Need To Know
50, including two two-bedroom suites.
12 noon; earliest check-in, 2pm. Families who arrive early are welcome to wave goodbye to their luggage and kick back in the lobby lounge, take over the business centre (if the suits aren’t in there), have a bath or shower at Xanh Spa.
Double rooms from £241.42 (VND6,745,000), including tax at 15 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast (choose from buffet options at Sandals restaurant, à la carte in Mojito’s bar, or cosied up in bed). Children Up to one cot (free) and one extra bed (US$46 a night, including breakfast) can be added to all rooms.
If you’re staying at the hotel on 24 December, 25 December, 31 December, 1 January or 18 February (Lunar new year), you’re required to have lunch or dinner at the hotel on those days.
At the hotel
Private beach, six-hectare gardens, spa, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, small gym.
In your room
Flatscreen TV, iPod dock, free WiFi (or wired internet), minibar, bathrobes, slippers and Thann bath products. Minibars are stocked with flavoured milk and snacks to boost little ones’ energy levels, including sunflower seeds, cashew nuts, rice crackers and biscuits. Other in-room treats include a fruit basket, Vietnamese coffee and tea.
Our favourite rooms
Garden Condos suit parents with babies, as they don’t have any stairs (meaning no huffing and puffing over a pushchair) and they’re an easy stroll from the restaurant and other facilities. If you’re the proud owners of toddlers, book one of the Garden Villas, which have a huge lawn in front of each villa (perfect for little legs to totter around on) and are close to the beach and main pool (Garden Villa 406 has the best ocean views). These villas don’t have their own pool, so you won’t have to be watching little ones like hawks 24–7. If you have older children, go for one of the two-bedroom options for more privacy: a Family Condo, the Mia Suite (which also has a bigger pool and a microwave) or – for the ultimate in teen independence – the set of interconnecting Garden Villas, which have a shared outdoor dining area. The palatial 5-Bedroom Beachfront Villas are an ideal choice if the extended family are staying too.
Four pots that appear to float on the water mark out the shallow end of the main pool, for children to splish and splash in. Pool toys and games can be provided. Kids will love playing on the beach all day long: it’s safe, peaceful and protected, and the sea is generally calm.
Xanh Spa, located set in its own building near the top of the resort and close to reception, is a peaceful space where guests can enjoy a steam and sauna before their treatment. Opt for a Dermalogica facial, try the mud body wrap or unwind warmly with the hot-stone therapy massage, featuring pebbles plucked from the local river. Book a babysitter, or treat your little ones to their own pampering session at the same time: there’s a special spa range menu for kids aged 5–13, including tailored facials, massages and foot massages.