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La Residence Hue on Asia Spa March 2012

La Residence Hue on Asia Spa March 2012

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La Residence Hotel & Spa Hue on Asia Spa Magazine.

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AsiaSpa 2012
t’s December, the middle of the rainy season in central Vietnam.As my plane taxis to a stop at Danang International Airport, I cansee de-commissioned MiG ghter jets in dilapidated hangarsalongside the runway. Their presence might be odd given that theconict which the Vietnamese prefers to call the ‘American War’ended 40 years ago, but visitors will have no doubts as to who runsthe country now. The airport terminal is a small building which hasseen better days. In the late 1960s, Danang airport was the busiestin the world. Just next door, they are putting nishing touches on aspanking new four-storey terminal, and in two weeks’ time, I willbe departing via that terminal.“Welcome to Danang! My name is Jack,” announces thedriver sent to pick me up, courtesy of Hyatt Regency Danang.Along the way, Jack lls me in on the latest developments sinceI last visited a few years ago. “Over there is Chi Lang Stadiumwhere we have our football matches,” he proudly points out.”And here is another ve-star resort coming up,” he gestures aswe turn into the street running parallel to the beach facing theSouth China Sea. I counted no less than a dozen luxury resortsand condominium projects — including the massive DanangBeach Resort development with its Greg Norman-inspired golf course.Left, right and centre, Danang is a work-in-progress. Foreignoccupying forces who ed the city decades ago are mostly backand eager to stake a claim on ‘China Beach’, a white sandystrip outside Danang made famous by American television. Infact, Danang’s beaches are ranked among the ‘World’s MostLuxurious’ by Forbes magazine. The authorities had hoped thatthe city would be the next Phuket but that’s wishful thinking andmany are glad that things did not go down that route.In recent years, Danang, located right smack in the middle of the country, is regaining its reputation as an R&R destination fortired souls seeking respite from the frantic pace in the big cities.Danang may be Vietnam’s third largest city, but tall buildings arerare and trafc is leisurely. Here, you will not nd the chaoticswarm of motorbikes with horns blaring like in Hanoi or HoChi Minh City. Within a 100km radius, there are three UNESCOWorld Heritage Sites: the romantic ancient city of Hoi An, theformer imperial capital Hue and the My Son historical ruins.Besides its pristine beaches, the central coast is well-knownfor its sumptuous seafood, and lately, an increasing number of resorts and golf courses. Between Danang, Hoi An and Hue, youare truly spoilt for choices when it comes to wellness retreats.
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 Vie Spa at Hyatt Regency Danang ReSoRt & Spa
When Hyatt Danang opened for business a few months ago, itshowed the world just what can be achieved given the will andresources. The impressive contemporary architecture seems toembrace the ocean that it faces and is a refreshing departure fromresort designs along the coast. Guests wake up in rooms with moderninteriors of pine-coloured wood panels, sliding mirror doors andnatural stone bath tubs — and have to remind themselves that theyare not in Phuket or Bali. There are 200 guestrooms, 174 apartmentunits and 27 three-bedroom villas, so you can imagine how bigthe resort is. Their restaurants serve great Vietnamese and westerncuisines so you need not have to worry about dining outside theresort.Vie Spa, located away from the main building, has a fountain outfront and an inviting lobby. On the menu are signature packages,facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, baths and so on. Their sessions canlast between two and four hours and include a light Vietnamesemeal. Treatments are done in secluded villas with an outdoor bathtub, in case you need to take a dip before your session.
Maia Spa at FuSion Maia Danang
When the resort opened less than two years ago with its all-inclusivespa concept, many thought that it could not be done. The highoccupancy at the resort proves otherwise. The waiver of separatecharges for spa sessions seems to be hitting the right note as manyguests are seen smiling cheek-to-cheek and taking as many as threesessions a day. Breakfast can be had at any time of the day, too, andif that’s not enough, you can also hop onto their complimentaryshuttles to Hoi An for dinner. The resort is like a modern villagewith a relaxed setting and guests can choose either a pool suite,spa or beach villa — all will have an inviting four-poster bed andin-house lap pool. Resort staff, called Fusionistas, are mostly youngand energetic and their exuberance tends to rub off on you.The Maia Spa is a separate facility with its own pool, waterfalland cosy treatment rooms. Friendly spa manager, Natalie, ensuresthat new treatments like Ayurveda healing and reiki are added tothe already extensive menu from time to time. Recommended is the‘Fusion Feeling’ package which should be followed by meditation.Their best and strongest therapist would be Van but it may not beeasy to book her.
tHe Spa at tHe naM Hai, Danang
For many years, Nam Hai held pole position as the most luxuriousresort in Danang. That may not be the case now with newer resortsnipping at its heels but its architecture remains impressive, and itsocean view stunning. The award-winning villa interior is mostlyblack granite, and most activities revolve around the bed that you

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