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Hotel Intercontinental Sun Peninsula Resort Danang Hotel 5 star
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On a private beach in Da Nang, the Intercontinental is a luxury hotel that is all about excessiveness, rising to the challenge of building a resort with 197 guest rooms and 4 floors overlooking the East Sea, while preserving the natural surroundings. One of the most impressive hotels in Vietnam both in terms of size, and the quality of the facilities and the decoration. Ideal to round off a discover holiday in a luxury resort that has it all.

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    • Hotel Intercontinental Sun Peninsula Resort Danang

      Intercontinental Sun Peninsula Resort Danang   -   © 2013 Christopher Cypert

    • Hotel Intercontinental Sun Peninsula Resort Danang

      Intercontinental Sun Peninsula Resort Danang   -   © Hotel InterContinental Danang Resort

       
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    Location 5.27 /10

    500 miles from Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and 435 miles from Hanoi, bordering a 700m long beach, the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is situated in the rainforest of Monkey Mountain. The site of My Son and the charming town of Hoi An are just half an hour from the hotel, while the H?i Vân Pass and the imperial city of Hué are a three-hour drive away.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    From Classic rooms to the Royal Residence by The Sea, there is a whole host of accommodation to choose from along with the associated services. Even guests opting for a classic room will enjoy 70m², a sea view and a terrace. Beyond all that there are the little extras such as the 180° view of the bay, a Japanese grill, access to the Club Lounge and private transfers to and from the airport. Next there are the suites and villas, in a class all their own and with a much larger surface area of up to 300m² as well as their own swimming pool. All of the guest rooms are decorated in a chic and sober style with a contemporary Asian-inspired design. The bed heads, rounded lampshades, and discrete mirror on the ceiling which reflect the first rays of sunshine onto the bed all evoke the shape of a Vietnamese lantern. The colonial influence can be seen in the manually-operated wooden windows, the off-white canvas blinds that allow the light to filter into the bathroom fitted with a huge bathtub and a 'rain' shower, as well as in the dark laths of the varnished parquet. The wardrobe contains flip flops, a wicker basket and a Vietnamese hat for the beach. Little extras that remind us that we are surrounded by luxury. As for the amenities, nothing has been overlooked: 81 television channels available on the flat-screen TV in just one click, an iPod docking station connected to the Bose system, an illy espresso machine, Wi-Fi, a mini-bar, etc.

    Overview 8.95 /10

    Built by the architect Bill Bensley, this 4-floor resort with 197 guest rooms and suites is situated on the side of a hill overlooking the sea. While reception is located at the top (in Paradise), the swimming pools, spa and most of the restaurants run alongside the beach. Buggies, and also and above all cable cars are provided to allow guests to get around the immense park! The architect had the great idea of creating two original cable cars shaped like wicker boats which slide gently along two parallel rails linking the four floors of the resort known as Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea, from Paradise to the Sea and from the Sea to Paradise, crossing the gardens. Once again nothing has been left to chance with the choice of a design that blends into the natural surroundings.
    In terms of decor, the reception area sets the tone with an ambiance described as "red carpet". Ponds, fountains, marble counters, and a vast terrace overlooking the sea where guests can enjoy a drink. On the same floor guests will find the concierge service inspired by the old counters in colonial banks, the most spectacular conference centre in Vietnam, the Citron restaurant open 24 hours a day, and the Sun Peninsula Club Lounge reserved for VIPs. And to make up for the distance from the town, the entertainment is provided on site with karaoke, a cinema and a nightclub. What more could you want?
    The Villas by the Beach, the Barefoot Foot Café, the L_o_n_g Bar, the Planet Trekker (the Kids' club), the Soar Gym, the reception area of the HARNN Heritage Spa and, nestled around a mysterious lagoon, the Spa treatment chalets are all situated on the Sea level. Not to mention the area reserved for yoga and Tai Chi. Among the incredible facilities that bring this resort to life, some only open at night. This variety of activities allows guests to live in almost complete self-sufficiency:
    The 'M Le Rouge' karaoke bar, very popular with the Asian clientèle, is inspired by the great age of the Moulin Rouge and the Broadway cabarets in New York or in London's West End.
    The six entertainment halls, each with a different theme, bring the great stars of fashion, cinema and Music from the 1920s to 1970s back to life: Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, Véronika Lake, Tina Turner. Each room has its own dressing room, costumes and make-up room to transform guests into a pop star before singing in front of an audience of fans, accompanied by staging, sound and lighting professionals.
    The cinema has 108 luxury seats made from saffron leather, and a large screen on which the latest international blockbusters are projected. Backstage, technicians, make-up artists, costume designers and an entire technical crew are ready to welcome the biggest local and international stars onto the stage and into the spotlight.
    The 'M Club' nightclub can accommodate up to 300 people and the 'private M Club', reserved for some one hundred VIPs, will have you dancing the night away. The consultant selected for the decoration, the musical ambiance and the choice of 2 DJs also worked on the Pacha Club in Ibiza and the Armani Club in Dubai, and has created a particularly original and innovative space.
    Lastly, kids have their own area at the Planet Trekker. An original setting with games and slides so that 4-12-year-olds feel at home and have fun in the extremely well thought-out surroundings that have been decorated with taste and ingenuity. We would expect nothing less from the decorators who have left nothing to chance. Under 4s must be accompanied by an adult at the kids' club!

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The Intercontinental has paid particular attention of its catering and the affinity between the architect and the Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux has certainly contributed to the excellence of one of the best restaurants in Asia, La Veranda, and also other restaurants at the complex.
    The Citron restaurant can accommodate 120 surrounded by the sunny decor that puts guests in a good mood from the moment they wake up. It is the nerve centre of the resort with its musical ambiance and its huge buffet, which is particularly spectacular at Sunday brunch.
    The most sought-after seats are the outdoor booths in the shape of inverted 'non la' (Vietnam's traditional conical hats) which appear to float 100m above the sea.
    The Chef at the Citron, Nguyen Duc Duong, was awarded the 'Golden Spoon' in 2014 and the title of best Vietnamese Chef. His menu is embellished with a touch of Mediterranean cuisine and explores all of the specialities of the North, South, Centre and the Mekong. Among the emblematic dishes are the wok-seared frogs legs, the wok-seared eel and the Vietnamese Wok-seared Beef with tomato and basil. An explosion of flavours scented with local spices and herbs: coriander, cinnamon, green pepper, lemongrass and ginger.
    Extending off from the Citron is the highly select and panoramic Sun Peninsula Club Lounge, reserved for VIP guests.

    Another choice of restaurant for a quick meal on the beach in between sunbathing, the Barefoot Café is convivial with no frills. In the evening, and particularly on Fridays, guests can enjoy the generous and delicious seafood buffet (fish, shellfish and tasty local oysters).

    There is another restaurant that can be reserved for an intimate meal, or there is the Long Bar for cocktails in the deep wicker armchairs, but the restaurant that has everyone talking is without doubt La Maison 1888, run by three Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux. Initially an affinity between two talented men: American architect Bill Bensley and French Chef Michel Roux, and a shared dream to recreate a plantation owner's house like the ones that use to exist in Indochina with a veranda, a family dining room, a smoking room and the children's bedrooms on the first floor: La Maison 1888.
    The imaginary La Maison 1888 has been transformed to become a 60-cover gourmet restaurant. The veranda has become a terrace with a sea view surrounded by gardens, the smoking room with its hunting trophies, its Cuban cigars and its vintage Champagne has been baptised the 'Buffalo Bar', the dining room is now the Chef's laboratory and a workshop for cooking classes, the large reception area has been transformed into a chic restaurant, 'La Veranda', which can seat 30 diners and has 4 alcoves for romantic dinners. The children's bedrooms have been transformed into private lounges which can accommodate a dozen guests.
    The adventurous son's lounge with a model airplane on the ceiling and travel souvenirs in display cases has become the 'Traveller's Room'. The 'Accountant's Room' which belonged to the prodigal son has an impressive collection of counting machines. On the ceiling there is a giant copy of a recipe written by Michel Roux's when he was a child. The youngest eccentric sister's room has become 'Le Boudoir de Madame' with a Chinese bed, a dressing table, boas and trimmings.
    In this reconstructed decor, Michel Roux and his team, Stéphane Colliet, Chef de Cuisine, Simone Galazzo, Restaurant Manager and Stéphanie Aubriot Pastry Chef, concoct genuine French cuisine served on cloche-covered plates according to the formal tradition.
    The menu is an anthology and simply reading it will have your mouth watering: lobster salad with citrus fruits and mandarin chutney, pork belly confit with juniper fragrances, cabbage stew and revisited Lyonnaise potatoes, tender fillets of grilled rabbit on a tender bed of celeriac with an Armagnac sauce and glazed chestnuts, not to mention the deserts: traditional Tarte Tatin with cinnamon ice cream, a hot soufflé with Grand Marnier liqueur and poached cranberries...
    While the vegetables almost all come the market in Danang and the spices from the herb garden, the lobsters come from slightly further afield. As it is difficult to find equally sized lobsters in the fishermen's nets, the crustaceans are imported live from Canada and now live in a giant aquarium in the kitchens.

    Spa 8.7 /10

    All hotels now have a spa, but this one has no reason to envy those at other luxury establishments in Vietnam. On the waterfront, it is certainly the only spa to accommodate guests. The quality of the treatments, the choice of products and decoration, everything is immaculate and high-quality, like the rest of the hotel. The Thai brand HARNN Heritage, renowned for the quality and purity of its natural products, was chosen for the spa, but the essential oils used are distilled on site to guarantee maximum effectiveness and are adapted to guests' Ayurvedic profile: air, fire, water, earth... The treatments are inspired by Chinese medicine and naturopathy, and aim to restore the balance of energies between the Ying and the Yang and have a beneficial effect on both the body and mind.
    Welcomed into the sanctuary of the HARNN Heritage Spa reception, guests can select their treatment during a personal consultation with advice from qualified therapists. Guests are transported by buggy to one of the eight Spa bungalows on the edge of the lagoon, equipped with a treatment room, a Jacuzzi, and a sauna or steam room. Well-being sessions last 180 minutes, depending on the your choice of emblematic treatments: the detoxifying 'Journey of Marble Mountains', the revitalising 'Journey of Oriental Rose', the relaxing 'Journey of Siamese Jasmine', or the complete anti-stress 'Journey of the Eurasians' with lemongrass and lavender fragrances.
    Facial treatments, traditional massages, pre-natal therapies, children's treatments, yoga and Tai Chi are also available at the Spa, as well as 3, 5 or 7-day 'Wellness journeys' for a total of 350, 540 or 930 minutes of treatments respectively, a long-term well-being and rejuvenation therapy.
    But the must is without doubt the 2-, 3- and 5-day stays at the Spa Lagoon Retreat Villas, veritable private residences with a perfumed bedroom and mood lighting for refreshing nights, treatments during the day and personalised healthy meals on request.
    Above all intended for those who enjoy meditation and who are looking for a silent and mystical retreat, the site offers the perfect combination: a Villa in a Spa and a Spa in a Villa.
    Bastien Gonzalez, the podiatrist of the stars and the jet-setters, has opened one of his finest salons, the Studio ManiPediCure, fitted out like a Marquess' boudoir. A unique experience based on both respect for the natural beauty of nails, a gently medical approach and a beneficial massage. These treatments, renowned throughout the world for their excellence and their refinement, have received numerous awards in the Asian world of beauty. Rediscover the pedicure-manicure as you've never seen it before!

    Beach 7.95 /10

    The beach is located at the foot of the hotel. Although you have to take the cable car to get there, once at the bottom the restaurant, bar and spa are all within easy reach. Well fitted out and peaceful, the beach is suitable for all types of bathers and those who enjoy lazing about.

    To know

    It took 8 years to build the hotel. As soon as their plane has landed in Da Nang, guests are greeted in a private InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort lounge at the airport while the hotel staff collect their luggage, with an air-conditioned shuttle bus waiting just outside the door.
    In the suites and villas, two categories of butler services are available: a classic butler or a private butler, acting as both steward and secretary who can accompany you into the city and grant all of your wishes just like a genie.
    Children under 4 years old (accompanied by a parent) and children aged 4 to 12 supervised by nannies have their own space: the Planet Trekker, a Kid's Club with a slide, numerous games and PlayStations. They also have their own pool on the beach as well as a Kids' Bar with ice cream, sweets and popcorn at the L_o_n_g Bar.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, golf, fitness

    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Private beach
    • Meeting room

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10