Offering three detoxifying wellness immersions, Amanoi in Vietnam is one of the most tranquil settings on earth. Founder of Compare Retreats, Dervla Louli, checked into the National Park beachside resort overlooking Vinh Hy Bay to experience a personalised retreat focusing on fitness, mindfulness, meditation, and detoxing.
National Park Location
Amanoi is a luxury resort cradled between Núi Chúa National Park and the coral-rich coastline, just 70 minutes by car from Cam Ranh airport in Vietnam. The retreat is located in Ninh Thuan Province and enjoys a microclimate that creates a biodiverse environment that spans the land and sea: crystal clear waters, scenic protected wilderness, abundant forests, and pristine beaches offer the perfect setting for outdoor activities and exploration.
The multi-award-winning destination is a favourite with solo travellers, families, and couples who love nature and want to unwind in a luxurious environment.
The property features two large lap pools, one by the beach club and another within the main residential area, while many of the residences have their own private pool. The spa takes centre stage with five treatment suites, hydrotherapy chambers, outdoor yoga pavilion, Pilates studio, hair and nail salon, TCM treatment room, large gym, two outdoor tennis courts, and a daily-changing group class menu.
Crystal clear waters, scenic protected wilderness, abundant forests, and pristine beaches offer the perfect setting for outdoor activities and exploration.
The Thuy Lien and An Son Spa Houses are the first of their kind in Asia and offer unparalleled pampering. Stunning hiking routes, 13th-century ruins, abundant coral reefs, and exciting cycling trails surround the resort offering multiple opportunities to discover the wilder side of wellness in Vietnam.
Unique Spa Houses
Uber-luxe pavilions with infinity pools overlooking Vinh Hy Bay and Núi Chúa National Park offer the perfect sanctuary to chill in between treatments, classes, and meals. There are 36 suites to choose from with the Ocean Pool Pavilions offering the best vantage point of the breathtaking, raw beauty of the bay.
The Thuy Lien and An Son Spa Houses are the first of their kind in Asia and offer unparalleled pampering.
Rooms are spaced out generously throughout the property, providing a sense of privacy and peace that the resort has become known for. Residences are available for large families as well as groups with living and dining pavilions, as well as large infinity swimming pools and outdoor terraces.
The one-of-a-kind spa houses are the ultimate wellness immersion accommodation option and have double treatment rooms, steam rooms, outdoor pools, and hammam or Russian banya. The Ocean Pool Pavilion rooms with uninterrupted views and infinity pools are perfect options for solo guests and couples, while the residences (complete with a private chef) are great for larger parties.
Light Luxurious Dining
After your initial pre-immersion wellness consultation, the team of experts personalise menus at each of the restaurants on-site for you. This step ensures guests following retreat programmes don’t feel deprived and have a variety of options to choose from on a daily basis.
During the immersion, I kept my diet clean and avoided sugar, alcohol, processed food, and carbohydrates, which was surprisingly easy thanks to fresh and clean Vietnamese cuisine, and the ample seafood options. I intermittent fasted as per my regular routine and so skipped breakfast, but enjoyed barbequed local catch at the beach club with a side of raw salad for lunch and light international fare at the main restaurant for dinner.
The personalised cooking class was one of my favourite parts of the wellness immersion. I learned how to make Pho (the Vietnamese take on bone broth), fresh rice paper rolls, and an incredible beef salad that opened up a world of fresh herbs that I had never tried before. I enjoyed my efforts over a silent solo lunch looking over the bay, and took the Amanoi cookbook home so I could recreate the dishes when I needed a Pho fix post-retreat.
Amanoi has quickly garnered attention as one of the world’s leading luxury wellness retreats and spa resorts that offers highly personalised programmes that meet guests wherever they are in their wellness journey. Highly trained therapists give clients the utmost attention and help them to achieve their goals while caring for their every whim.
My days were scheduled from 8am to 8pm allowing for relaxation time to enjoy the pool, beach, and spa facilities as I pleased.
08:00 Morning meditation and pranayama
10:00 Healthy Vietnamese cooking class
12:00 Lunch at the beach club
13:30 Hike or movement class (Fitness, Pilates, Yoga)
15:30 Hammam or banya session
16:30 Signature treatment
19:00 Dinner at leisure
Immersions, lasting three to 21 days, are created to encourage physical and mental wellbeing while fostering positive lifestyle changes that can be continued at home. Stress management, meditation, fitness, and relaxation were some key elements that I touched on during my initial consultation, and in just 72 hours, the team helped me meet my goals.
The spa menu is diverse and includes bodywork, energy medicine, yoga, personal training, Tai Chi, Watsu, Reiki, massages, facials, scrubs, and bathing treatments. Guests who stay in one of the two famous spa houses located beside the spa are taken care of by two senior spa therapists and enjoy private facilities. The outdoor infinity pool, plunge pool, double treatment room, Jacuzzi, steam room, snow dispenser, and terrace overlooking the lake ensure you will never want (or need) to leave this perfect spa sanctuary.
After just a few days I felt completely reset and recharged. Being immersed in nature has scientifically proven benefits for the mind and body, and I felt an immediate sense of calm come over me as soon as I entered Amanoi.
The location, coupled with the lush surroundings that beg to be explored are healing in themselves, and the serene views from the spa are some of the most beautiful I’ve seen. The fresh local food, daily movement, meditation sessions, and relaxing signature spa house treatments were a winning combination.
The sunrise trek with breakfast picnic and golden-lit views is a must to make the most of the stunning scenery and see the National Park while everyone else is sleeping.
Our Insider Tip
Make the most of the scenic surroundings and take advantage of the outdoor activities on offer such as hiking, cycling, watersports, and cultural activities. This is a destination where exploring the land and sea is highly encouraged and hugely rewarding.