Gracefully curved along the South China Sea, Vietnam has emerged in recent years as a thriving destination for tourists and honeymooners, who are drawn by the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay and the country’s 31 national parks, World Heritage Sites like the ancient city of Hue, and the bustling cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Mihn City (formerly Saigon), and Hoi An with its well-preserved old town, a trading port dating back to the 15th century.
New brides can don a ao dai — the traditional, flowing white dress of Vietnamese women — and embrace the culture of this ancient land on a honeymoon to luxury resorts on quiet islands and in coastal towns like Danang and Nga Trang. The Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has hilltop villas overlooking the East Vietnam Sea as well as overwater accommodations and villas set directly on a white-sand beach. Amanoi, part of the luxury Aman resort family, is a private honeymoon retreat on Vinh Hy Bay, close to the vast Nui Chua National Park; the temple-like resort commands a hilltop view of the bay and the surrounding hills, and boasts a lakeside spa and fine dining on seafood taken daily from local waters.
The Intercontinental Danang pays tribute to Heaven, Sky, Earth and Sea in its design, has its own private beach, and offers diverse experiences ranging from fine French dining to hikes up nearby Monkey Mountain. The Hotel Pullman Danang Beach boasts more than a famous name: this resort’s 168 beachfront rooms and villas provide a pampering base for exploring Danang (15 minutes away), sights like Ling Ung Pagoda and the Dragon Bridge, and the nearby historic sites of Hoi An, the My Son sanctuary, and the ancient capital city of Hue.
>Written by: Bob Curley