Picture yourself on a beach sucking back an ice-cold beer as you watch the sun set over a crisp horizon. It feels like any other tropical holiday. That is until you realise you have the entire beach to yourself and you’re surrounded by the magnificent hills of the Son Tra peninsula in central Vietnam.
InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula
There are luxury resorts, and then there’s the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula. If sunshine, the ocean and great food with a touch of opulence are your must-haves for a holiday, then the InterContinental Danang is where you need head next.
Officially the World’s Leading Luxury Resort for 2015, the exclusive resort’s spectacular rooms and facilities are built on four levels [Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea] overlooking panoramic ocean views.
Surrounded by lush manicured forest, the entire resort is an Instagram-worthy photo in the making. The staff are extremely friendly and ready to greet you with a “Xinh Chao” – the Vietnamese phrase for “Hello” – and help you check in at the lobby, which is a stunning attraction in itself.
I stayed in a Son Tra Terrace Suite on the top [Heaven] level, which opens up into a private balcony area, where I took in the magnificent views of the ocean below.
The restaurant of resort
My days began with an a la carte breakfast at Citron, one of the resort’s impressive restaurants located on the top level. A huge selection of cuisines from pastries and pancakes to Vietnamese pho and sushi are served in the opulent dining hall, which is decked out with temple-inspired lamps and wooden chairs modelled off the Nguyen dynasty’s thrones.
Citron is also home to the popular conical dining booths that float out over the hills 100 metres above sea level. Inspired by the shape of the traditional Vietnamese non la, the booths are in high demand as they make for an incredible photo. My tip is to avoid the breakfast crowds and re-visit at lunch time to secure your spot at one of these booths.