Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
What We Love
- Relaxed barefoot luxury without pretension
- Large, airy private villas — all with private plunge or infinity pools
- Cooking classes, one of many activities available, including water sports
- Top-notch spa that uses plant-based natural products
- Scuba diving or snorkeling at nearby Five Island Reef
What To Know
- Getting here requires a flight to Cam Ranh airport, followed by a 60-minute road transfer and a 20-minute boat ride (about $35 together, per person, when booked through the property)
- Best suited for couples or families with older children
- Not for those looking for nightlife
- The lively coastal town of Nha Trang is about an hour away
- Book ahead for experiences like a private dinner in the wine cellar, set in a natural cave
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay in Ninh Hoa (Ninh Van Bay), you’ll be within the region of Bai Duong Beach and Vinpearl Land. This 5-star resort is within the region of Husband Rock and Po Nagar Cham Towers.
Make yourself at home in one of the 58 air-conditioned rooms featuring private pools and flat-screen televisions. Rooms have private patios. Satellite programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include laptop-compatible safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Take time to pamper yourself with a visit to the full-service spa. You can soak up the sun at the private beach or enjoy other recreational amenities including a health club and an outdoor pool. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and complimentary babysitting/childcare.
Grab a bite at one of the resort’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink at one of the 2 bars/lounges. A complimentary breakfast is included.
Featured amenities include limo/town car service, a computer station, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Event facilities at this resort consist of a conference center and a meeting room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge at scheduled times, and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
I was very lucky to return to Six Senses in Ninh Van Bay for a second time.
What a wonderful place with the most helpful, friendly staff you will meet on your travels worldwide.
First time I was there was three years ago, I must say the chef at that time was incredible, i think he may have been Italian, I’m not saying the Australian chef this time was not good, he is just not as good as the previous chef.
The sous chef - Hunh, is such a delight, she is very professional, very talented and went out of her way to accommodate guests every needs- a truly lovely lady who took the complimentary Vietnamese cookery class.
Since my first stay, the resort has introduced some complimentary activities which is a wonderful idea.
Our “GEM” ( used to be called butlers ) was Hayley, originally from Ho Chi Minh. This young woman is a credit to Six Senses, her tireless efforts to ensure her guests have a faultless time in Ninh Van Bay is beyond impressive.
She has an abundance of enthusiasm and never stops smiling.
I had a tiny touch of sunburn on my nose and before I knew it, Hayley had picked aloe Vera, mashed it down to a pulp and added what I imagine may have been a little water and made a bottle of soothing paste for my sunburn.
She is a gem, a precious one.
To all the staff, from the chambermaids, groundsmen, water activities staff, restaurant and bar staff to the managers who keep it running like clockwork, a huge thankyou.
Your efforts are truly appreciated.
If you have the opportunity to visit here - jump at it, you won’t be disappointed
Stayed here 2 nights as a family with a toddler for a friend's wedding. It's 1 hour drive + 20 mins boat ride to the resort that is located in a secluded peninsula with private beach. We stayed in a Beachfront Pool Villa with private pool and direct access to the beach (about 20 meters). It's the only suitable room category for families with young kids. The resort follows rustic charm theme, furniture are all made of natural materials, raw and unpolished so it is not flashy by any way for the resort price tag but the differences here are the level of service of the staff, the constant smiles and warm welcome you receive from every and single one of the staff. For example, Ms Giang at Dining by the Beach/ Pool who offered to prepare porridge for my toddler who didn't eat solid food for one whole day which was greatly appreciated. Mr Tri - our GEM who was so courteous and wonderful who looked after every details of our stay and would wait to pick us up after our dinner without even requesting, the wonderful chef who came to explain all the dishes that we had at our friend's wedding dinner. Of course also need to mention was the delicious buffet breakfast at Dining by the Beach. The different local specials offered there everyday were all wonderful and on point (bun cha was so yummy!), the healthy juices,fresh fruits and homemade yogurt. It was the best breakfast, not too overwhelming but just the right amount with fresh and great variety. The 6-course dinner at our friend's wedding was superb as well. Every single dish was a delight to enjoy.
Last but not least was the amazing private, empty, clean beach and the private pool in the villa with warm, clean water which we enjoyed very much with our kid.
We had a memorable 5 days' stay. Being looked after very well by Chou from start to finish. Special cooking by Chef Han in meeting our dietary requirements! Tranquil, relaxing and superb views. Already thinking of coming back!
We stayed at Six Senses resort for 3 nights during mid February. In term of value, comparing to other accommodations in Vietnam with similar price tag, I did not get as many benefits. However, the view, the bay and the villas were really beautiful.
As a group of 4, we had a Hilltop villa and a Water villa. Each had a private plunge pool, separated bedroom and living room and beautiful view of the bay. Both rooms showed few signs of wear and tear. The water villa is a bit nicer as it was more spacious with air conditioning in the living room and the unobstructed view of the bay. There was a direct access to the sea from the Water villa. (Remember to pack your reef shoes if you plan to swim off from the villa as there are a lot of dead coral, which may hurt your feet.)
The beach next to the jetty was very calm. They even provided towels, sunscreen, water and refreshments there. If you don’t mind seeing and hearing the boats coming in and out of the resort, the beach next to the jetty is a good spot to swim and chill.
There were stairs to both Water and Hilltop villas, so they may not be very friendly to people with disabilities. There were over 200 stair steps to the water villa and about 50 stairs to the hilltop villa that we stayed. Be prepared to walk those steps if you really want the good view. If you don’t like climbing stairs, I would recommend the beach villas as they have easier access.
Our group had a private butler, but the way they work isn’t as effective as butlers at others hotels and resorts. Unlike other hotels where they gave me a cell phone to contact the butler directly, Six Senses did not provide any cell phone, and all contact had to go through an operator. It was very inconvenient.
At the places that I been to, the butlers also acted as a coordinator to book tours, arrange activities, dining, transportation and helped me scheduling my day. At Six Senses, the butler task was mainly to drive us around the resort and assisted with checking in and out. I booked the tour at the activity centre myself. As the tour was scheduled to depart early in the morning, the staff at activity centre informed me that they would liaise with my butler to arrange the buggy ride. However, there wasn’t any follow up call to confirm. On the morning of our tour, I thought there must have been a miscommunication, so I had to call the operator and found out that our butler had been waiting for us for a long time at the meeting point.
All other staff (at restaurant and the jetty bar, on the beach, house keeping, tour guides, luggage porters, boat and car drivers, gardener, nurse...) at the resort were very friendly and attentive. They really made our stay at Six Senses very pleasant. My mother fell off the bicycle and scratched her knee in the farm. The gardener called the nurse, who rushed in after few minutes to treat the wound. I was pleased with their first aid. It made me feel really safe staying at Six Senses.
During our stay we only had food from the restaurant in the bay. Their menu was exactly the same as the in-room dinning menu. The dinners were just okay. Their breakfast was good. I really like their juice selection. The Wine Cave was fully booked in the two consecutive nights, so we could not dine there. My butler suggested BBQ at the villa or dinning on the jetty. As not all our family members wanted dinner, BBQ at the villa was not a great idea. Dinner on the jetty was a bit too romantic for myself and my elderly parents. Therefore, I ended up eating food from the same restaurant (dinning by the bay) for 3 nights. It was a bit boring.
The reason for me to pick Six Senses was to hide away in a peaceful place, but the guests at the resort may not have the same idea. During the first two days, the neighbours in a water villa close to mine constantly had dance music on. I could hear it from my villa. It was so annoying because the base sounds cause the vibration of my bed and I couldn’t rest. I ended up calling the operator to ask them to solve the problem. Few hours after the call, the music was stopped. I think my neighbour checked out on the next day, so my last day of the resort was peaceful.
We went to the jetty bar for drinks in the afternoon, but the atmosphere were totally spoiled by others group of young guests, who were also extremely loud.
In summary, I like the beautiful view and nature around Six Senses as well as the way the villas were built to blend in with the nature. The staff there were very nice, attentive and friendly. The way their butler work and dinning options can be improved. Similar to many other tourists destinations in Vietnam, the behaviour of the guests at Six Senses can be quite unpleasant. I like Six Senses, but I was not impressed enough to be eager to revisit
This is the first time I have ever felt compelled to write a review before I leave the property which usually takes me weeks or months. I feel compelled to do so in this case because I want to ensure I capture my feelings and emotions.
I could write a thousand words about the beauty of the property along with the quality of the food and service which would only mirror what many here have already expressed. I consider myself a discerning traveler due to my extensive travel to over 50 countries, mostly for leisure, at every property "star level". This has resulted in my being somewhat jaded and very difficult to impress. My tendency is to look for flaws or details missed rather than a focus on the natural surroundings or the property itself. Don't get me wrong, I love natural beauty and the sole purpose of my travels is to relax and avoiding the great stress experienced from my business activities.
Having said that, I am nothing less than astounded by the caliber of service and attention to detail at this magnificent property. From the ability to choose your own eggs for breakfast, at their free range organic chicken farm, to tissues and sanitary bags placed in public bathrooms, including in front of a urinal; I didn't find a single detail missed, but contrarily, found many details that a normal person wouldn't even consider. Their sustainability and environmental programs are admirable to say the least. There were two minor details, or suggestions for improvement, which I shared with the resort manager (Mr. Dong) at breakfast, one of which was inconsquential and the second remedied before our return to our villa after breakfast. This was remarkable not only because Mr Dong took note, on paper, while I spoke but more impressive was the fact the general manager was aware of this situation and acknowledged it to me the next morning at breakfast.
ALL of the staff were amazing especially our Guest Sevice manager, Khoi, who spoke English perfectly, understood quality responsive customer service and was literally available on-site 24/7. I've never experienced this level of genuine concern and a concentrated attempt to make you feel like you were a part of their family as it was clear was the feeling amongst the staff. The Executive & Sous chefs visited each guest's table along with customer service manager's who unobtrusively checked in to ensure everything was perfect! The food, while expensive for Vietnam, was well worth every dong, dollar or cent. They host a seafood buffet where everything was perfect; there was grilled shrimp available on the buffet which I atempted to take and the chef refused me because he wanted to make it fresh and delivered it personally to our table.
It is evident the General Manager, with whom I had the privilege of speaking with, has fostered an environment that creates familial feelings with the staff, along with personal growth potential, which extends that warmth to each and every guest. KUDOS to all and my sincere gratitude for your efforts.
I could go on and on about so many things but I think I've conveyed my point. While the cost to visit this property is significant, I would urge anyone, even of modest means, to save their money or shorten their stay because even two days at this property will create memories to last a ifetime.