can also share mum and dad’s bed for free, but their breakfast is full price. Cots (free) and an extra bed (US$58) can be added to all rooms except for the King Terrace Suite Ocean View and the villas. Smith members can take advantage of free babysitting throughout their stay.
At the hotel
Private beach, spa, pool, kids club, three restaurants, two bars, adults-only cooking school, sports centre with tennis courts, library, bicycles, free WiFi throughout.
In your room
TV, DVD player, iPod dock, minibar, Harnn bath products. If you want soft toys or milk left in your room, just let staff know in advance.
Our favourite rooms
Book a villa and you’ll be steps from the beach, restaurants, pool and bar. The one-bedroom villas can comfortably sleep up to two kids on the huge day bed set in an alcove (otherwise used as the TV den); villa 101 has direct access to the beach and suits little Smiths of all ages. Alternatively, opt for one of the two-bedroom villas, which have a king-size bed and two queen-size beds. The grand Two-Bedroom Royal Residence by the Sea , which has a private dining area set on stilts above the rocks. All villas come with 24-hour butler service.
The pool by the bar is adults-only, but there’s a family-friendly freeform pool close to the beach, surrounded by loungers and shady palm trees, and with a kids' pool attached. The hotel's sandy beach will have you horizontal in the blink of an eye. It’s a 700m-long stretch, utterly private, and set in a sheltered bay with tranquil, warm water. Towering palm trees provide shade. A lifeguard keeps watch over the main pool between 6am and 6pm (the beach isn’t supervised, though).
Pepped up with shots of turquoise, the adults-only Harnn Heritage Spa is a colourful, quiet sanctuary where able-knuckled masseuses dispense rubs and scrubs based on traditional Vietnamese medicine and healing. Try the Journey of Marble Mountains signature package, an 180-minute pampering session on a warm marble massage bed, with a herbal steam, charcoal body scrub, rice-bran oil massage and water lily facial.
Architect Bill Bensley lived onsite for two years, and his commitment to the project shows in the playful design, tropical bedrooms and fruit-salad colour scheme.