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Naman Retreat Review: The Best Boutique Beach Resort in Danang

At the end of our amazing two-week Vietnam itinerary, we had come to our final destination Naman Retreat, a boutique resort along the famous Danang coastline. Our two-night stay here was to be one of relaxation and reflection, along with one or two visits to the spa. Travelling takes it out of you, and before we headed to Cambodia for 4 nights, we just wanted to chill out!

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Vietnamese Luxury

The drive to our hotel consisted of a stretch of luxury hotels from all the leading chains, but I had chosen the Naman Retreat for its self-confessed holistic approach and its unique boutique resort styling. I didn’t want to stay somewhere that could have left me believing I was anywhere in the world and at the Naman Retreat, I found the 5* Vietnamese individuality I was looking for.

A Warm Naman Welcome

Arriving at the Hay Hay reception/dining area, we were greeted by our concierge, who would be available to us during our stay. I had booked a double room and requested that a single bed be put in there for my son. Initially, my husband was planning to take the trip with me, so the sleeping configuration had to be altered to suit our current needs. Cold drinks and flannels arrived, which were a godsend in the heat, and after filling out registration forms, we were ready to see our room.

The architecture of the Hay Hay restaurant was reminiscent of a bamboo cathedral. The ceiling hangings represented grains of rice.

Restaurant with bamboo designs and hanging lanterns

Home Sweet Home at Naman Retreat

The “wow” factor hit us as we entered our sleek one-bedroom pool villa. Our villa’s design featured a seating area with its welcome amenities of wine, fruit and nuts, through to the vast sleeping area with its king-sized bed and open-plan bathroom with a free-standing bath, wardrobe, toilet and walk-in shower. Outside we spotted our private plunge pool and sun loungers and knew we would like it here!

First-class Customer Service

We settled down in the outdoor area when we received a call from our concierge. He informed me that the manager had seen how tall Dominic was and realised he was a grown-up, not a child and therefore would be upgrading us to a two-storey villa so that we could each have a whole floor to ourselves. This gesture was incredible, and within minutes we had arrived at our “new” accommodation and settled in for our 2-night stay. Utter perfection and we had only been here 2 hours.

Exclusive Naman products were in the bathroom, and each night I filled the bath with scented bath salts and just lay back and relaxed. 

Villa bathroom with freestanding bath

The villa was modern, with a calming colour palette and the most amazingly comfortable bed.

Villa bedroom

The decadent outdoor plunge pool was a welcome relief from the hot weather.

Villa plunge pool

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Infinity Pool Bar Area

After acquainting ourselves with the villa, we wandered off and found the Sitini bar located by the infinity pool. We had arrived at happy hour so we could order cocktails on a 2 for one basis. We then spent the evening just listening to the wind gently rock the palm trees while sipping on our Pina Coladas.

Sitini infinity pool bar at Naman Retreat

The lights from B lounge, another restaurant in the resort, reflected in the beautiful infinity pool.

Infinity pool illuminated at night

Pure Bliss at the Naman Retreat Spa

Massage treatments were on the agenda the next morning at Pure Spa. Our package included a 50-minute treatment per day which was just what the doctor ordered after all of our travels. Our choice was of a Swedish, aromatherapy or Thai massage.

After this, we were shown upstairs to a treatment room where we realised that they thought we were a couple and put us in for a couple’s massage. We all saw the funny side of it when we explained we were mother and son, but I did feel sorry for Dominic that the staff thought he had such an old wife!

Spa Treatments

The massage was good, but it was slightly unnerving that the therapists climb on top of you and hover as they are kneading your back. This method was certainly a new experience for me, but at the same time, an exciting experience.

Traditional ginger tea was served to us following our treatments to cleanse us of our toxins. It was a nice way to finish our spa experience. Back outside, we made our way to the beach area where, despite the overcast and windy day, we chilled out on the day beds after our perfect treatments.

Naman Retreat beach with loungers and lined with palm trees

I was feeling slightly windswept coming off the beach.

A photo of Angie at Naman Retreat

The Naman Retreat is the ideal place to unwind with areas to enjoy your own space and clear your mind. The design element that has gone into this resort is phenomenal.

A unique seating area immersed in the lake was a relaxing place to enjoy my morning beverage. 

Sunken seating area in the Name Retreat lake

The B lounge seating area where you can listen to music at night, and the place comes alive.

Outside area with day beds and hanging lanterns in Naman Retreat

The resort shop showcases sculptures of rice grains in varying stages of growth.

Naman Retreat Gift Shop

My honest opinion of the Naman Retreat

What month did I travel?

April – this is the end of Spring and can be hot and humid before the monsoon season arrives.

How was the weather?

It was a mixture of sun, cloud and wind. Thankfully we had no rain. It was hot but not unbearable.

What should I pack for the Naman Retreat?

Light, breathable cotton dresses, shirts, shorts and skirts. Swimsuits and sarongs. Open-toed sandals for around the retreat and trainers for day trips. A hat to keep the mid-day sun off your head and face.

Would I recommend Naman Retreat?

Absolutely. The Naman Retreat is a luxury 5* resort with amenities to match. The pool villa was spacious and luxuriously decorated in a fresh palette. The king-size bed felt like you were sleeping on clouds. And in the seating area, the open-plan bathroom and plunge pool all gave you space to unwind. The spa and communal areas, including the infinity pool and Babylon pool (adults only), were all of a high standard.

The resort was unique in its styling and offered tranquillity to its guests. The buffet breakfast provided a vast selection of European and Asian food choices, and the two restaurants, Hay Hay and B Lounge; both offered different dining experiences.

How far is the airport from Naman Retreat?

Danang International airport is 30 minutes car transfer which can be organised independently or with Naman Retreat.

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Kate

Saturday 23rd of May 2020

Oh wow, this does look like the perfect combination of luxury and Vietnamese culture. I love the bamboo everywhere! And the water everywhere gives it such an incredible feeling of relaxation and tranquility. It looks like the perfect place to unwind.

WhereAngieWanders

Sunday 24th of May 2020

It really was perfect and the ideal place to rest before continuing on to Cambodia.

Subhashish Roy

Thursday 21st of May 2020

This is such a beautiful property. The first impression of the sit out area itself gives such a feel of comfort. Naman Retreat, a along Da Nang’s famous coastline looks like a holiday makers paradise. The welcome, the private pool and the villa is just a great deal. I would love to indulge sometime although I do not splurge too often on accommodation.

WhereAngieWanders

Thursday 21st of May 2020

I think for a special occasion you may enjoy staying at this resort. It is pricey but is worth the money and the memories.

WhereAngieWanders

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

Hope you make it to Naman Retreat one day.

Ada

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

This place looks even better that the big resorts around the world! So beautiful ! I wish I went to Da Nang when I went to Vietnam last year! I would definitely chose a place like that to stay! Locals boutique hotels always have so much more to offer! The pool is so incredible in that place!

WhereAngieWanders

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

I think the smaller the resort the better!

Harshita

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

What a stunning property, also if my memory serves me right I remember looking up this retreat while planning a trip to Vietnam. Unfortunately the plan itself fell out but I am going to keep this place on my list for when I make it to Vietnam. Love that seating area for a morning beverage! Can only imagine how cozy and relaxing of a time it would have been for you. Oh and I know what you mean by the therapists climbing on top as they knead during the massage. It was a surprise and a bit of a scare when i first experienced that in Thailand, but it was actually the most relaxing massage I have had!

WhereAngieWanders

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

I'm glad it's not only me that found the massage strange but you are correct, it was such a relaxing treatment.