Ana Mandara Hue
What We Love
- Hue’s original luxury resort - includes breakfast, 60-minute spa treatment and a beach villa optionThe beach villas, decked out with a four-poster bed, indoor-outdoor bathroom and unique hill-tribe textiles
- A spot of culture in Hue city and - a little further afield - painterly Hoi An
- Opting for a soothing herbal soak and mud bath in La Cochinchina Spa
What To Know
- The resort is set on three acres and overlooks a 1,500-foot beach
- There are three restaurants to choose from
- It's a 15-minute drive into the city on the free shuttle bus
There’s much to recommend the imperial city of Hue on the temperate central coast. With its temples, tombs, pagodas and palaces, the former capital is postcard Vietnam. Ana Mandara sits a little way out of town (about 20 minutes by resort shuttle) offering easy access to the sights, but from an altogether more serene location – the white sands of Thuan An beach.
The first smart resort to open in the area in 2010, Ana Mandara offers sweet isolation on a shoreline that’s seldom crowded. Embrace the quietness with a few hours in the heavenly spa – accessed past reflection ponds – and practise your backstroke with abandon in Hue’s largest swimming pool. There are two restaurants to add the facilities, both of which focus on pan-Asian cuisine and a well-curated wine list. Enjoy low-key evenings overlooking the South China Sea before retiring to your tastefully appointed guest room – or even better, a honeymoon-worthy villa on the beachfront.
How to Get There
We booked here 3 nights via Agoda
They were lovely and checked us in early, though we had prepared to wait 1,5 h. The room was nice and they had put a nice baby cot to our baby to sleep in.
The pool area is awesome and they have really good drinks in the bar. Mr. Quoc (the bartender) made us feel very welcome and we truly enjoyed his drinks during happy hours. We met the new manager who had been working only there only six days. Such a friendly and welcoming person.
One evening after a thunder storm when returning to our room we had huge spider in our room's hallway. I called the housekeeping to get rid of it. I was a bit annoyed they just laughed at me and didn't understand when I asked was it poisonous. I think in 5 star resort they should understand that much English to answer a simple question. And we also had a one roach in our bathroom which I think should not be in this stage hotels. But you can't obviously avoid insects in the ground floors. Even though the experience was nice and they had really nice breakfast and good food in the restaurants we thought that something was missing about the 5 star they are supposed to be. But anyway it was a nice stay and we really liked wandering in Tuan anh's village and market with our baby stroller. Three nights here was good, but I would feel quite isolated to stay here for example a week even though they provide you a free shuttle bus to Hue city.
I stayed at this resort with my 10 year old daughter for four nights. We were in a deluxe twin garden view room. The hotel is located on the beach front about 20 mins from the town of Hue. As we traveled in July it was extremely hot (about 40 degrees each day), I’m really glad we decided to stay on the beach instead of in town. However you should be aware that there are no restaurants or shops close by the hotel. There’s also no shuttle into town after about 2pm. This seems silly given in summer you’d want to go into town for the evening. You can take a taxi but it’s not cheap - given the distance. About 220VND. No grab cars available in town, only bikes (no good when I’m travelling with my young daughter). I suppose this is the hotels way of getting the guests to stay on site to dine.
The pool area is nice (not huge) & very quiet during the day in summer. Because of the heat. It gets busy around 4-5pm when it’s happy hour & the sun starts to set. Reasonable cocktails at good prices at happy hour.
The hotel is very popular for weddings. There were 2 over 2 nights whilst I was there. Which was fine. Fun to watch as they’re out on the lawn. They have to turn the music down or off by 10pm.
The hotel has sun lounges on the beach that fronts the property. I never saw anyone use them. But they’re there if you’re interested.
The hotel serves a reasonable breakfast buffet. The first morning we were there it was manic (a Sunday) & we were lucky to get a seat at all. The other mornings it was fine.
We ate lunch around the pool. Again it was okay. Same with the room service dinner. Limited choices but reasonable quality. Given there are no shuttles at night into town & no other restaurants around the hotel I think they should offer a greater variety of food choices. If you’re there for a few days you tire of eating the same food.
They could do with fans in the lobby. It’s open air & stifling hot in summer. I believe there are plans for this. The grounds are lovely & popular for wedding photos.
There are push bikes available. Not sure where you’d ride them to ... ????
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
If you’re visiting Hue in summer I’d definitely recommend staying here at least a couple of nights.
Great beach resort! Lovely pool and nice staff and very good breakfast buffet. Rooms were clean and big and great AC! We had a swim at night and the beach just in front is also lovely! Just bear in mind you are 20 min outside Hue but an easy Grab ride away for sightseeing! The barman by the pool is extremely good and accommodating all our requests! Sorry I forgot his name but he was great!!