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Da Nang, like much of Vietnam, is a city undergoing massive change. Along the country’s central coast, between the East Sea and and peaks of the Annamite Mountains, a modern urban centre has emerged. As tourism has boomed, a number of great hotels arrived as well.
Located in the heart of Da Nang, each of the more than 200 rooms at the Grand Mercure is guaranteed to offer something special, whether that’s views of the sea, river or mountains. The entire staff is cheery and professional and the room service is great. For those looking to have a trip organised, they are more than willing to help. A downtown location provides guests plenty of opportunities to explore the best of the city’s vibrant nightlife.
This five-star resort is just minutes from Fusion Maia along the same stretch of fine, white sand. With rooms in the main building and romantic bungalows with private pools, it’s a great place for couples. The staff are more than amicable and the food is fantastic. A seafood buffet is offered for dinner, along with some of the best resort cocktails in Da Nang.
A nice, central location along the bright lights of the Han River ensures guests have easy access to the city, beach and airport. The views from the Novotel toward both the sea and Dragon Bridge are stunning, particularly from the Executive Lounge. Service is impeccable and the reception is constantly willing to go the extra mile to ensure that your stay is as relaxed as possible. A charming fountain lies out front, and a large outdoor pool hugs the banks of the Han River.
A sprawling modern resort on the coast of the East Sea, the Hyatt is yet another luxurious beachside establishment with easy access to the city centre. A large pool and and relaxing spa only add to the leisurely atmosphere. Great evening cocktails and many dining options are a nice bonus. The options are diverse and guests can choose from suites, residences and two- or three-bedroom private villas. A rock wall, kids’ club and water-slide also make this one of the better family options in town.
Moclan Boutique Hotel brings a hint of the jungle to the streets of Da Nang, using palm-print fabrics and a forest of potted plants to create the impression of an urban garden. Rather than confine themselves to a single style, the designers borrowed from the best: your room might have a loft-style brick wall, a Scandi desk or mid-century rattan chairs. The Garden Suites are our pick of the bunch, featuring freestanding bathtubs overlooking a miniature courtyard garden.
Spread across a quiet stretch of beach, Pulchra Resort manages to make you feel as if you’re miles from the city. After passing through a wooden gate, you follow a bamboo-lined track into the peaceful grounds, dotted with villas built in the Champa style. Most overlook the verdant gardens or placid lagoon, but if you want to go all out, book one on the resort’s private stretch of white-sand beach.
Every villa has a manicured garden, private plunge pool and a sleek kitchen, making this a strong contender for travellers who like to play hermit during their stay. Skirting the sand on My An, Da Nang’s main beach, this resort was designed with sun-soaked R&R in mind. Order cocktails to your beachside lounger or post up on a daybed at the buzzy beach club, where you can sip rosé and snack on grilled seafood.
This plush Pullman nods to the French colonial period, with its handsome dark-wood floors, shapely furniture and jewel-toned fabrics. Most rooms have private terraces overlooking the lush gardens, but the top-tier standalone cottages open right onto the sand. Diversions include a French-influenced restaurant, lively beach club and sleek spa, staffed by nimble-fingered therapists.
A few blocks back from the beach, Sofia Suite Hotel is smaller than many of the beachfront resorts, scoring well with travellers who prefer a more local feel. The building channels the Indochinese era with its decorative façade and wrought-iron balconies; in the rooms, exotic woods and art deco shapes complete the retro styling. The staff are keen to assist in any way they can, pointing you to all the best bars and restaurants in town.
Hamish Roy contributed additional reporting to this article.