Amanoi Review, Vietnam

Amanoi Review, Vietnam

 

This Amanoi Review is part of a trip report including luxury hotels in Vietnam and Hong Kong and Cathay Pacific First Class. Amanoi is by Vinh Hy Bay in Vietnam, and is the perfect place to relax and unwind with beautiful ocean views. It makes a great last stop after cultural stays at Amansara to see Angkor Wat and other temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and at Amantaka in Luang Prabang, Laos, and/or elephant mahout training at Anantara Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai.

For the previous posts in this trip report please see:

Review: The Centurion Lounge New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA)

Review: American Airlines Old A321 First Class with Recliner Seats

Qantas First Class Lounge Los Angeles LAX Review

Review: Cathay Pacific 777 First Class

Review: Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge, Hong Kong Airport

Review: Cathay Pacific The Wing First Class Lounge, Hong Kong Airport

Review: Cathay Pacific's Renovated The Pier Business Class Lounge, Hong Kong

Hotel Review: The Reverie Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

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  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests, served in the restaurant
  • A complimentary lunch for up to two people, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Amanoi Main Pavilion Lobby

 

Amanoi Location, Lobby and Check-In

Amanoi is located in Nua Chua National Park, by Vinh Hy Bay, with gorgeous ocean views. The closest airport is Cam Ranh (CXR), about a 1 hour 15 minute drive away. Cam Ranh is connected to these major cities:

  • Da Nang (Vietnam Airlines)
  • Guangzhou (China Southern Airlines)
  • Hanoi (Vietnam Airlines)
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam Airlines)
  • Hong Kong (HK Express, begins November 9, 2016)
  • Shanghai Pudong (Spring Airlines)
  • Seoul (Asiana, seasonal)

Currently the cost of the private transfer is $85 + tax each way, and it was seamless on my visit: I was met in the airport arrivals area by the Aman driver, who held an Amanoi sign, he escorted me outside to a waiting area, and it just a few minutes he'd retrieved the car and we were on our way. The car included bottled water, snacks, and was equipped with WiFi, so I was able to get caught up on email during the trip.

Snacks in Amanoi Vehicle, Private Airport Transfer from Cam Ranh (CXR)

 

The day of my arrival was a bit overcast, but I was just happy that it wasn't raining, since the weather forecast for my visit was for thunderstorms. Fortunately, the forecast was largely wrong. As we got closer to Amanoi, I was able to catch a glimpse of Vinh Hy Bay, and the many fishing boats of the nearby Vinh Hy fishing village. While I didn't get to the village during my stay, apparently it's very quiet during the day, since the fishermen work largely at night, get back in the early morning, and sleep during the day until it's time to go out on their boats in the late afternoon.

Vinh Hy Fishing Village Near Amanoi

 

We soon arrived at the Amanoi entrance, where there's also a security guard who waved us in.

Amanoi Entrance

 

At the main pavilion, I was offered a refreshingly cool moist towel scented with lemongrass, and a lemongrass infused welcome drink that was delicious:

Welcome Drinks and Cool Towels, Amanoi Review

 

While General Manager Sean Flakelar was away on business during my brief visit, his right hand Assistant Manager, Joy Arpornrat, who previously managed Food & Beverage at Amanjiwo and Amanjena, took excellent care of me, together with the rest of the Amanoi team.

Joy Arpornrat, Executive Assistant Manager at Amanoi

 

Amanoi Pavilions and Villas

Amanoi offers 5 types of Pavilions and Villas, all of which are similar in their interior space, but offer different views, and some with private pools:

  • Mountain Pavilions (1022 square feet) with mountain and National Park views;
  • Lake Pavilions (1022 square feet) with views of Amanoi's lake
  • Ocean Pavilions (1022 square feet) with lovely ocean views
  • Mountain Pool Villa (1345 square feet) with mountain views and a private infinity pool
  • Ocean Pool Villa (1346 square feet) with gorgeous ocean views and a private infinity pool

Here is the resort map, showing the placement of Amanoi Pavilions and Villas:

Amanoi Map of Pavilions and Villas

 

I was given a Mountain Pool Villa, #2, which I loved for several reasons. It was convenient to the main Pavilion and restaurant, making it convenient for dining, and its position high on the hill meant that from its outdoor pool deck the National Park as well as the ocean were visible. And while I was unfortunately traveling solo, if my husband and son had been with me, they would have adored relaxing (well, my husband) and splashing around (my son) in the private pool, without worrying about disturbing any neighbors, since the stand alone pavilions and villas are spaced well apart from each other.

Pool Villa Infinity Pool, Amanoi Review

 

Here's the path leading to Pool Villa #2:

Path Leading to Villa #2, Amanoi Review

 

The villa interior is elegant, with clean lines and Vietnamese accents:

Pool Villa Interior, Amanoi Review

Pool Villa Interior, Amanoi Review

 

As with most Aman resorts, the pavilions and villa are open plan, with a spacious sleeping and living area. The bathroom had sliding doors separating it from the living area, with dual vanities and between them, a large soaking tub.

Soaking Tub, Amanoi Review

 

There was a separate toilet chamber, and also a walk-in rain shower:

Rain Shower, Amanoi Review

 

Bath products are handcrafted locally, and had a pleasing lemongrass scent:

Amanoi Bath Products

 

A Nespresso machine was available, along with complimentary nuts and housemade cookies:

Nespresso Machine, Amanoi Review

 

Here's a video to give an additional sense of the villa:

 

Amanoi Beach Club, Cliff Pool and Fitness Center

Because Amanoi is built right into the rather steep cliff, most guests will want to take a buggy to and from the private Beach Club. For some exercise, I walked there and back, and it was about a 15 minute walk down and about 25 minutes going back.

The Beach Club offers dining, which is great for a scenic lunch, and a golden sand beach with clear water. Beach loungers and umbrellas are set up to enjoy the view, and would have been a great place to relax with a loved one and a good book, if I hadn't been busy with my site inspection visit.

Amanoi Beach

Amanoi Beach Loungers and Umbrellas

 

There's also a pool at the Beach Club:

Beach Club Pool, Amanoi Review

 

That said, my favorite pool at Amanoi was the Cliff Pool, with its dramatic ocean view.

Amanoi Review, Vietnam

 

While you could get a workout just walking between your pavilion or villa and the Beach Club and back, if you prefer a gym workout Amanoi has the largest gym I've seen in an Aman Resort (keep in mind there are just 31 Pavilions and Villas).

Amanoi Fitness Center Review

 

There's also a separate yoga and pilates studio, where complimentary yoga or pilates sessions are held at 8am daily.

Yoga and Pilates Studio, Amanoi Review

 

Here's the schedule for my visit, but note that the exact class schedule changes.

Yoga and Pilates Class Schedule, Amanoi

 

Of course there's also the Amanoi Spa, where you can indulge in a relaxing massage. I really enjoyed my massage, even though I'm not usually a spa-goer, and my therapist used the perfect pressure on the knots in my shoulders and neck, which felt so much better after the treatment.

Spa Treatment Room, Amanoi Review

 

Amanoi Dining

Vietnamese cuisine is one of my very favorites, along with Japanese and French, so I was excited to try Amanoi's offerings. I'll review Amanoi's restaurant and Beach Club in a future post.

 

The Verdict

Amanoi is one of my very favorite Amans, thanks to its beautiful views, great staff, new and thoughtfully appointed pavilions and villas, and excellent dining, both Vietnamese and international dishes. This is a relaxation destination, so it's the perfect place to end up after busy adventure and cultural immersion elsewhere in Asia. If you enjoy boutique luxury and are planning a visit to Vietnam or Southeast Asia, don't miss it.

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Disclosure: I was a guest and enjoyed a complimentary stay and breakfast at Amanoi, however the views expressed in this post are my own.

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