Bill Bensley's lush and lavish Intercontinental's Sun Peninsula Resort in Danang was a true indulgence en route to nearby Hoi An. Even before entering the gates, the ocean views from the Son Tra Peninsula grow more magnificent every second during the uphill drive. Every detail of the sweeping resort evokes luxury from the moment of arrival.
Having booked the stay through Mr & Mrs Smith, one of the included extras was Vietnamese High Tea at the resort's Citron Restaurant, where all outdoor seating looks out over the spectacular curve of the coastline. With a choice between Traditional English High Tea and Vietnamese High Tea, we chose the latter, accompanied by a steaming pot of freshly brewed jasmine tea. It was a welcome change of pace after the morning's flight from Ho Chi Minh City. The spread on a three-tiered tray was a vibrant blend of sweet and savory from East and West- macarons and scones mixed in with traditional Vietnamese sweets, spring rolls, and mini Banh Mi's.
To provide each area and room with expansive views, the property is terraced out at four levels, each one representing the a part of the earth - Heaven, Sky, Earth, and Sea. It seemed a bit overwhelming at first glance, but getting around and exploring the resort is quite manageable and enjoyable - there are golf carts available just a call away to whisk you from your room to the activity of your choice. Also, there is a tram just outside the restaurant that runs continuously down to the beach and back but on a nice sunny day, it may be preferable to take a leisurely stroll downhill.
Further details about my stay here.
Bai Bac, Sontra Peninsula, Da Nang, Vietnam
Set against sumptuous decor with a green and yellow color palette, Citron's acclaimed chefs create traditional and signature specialties in the open kitchens.