When it comes to touring Vietnam, most visitors tend to only focus on the famous Hanoi capital, the quintessential Ha Long Bay cruise, the romantic Hoi An Ancient Town, or even the bustling Ho Chi Minh City. Little do they know that in central Vietnam lies a beautiful hidden gem called Da Nang. It is a coastal city known for its pristine white sand beaches and there is no better place for a holiday vacation than at Naman Retreat. Here is a full review on what makes it the perfect choice for where to stay in Da Nang and why you will not want to leave once you check-in!
Address: Truong Sa Road, Hoà Hải, Da Nang, Đà Nẵng 550000, Vietnam
Phone Number: +84 236 3959 888
Check-In Time: 2:00PM
Check-Out Time: 12:00PM
Reservation was made for 1 night in One Bedroom Pool Villa.
As part of the Small Luxury Hotels collection, Naman Retreat is a luxurious five-star accommodation with rich Vietnamese heritage and contemporary minimalist charms. Its traditional bamboo architecture has received countless awards and recognition across the world including but not limited to the International Architecture Awards 2016.
At Naman, the staff are committed to providing a luxurious living space where guests can “calm their minds, heal their bodies, and renew their souls.” From relaxing on the beach with a mojito in hand to retreating into deep relaxation in a tranquil cocoon at their Pure Spa, one weekend at Naman is all it takes to reset the chaos in your life and begin anew.
From Da Nang International Airport, the drive is about 30 minutes give or take. Naman does offer shuttle services and below is their pricing:
- 450,000 VND (~$20 USD/$25 CAD) for two guests, one-way
- 900,000 VND (~$40 USD/$50 CAD) for a private car (maximum 3 guests), one-way
Alternatively, guests can take advantage of local taxis or Grab (aka the Uber of Southeast Asia). Prices are more or less about the same, but Grab tends to be a tad cheaper.
A great thing about Naman Retreat is that it is conveniently located for easy access to both Da Nang city center AND Hoi An. That said, it takes approximately the same amount of time getting here from Hoi An Ancient Town. They do have free shuttle services, however, and guests are given a special Coco Bus Tour ticket at the resort concierge before boarding. I would double check and confirm with the resort for further assistance on transportation options from Hoi An.
Check-in, as mentioned above, starts at 2:00PM. Early check-in is available upon request, but it does depend on the status of your room. I.e. how early the previous guests check-out and how fast the room gets cleaned.
For us, we landed at the airport around 7:20AM. We were lucky that the previous guests checked out early, but we still had to wait what felt like a good 1.5-2 hours. If you don’t wish to wait, the resort can store your luggage and feel free to venture out and about.
Our One Bedroom Pool Villa
The one bedroom pool villa occupies 100sqm of space and features one king-size bed. By standard, it is a double occupancy room, but can fit a maximum of 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Charges apply for extra beds.
And of course, the most important part of our pool villa… The actual pool itself!
Breakfast is buffet style at Hay Hay Restaurant. It is complimentary and runs every morning from 6:30AM to 10:30AM. Whether you like Western breakfasts with eggs, bacon, and pancakes, or you’re a foodie enthusiast ready to explore local flavors, there is something for everyone.
Another dining option is B-Lounge (à la carte style). from 7:00AM to 10:00AM. Advanced reservation is required.
Other Restaurants & Bar
Hay Hay Restaurant
For lunch and dinner, Hay Hay Restaurant offers traditional Vietnamese delicacies with a creative spin. The dishes are heavily influenced by Northern flavors of Hanoi as well as unique tastes of Hue and Ho Chi Minh City.
B Lounge regularly serves dinner in the style of Asian-fusion tapas. The venue itself screams self-indulgence and the Vietnamese silk lanterns create a special romantic ambiance.
Coffee Club & Sitini Bar
Apart from the two restaurants mentioned above, Naman also has a Coffee Club and a Sitini Bar.
Coffee Club is all about coffee artisery and homemade pastries. Feeling fancy? Try their afternoon high. OR, if you’re looking to satisfy you sweet tooth, Sitini Bar has tasty ice cream and various decadent desserts.
Public Pool & Beach Access
Apart from the private pool in our one-bedroom villa, Naman also has a public one and is steps to Da Nang’s pristine white sand beach.
For those looking for a little extra deep cleansing and detox/purification, Pure Spa offers holistic treatments as well as prenatal ones for pregnant mothers. There are a total of 15 treatment rooms in addition to a sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi. Full list of their spa services can be found here and here.
Complimentary Shuttle Service
As previously mentioned, the great thing about staying at Naman is that not only can you explore Da Nang and its local charms, you can easily reach Hoi An as well.
Shuttle services run for both Da Nang city center route and Hoi An route. It is completely free and guests can request for shuttle tickets at the concierge. The Da Nang bus is a two-decked bus (more so like a regular bus). On the other hand, the Hoi An one is a coach with lower luggage storage space (pictured above). This is great for hotel transfers to Hoi An.
Where We Went in Da Nang
When in Da Nang, I highly highlyyyyy recommend trying bánh xèo at Bánh Xèo Bà Dưỡng. Bánh xèo is a Vietnamese-style pancake made from rice flour, water, and turmeric powder. Common stuffings include pork, shrimp, diced green onion, mung bean, and bean sprouts. Vegeterian options are sometimes available too. To eat this special dish, every table is given a booklet (that’s literally what it looks like) of rice paper. You simply wrap bánh xèo along with pickled vegetables, lettuce, mint, Thai basil, and fish mint to make a spring roll if you will. (Or Vietnamese burrito.)
I can’t remember the exact location of the shuttle stop, but simply let the bus driver know you’re headed to Bánh Xèo Bà Dưỡng and you will get dropped off a 10-minute walk away. Here you will see lots of local vendors for fruits and flowers. As you walk closer towards the restaurant, you will find yourself enveloped in quaint streets of Vietnam.
Other Activities Nearby
Da Nang has so much to offer beyond just beaches and luxury resorts. Not to mention, it neighbors other heritage cities like Hoi An and Hue. The staff at Naman can easily help you arrange tours to the following example popular attraction sights:
- My Son Sanctuary
- Marble Mountains
- Hoi An Ancient Town
- Imperial City of Hue
Amenities: ★★★★★ (gym, pool, sauna, beach, 3 restauarnts, bar, and meeting spaces)
Quietness: ★★★☆☆ (see below “Cons” section)
Value of Price: ★★★★☆
Internet Access: Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Steps to the beach; breathtaking sunset views
- Every corner of the hotel is photogenic. Perfect if you enjoy photography.
- Very accommodating staff. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach so ya bet I grabbed an entire plate of fruits at breakfast and couldn’t finish. Fortunately, I was able to get it in a takeout container to my room. (Note that most, if not all, buffet breakfasts do not allow you to do this. I’m obviously not encouraging you to sneak food out, but the point being is that the staff are definitely very attentive!)
- Convenient location + free shuttle service to Da Nang city center and Hoi An
- Caters to Asian guests – Koreans especially. When researching for my Vietnam trip, I noticed that Da Nang received an incredible amount of Korean visitors. Naman has Korean translation in all of their information/guide books and menus, and also serves Korean kimchi at breakfast! Chinese translation is available as well (English too of course), but the emphasis is heavily placed upon Korean guests. This is fantastic for my hangug chingus out there 😉
- Keep in mind that Naman Retreat is NOT an adults-only resort. That said, it can get a little noisy if your next-door neighbors decide to bring their kids on vacation with them. This was certainly the case for us, but you really only hear them outside in the private pool. With the window closed, it’s a secluded paradise. Now this might not bother everyone, but if you’re looking to have a quiet afternoon lounging by the pool immersed in your favorite book, you might be out of luck.
- The free shuttle service doesn’t always come on time. While in Da Nang city center, we also couldn’t find the shuttle stop back to the hotel and had to pay for a Grab ride back.
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And that concludes today’s review! Don’t forget to check out part 1 of my Vietnam journey and I’ll see you in the next post!