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
Having stayed mainly in smaller places, we weren’t sure about a Resort hotel but ended up enjoying it thoroughly. Nice layout with calm, colonial feel to it. Lovely beach and good-sized swimming pool. Staff were really attentive and professional and breakfasts were amazing. Some good beachside restaurants right next door and very quiet and relaxing all round. Close enough to Hue but far enough away to feel the peace and quiet
My husband and I changed our itinerary to stay an extra couple nights at Ana Mandara almost moments after our arrival. We had come from four nights in Hue and wish we had stayed at the beach the entire time. Our room was actually a small beachfront villa with a large patio just yards from the ocean. A perfectly manicured lawn planted with palms and flowers leads up to the beach wall, and we enjoyed sitting out each evening watching the moon rise.
The property is spread out along the beach and never feels crowded or busy. There’s a beautiful pool surrounded by greenery and large enough for lap swimming. Just steps away is a private beach which is immaculate due to the hotel’s vigilance in keeping it clean. Unfortunately, much of the beach beyond the hotel is a bit dirty because of trash washing up. There are plenty of umbrellas at the pool and on the beach to escape the midday sun.
The dining room is gorgeous with seating on an outside patio. Breakfast was excellent and included each day. We ate dinner at the restaurant each night and enjoyed the Vietnamese food—there are Western menu items, too.
You can go into Hue on the hotel shuttle which is offered three times a day. It takes 20 to 30 minutes each way. Hue is an interesting and lively city, well worth exploring.
We especially enjoyed the Happy Hour at the beach bar each night with the wonderful Quoc, the bartender who is an excellent mixologist. But more importantly, he is a kind and gracious person. We wish him the best.
Pleas note one thing. The pool and grounds are open to outsiders for a daily fee. One day, a group of obnoxious people took over the pool and generally made a lot of noise. Fortunately, Mr. Raymond, the hotel manager asked them to leave. Another group came the next day and they were fine, although I think the hotel should have a policy that does not allow people to play their own music at the pool.
Our thanks to the entire staff at Ana Mandara. We hope to return.
I spent three nights at the hotel in the beach front suite. My sister and I had a fantastic few days at this beautiful hotel. The staff were so welcoming and attentive throughout our stay. The breakfasts each morning were lovely and the ginger tea was a delicious way to start the day. We had requested airport transfers and the hotel provided their mini bus which we hired from the airport at Da Nang, there are airports nearer to the hotel. The free shuttle bus to and from Hue is a great way to explore the local area and the trips the hotel run are fantastic. The private beach is simply gorgeous and the hotel pool is a great size to enjoy a nice swim to start or end your day. Three nights just wasn’t enough! We have recommended this hotel to friends and family since my return home.
I booked Ana Mandara hotel on booking.com website for my holiday to Vietnam, my stay was for only 2 nights in Hue, I couldn't have selected a better hotel I felt very lucky because the hotel is beautiful throughout set on the beach with a good clean pool and spacious, well designed restaraunt & lounge areas. There is a large selection of foods catering for all tastes including good vegetarian & vegan choices. Nadine and her staff are very helpful with getting you checked in and letting you know all the information you require to make your stay enjoyable. The rooms are large, I got a good room rate with opening doors to the beach, the beds are comfortable, you will get a good restful break at this hotel, air conditioning is very good bathroom is large with shower & bath, all immaculately clean & well furnished. This hotel is environmentally friendly.
Our family of 5 have been moving from one fabulous place to another in Cambodia and Vietnam and this resort has been a perfect place to stop! The scenery is magnificent— with the sea right here. The food, especially the breakfast buffet is great. The staff takes care of you well. The spa services were excellent. I had reflexology for 60 minutes and thought it was a-one! My husband loved the 2 hour massage and daughter and fiancé loved the 3 hour treatment.
We had a garden room with a small patio which was lovely. Everything about the place was first class at a very reasonable price.
FYI, they do have free shuttle service to and from Hue.