L’Alyana Villas Ninh Van Bay
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast, round-trip speedboat transfers and 24-hour butler service
- Spacious villas with private plunge pools and indoor-outdoor open floor plans
- Personalized butler service for every villa
- Myriad outdoor activities from scuba diving to hiking
- Exclusive setting on a quiet, private bay
- Gourmet Vietnamese and European fare served by candlelight in the restaurant or in the privacy of your villa
What To Know
- Free WiFi throughout the property
- Quiet and intimate setting perfect for honeymooners, but not party animals
- Children 12 and under are not permitted in Hill Rock Villas or Hill Rock Ocean View Villas
- It’s an hour to the nearest city by car and speedboat
- A five percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- There are special conditions during December 2015 and January 2016 - please see the details section for more information.
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Cradled in a hidden bay on a peninsula that curls into the South China Sea, An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas makes for a paradisiacal escape. Though you’re just up the coast from bustling Nha Trang, the lush forests and jade-green mountain rising around the luxe villas make you feel a world away. You arrive James Bond–style via the resort’s speedboat and are greeted by your personal butler, who escorts you to one of 35 private villas. While a host of outdoor activities await — hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving — the private plunge pools and exquisite in-room dining could easily keep you occupied for the entirety of your stay.
Bed and Bath
Above the forest canopy are the elevated Hill Rock Villas which feature woven bamboo roofs, polished timber frames, a private plunge pool and a three-story layout that opens up to tree-filtered ocean views. Lining the crescent bay and shimmering lagoon are the Beach and Lagoon Villas, all of which have airy indoor-outdoor floor plans and sprawling decks with their own small pools.
The resort places a premium on cuisine and the oceanfront restaurant sets the bar high. The menu is a fusion of East and West, from savory Spanish omelets and jamón for breakfast to sizzling Nha Trang lobster tails for an atmospheric candlelit dinner. Oenophiles can go to tastings in a wine tower set high above the forest canopy and overlooking the bay. Need to burn off a few of those calories? Take to the on-site hiking trails, the gym or the yoga pavilion. Or arrange to visit local villages and markets, go scuba diving, mountain biking or kayaking, or explore the countryside via motorcycle. Otherwise, just unwind in the in-house library or shoot some pool in the chill-out lounge.
In the Area
Explore the surrounding mountains and tropical forest by bike or on foot, or sign up for the resort’s countryside tours of Ninh Van Bay. Sail a catamaran or go windsurfing, kayaking or scuba-diving – there’s an endless choice of water sports. Nha Trang offers a host of bars and clubs, including Sailing Club Nha Trang, Guava and the Louisiana Brewhouse; the perfect nighttime tonic to daytime on the beach. There’s even a Russian-owned ice bar. Built in the 8th century, the Hindu-influenced Cham Towers were constructed by the Cham people in honor of the goddess Yan Po Nagar.
How to Get There
After making our way south from Hanoi to Hoi An and Hue we needed some down time away from all the business of the city. We had the two room lagoon villa. Two great nights of sleep, some kayaking in the bay, swimming and eating some delicious food. Wonderful chefs making all things Vietnamese and western food as well. Highly recommend but beware there is a hotel nearby with a similar name and not the same accommodations. Just an FYI.
I have just returned from the most amazing trip to L’Alya. What can I say- I cannot recommend it more highly. If you are looking for somewhere quiet, relaxing , in beautiful natural surroundings, where you can see amazing wildlife (abundant huge butterflies, colourful geckos) and eat the most delicious food- freshly baked bread, cakes pastries, home made yoghurt as well as seafood and home grown (on site) fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices whist living in the most beautiful, sumptuous, well appointed accommodation where your privacy is paramount but any requests you may have are attended to instantly and diligently then this is the place for you.
The staff could not have been more welcoming, professional, friendly, happy (and smiling) and attentive- by that I literally mean all the staff from the General Manager to those tending the vegetable gardens or maintaining the resorts many bikes. You got the feeling that the General Manager and his senior staff knew exactly what guests wanted or needed from a holiday there and that it was not just professionally but personally important to each and every one of them to ensure that each guest enjoyed every aspect of their holiday to the full. Aside from the General Manager, who was exceptional, I was especially impressed by the restaurant manager and the executive chef with whom we had a Vietnamese cooking lesson and who happily took the time to show me around the vegetable and fruit gardens and the mushroom house. Wow! I learnt a lot too. For example there are quite a few snakes in the jungle in Vietnam but did you know that they don’t like the smell of lemon grass which acts as a deterrent to them? One of our waiters told us that and we googled it and it was absolutely true!! We noticed that they have a lot of lemon grass growing in their garden too...
There is not a great deal to do at night in this paradise and things shut up fairly early so if you are a party animal this isn’t the place for you. Our early evenings were spent at the spa (glorious) or with a bottle of wine watching the sun set over the mountains, followed by far too much exquisite food. One night we spent an hour or so sat in bean bags at the beach bar with a cocktail in hand watching a movie projected onto a large screen a few meters away in the shallows. Quite a remarkable experience. I also got to brush up my skills on the pool table each night but the less said about that the better.
In the day time there were things to do if you wanted apart from lazing by your own pool or on the beach or the infinity pool. We did the cooking lesson which I would highly recommend, we also did the mountain trail- stunning but not for anyone with any mobility issues , we partook in some wonderful yoga classes in the most beautiful “open air” studio and used the gym. If you wanted there were also tours of the city, boat trips out so that you could sea swim away from the shore or snorkel, you could go exploring on the bikes or they could arrange private dining for you..
We stayed both in a Lagoon villa and the beach villas. I thought after the Lagoon Villa that nothing could improve on that but I was mistaken. The villas on the beach were exceptional in terms of cleanliness, design, amenities, comfort, location…everything.
It goes without saying that we did not want to leave. The location is beautiful but it has to be remembered that it is on the coast and at the edge of a jungle. Furthermore it is designed to be in keeping with its surroundings and so it is also very natural which means that there are uneven paths, a bit of slippery gravel and stepping stones in places which if you are unsteady on your feet might be a problem to you.
We went in February and the weather was wonderful. Sunny and about 28/29 degrees every day and the lowest 24 at night. Rain only one night and no mosquito issues at all.
I could not recommend this place more. Thank you so much for a wonderful week.
Come back to the nature! All stuff were lovely and also the staff- truely friendly. Nice villa and great food, especially the romantic candle dinner with seafood. Perfect trip for a couple and family to relax.
When we planned for this trip, the original choice was Six Senses, but a friend suggested this place and we decided to give it a try. It has been proved to be a brilliant decision.
The resort is very relaxing and beautiful with the beach and many green areas. We stayed in the lagoon villa that had private pool, spacious living room and the bathroom, you also can enjoy the outdoor bathtub without any worry about the privacy/disturbance. You will have enough material for your updates on Facebook/Instagram like the swing in the sea, the bird nest on the rocks, swimming pool next to the sea, sunbathing beds next to the waterfall, etc.
We were very impressed with the staff. They seemed being trained well. All of them stopped their work and said hi/good morning to us anytime we passed by. And they were also very helpful. When we left, they kept waiving us for 5 minutes or so. I gotta say that there was nothing to complain about the services. We also had a private butler named Binh that helped us arrange the schedule everyday.
Furthermore, the activities of the resort are quite also interesting. You should try BBQ next to the sea or in your room, they also can arrange a romantic dinner next to the sea for you, the picnic to the waterfall is also worth to try. There are many other activities that you could try like the basket boat, yoga classes, fishing, etc. And the massage/spa here is very good. Not cheap but you will get what you pay for.
About the food, it was good, seafood was fresh and the variety of the menu was good. However, we were kinda run out of what to eat in the last meal (we stayed for 5 days). I suggest they should have special list of the day (e.g. fish of the day, special dishes, etc.) to make the customers have some surprises and would like to stay longer.
In general speaking, we had a perfect trip. Really enjoyed it, and do not mind to come back one day.
We delayed our honeymoon by a year so wanted somewhere really nice and super relaxing. L’Alya was perfect. We flew from Ho Chi Minh for less than an hour and we’re picked up by our driver for an hour long car journey. He was friendly and chatty so didn’t seem too long.
At the L’Alya jetty we were able to refresh and check in - you fill out a form of what level of service you want on the island and any allergies or specific requests- and then off on the speedboat to the island.
We had booked a private villa with lagoon view which was gorgeous, it’s own freshwater pool and sunloungers and very comfy bed.
The place is surrounded by jungle so expect lots of coconut trees and jungle noises in the distance.
The beach and the restaurant are a few mins walk and as you walk any staff you meet will greet you. The staff training seemed quite good.
We had the personal butler who basically makes everything a little easier- at checkout he came to our villa with the credit card machine and in 5 mins we were done.
We didn’t request close quarters contact so he usually met us once a day and organized any trips etc.
The restaurant is good and the menu is varied. The wine list is ok, it could do with some better wines though. After 5 days we felt we’d had enough of the restaurant menu so if you are planning to stay longer take this into account.
If they had some self catering options I’d come for a longer stay.
All in all this is a wonderful resort, in January it is very quiet. The spa is small but the massages are good. There’s a small gym that I’d imagine gets used more in the imagination than reality, at least in my case it fell foul of good intentions unrealized.
The picnic up at the waterfall is worth doing plus the romantic dinner at the seaside. They will also do a private bbq in your villa which I recommend but be hungry!
Class act this place.