At the end of our amazing two week Vietnam itinerary, we had come to our final destination Naman Retreat, a boutique resort along Danang’s famous 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, we just wanted to chill out!
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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 wanted.
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 our discover room.
The architecture of the Hay Hay restaurant was reminiscent of a bamboo cathedral. The ceiling hangings represented grains of rice.
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.
The villa was modern, with a calming colour palette and the most amazingly comfortable bed.
The decadent outdoor plunge pool was a welcome relief from the hot weather.
Video Rights @ Naman Retreat
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.
The lights from B lounge, another restaurant in the resort, reflected in the beautiful infinity pool.
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!
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.
I was feeling slightly windswept coming off the beach.
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.
The B lounge seating area where you can listen to music at night, and the place comes alive.
The resort shop showcases sculptures of rice grains in varying stages of growth.
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, 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 by car transfer which can be organised independently or with Naman Retreat.
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