Singaporeans love to travel: each time there’s a long weekend, you’re bound to run into fellow Singaporeans when travelling to popular spots around the region like Bangkok, Bali, Penang or Phuket. But if you truly want to get away from it all, head to Danang, a beach destination that is quickly becoming the preferred vacation spot for those who yearn for somewhere new. Best part? It’s only less than three hours away once you hop on a plane.
Though Danang is rapidly developing (you’ll see countless constructions of international hotel chains as you take a taxi along the main stretch of the beach), one area remains untouched, the secluded Son Tra Peninsula, which is also known as the Mythical Monkey Mountains. And if you’re looking for lavish getaway with unparalleled view of the bay, look no further than InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. Located just under 40 minutes away from Da Nang International Airport, the 5-star resort is perfectly tucked away from the usual touristy spots along the Danang Beach and is the perfect one-stop destination for everything you need to keep your entire family occupied.
Decked out in a minimalist yet bold palette of black and white, all rooms, suites and villas draw on traditional Vietnamese design that promote a sense of harmony while reflecting clean, modern aesthetics. From the ultra-plush premium bedding to the top-of-the-line amenities from HARNN, you’ll feel instantly at home with the resort’s attention to details.
If you’re travelling with family, book the Two-Bedroom Seaside Villa On The Rocks. In addition to a generous private deck, frolick in your very own private infinity pool that boasts unobstructed views of the ocean.
World Class Dining
Indulge the foodie in you and reserve a table at La Maison 1888 ahead of your arrival. Awarded “World’s Leading Fine Dining Hotel Restaurant 2017” by World Travel Awards, La Maison 1888 exemplifies the culinary excellence in haute French dining. Following Michel Roux, La Maison 1888 is now helmed by Pierre Gagnaire, a world-renowned chef who holds three Michelin-star.
Modelled after antique French mansions, dining at La Maison 1888 is as much a visual feast as it is a gastronomic one. Through its unique approach to interior design, the restaurant narrates a story about a colonial French-Eurasian family as it reveals the characters of this imaginary “clan” with each private dining room. Children above the age of 12 are allowed in La Veranda, the main dining room, but age limits do apply so be prepared to make other arrangements for young children if you’re planning to dine here.
While you’re at La Maison 1888, don’t forget to check out the Buffalo Bar for a pre-dinner aperitif. Alternatively, end the night with the Bar’s extensive selection of fine wines, aged whiskeys and Cuban cigars.
Breakfast With A View
Perched on the highest level of the resort, Citron is a casual, all-day dining restaurant that offers international cuisine as well as local delights. As the main restaurant in the resort that serves buffet breakfast, there’s no better way to begin your day. It is also vibrantly decorated with bright accents of yellow and green, that pop against the dark woods used throughout the restaurant. Moreover, there are private dining booths in the shape of inverted Non La (the iconic Vietnamese conical hats) which extend out at 100 meters above sea level for spectacular views of the entire bay and surrounding hills. As these are on a first-come-first-served basis, remember to arrive early or leave your name with the hostess to get on the waiting list—the pictures you take will definitely win you many “likes”.
Pristine Private Beach
Featuring 700 meters of soft sand, the private beach of InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is a great place to have fun in the sun with the entire family. Or leave the young ones at Planet Trekkers, the resort’s Kids’ Club before you head to the beach and enjoy some quiet me-time with your favourite book and a refreshing cocktail.
Post sun-bathing, book yourself a restorative treatment at the HARNN Heritage Spa. Expect nothing short of top-notch hospitality from the moment you enter the spa reception. After a short consultation, you’ll be ferried to your private treatment room that’s tucked away from the main resort. All treatments are inspired by traditional Asian remedies and meticulously designed to alleviate aches and promote wellness. As its name suggests, products used are from HARNN, which are made from precious botanical ingredients that are exquisitely scented for optimal efficacy.
Choose from an extensive menu of healing rituals that includes invigorating massages, nourishing body treatments and lavish spa journeys. For those with chronic tension, try the Siamese Heritage Body Therapy. Your experienced therapist alternates between using her fingers, palms, elbows and knees to relieve aches and stimulate energy flow so you emerge feeling completely energised from inside out.
As a destination resort, there’s plenty to keep guests of all ages entertained throughout their stay. Check out the private guests-only movie screening at The Summit Auditorium and enjoy a great time with your family over complimentary popcorn and juices. Be sure to check with the Concierge for daily film screenings and book your seats in advance.
Alternatively, book a private karaoke suite at M Rouge, the resort’s premium cabaret and karaoke lounge experience. Inspired by Moulin Rouge in Paris, M Rouge features state-of-the-art digital entertainment system, professional sound and light equipment, as well as modern karaoke-on-demand system for a karaoke experience like none other.