Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Ninh Vanh Bay, Vietnam
At a Glance
Escape the ordinary as you are whisked away to the secluded bay, where the East Vietnam sea stretches endlessly before you.
Feel your breath catch as you glimpse a black-shanked douc langur as it leaps through the forest behind the resort – a rare privilege. Ask us about trekking at the Six Senses.
Fall into the infinite as the views stretch away from your private deck, where the sky is mirrored in your villa pool.
Gaze out over the infinite horizon as you dine under the stars, the lamplight flickering as you sample delectable local produce at one of the many restaurants at your fingertips.
Hidden amid the hilltop, step into a sanctuary where you can indulge in relaxation and calm the senses – the spa takes you away from the ordinary.
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The best time to visit Nha Trang is between March and April, although anytime during the dry season (January to August) is good. The average temperature is 26°C with a high of 32°C in summer (June, July and August), and a low of 21°C in winter (December to February).
Nha Trang is protected by the Truong Son mountains and this costal region of Vietnam is generally sunny all year round, with the exception of the wet season from August to mid-December, when you can expect strong sea breezes and chilly, wet weather.
To start planning your holiday to Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
The exclusive Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a rustic, barefoot, luxury resort at its very best, combining the legendary Six Senses service, food and facilities with a totally relaxed atmosphere and a stunning beach location.
This Six Senses resort is a spectacular luxurious beach property situated on secluded Ninh Van Bay on the beautiful central Vietnamese coastline. The impressive and dramatic rock formations of the bay overlook the South China Sea and the resort nestles into the hillside above the white sand beach. This is truly a magical place to relax and indulge yourself.
The 59 luxury private pool villas, all built to blend in with the natural environment, are designed either on the beach, over the water or into some of the amazing rock formations - and all come with their own private butler and are elegantly appointed with rustic natural woods and neutral fabrics.
With delicious cuisine served at the poolside, by the bay or on the rocks, you can choose your venue according to your mood. The seafood here is simply divine, with lobster, king prawn and fresh fish caught daily. Meals can also be enjoyed in several private locations around the resort including on the jetty, in your villa or even in the well stocked wine cellar.
The resort has a fantastic Six Senses spa where expertly trained therapists create sensory journeys for guests with a range of holistic wellness and pampering treatments. For the more active there is a wide range of water sports from diving to waterskiing, kayaking to fishing as well as tennis, volleyball and badminton.
There are 59 villas at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Hill Top Villas boast spectacular views of the oceans and the mountains from an elevated position on the hillside, Beachfront Villas are constructed entirely from sustainable materials and feature private gardens and separate living and sleeping areas. Water Pool Villas are situated at the very edge of the water with private decking facing the sunset, Rock Pool Villas are scattered among the rock pools at the western end of the bay giving a secluded and private location. The Rock Retreat offers the height of luxury with a water's edge location, multiple plunge pools and rooms set over a number of individual pavilions. All villas have butler service and stunning outdoor plunge pools, mini wine cellar, tea and coffee facilities, safe, hairdryer, phone, minibar, satellite TV, DVD player, iPod and dock, wifi, and en suite bathrooms with double vanities, outdoor showers, and indoor handcrafted wooden bathtubs.
Children are welcome to come and stay at the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay and they offer baby sitting as well as their Sub Club kids club. This offers daily supervised activities between 9am - 12pm and 1.30pm - 4.30pm and is available for children aged 4+. Activities can include:
•Sand castle building on the beach
•Sand picture making
•Glass bottom boat adventure
•Movie night with mini buffet (over 12 kids in house)
There are three restaurants located in various stunning locations around the resort, with an emphasis on fresh delicious food and fabulous service in exemplary settings. The resort can also organise barbecues at your villa or dinner on the jetty, in the wine cave or on a private beach. The bar is a great place to watch the sunset. There is a swimming pool, indulgent Six Senses Spa, PADI dive centre, fitness centre, tennis court and a library.
Activities at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay include tennis, volleyball, snorkelling, diving, fishing, tennis, non-motorised and motorised water sports, boat trips, complimentary yoga and tai chi and cooking classes. A plethora of excursions can be arranged by boat, bicycle, jeep and motorbike to visit islands, villages, waterfalls and more.
Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)
Fantastic resort for families with slightly older children - loads to do and something for everyone. The bay is very calm and quiet so perfect for kayaking and paddle boarding as well as diving. There are lots of steps to contend with so make sure you hit the gym before your holiday!
Jack Mace (Staff)
Set in 220 acres of land and with a 700m stretch of bay Six Senses Ninh Nan Bay has got the most perfect setting. Nestled into the hillside are 59 villas which are all spacious and perfectly designed for maximum comfort and privacy. The villas all have private pools and benefit from an living area with great views. Getting around the resort is easy and can be done on foot, on bike or by buggy along windy, sandy lands which link the villas with the resorts many amenities. The beach is slightly enclosed which means it normally missed all of the major weather which occasionally comes in but it still gets the lovely breeze to cool you down. Whilst you are in resort there is so much to keep you entertained! Not only does it have great dining & water holes it also offers complimentary non-motorised water sports, a house reef (great for snorkelling), tennis, movies under the stars, trekking, fishing and much more! It's what many (including myself!) would dream of when thinking about an idyllic beach front luxury holiday, hard to beat!
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
It was about halfway across the strait of water that separates the built up coast of Nha Trang from the spit of land jutting out into the South China Sea ahead of me that I realised I was on my way to somewhere special. It was only as we started to close in on the opposite shore that I realised Six Senses Ninh Van Bay was there at all, so well is it hidden amongst the trees , its wooden villas camouflaged perfectly against the jungle that borders it.
The hotel was one of the first in the Six Senses group built when they were still part of Soneva and the villas certainly resemble those at its famous Maldivian cousin. They come in three types, high amongst the hills overlooking the bay, right down on the beach steps from the water and built up over the water on rocky outcrops some only accessible by boat for the ultimate honeymoon experience. The style is pure island adventurer with outdoor showers, big decked terraces and all made of natural materials. My villa was split over two levels with the bedroom downstairs leading out onto the plunge pool and an upstairs level with a huge daybed, terrace and views out to sea. Despite being a single bedroom it would have coped with a child or two easily.
There are two restaurants on sight, dining by the Bay which is casual and laid back adjacent to the main bar and perfect for lazy meals out of the sun or evening feasts watching the sun come down across the bay. The second main restaurant is Dining on the Rocks. Not for the fainthearted the only way up is via 170 stone steps carved out of the mountain that overlooks the resort. Once at the top the views are spectacular and the food matches the setting in every sense, a true fine-dining experience the "Tuna Three Ways" one of the best dishes Ive eaten in a hotel anywhere.
The hotel would work really well as a single centre beach retreat but I think is best as part of a larger itinerary travelling through Vietnam and experiencing this refuge alongside some of the busier parts of the country. If you are only staying here then make sure you take the time to do the cooking class, fantastic fun and a great introduction to Vietnamese cuisine. As the speedboat brought me back to reality after my time here I was already planning my return to do it all again!
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Nha Trang as a beach destination is now quite busy and built up which is why it was so great to drive straight through the strip of beach front hotels and to Six Senses Ninh Van Bays private jetty and whisked away across the bay to the hotel and feels like a world away from Nha Trang. I loved the fact that the hotel is surrounded by lush tropical jungle and you feel that you are in your own private paradise.
Sarah Baxter (Staff)
This is undeniably one of the most stunning locations for a beach resort. It is as secluded as you can get and once in my villa, I felt a little like I was on a desert island escape (ignoring the massive bath tub and private butler!). The villas are nestled into the hills, rocks and beach, blending in with the natural surroundings. The ethos of the property is eco-friendly, with the buildings made from wood and bamboo. The villa I was in had an open sided bathroom, with outdoor shower and bamboo blinds to pull down at night. While this rustic, bare-foot luxury may not be suited to everyone (you might come across the odd gecko!), for those who understand the concept, it is totally charming. It has an incredible spa, beautiful stretch of beach, private pools in every villa and individual bicycles to potter around the resort. It is a definitely a dream honeymoon location, but they are gearing up to make the place more family friendly and I think it would be a lot of fun to be a child here!
Sophie Jones (Staff)
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is such a stunning retreat set on its own beach across the bay from Nha Trang. This rustic, barefoot luxury resort is one that will provide a relaxing break in such a peaceful location. My favourite accommodation here, the Rock Villas, are set on the side of the hill built in and around the rocks with surrounding vegetation to create a perfect amount of privacy. The views throughout the resort are stunning. The highlight of my stay was a local market dinner under the stars with sand beneath my feet.
Victoria Douglas (Staff)
Do not be put off by Nha Trang! As a town is very developed with a long stretch of beach with hotels lining both sides of the road. So its not surprising that I was apprehensive as we drove from the airport, however just a 40 minute drive followed by a 10 minute speedboat, the stunning haven of Six Senses Ninh Van Bay appears.
Built into the natural rock formation, with a beautiful private beach this really is a perfect hideaway. I stayed in a Beach Villa. These are set up as a duplex with spacious open air living room upstairs, the bedroom downstairs and then an open air bathroom - just incredible with an oversize bathtub and outdoor shower. Early in the morning I walked through the clearing from my villa straight onto the beach and had a swim in the water which was beautifully clear and refreshing.
We enjoyed a private dining experience on the deck and the breeze was welcome after a hot day. In the morning we did a fantastic trek the length of the resort via steep pathways above the main areas overlooking the sea. The hotel will even loan you brand new trainers if you forget yours!
For anyone travelling on honeymoon I would highly recommend the rock villas, they are so secluded and romantic, however if you prefer to be close to the main facilities and like to socialise the Beach or water villas are the best bet.
This is not a place for everyone, its open to the elements and without air con in some of the areas its not everyones taste, however I just loved the way it was so easy to relax and switch off so quickly in this stunning natural environment.
DG, December 2010 (Guest)
Six Senses Ninh Van Bays food on the whole was superb and imaginative. We even did a blind dinner in that we were blind folded and the executive chef personally cooked an al la carte dinner of 6 courses. His name was Bacha for your reference - he is a world class chef!
From Hoi An, it’s an hour by plane, another hour by car, and then 20 minutes turning green in a speedboat before we arrive at the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, an area of breathtaking natural beauty with tropical vegetation, elephantine boulders and shores fringed by coral reefs. It’s a peninsula that is accessible only by boat and feels like an island. We stay in a beachfront villa, bathe in cinnamon-scented waters in a wooden bathtub, and take alfresco showers with curious geckoes. A hotel note requests that we take our aerosols, plastics and batteries with us when we leave. Quaintly, time in this Robinson Crusoe-meets-Prada eco-resort is set an hour ahead of Hanoi, the better to enjoy the daylight. We cycle everywhere. We also take a local boat to a lobster farm with a floating shrine offering the gods yellow chrysanthemums, watermelon and incense. A fisherman dives into a pool and re-emerges with a glistening crustacean. Afterwards, we sail to a deserted beach, where our staff serve barbecued lobster, squid and crab on a table laid with linen.
Evi-Elli La Valle (Staff)
This is my favourite Six Senses hotel in the world (and I have been lucky to visit most of them)! Everything about this hotel is perfect from the location, only accessible by boat and you deceptively feel as though you are on an island, to the pure white sandy beach and crystal clear waters of the South China Sea - what more could you want? Well there is lots more on offer...Over-water villas, so in demand but so rare outside of the Maldives, huge Beach Villas with an entire second floor devoted to a living room. It was lovely to have the extra space but it almost seemed unnecessary, unless you have a family and then two children could easily sleep up there. The food is out of this world! Giant slabs of tuna sashimi for lunch and if the Vietnamese buffet is on for dinner, I would highly recommend it. Delicious locally inspired delicacies are on offer and a lot of the fresh fruits and vegetables are sourced from the hotel’s own organic garden. The only thing to be aware of is if you have any kind of mobility problems, I would recommend sticking with a Beach Villa as there are a lot of steps to get to the Rock, Water and Hill Villas - it is totally worth it when you get to your villa though!
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A fun and interactive experience learning all about bamboo craft, an ancient art form used for baskets and household goods. Meet with the younger generation, taking the craft to new levels, before trying it yourself. An excellent option for families.
Cooking Class with Mr Duc Tran in Hoi An
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Hoi An Cultural Walking Tour
A fantastic way to see and experience this beguiling and enchanting destination. With an emphasis on culture you'll explore the backstreets and colourful markets, learning about the city's history.
Hoi An Evening Foodie Walking Tour
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My Son Tour
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Red Bridge Cooking School
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Rural Art Tour from Hue
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Tour of Hue
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Vespa Street Food Tour in Hoi An
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China and Vietnam in Style
Beijing, Xian, Shanghai & Nha Trang
from SGD $7900 pp 11 nights
- Visit the highlights in China and relax on Vietnam's stunning coastline all in one trip
- Visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites including The Great Wall of China, Temple of Heaven and The Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
- Enjoy relaxing in central Vietnam, a wonderful coastline with spoiling beaches
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- Although there are a lot of flights, they are all short and on an efficient airline. The travelling is so worth it to see so much of this stunning country.
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Ninh Vanh Bay, Vietnam
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is situated on the dramatic Ninh Van Bay with its impressive rock formations overlooking the East Vietnam Sea, white sand beach and towering mountains behind. Close to Nha Trang on the east coast of Vietnam, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is accessible only by water.
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